Man cannot live by denim alone, although we do try. Denim, that great American invention that changed the landscape of men’s fashion forever, deserves all its laurels, but it also deserves a break. Give your jeans a well-earned rest this weekend and try one of these casual options instead. Don’t worry, your jeans will forgive you.
Kick around some military styling in these embellished chino pants from Ralph Lauren’s edgier Denim & Supply line. Featuring colorful stitching detail and major herringbone patches on the legs, these heavyweight chinos will add tons of style to your look. Pair them with a plaid shirt, chunky sweater and a denim jacket for an American heritage look suited for town and country ($59.99 on sale).
STRIKE A CORD
Corduroys are everyone’s favorite denim alternative. A fresh pair of corduroys in the fall has a back-to-school appeal you never outgrow. American Apparel adds a little stretch to their slim, cotton corduroys for a modern fit. Take the look full-collegiate with a solid oxford, striped repp tie and shawl collar sweater. Tortoiseshell glasses optional ($74).
SATURDAY NIGHT PANTS
Up your game on Saturday with these crisp, fitted trousers in dramatic black from Topman. These beauties are dressier than denim but still cool enough for a night out, or even casual Friday. Pair them with a tucked-in, dark blue, fitted chambray shirt and a leather jacket, and start collecting phone numbers at the bar ($75).
GO A LITTLE RETRO
For a look that’s a little bit '70s retro, but not too referential, in a fit that’s totally today, you can’t beat Levi’s 511 skinny Sta-Prest pants. These tough, durable, hard-to-wrinkle twill pants will be your go-to for smart holiday party dressing all season. Pull the look together with a dark oxford, a skinny, woolen plaid tie and a fitted, two-button blazer ($78).
The functional, versatile cargo pants get winterized in a charcoal grey, wool blend from Banana Republic. Not too dressy and not too casual, these great weekend pants are begging for an outdoor adventure. The relaxed style of a wool cargo works great with a red flannel shirt and a chunky fisherman’s sweater ($108).
Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you have to only wear black and blue. Inject some serious color into your winter wardrobe with Billy Reid’s burnt orange chinos. Take a cue from the label’s outdoorsy vibe and wear these with a creamy Fair Isle sweater and kelly green suede jacket ($165).
San Francisco-based brand Welcome Stranger has developed a cult following among those addicted to the urban outdoorsman vibe. Hop on board this stylish train with their obsessive two-tone twill pants with contrast lining. Take the rugged style all the way by pairing with a heavy, woodsy plaid shirt with suede elbow patches. An ax is optional ($195).
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YOU CAN CAMO
Fear not a print this winter, especially if it’s these muted camouflage print pants from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Brave the urban landscape like a fashion soldier in these stylish slim-cut pants whose camo print isn’t overpowering and won’t make you look like a survivalist. Pair them with a striped oxford, grey cashmere v-neck sweater and a wool pea coat for a subtle military look. For those about to rock the bleak winter landscape in camo, we salute you. ($248)