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The dreaded odd navy pants... revisited

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jrd617, May 31, 2013.

  1. Victor Elfo

    Victor Elfo Senior member

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    Vox once said to me that he believes that a navy linen odd trousers could not be donned successfully with a coat and tie. I'm not sure if I agree with him, but I do feel that a navy linen odd trousers tends to work better in more casual settings.
     
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    black_umbrella Senior member

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    I think the critical point here is that there are only a few occasions where substituting different pants for the navy ones wouldn't make the outfit look better.
     
  3. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Personally I'd be fine with a heavyish linen or a light-ish flannel in these circumstances, depending on the humidity, but ymmv.
     
  4. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    interesting. i do not usually wear my navy pants with a tie.
     
  5. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I wear them when painting my house.
     
  6. jrd617

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    this, they look better without a jacket. no real combo, as vox said
     
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  7. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    :fu:


    i would generally agree to this, but with a tan, brown or gray casual SC it can be quite nice imo.
     
  8. YRR92

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    Add gabardine to this (for the in-between weather), and subtract donegal, which I have no idea what to do with (two tweeds at once?) and I agree.

    Related question: what the heck do you wear with donegal trousers? Of course, I could see them, in navy, with a sweater in an interesting color...
     
  9. unbelragazzo

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    I've got a dark brown herringbone in the works that I think will work well with some light grey donegal trousers. Also sweaters or casual suede jackets on the wknd. There's no need to deviate from flannel if you'd rather not. I have I think 5 pairs of flannel trousers. The donegals that arrive with my herringbone SC will be my first.
     
  10. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    But I don't see anything wrong with tweed on tweed. Cashmere SC would be good with donegal too.
     
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  11. YRR92

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    I could see cashmere or camel hair or some kind of soft solid, but I just think two hard-finished tweeds might not work for me. I haven't tried it, so of course I could be wrong, but the idea doesn't appeal in the same way that tweed/flannel or tweed/moleskin does. I guess if both tweeds were particularly refined, then it would work alright. The brown herringbone with the light gray donegal could be great, actually.

    I wish I could go all flannel, but I think all moleskin would be more my speed.
     
  12. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    +1. seems fine to me.

    also, i think it depends how speckled a donegal you are working with. i have two pairs, but they are solid enough that they work with a lot of SCs. tweed included.
     
  13. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I really like linen odd trousers during the summer in several shades of blue (including navy), cream and tan. I never wear navy odd trousers in the fall / winter / spring.
     
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    I think you're probably right about worsted. I have a few pairs that are probably worsted and I like them though. One's a semi-fresco in oxford gray that I only wear w/ a barong, and the other two are or resemble lightweight, worsted flannels, and those I wear w/ odd jackets.

    To your list, I'd add fresco, corduroy, cavalry twill, and the aforementioned gabardine.

    Regarding the OP, I had a pair of blue worsted pants made about 15 yrs ago and rarely wore them. Blue chinos from places like Carhartt and Ben Sherman certainly have their place in a casual/workman's wardrobe. I agree that linen is prob. the best candidate for CM wear. I have a pair as part of a suit, but I've never worn them w/ an odd jacket. Can't think of an odd jacket I wouldwear them w/... Maybe off-white cotton or linen or cotton/linen blend. Even less likely, maybe fresco. But I don't think they'd go very well. In fact, I don't know if I'm a big fan of linen pants of any color worn w/ odd jackets.
     
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  15. Geezer

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    I agree on navy linens or chinos sans jacket in summer. A strong and classic look.

    I used to get a lot of wear out of a pair of navy chinos in spring/autumn with green or brown tweed odd jackets. Even if the shades were close, the difference of the colour and texture created sufficient contrast.
     
  16. jrd617

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    Tropical wool?
     
  17. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    WEARING NAVY PENTS TODAY!!
     
  18. tim_horton

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    Report for re-education immediately.
     
  19. Goodman

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    I'm also wearing navy pants today. Would report for re-education but that implies some form of previous education which apparently does not apply to me.
     
  20. in stitches

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    i love navy pents. they are a staple for me. haters can eat my dingleberries.
     

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