May 31, 2012

Favorite Finds: Linen Pants

With Memorial Day weekend temperatures near 90˚, I found myself scouring the shops for a casual linen pant to prepare for what everyone is predicting will be a long, hot summer. These patch pocket linen pants from Vince, which I’m sure won’t be the only linen items you’ll be reading about from me over the coming months, seem like a pretty good find.

These 100% linen pants are cut in a casual chino pocket style and feature a button fly, which is an interesting detail despite being a little difficult to work. They have button-flap patch pockets in the back and slanted front hip pockets with an external watch pocket, which I always enjoy. The linen material is very soft and lightweight, so they will certainly help keep you cool, without feeling stiff and springy like I’ve encountered at times.

They come in a washed navy color, and are available in a large selection of sizes (not just the even numbers, giving you an even more accurate fit) so I tried on a size 33 and while they fit me well in the waist, the legline felt a lot looser than they look in the photo on Vince’s website. As with most linen pants, they have an inner drawstring at the waist, which is a nice detail if you’re still between sizes or decide to go beltless.

Unlike the variety of waist widths, the inseam is only available in 34, similar to most designer pants, but since they are straight stitched at the cuff, if you don’t want to roll them, they will be easy enough to have hemmed (your local department store may even be able to take care of that for you when you make the purchase, though it may be less expensive at your local tailor).

Care is fairly simple as they are machine washable, line dry and are able to be professionally dry cleaned if you’re a drop-and-go kind of guy (though I always recommend avoiding dry cleaning too often or you’ll break down the fiber quicker). The price is a bit high for being made in China, at $165, and there is not a lot that sets them apart from other offerings that are priced lower.

I wish they were a little narrower in the leg, and if they cost a bit less I would consider having them slimmed. However, if you are looking for a looser casual pant to get you through the heat, these are certainly a worthwhile option.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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