It might be the height of summer but there is never a bad time to talk trousers. That’s an actual Chinese proverb, probably. Having experienced the harsh reality of lockdown weight gain I know I’m not alone in needing something new in the legwear department and it was with this in mind I formulated this handy guide to help you comfortably cope.
There are many types of trouser for many an occasion. Some are suitable for several settings. For example, a good pair of golfing pants is versatile, though you always have to buy two pairs in case you get a hole in one. There are trousers that fasten with velcro, but they can sometimes be a rip-off. What about the trousers with five leg openings? They fit like a glove. Then finally, there are short pants, which are more associated with chronic asthmatics (I am one). That’s a joke about not being able to breathe very well, btw.
Dad humour done with, let’s put our serious fashion face on and recommend some actual trousers, with an emphasis on utility, comfort and overall casual style.
Polo Ralph Lauren Athletic Nylon Climbing Trousers
Is there an item of clothing Ralph Lifschitz’s brand can’t do well? Don’t spend too long thinking about the answer, because it’s probably ‘no’. Though not normally associated with actual performance sportswear, Ralph Lauren have every right to release their own take on what is probably a pretty American look. Comfortable climbing kecks rolls off the tongue, too. Even in RL’s own native NY accent. Apart from the kecks bit.
Gramicci Loose Tapered Pant
Had to be in here, these. Created by Californian climber Mike Graham in his garage in 1982, these are widely acknowledged as the original climbing trouser. With extra room in the areas most men need it, these have long since crossed over into everyday wear, enjoying a surge in appreciation in recent years especially. They look smart, feel comfy and manage to do those two things without descending into the scruffy territory other trousers fall into.
Grab your Gramicci from Yards here
Patagonia GI Pant
You know where you are with Patagonia, perhaps the best example of a genuine outdoor gear company managing to cross over into every day wear. The fact they literally give millions away to charity is a good reason to like them. The fact they make really nice, well-priced, hard-wearing clothing is another.
Kestin Inverness Trousers
Kestin knows the score. These Italian cotton/nylon trousers are made in Portugal and boast a drawcord waist which as we’ve discussed is a real boon for the big bottomed amongst us. Just really nice trousers ideal for summer.
Uniform Bridge Cotton Fatigue Pants
Korean brand Uniform Bridge have appeared on the scene this last few years and have done so with minimum fuss. Their military-inpired look and feel makes them a winner with most people. With minimal branding they focus largely on just making good gear.
Orslow Easy Cargo Pants
Bouncing into view looking like something a paratrooper would wear on a really long early morning walk, these are another military-inspired effort from a brand which knows the score.
The North Face Box Track Trousers
Just when you thought this list was becoming predictable, a procession of olive, military green and khaki trousers which are hard to choose between….BANG… In come these absolute rascals. I file these under “I like that they exist” which loosely translates into “I could never get away with wearing these but I wish I could.”
Uniqlo Relaxed Fit Jersey Trousers
You can always rely on Uniqlo to provide pants with a perfect price point. Try saying that after a few pints of echo falls, or whatever it is you drink. At under £20 you can’t beat these.
Edwin Manoeuvre Pant
A baggy, relaxed fit, these Edwin trousers are pretty much perfect for your summer-into-autumn steez. That necessary adjustable waist comes as standard, while the cropped length means you’re fairly on-trend too.
adidas Beckenbauer Track Pants
This list couldn’t possibly be complete without a pair of these. Whether you choose to go with a Sunday scruffbag on the sofa style, or something more considered, they work however you’d like tbh. Every wardrobe requires something that does this job.