Style Pick of the Week: Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants

Entirely classic and yet modern, these are the best twill pants to buy now.

Every guy — yes, even you — needs a pair of classic twill pants in his wardrobe for spring and summer. The kind of hard-working, hard-wearing khakis that your father or grandfather likely favored, yet done up in a fit and fabric befitting the modern man (again, that’s you). And the great thing about the Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants? Although they come from a retailer that stocks designs that tend to be a little more fashion-forward, these are perfectly classic and utterly stylish — with no pleats to be found. Yes indeed, these are some of the best pants for summer, and that’s all there is to it. All the right details are in place to make these stylish khaki pants an easy go-to, from the classic mid-rise to the durable fabric, just the way they made ’em in the old days (yet with a decidedly more modern fit and wearability). The Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants could (and should) become an essential at the office and beyond, offering the sort of upgraded business casual style you expect from your favorite brands.

Be it that essential mid-rise or the pleasingly tapered fit — with pressed creases for a more dressy feel — the Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants check all the right boxes while offering slightly more unique style than other chinos on the market (witness the styling in the above photo, for one). Front slash pockets also keep things nice and tidy when it comes to the Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants — that means you can easily wear them with a classic cotton blazer and a blue Oxford shirt to the office (paired with brown leather brogues), or alongside your favorite T-shirt and suede chukka boots on the weekend, cuffs rolled. Searching for the right pair of twill pants is as easy as buying this pair. Although they start out with a bit more of a tailored look thanks to the pressed leg creases, you can break them in and make them all your own over time. Feel free to wear them with a light wash denim jacket, a crisp white tee, and your favorite henley to grab a post-work pint — these aren’t your dad’s chinos, that much is true. The formula for success when it comes to crafting a pair of the best men’s chinos is tricky to unlock … yet the Need Supply Co. Khaki Twill Pants do just that.

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See Now, Buy Now: The Proof Nomad Pants are Your Go-Anywhere Pants for Spring and Summer

The sharp, travel-ready pants you need for spring and summer.

Want a pair of stylish pants that can go anywhere and everywhere you go this spring and summer? Of course you do. Hence, I give you the Proof Nomad Pants, the latest highly versatile entry in our See Now, Buy Now series. They’re a more-than-fitting addition to your list of spring menswear essentials, I know that much to be true. If you follow the blog, you’ll recall that we’ve talked about the Proof Nomad Pants in the past, but they’re now back and better than ever. Much like the rest of Proof’s gear (including a personal favorite, the Proof Oxford), the Proof Nomad Pants look like any other day-to-day style staple, yet are made to move with you. To wit: The Proof Nomad Pants are crafted with a new-and-improved Toray twill from Japan — that means they’re durable, ever-so-slightly stretchy and yet breathable at the same time. They’ve also upgraded the Proof Nomad Pants with two versatile, equally polished cuts — Slim (my preferred pick) and Straight (for a crisp-but-relaxed vibe — never baggy, though). The Proof Nomad Pants are also designed in San Francisco — a city known as much as any for style that demands mobility and versatility.

SHOP: The Proof Nomad Pants

The author’s favorite color of the Proof Nomad Pants.

And the truly great thing about the Proof Nomad Pants is that although they’ve got the technical prowess you need for a long day of travel or a long day on the job, they don’t look at all like overly technical pants. I’d certainly say you could wear the Proof Nomad Pants to the office (a grey chino blazer and a white Oxford are fine complements) with the same ease as you could wear them to head to the bar (try ’em with a white short-sleeve henley and brown leather chukka boots). But again, the Proof Nomad Pants can do nearly anything you ask of them — try them on and see for yourself.

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Style Suggestion: Thanksgiving Day

All ready to pack up next week? Slim Mailbag by Satchel and Page. Stowaway Weekender Bag by Navali.

All ready to pack up next week? Slim Mailbag by Satchel and Page. Stowaway Weekender Bag by Navali.

Editor’s note: For past Style Suggestions covering Turkey Day, head here.

It’s hard to believe that as I type this post, we’re looking at the third — yes, third — Style Suggestion covering Thanksgiving Day on The Style Guide. Only three, you say? Well, it feels like more than that — it’s¬†been a great journey, with a big move to NYC¬†and some¬†job changes interspersed among all that, and it’s one that I’m thankful for every day. That, of course, includes the cool brands I get to work with and much more importantly, the awesome, engaging people who read this site!

And none of it would be possible without the support and love of my family¬†& friends (some of whom might be reading¬†this post —¬†Hi, guys!).¬†So in the run-up to the holiday next week, that’s what’ll be on¬†my mind. But as to what’s on your mind — hopefully that centers around being quite thankful, too. But, say perhaps¬†your thoughts on are¬†what to wear, or the travel gear you should pack to get to your holiday destination? That’s what we’re covering below — and we’re keeping things casual-crisp in this Style Suggestion. Take a read and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

The Sweater: Frank & Oak Horizontal Cable Sweater in Navy — $66

A horizontal knit and herringbone texture keep this sweater quite visually appealing.

Frank & Oak is a brand that continually gets¬†a lot of things right, something that’s quite tricky to do when you balance putting out monthly collections ¬†with adding to a growing brick-and-mortar presence. But they do it quite well, particularly when it comes to churning out staple fall & winter layering pieces. This reasonably priced cotton sweater nails that equation — it’s cut trim in a sharp, neutral color, yet the formality is toned down by cable knitting; that touch also gives it a good bit of visual interest. It’s less formal than a crisp merino V-neck, so if that’s the way your holiday situation is shaking out, you might want to reach for one of those instead. Conversely, adding in a nice knit tie could dress things up in a pinch if need be.

The Shirt: UNIQLO Slim-Fit Long-Sleeve Oxford — $19.90 (On-Sale)

Keep it simple and crisp with the classic white OCBD for Thanksgiving.

Keep it simple and crisp with the classic white OCBD for Thanksgiving.

UNIQLO continues to rightfully earn its status as a maker of basics that hold up pretty well for the price, and that extends to its shirts in this case. When these are on-sale¬†— and even when they aren’t¬†— they’re an excellent value.¬†The slim fit white Oxford¬†shown here¬†does indeed fit nice and trim, and like most UNIQLO products, these should have some decent stretch built in (more on why that stretch important when we get to the pants). The white Oxford is a style basic that stands up to the challenge of Thanksgiving — it’s likely a day spent in someone else’s home around a special occasion, so it helps to look polished. Yet, it’s not overly dressy, and it seems Thanksgiving is a good holiday to try out going tieless. Yes, it’s a navy sweater-plus-white shirt combo up top, but the texture of the sweater ups the ante.

The Pants: JackThreads Slim Corduroy Pant — $59.50

A basic corduroy that nails the affordability-quality equation and provides nice, er, function for the holiday.

A basic corduroy that nails the affordability-quality equation and provides nice, er, function for the holiday.

This particular pair of pants¬†might seem quite familiar if you’ve perused this blog as of late; they were the top pick in a feature on the best men’s corduroys for fall and winter, and they’re back this go-round.¬†They combine a slim, modern fit, a versatile color and perhaps most importantly for this holiday, a hint of stretch built in (y’know, for all that physical activity you’ll be undertaking on Thanksgiving). However, any pair of corduroys from this list could feasibly work. At any rate, cords will¬†add another dose of texture to the outfit while still appearing a bit more formal than dark denim would, yet they’re not as dressy as some¬†grey trousers — that’ll work well with the fact that we (or just you?) are¬†going tieless here.

The Shoes: Thursday Boots Chocolate Suede Scout Boot — $149

A Goodyear welt, a sharp brown suede color and a slim silhouette make these chukkas look pricier than they are -- a nice addition to the outfit.

A Goodyear welt, a sharp brown suede color and a slim silhouette make these chukkas look pricier than they are — a nice addition to the outfit.

When you take one look at this shoe, you might think it retails for almost twice what it does. The Scout line of chukka boots is a recent introduction from Thursday Boots, and the Chocolate Suede Scout Boot¬†really does look like something else (note that they also come in a crisp Brown Leather option). Thursday Boots, while the target of some criticisms, has provided this author with good quality over time as far as my Roughout Captain Boots are concerned, so we’ll stick with the brand here. On a style points note, these definitely look like something James Bond might’ve worn back in Quantum of Solace.¬†And they’re a worthy pick to finish off this outfit, too¬†— the silhouette makes them less obtrusive than a work boot, and the suede tones down the formality appropriately. Yet, they’re still dressier than¬†crisp sneakers (as great as those can be to wear). That’s what we’re going for here, ultimately.

The Belt: Land’s End Distressed Vintage Jean Belt — $39.00

Go for a bit of visual interest with your belt, as with the rest of your outfit, and you'll be pleased with the results.

Go for a bit of visual interest with your belt, as with the rest of your outfit, and you’ll be pleased with the results.

If at first you experience some sticker shock over the price of this belt, rest assured — it’ll be alright. Paying a bit more for an item you can get lots of wear out of — potentially even every day of the week — is a very solid investment. And if you find yourself dressing in a manner similar to this outfit a lot, a belt with some rugged distressing is one you can reach for over and over. The roughed-up, full-grain leather continues to add a dose of texture to this ensemble¬†in a situation where one could easily reach for a sleeker, and more expensive, dress belt. Not to worry that it doesn’t match up with the dark brown suede — it’s perfectly acceptable to break that rule when you’ve got suede shoes.

The Watch: Timex Waterbury Chronograph — $100

Design details like the aged-looking leather strap and the rugged-refined dial pair nicely with the rest of this outfit.

Design details like the aged-looking leather strap and the rugged-refined dial pair nicely with the rest of this outfit.

Timex hits the nail right on the head with a watch that’s rugged and refined, decently dressy but still acceptably casual and more importantly, ideal for the holiday — all for $100. The Waterbury line was introduced earlier this year to play off the brand’s heritage (and perhaps challenge brands like Shinola?), and it stands to reason that they’ve grabbed some customers with a lower price point and pretty good looks, to boot. The brown dial and aged brown leather strap match up nicely with the overall smart-casual vibe of the outfit. Plus, the strap itself adds some nice texture to an outfit that’s already quite full of it, from the corduroy pants to the cable-knit sweater and the suede boots.¬†Plus, it’ll keep the time well and stand up to a reasonable game of backyard football.

The Socks: American Trench Fall Triple Stripes Sock — $14.50

Complementary colors and a breathable blend of recycled cotton make these socks comfortable AND stylish.

Complementary colors and a breathable blend of recycled cotton make these socks comfortable AND stylish.

If you aren’t yet sold on American Trench, it’s a brand that you absolutely should consider checking out. They’ve popped up here in a Style Q&A , and that gives some great insight into who they are as a brand. In short for the uninitiated: they source premium fabrics and construct their socks (and other gear, like merino watch caps) in U.S. factories, so the price that you pay is¬†more than worth it.¬†And in this particular instance,¬†the Triple Stripe Sock¬†adds a nice complimentary color scheme to the overall outfit without detracting too much from each individual piece. Plus, these socks are comfortable and crafted from a breathable blend of cotton — all too crucial if you slip off the shoes and pad to the kitchen for that second (or third) serving at halftime.

So that’s what’s in the books as far as this Style Suggestion goes — remember above all else that no matter what you wear next week, it’s about celebrating the day with the people you love, and being thankful for what’s on your plate. That’s something that definitely transcends style.

With that said though — thanks, as always, for reading.

Stay stylish,

-Beau
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