April 14, 2014
Product Review: Warby Parker Eyeglasses and Sunglasses
One of the common frustrations in my day-to-day life is the fact that I have bad eyes. They are weak in the sun, dry at night, and aren’t particularly good at seeing things that are close by or far away. It’s been a constant source of annoyance over the years, but I’ve quickly found that the best way to manage them is to take good care of them. Of course, anyone with a prescription knows the out-of-control cost of glasses these days; as you can probably imagine, that’s where Warby Parker comes into play.
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For those that don’t know, Warby Parker entered the eyewear business several years and has since become the go-to place for affordable, attractive, and well-made glasses. I would take a moment to explain Warby Parker’s business model, but it has become so well-known that I now seen other companies referred to as “the Warby Parker of _____” It goes without saying that their “cut-out-the-middleman, try-on-at-home” philosophy has been extremely successful; if you’re not familiar with how it works, read here and here.
Warby Parker’s business model is certainly interesting, but it becomes much more so with a good understanding of the eyewear market. For instance - if you’re not already familiar with the brand Luxottica, they’re essentially a huge behemoth of a company that owns all the glasses manufacturers and retailers you can think of (yeah, all of them). Essentially, this means that if you’re not buying glasses from a small handful of companies - like Moscot, Garrett Leight, Randolph Engineering, and a few others - you’re stuck sending your money to an enormous corporation that has an incredible amount of control over the price of glasses. Warby Parker is a breath of fresh air in this regard, and I’m sure that one of the ways they can offer such a great price is the fact that they are not connected to Luxottica or one of the other major eyewear companies.
As for my two pairs, I own the "Lyle" prescription frames and the "Sinclair" sunglasses (currently only available as optical). The sunglasses are about two years old now, and the optical frames are fairly new. Neither have had any mechanical problems with loose screws or hinges, and the acetate has no signs of age beyond the expected amount of wear. 
I’ve accumulated some dings and scratches on the sunglasses, but I’m honestly surprised they’re aren’t worse off given how hard I use them. I also just learned that WP will replace scratched lenses for free within the first year, which is more than reasonable (lenses can be replaced for a small fee after one year). These shades are with me every time I leave the house, and have seen a lot of action over the past two years. I’d like to expand my sunglasses collection a bit so that I have a few options, but for the time being these have been lifesavers.
Besides having the standard UV protection, all of WP’s sunglasses are also polarized; this makes a huge difference, and also usually incurs a large price increase. For those that aren’t familiar, polarized lenses reduce glare and increase clarity by filtering out horizontal light - this makes them great for water-related activities like sailing (although it will make the screen of your iphone look weird). The shape of the Sinclair frames is simple and unassuming, along with being slightly narrow for my small head. The burgundy fade colorway is a nice subtle bit of distinction, too.

My “Lyle" frames are quite new, but I have had no problems with the prescription lenses or hardware. I was able to take a quick photo of my prescription card and attach it to my order, and the rest was taken care of. Pretty simple, really. I opted for the high-index lenses, which cost an additional $30 - a very reasonable upcharge. Their high-index frames are also ashperic, and both of these upgrades decrease lens weight and distortion (which is great on a hefty prescription like mine).

Of course, Warby Parker glasses do have their shortcomings, but these are small compared to the overall value of the product. To me, the biggest issue is that the frames do not come in varying sizes, which limits options; there are many pairs that I loved the styling of but were too big for my small head and therefore not an option (I probably had three home-try-ons for each pair purchased, but this didn’t seem to be a problem with WP). And although I think WP’s retro-inspired frames are definitely attractive, I do think that some other high-end brands have slightly more refined designs (for instance, compare Warby Parker’s Downing to Garret Leight’s Hampton or Olver People’s O’Malley - the differences are subtle, but I find the styling on the latter two a bit more appealing). And although the material and construction quality is relatively high, I don’t think it’s quite at the level of more expensive brands. For instance, my opticals have a bit of a creaky sound to them - not from the hinges, but from the lenses rubbing against the frame. 
These comments definitely aren’t to say that I think Warby Parker glasses are a bad deal, though; the fact that I’m comparing them to glasses 3-5x their price should be an indicator of that. This blog focuses on products that provide a great value for their relative cost, and Warby Parker excels in that regard.
So if you’re optically challenged like myself or just need a go-to pair of shades for the upcoming summer, I highly recommend looking into Warby Parker if you haven’t already. I don’t think you’ll find better quality, styling, or customer service for under $100 anywhere else.

Product Review: Warby Parker Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

One of the common frustrations in my day-to-day life is the fact that I have bad eyes. They are weak in the sun, dry at night, and aren’t particularly good at seeing things that are close by or far away. It’s been a constant source of annoyance over the years, but I’ve quickly found that the best way to manage them is to take good care of them. Of course, anyone with a prescription knows the out-of-control cost of glasses these days; as you can probably imagine, that’s where Warby Parker comes into play.

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April 8, 2014

Reader Questions

My tumblr inbox is starting to get full again, so here’s another slew of questions from my readers and my best attempts to answer them. 

If you have a question, the best way to get an answer is through the Disqus comments on the bottom of the pertinent article; this helps reduce the amount of questions that are asked over and over again and adds to the great conversations already happening there. If that’s not to your liking, you can hit me up on twitteremail, or the ask box (but the latter will take the longest time for a response).

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April 7, 2014
What I Wore This Weekend - Billionaire Birthday 




How often do you get the opportunity to attend a wildly extravagant birthday party in City Hall? Well, once every year - if you know the guy. 
Tuxedo - Suitsupply (more coming soon) | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Grosgrain bowtie - The Tie Bar | Square - Kent Wang | Velvet slippers - Church’s for Brooks Brothers | Cufflinks - gift | Suspenders (not seen) - vintage | Socks - Pantherella | Glasses - Warby Parker

How often do you get the opportunity to attend a wildly extravagant birthday party in City Hall? Well, once every year - if you know the guy. 

Tuxedo - Suitsupply (more coming soon) | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Grosgrain bowtie - The Tie Bar | Square - Kent Wang | Velvet slippers - Church’s for Brooks Brothers | Cufflinks - gift | Suspenders (not seen) - vintage | Socks - Pantherella | Glasses - Warby Parker

March 31, 2014
The Search for the Perfect Breton
Over the years there have been a few items that I have attempted to add to my wardrobe, only to be thwarted by unexpected problems. In these cases, I have spent hours trying to find the perfect item, only to discover issues with fit, style, or material. It is a frustrating experience and one that I’m sure many of you have had in one form or another.
One such item for me is the Breton - a classic men’s and women’s garment that, like so many others, began as a military uniform. The Breton was invented by Saint James for the French Navy in the 1850s; the classic navy/white stripes were supposedly used to help locate sailors that fell overboard. Since that time, the garment has become a symbol of casual elegance all over the world.
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There are many modern iterations of the classic Breton, several of which come from Saint James. The Binic II is the classic button-shouldered sweater, and the Meridien II is the traditional boatneck long-sleeve shirt. I have been looking to add something similar to the Meridien II to my summer wardrobe for years now, but a few things have been stopping me from purchasing the original. For starters, it’s a bit expensive (it’s just a shirt, after all), and the fit information is also ambiguous due to the unisex sizing. For these reasons, I decided to expand my search. 
My first attempt was off a tip from Put This On, who suggested looking into deadstock Soviet Telnyashkas. This military uniform is based off the French naval one, so the designs are essentially the same. I decided to give it a shot and picked one up on ebay for about $25. Unfortunately, the strange fit made the garment virtually unwearable, and the white stripes had a pink tinge to them, indicating a wash with something red in a past life. Strike one.
Now slightly jaded, I decided to go with something more familiar and searched the sale circuit for brands I was more comfortable with. I ended up finding a Breton from Gant on a discount site and picked it up. This time, though, the aggressive boatneck, 3/4 sleeves, and super-tight fit made the garment too effeminate to wear comfortably. Moreover, the shirt was made from a thin t-shirt cotton, rather than the heavy carded cotton used in the original. Good for some, perhaps, but not for me. Strike two.
At this point I was faced with a classic dilemma - give up my search and take my previous purchases as a loss, or persevere, carrying the guilt of previous unsuccessful purchases with me. I decided to end my search prematurely, and had to suffer through the summers of 2012 and 2013 without a Breton (I survived, somehow). 
I could drag this story on further, but I’ll wrap it up and say that the perfect Breton was hiding in plain sight the whole time, at the Uniqlo on Powell Street (and online). It was exactly what I wanted - a comfortably slim long-sleeve shirt with bold navy/white stripes and heavy cotton fabric. The Uniqlo model features a standard crewneck instead of the traditional boatneck, but this makes the garment a bit less bold and easier to “pull off” for the average man. The fit is true-to-size; I took my normal size (small) and it is a slim and comfortable fit. 
The best part? This Breton comes in at under $20 - the cheapest of the three I tried. Although I’m sure the quality isn’t quite on par with the traditional model, it’s plenty good for a simple cotton shirt. I plan on wearing mine like you see above - with beat-up chinos and loafers. If I’m feeling adventurous, I might even slip it on under a lightweight navy blazer. I might also sport it on my next sailing trip, just in case I tumble overboard after a few too many PBRs. 
EDIT: some readers mentioned a couple more great places to purchase inexpensive Bretons - MUJI and Armorlux. Both brands have a solid reputation and make great replicas of the original style. Thanks, guys!

The Search for the Perfect Breton

Over the years there have been a few items that I have attempted to add to my wardrobe, only to be thwarted by unexpected problems. In these cases, I have spent hours trying to find the perfect item, only to discover issues with fit, style, or material. It is a frustrating experience and one that I’m sure many of you have had in one form or another.

One such item for me is the Breton - a classic men’s and women’s garment that, like so many others, began as a military uniform. The Breton was invented by Saint James for the French Navy in the 1850s; the classic navy/white stripes were supposedly used to help locate sailors that fell overboard. Since that time, the garment has become a symbol of casual elegance all over the world.

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March 27, 2014
I’m heading to Vegas tomorrow to check out the recently completed Vegas High Roller. It’s the world’s largest observation wheel at 550 feet, and I had the pleasure of working for the firm that designed it. One of the best things about being a structural engineer is seeing the projects you’ve worked so hard on become a physical reality - there’s nothing quite like it.
Here’s what I’m bringing:
Navy suit with white linen pocket square
White spread-collar shirt
Simple navy tie
spread-collar oxford shirt
Chambray shirt
Chinos
a brown leather belt
Swim trunks for the hotel pool
Navy cotton blazer
Black oxfords for the evening
loafers for loafing
sneakers for…sneaking
See the rest of my packing posts here.

I’m heading to Vegas tomorrow to check out the recently completed Vegas High Roller. It’s the world’s largest observation wheel at 550 feet, and I had the pleasure of working for the firm that designed it. One of the best things about being a structural engineer is seeing the projects you’ve worked so hard on become a physical reality - there’s nothing quite like it.

Here’s what I’m bringing:

See the rest of my packing posts here.

March 25, 2014
Chinos for Spring and Summer
Like I mentioned in my "Spring Selections" post, chinos are a great item to have on hand when the weather starts to warm up (and they’re much more affordable than loafers, too). Like many other popular men’s garments, chinos have a military background but have become immensely popular with civilians over the decades. They offer a casual alternative to denim, and are equally appropriate in business casual offices and summer beach houses. I generally look for chinos in the off-white, grey, and khaki spectrum, but there are plenty of companies offering them in bold colors. The choice is up to you.
I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite models below; any half-decent men’s store should have plenty this time of year, but these are the ones that I’m most familiar with. 
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Uniqlo: This Japanese retailer has become popular for its inexpensive basics, and their chinos are some of the most celebrated. Their Vintage Chinos are accessible in both price and fit; they come in at $40 and are a fairly classic fit with a very slight taper. I have these in a size 31 and the leg opening is about 8” across. The material is not great - it’s rather flat and dull, but at $40 or under they’re fairly priced. They also have a slim fit model, but these are VERY slim and are much too tapered for my tastes, even for casual use. All told, though, the Vintage Chinos are a decent buy for the price.
J. Crew: J. Crew has a variety of cuts for chinos, but I’m most familiar with the Urban Slim Fit. This fit has a bit more taper below the knee than the Uniqlo Vintage Chinos - my size 31Urban Slims measure 7.5” across the hem - but the thigh and rise are somewhat similar (i.e. not aggressively slim and low). There is a big jump in material and construction quality between the two, and these can often be had for $50 or less during sales.
Club Monaco: This mid-tier retailer, owned by Polo Ralph Lauren, is surprisingly new to the online retail game. Their aesthetic is certainly similar to J. Crew, and I find most of their products to be comparable in cost and quality. Their "Davis" slim fit is my personal choice, and is similar in price and fit to the J. Crew Urban Slim (CM does have two other fits, in case you want something skinnier or fuller). I don’t think there’s a huge difference between these and J. Crew’s, but I’ve found that Club Monaco’s clothes tend to go on deeper discount during sales.
Brooks Brothers: BB has a few different options; their Milano chino is a fairly office-ready style of chino, but is reasonably slim through the thigh and calf. They also have a new line of aptly-named "Slim Fit" chinos from their youthful Red Fleece line. I have not tried these on, but my hunch is that they’re a bit slimmer than the Milano and feel more casual due to the garment-washed fabric.
Epaulet: Epaulet’s offerings seem to expand every time I look at their site, but chinos and trousers have been one of their classic items from the beginning. Their Rivet Chinos are a big step up from the mass-produced items above - they’re made in the USA by a highly regarded company, and the material and construction quality are very good. Prices vary from $135 to $165, which is a reasonable price for what they’re offering. I would try to describe the fit myself, but you’d be much better off just reading their product measurements on the site.
Bonobos: I say this with a bit of hesitation, since I think Bonobos has changed as a company quite a bit in the past few years (I don’t think I’ve bought anything from them since 2011). Their fits have evolved a bit since I was buying chinos there, but they offer a solid product with a slightly different shape (usually a bit slimmer in the thighs and seat - see measurements here). Personally, I find their aggressive use of patterned liners a bit annoying, but it can look fine if you only have one pair. They also have some other options without the “statement pockets.” I think their stuff is too pricey at full retail, but they can become a good option during sales.
Dockers: Another popular budget option (from the infamous source for multi-pleat chinos) is the Dockers Alpha Khaki. These tend to run quite slim, and feature a lower rise and casual detailing. For that reason, I think they’d be more at home with a polo or casual shirt rather than an OCBD and blazer. They can also be found on Amazon for prices as low as $20.
Incotex and Mabitex: I am not personally familiar with these two Italian companies, but their names always come up when people talk about chinos (and I’ve seen many great photos of them in the past few years). The quality of their garments is supposedly high, but the fit varies considerably depending on the model. If you want to check them out, here’s what they have on YOOX.  
As always, there are many great options that I have inevitably left out. Who makes your favorite pair of chinos? Let me know in the comments below.

Chinos for Spring and Summer

Like I mentioned in my "Spring Selections" post, chinos are a great item to have on hand when the weather starts to warm up (and they’re much more affordable than loafers, too). Like many other popular men’s garments, chinos have a military background but have become immensely popular with civilians over the decades. They offer a casual alternative to denim, and are equally appropriate in business casual offices and summer beach houses. I generally look for chinos in the off-white, grey, and khaki spectrum, but there are plenty of companies offering them in bold colors. The choice is up to you.

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite models below; any half-decent men’s store should have plenty this time of year, but these are the ones that I’m most familiar with. 

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March 13, 2014
Second Life
I am no stranger to used clothes. Although I’m not a skilled thrifter like Ben or Jason, I still hunt for used clothing on websites like eBay and Styleforum in order to buy high-quality goods that would normally be outside of my price range. Buying used clothing is a great option from a fiscal perspective, but it also reduces your material footprint on the world and helps conserve our limited resources. All in all, I think that it’s a worthwhile endeavor. 
Of course, an item’s used value largely depends on the quality and condition of the garment; items like socks and t-shirts will not hold much used value at all, but some items have a unique way of appreciating in value as they get older. An example of this would be raw denim, a menswear staple.
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As many of you know, raw denim is popular in part because it has a way of molding to one’s body and taking on the signs of wear created from the owner’s lifestyle. Although many men prefer to go through the process of breaking in jeans on their own, there are plenty that want a shortcut to beautiful faded denim. This can be seen in the popular Butler Program from APC, in which men can trade in their heavily worn APC denim for a large discount on a fresh pair. The worn jeans are then professionally washed and repaired, and resold as wearable works of art  (Scott Schuman of the Sartorialist is a recent member of this unique club). Beautifully worn pairs of vintage jeans can also be found on secondhand circuits like eBay, and often fetch a surprisingly high price. 
Although these methods can be a good source of worn denim, the best (and least expensive) way is to have stylish friends in your size. The jeans above are a beautiful pair of APC New Standards, worn for a year by my good friend Jacob. Unfortunately, after many hours spent lifting heavy objects at the local CrossFit box the jeans no longer fit him well and made their way into the donation box. When I found them in the pile I pulled them out and tried them on, and Jacob and I were both surprised by how well they fit. After a quick wash they’ve entered my denim rotation and have become my go-to casual pair.
One of the best qualities of well-made clothing is its ability to take on its own life over years of wear. With a bit of care, that life doesn’t have to end when you outgrow it - it will just be the beginning of a new one.

Second Life

I am no stranger to used clothes. Although I’m not a skilled thrifter like Ben or Jason, I still hunt for used clothing on websites like eBay and Styleforum in order to buy high-quality goods that would normally be outside of my price range. Buying used clothing is a great option from a fiscal perspective, but it also reduces your material footprint on the world and helps conserve our limited resources. All in all, I think that it’s a worthwhile endeavor. 

Of course, an item’s used value largely depends on the quality and condition of the garment; items like socks and t-shirts will not hold much used value at all, but some items have a unique way of appreciating in value as they get older. An example of this would be raw denim, a menswear staple.

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March 10, 2014
Spring Selections - 10 Items for the Warming Weather
Springtime is almost upon us, and although it certainly doesn’t excite the #menswear world like Autumn (does anything come close?), its arrival often brings welcome relief from the cold and anticipation for the summer ahead. And although the season for seersucker and sundresses is nigh, the key to spring is to not jump the gun; embrace the warm weather, but show some restraint. Summer’s not here yet.
For some folks, spring is a time for pastels and bright colors; there’s nothing wrong with that, but as you can see I prefer to keep things simple and muted. I try to move away from the deep, saturated colors of fall and trade those items in for a lighter, dustier-colored palette. Feel free to wear pink chinos and green bowties if that’s what you’re into - this is what you’ll find me wearing.
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Chinos. Now is a great time to begin moving away from denim as your go-to choice for casual pants. Chinos are available in every color imaginable; however, I prefer traditional hues in the tan, off-white, and grey spectrum. A slim-straight fit is popular these days, but find whatever suits you best. J. Crew and Uniqlo are great places for reasonably priced chinos, and any other respectable clothing store should have a good selection as well.
A rain coat. It’s the season for April showers - don’t get caught off guard. I do love a good trench coat, but it’s nice to have a more casual option on hand. This classic rain coat from GANT has kept me dry in lots of stormy situations.
Loafers. Whether tassel or penny, calf, shell, or suede, a loafer is a great addition to any shoe rotation once the weather warms up. The pair above is a model by Brooks Brothers and is a great example of the classic penny - whether you wear socks or not is up to you.
Lightweight blazer. An unlined and patch-pocketed blazer in a casual fabric like cotton will take you through the coming months and into Summer. These are perfect for wearing with a tie-less shirt and chinos while drinking a beverage on an outdoor patio…in my experience. The blazer above is from Boglioli, but many other Italian brands put out products similar to this.
Chambray Shirt. Chambray is a great mid-weight material for casual wear. It looks great with a button-down collar, and will be at-home with those chinos you’re wearing instead of denim. My chambray shirt is from Proper Cloth; options can also be found from J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, and more
Gingham. This pattern looks great on shirts, but it can be found on blazers, ties, and just about anything else this time of year. I prefer my gingham to be navy blue and on shirts, but you decide what’s best for your wardrobe. Pictured: a navy gingham shirt from J. Crew.
A casual belt. There are a lot of different casual belts out there - surcingle, woven, ribbon, and more. It’s hard to go wrong with a solid color or simple ribbon stripe, but I went full prep with this vintage nautical-themed D-ring.
A colorful pocket square. This is where I might add a bit of color to my spring kit. A square in a light, bouncy silk or cotton can get some good use right about now. The square above is from Put This On’s Gentleman’s Association.
NATO strap for your favorite watch. Like the casual belt, this is a way to add some playful color into your usual ensemble. NATO straps are inexpensive and can be added to virtually any watch. J. Crew, Central Watch, and Ebay are good sources of NATO straps. Need a watch to put on it? It’s hard to go wrong with a Timex Easy Reader.
Raw silk tie. I like raw silks all year round, but they look particularly good in the springtime; they add a bit of texture now that our tweeds and flannels have been put away for a while. This tie is made by Breuer for Khaki’s of Carmel, but you can also find raw silk from Drake’s and Conrad Wu.
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Spring Selections - 10 Items for the Warming Weather

Springtime is almost upon us, and although it certainly doesn’t excite the #menswear world like Autumn (does anything come close?), its arrival often brings welcome relief from the cold and anticipation for the summer ahead. And although the season for seersucker and sundresses is nigh, the key to spring is to not jump the gun; embrace the warm weather, but show some restraint. Summer’s not here yet.

For some folks, spring is a time for pastels and bright colors; there’s nothing wrong with that, but as you can see I prefer to keep things simple and muted. I try to move away from the deep, saturated colors of fall and trade those items in for a lighter, dustier-colored palette. Feel free to wear pink chinos and green bowties if that’s what you’re into - this is what you’ll find me wearing.

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March 3, 2014
California Snow Day
The torrential rain we’ve been experiencing in San Francisco has translated into several feet of fresh snow up in the mountains, and I was lucky enough to already have a house booked in Tahoe this weekend. Although the temperatures were surprisingly warm, there was still plenty of fresh powder on the slopes.
Coat - Gant Rugger | Sweater - Polo Ralph Lauren (ebay) | Scarf - Moon Mills | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Denim - A.P.C. | Boots - vintage Vasque | Shades - Warby Parker

California Snow Day

The torrential rain we’ve been experiencing in San Francisco has translated into several feet of fresh snow up in the mountains, and I was lucky enough to already have a house booked in Tahoe this weekend. Although the temperatures were surprisingly warm, there was still plenty of fresh powder on the slopes.

Coat - Gant Rugger | Sweater - Polo Ralph Lauren (ebay) | Scarf - Moon Mills | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Denim - A.P.C. | Boots - vintage Vasque | Shades - Warby Parker

February 27, 2014
Product Review: J. Crew “Bowery” Classic Fit Dress Trousers
Many of the product reviews out in the blogosphere seem to center around expensive high-end products or new items from small companies. These can certainly be helpful, but there are still many people that want to find great products that are a bit more accessible (which is why sites like Dappered are so popular). For that reason, I’m going to try and balance my reviews with products that can be easily found anywhere but still provide a good value to me. 
In the past I have written about how much I like Howard Yount trousers; I stand by that review, but there are many people out there (including myself) that would prefer to not spend $100-$200 on dress pants. I splurged for some nice wool flannels since those are hard to find at lower prices, but for more traditional cotton and worsted wool pants there is a broader spectrum of prices available. 
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I had been keeping an eye on J. Crew’s Bowery trouser for a while, and when one of the inevitable 25% off full price item sales came along I grabbed a cotton pair in hickory. 
My first impressions were very good - of course, this is definitely a mass-produced garment and won’t have the attention to detail that you will see from smaller brands, but they are made well and feature solid materials and traditional details. The fabric is surprisingly nice; it is a mid-weight cotton that has some softness but isn’t heavily washed to create a “lived-in” feel like many chinos. These are dress pants, and the fabric reflects that. The fabric is also significantly better than Uniqlo’s celebrated Vintage Chino. The two pants are very different stylistically, but in terms of material and construction quality the Bowery trousers are much, much better. The trousers feature a cotton shirting liner on the pocket and waistband and have a metal clasp and zipper closure with an interior button as well. 

The pants do come with some extra fabric at the bottom to extend the length, but it’s worth noting that in my cotton ones there is already a very slight wear mark, meaning there might be a line if one were to lengthen them. If you are in between inseam lengths it’s probably better to size up and remove material than to do the reverse. 
As for the fit, these are very similar to my Howard Yount flannels (bought before the fit changed slightly). Mine are tagged 31x30 (my true size), and measure 8” across the leg opening. The rise is fairly “classic” and sits higher than most chinos on the market, which makes them good for tucking shirts into. There is a bit more room in the thigh than I’d prefer, but this is the case with almost all trousers I own because my ectomorph legs need a bit of work. Most guys will probably find the leg space reasonable.
I tried the Bowery Slim fit trousers, and although the thigh is a bit slimmer, they taper too much past the ankle for my tastes (and the rise is a bit lower as well). They may work for some, but are a bit trendier than what I look for in dress clothes.
All told, I think these are a great everyday business casual work pants for the guy who doesn’t need high wool counts or hand-stitching in their workhorse office clothes. With the frequent 20-30% off full-priced items, the cotton Bowery classics come to $56-$64 and the wool ones are $90-$102. Prices can dip even lower if the items themselves go on sale.

Product Review: J. Crew “Bowery” Classic Fit Dress Trousers

Many of the product reviews out in the blogosphere seem to center around expensive high-end products or new items from small companies. These can certainly be helpful, but there are still many people that want to find great products that are a bit more accessible (which is why sites like Dappered are so popular). For that reason, I’m going to try and balance my reviews with products that can be easily found anywhere but still provide a good value to me. 

In the past I have written about how much I like Howard Yount trousers; I stand by that review, but there are many people out there (including myself) that would prefer to not spend $100-$200 on dress pants. I splurged for some nice wool flannels since those are hard to find at lower prices, but for more traditional cotton and worsted wool pants there is a broader spectrum of prices available. 

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