Ask anyone what my favourite colour is, and they will tell you “brown”. I really like it for three reasons: 1) it comes in a variety of shades that allows for a vast magnitude of pairings, 2) fits perfectly for semi formal settings, particularly an area I find myself frequenting and 3) it works phenomenally well as separates in different fabrications – think moleskins, corduroys or linen.
Pictured here is a pair of robust chocolate brown cotton drill trousers, which I have been wearing a lot recently. It was a recent made-to-measure commission by a tailor in Singapore and features double forward pleats and a higher rise. A brown as dark and muted as this allows you to effortlessly pair it with louder jackets. To me, a chocolate brown trouser is as versatile as the quintessential grey trouser that everyone, myself included, advocates as a “menswear staple”.
On this particular day, I paired it with an Eidos jacket, burgundy oxford stripe shirt and snuff suede tassel loafers for a meeting. Although the trousers gives the ensemble a “formal” appearance, conversely, I find it convenient pairing it with casual clothing, such as a plain white t-shirt and suede/field jacket.
For a four-season climate, a higher twist fabrication, such as this cotton drill, will prove to be an asset for your wardrobe. Although densely weaved, the lack of lining allows me to wear the trouser during warmer Summer nights, Spring and the awkward Fall transitional period. Lastly, let’s not forget the convenience of a cotton trouser: wear it, abuse it, throw it in the washing machine, hang dry it and repeat it. Just think of the cost you save on dry cleaning…