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After being faced with an overwhelming flow of sweatpants and joggers for the last couple of years, I must say that some of the offerings and styling have been growing on me. Although the vast majority of lookbooks feature the loose, baggy versions that fall into a more sporty category, some labels have refined the original model into a more tailored silhouette.
During my recent stay in Miami while visiting James Perse’s Bal Harbour store, I came across what may be, in my opinion, the perfect pair of sweatpants. After browsing a never ending selection of stores and websites to no avail, I was immediately hooked once I found these… so much so that when faced with the hard task of choosing which color I should go for, I ended up picking them in two colorways: dark grey (portrayed here) and army green.
Made from a soft knit twill and featuring a beautiful worn-in effect through garment dye, they elevate the standard to a new level due to the amazing fit and details such as the bottom cuffs, panels, pockets and drawstring on the waist. Here I went for a full-on Summer attire, pairing them with an oxford tunic, panama hat and sockless boat shoes.
Details: original Panama hat, oxford tunic by Ozwald Boateng, sweatpants by James Perse, boat shoes by Buttero, bracelets by Viola Milano and watch by Daniel Wellington.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
A DENIM GLOSSARY
by S. Charlie Weyman
Jeans might be the most common clothing item worn today. But sometimes it seems you need an instruction manual to buy and wear them right. Here is what a glossary for that manual might look like.
Chain stitching: A stitch sometimes found on the leg opening of jeans. Denim enthusiasts like them because of their connection with traditional production, and because of the “roping” effect they give to fades at the leg openings. However, chain stitching is less durable and more expensive than lockstitching. Furthermore, chain stitching machines are rare, and when a “link” in the chain is broken, the whole thing can unravel. But purists will settle for nothing else.
Single Breasted Patch Pockets Cotone Sport Coat
Handmade by Manolo Costa New York
Ron Last. Damn!
Chalk Stripe Expression By Manolo Costa, New York
Like the quarters
study of fabricⅡ
special mohair yarn!!!!
RING CRADOCK MOHAIR
If you know the Prestons fit, then I would keep an eye out for them on StyleForum and Ebay. They are a fan-favorite amongst the menswear crowd, so you can usually find a new pair for between $80 and $150, depending on materials, etc. You should also keep an eye out for Mabitex, Zanella and Incotex.
I have a couple pairs of Incotex (that meet your criteria) that I wear as my go-to chinos. I bought them both on sale a few years ago from a local boutique. They were marked down to either just above or below $100, IIRC. I have no idea what their fit is, however, and I will warn that Incotex is notorious for having models that are all over the place in terms of fit.
I’ve also heard good things about Unis, though I have never personally tried them on. If I’m honest they look a bit too #menswear for my taste, but not jarringly so.
My last bit of advice would be to get the Prestons replicated. If you like the fit then you can send them into an online MTM shop (my recommendation would be Luxire) and they will replicate them for you. The materials will likely not be quite as nice as standard Prestons, but also not far-off (you’d shit yourself if you knew the margins on Corneliani-made RL stuff).
Hope that helps.