In a bid to avoid repeating the advice of others, I spent this week looking through past Men’s Flair posts. This one, by Winston, advocating patterned trousers chimed with me.
I have a surfeit of jeans and chinos for weekends and casual wear. In many ways I’m comfortable in my uniform of odd jacket and denim. But as I plough on into my thirties I feel my tastes maturing slightly. Time to experiment with trousers.
Previously I’ve found two problems doing this. The first was finding something sufficiently relaxed and informal which didn’t make me feel like a man missing a suit jacket, or a buffer aspirant. The second problem is that most of the available ‘younger’ trousering follows fashion, meaning the accursed skinny fit –low rise, tight bum and microscopic crotch. If you weigh more than a buck-fifty in loose change these trousers are deeply unflattering. I’m no rake, but with a 36 inch waist, a bum and solid thighs neither am I obese.
Fortunately for every problem there is a solution, and mine comes in the form of these Dog Tooth check trousers from Adam of London. They are also available in Prince of Wales Check and Mohair, although I’m not daring enough for that. They’re a tailored fit -not skinny- tapering to a 16.5 inch leg; with side adjusters and belt loops (a little unconventional but I don’t mind that); side/front pockets and no pleats. They provide a trim modern silhouette, but they sit on the waist and provide enough room for men sized men.
The man behind the trousers is Adam Shener, a plain speaking, no nonsense kinda chap whose shop specialises in authentic English 60’s tailoring. Most people don’t appreciate that the sixties had two distinct sartorial parts to it. From 1963 – 1965, which is Adam’s era, sharp suiting was the uniform for that group known as the Mods (which stands for modernists). After this period things went down hill with lapels and trouser legs getting ever wider. Adam’s is no hack retro shop, it’s all about cut and fine tailoring from an era when men predominantly wore bespoke. For the money I think he creates one of the best fitting off the peg suits on the market.
Now there is definitely one man who will be taking Winston’s advice.