The dreaded odd navy pants... revisited

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

  1. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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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.
     


  2. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo 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.
     


  3. 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.
     


  4. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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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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  5. Geezer

    Geezer Senior member

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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.
     


  6. jrd617

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    Tropical wool?
     


  7. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    WEARING NAVY PENTS TODAY!!
     


  8. tim_horton

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    Report for re-education immediately.
     


  9. 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.
     


  10. in stitches

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


  11. RDiaz

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    I guess because some people don't like cotton and linen's wrinkly nature. I wear worsted plain weave pants in summer sometimes.
     


  12. JPHardy

    JPHardy Senior member

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    Do you See what InSee.

    Those that don't like, probably still won't. I do.

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  13. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    ^Very nice. The Armoury guys often look great doing things I didn't think could or should be done.

    Jrd, ya, I think tropical wool pants would be nice.

    Thinking over unbel's distaste for worsted pants, I was wondering how much of this could be traced to Michael Alden's internet-famous statement that a man could be elegantly dressed with just linen and fresco for the summer and flannel and tweed for the winter. I'm sure some of my initial sympathy for unbel's position can be traced to this.
     
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  14. in stitches

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    superb.
     


  15. JPHardy

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    I couldn't agree more with this statement.
     


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