February 21, 2012

Style Feature: The Wool Pant

Even though spring is coming and stores have moved on to swim and tees, the weather has not quite caught up yet. Dressing seasonally is important not only for staying stylish, but also for staying comfortable. This post will cover four different kinds of wool pants that can take you from fall all the way through winter.

1. Herringbone

These trousers are one of my favorites because they are so versatile. The slim leg maintains a profile that can easily be dressed up or down while the herringbone gives a little classic touch. I also added brace buttons for when I’m feeling in a vintage mood.

While a herringbone pattern can certainly work in a lighter material, to me it seems best suited to fall/winter, so I like to wear it in a heavier fiber to anchor the garment in the season. A thicker wool combined with a lined leg (this pair is only half-lined) will keep you warm on the coldest of days.

Extra Tip : A slim leg will help elongate your body giving the appearance of a taller, trimmer physique. That said, very tall or heavier men should generally favor something a little fuller to balance out their height or weight.

Trousers by Fink Clothing; Shirt by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Down vest by Uniqlo; Shoes by Ted Baker; Scarf by Psycho Bunny;
Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen

2. Donegal

Donegal can mean two things when it comes to fabric. The first refers to tweed that is made in County Donegal, Ireland. The second, which can be seen in these trousers, is a particular pattern that is characterized by a spotted or flecked appearance.

A lighter-weight tweed is great in place of a solid wool trouser to mix some texture into your wardrobe without overwhelming an outfit with other patterned pieces to it. This particular pair is only quarter lined, so it is primarily reserved for warmer days or with underdressed thermals.

Extra Tip : When I bought these the legline was very wide, so I narrowed it by about 2” to get a more tailored appearance. Don’t be afraid to alter your clothes to get the fit you want. Above all, you should be happy with the look and fit of everything you wear, even if it takes a little adjustment.

Trousers by Express Studio; Shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt;
Sweater by The Men's Store at Bloomingdales;
Jacket by Alexander McQueen; Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo;
Tie by Original Penguin

3. Plaid

I personally love plaid pants (and plaid in general really), so a plaid tweed is the perfect combination. It is a fun and great way to infuse both color and texture into almost any outfit.

Trousers by Edun; Shirt by Uniqlo; Jacket and shoes by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Scarf by Burberry; Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen

4. Solid

Solid pants in weather appropriate fabrics are a good seasonal substitute for the standard suiting material and pair well with almost anything. These pants are what feels to me to be a superfine merino, but I can’t be sure since the care/content tag was removed before I purchased them.

Extra Tip : Like the Donegal trousers, when I purchased these from a thrift store, the leg was really wide (among other things). Check back for the next part in The Art of Fit series where I document the process of altering these trousers to fit my style.

Trousers by John Varvatos; Shirt by Uniqlo;
Jacket and shoes by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Tie and Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen; Tie bar by Link Up

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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