Chocolate Brown Cotton Trousers

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”.

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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.

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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…

Interesting Legwear

The other day I was casually browsing Instagram, when I came across a promoted post by Olive. The photo was striking, it was a headless model wearing an oversized white t-shirt tucked into a looser fitting double pleated grey trousers.

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I was particularly intrigued by the high waisted fit and shallow reverse double pleats that meets the trouser crease. Often, fast fashion retailers make double pleated trousers that does not align with the trouser’s natural crease – which immensely annoys me.

Founded in UK 2010, they are a relatively new entrant to the apparel industry. After taking the liberty of browsing their collection online, it appears that they specialize in streetwear with an emphasis on high end fashion silhouettes. Their entire line is inherently casual and, although the silhouette differs entirely from my preferred style, there are certain pieces I could envision myself wearing, for example this beige belted cotton parka and chore jacket with a white contrast stitching.

But, personally, their leg wear section is the true gem of their assortment. They have a variety of styles at an affordable price range. I also think that some of these garments have the potentiality to blend well with tailored wear. Some of my personal favourites are Ivory Drawstring Trousers, that will look great with just a navy T-Shirt or light blue button down, and Single Pleated Light Grey Trouser, which is a great wardrobe addition as it acts similarly to a grey flannel trouser.

Nevertheless, before purchasing, I will be mindful of their silhouette, as they are quite trendy, and its composition. I cannot speak at length about their quality as I do not own a piece of Olive clothing. But, be aware that some of their garments are made in a polyester blend, making it less ideal for sustainability. I do believe that this brand is positioned at a higher tier fast fashion audience, much like Oak and Fort. Still, don’t let that deter you as it’s a great way to experiment with different silhouettes and unique garments.

Below are more photos from their leg wear section.

Thanks for reading, cheers.

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