For awhile now, I have been searching for a pair of higher rise casual linen pants with the intention to be worn with my casual and formal wardrobe, think loafers, button up shirts, casual sport coats, velvet slippers or scoop neck shirts. After a hard felt search, I think I finally found the perfect one.
The pair I picked up is from Muji, a Japanese retailer I exclusively buy my turtlenecks from. What I like about Muji, is it’s affordable price point and minimalistic approach to its products – no branding and simplistic designs. Their clothes also tend to run longer (sleeves, hem length) and slimmer, which is perfect for my slender body frame.
This pant is a true blue, which adds some colour to your Spring Summer wardrobe without appearing too outlandish, like a royal blue occasionally does. Here I have complied two looks, demonstrating it’s ability to be worn with casual or tailored pieces alike.
Drawstring Linen Trousers and Grey Shawl Cardigan: Muji | White Scoop Neck: All Saints | Woven Braided Loafers: Allen Edmonds | Waxed Cotton Jacket: Barbour
For a casual look I like to roll up the hem more to open the option of wearing sneakers. Additionally, a shawl collar cardigan is one of those sweaters that acts as an ideal substitute for blazers. This particular grey, also from Muji, has two front pockets, allowing for more storage and alleviating the need for a bag.
I particularly like the weight of these trousers, they are incredibly light yet it drapes substantially well. The fit is slim but not overly so. Linen will also stretch out a little, so you don’t have to size up if it feels a little snug. This pair is in a size “XS” The inseam for all the sizes come in a standard 34″. I discovered this from trying the “S” too. Usually a 32″ inseam will achieve a perfect no-break for me but I have no intention of altering this as it gives me the liberty of rolling up the hem for casual pairings.
Navy String Loafers: Sacoor Brothers | Drawstring Linen Trousers: Muji | Band Collar Blue Gingham Linen Shirt: IndoChino | Blue Wool-Linen Jacket: Local Singaporean Tailor
The trousers are a mid-high rise, measuring at 11″ for size “XS”. An interesting feature that this trouser has is a drawstring. Initially when I was on the hunt for a linen pant, the drawstring was not a feature I was seeking. But after product examination, the drawstring grows on you and helps to hold the trousers up if the waist is a little loose. Alternatively, there are also belt loops if you feel like using a braided belt instead.
The trouser comes in four different colours: tan, navy, light grey and this blue. I find the grey to be a little too pale and the navy a little too dark, treading on opposite ends of the formality spectrum. For it’s intended purpose, I find the blue or tan to be the easiest colours to match. But of course, before you make this decision, you need to take into consideration of your wardrobe’s prominent colour palette.
A matching jacket is available as well, making it perfect for those who are seeking to acquire a casual linen suit. I contemplated upon getting the jacket but the narrow notch lapels and 3 button closure was a little too trendy for my liking. At the time of purchase, these were on sale at $49.99. It might be full price at the moment but still well worth it.
Thanks for reading, cheers.