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    Essential Pants

    Hi guys. I have a couple pairs of pants which are due to be retired (one pair of jeans is too short and I never should have bought it, and I've noticed a hole in a pair of chinos where they seem to have gotten snagged on something). So I'm trying to figure out what to buy, and it got me thinking about what the really essential pant styles are. If you had to choose six pairs of pants to last you through the year, which six would you choose? I'm including the essentials listed by Matt Allinson in his fashion basics series.

    Winter
    1) Grey corduroy
    2) Tan wool chinos (possibly use in summer, too, or something a shade darker)

    Summer
    3) White cotton chinos

    Year-round
    4) Dark slim jeans -- FB essential
    5) Medium grey light wool trousers (part of a suit) -- FB essential
    6) Cheap medium blue jeans (for doing yard work or looking super casual with friends)


    What do you think? Am I missing something? I know I'm not hitting the colored trouser trend that's big right now, but I'm looking for minimal.

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    Yeah they all sound about right (though I'm not sure what wool chinos are). My grey cords from All Saints have been a revelation. They are so versatile, and different from what most people wear, without being garish.

    I know you said you are looking for minimal, but have you considered mixing up the colours with the chinos? I recently bought a burgundy pair. I know they are worn by every tom dick and harry, but if you wear them with the right things you can still differentiate yourself. I'm a pretty minimalistic dresser too, but have found them really easy to incorporate. Another option I will purchase really soon is a pair of olive green chinos. Nice and muted. Will look awesome in A/W imo.

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    I would say that navy and burgundy chinos have become a staple for me over the last year. Black skinnies if you're into that more indie look?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Yeah they all sound about right (though I'm not sure what wool chinos are). My grey cords from All Saints have been a revelation. They are so versatile, and different from what most people wear, without being garish.

    I know you said you are looking for minimal, but have you considered mixing up the colours with the chinos? I recently bought a burgundy pair. I know they are worn by every tom dick and harry, but if you wear them with the right things you can still differentiate yourself. I'm a pretty minimalistic dresser too, but have found them really easy to incorporate. Another option I will purchase really soon is a pair of olive green chinos. Nice and muted. Will look awesome in A/W imo.
    Ah, my bad. I have a heavier pair of chinos that I assumed were wool instead of cotton, but turns out they are 100% cotton. They just feel heavier and more suited to winter. I looked up wool chinos and they do exist (either pure wool or a wool/linen blend, like Golden Goose Wool Blend Chinos for Men | SSENSE), but the cotton ones should be fine. I was just looking for something useful on those cold days.

    I have considered mixing up the colors, but am not yet convinced about it. I like the look, but I'm not sure it's my style since I do a lot of traveling between countries and urban/rural areas. Looks great in the city, but I like to blend in more in the country. Like you said, burgundy and olive green are good choices, and I was also considering a yellow like this pair of Levi's 511 cords from Urban Outfitters.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nath6644 View Post
    I would say that navy and burgundy chinos have become a staple for me over the last year. Black skinnies if you're into that more indie look?
    Well, that's two votes for burgundy. Would you replace one of the other pairs with them, or would you add them on as a seventh? I prefer slim cuts to skinnys (I feel that skinny is a trend, whereas slim will always be in style).

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    The others you mentioned could probably more properly be described as basics/essentials. Once you have them down, there is no harm branching out. Though those Levis are a bold choice for such a minimalist!

    Nath - don't ask me why, but I still think of navy chinos as being an old man trouser. Can't quite get into them for some reason. Though that is coming from someone who has been wearing a cream cable knit jumper all day, and has consequently looked like a home counties village cricketer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post

    Nath - don't ask me why, but I still think of navy chinos as being an old man trouser. Can't quite get into them for some reason. Though that is coming from someone who has been wearing a cream cable knit jumper all day, and has consequently looked like a home counties village cricketer...
    Aha, you and me both rocking the cream cable knit today!

    Yeah, I can understand that. I don't tend to wear mine very much but they are a usual alternative to jeans if you're trying to sharpen a look up a little bit. Maybe a slightly more rich, vibrant shade might make them more youthful.
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    Strong work! I saw that red cable knit in river island yesterday. Looks redder in the flesh. Very nice.

    Oh I don't think it's the chino's fault! Probably some repressed issue from childhood... Good shout on a more vibrant shade of blue though

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    I am not into colored pants at all. But if they would have to be colored, it should be very dark in shade. But these are real good stuff for trends this year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tajdon View Post
    I am not into colored pants at all. But if they would have to be colored, it should be very dark in shade. But these are real good stuff for trends this year.
    After reading that last article by Alex Woodhall and the comment by Nat, I think I'll go with a heavy pair of olive chinos. Olive is a more muted color, but will give me some diversity and keep me on trend. Perfect!

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