DSTLD Skinny-Slim Black Jeans Review

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Weekly Theme: A trip to New York

The holiday season is a great time to head to one of the US’ biggest cities. If you are heading to the big apple there’s one way to fit in, wear black, and a lot of it. This week we have your monochromatic guide to the perfect NYC outfit. To start, the quintessential New York garment: black jeans. These skinny-slim jet black jeans, have the city vibe and the modern fit that will make you look and feel right at home in the city that never sleeps. Black jeans, they never get dirty, the longer you wear them the blacker they get.

Available on DSTLD.com for $75

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Club Monaco Sutton Dress Pant Review

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Weekly Theme: Work Holiday Party

On to the pants! Because your jacket is meant to be a different color than your pants, you could go with a few different colors like gray or a deep olive, but since the lapels are black, black is the most pragmatic choice. Keeping the maroon jacket as the primary color flex keeps the outfit as a whole sophisticated and minimal. These pants from Club Monaco are a wool blend so they will lay nicer than any normal chino and are lined to be comfy to wear. Pick up a pair to wear to your holiday party, and keep them to add to your weekly workwear wardrobe.

Available on ClubMonaco.com for $180

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Reebok Thermowarm Compression Tight Review

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Weekly Theme: Fall Workout Gear

When your workout program involves olympic lifting or at least a decent amount of barbell work, tights come in handy more than you’d initially realize. Protecting your shins from bar contact, and you legs as a whole from the cold during indoor-outdoor workouts, tight are a critical part of any cross-trainer’s workout wardrobe. These tights from Reebok are standard issue. They aren’t flashy, or made from space material (polyester), but they stay tight, they’re ventilated in the right spots, and they work, what else do you need?

Available on Reebok.com for $50

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Publish Brand Slim Joggers Review

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Outside of NYC, the ath-leisure trend has been growing steadily. Piloted out of California, the mildly athletic casual wear trend is made of of items that are comfy to be in, and nice enough to step out of the house. These joggers from Publish Brand, have some character to them, and will be super comfy when hanging around the house, or heading out for a Fall stroll around town. If you are looking for something on the more casual side of legwear these are perfect.

Available on AlternativeApparel.com for $90

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Robert Graham Pollard Perfect Fit Pants Review

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This week’s theme is one of variance. Jeans have always been a staple, but with a shift in jean trends coming seemingly every 18 months we are offering some alternatives for the Fall season. Starting off, we give you something a little different. These chinos from Robert Graham are oozing with character. The base pattern for these is a micro chevron, layered with a pin-dot style dobby print, giving these pants more visual textured than most. The taper is slim but not overly skinny, and is designed with a standard 5-pocket construction, making them as familiar in feel as they are different in look. Be different and and set an example that’s less lemming and more leader.

Available on RobertGraham.com for $198

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Everlane Midweight Slim Chino Review

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Khaki-colored chinos are an all-season kind of wear, but these khakis are a little darker than the normal office style, making them perfect for Fall. These midweight slim chinos from Everlane are a great jean alternative as they are thicker than your light summer pants, but also aren’t super thick or lined with flannel, making them cozy yet breathable. The slim leg gives you a more modern fit, and the slanted pockets make them seem a little more formal. Snag a pair of these and wear them with almost any top, but we suggest a blue chambray button down, or olive sweater for a really nice look.

Available on Everlane.com for $68

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Mr. P Grey Worsted Wool Trousers Review

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For those more formal nights out in the Fall, these wool trousers from Mr. Porter are perfect. They have a plain front, and are lined with viscose meaning they will be warm and soft against your trunks. Feel free to wear these at work and afterward at the weekly Autumnal festival or beer garden soiree you may be attending. Pair it with a crisp button down shirt and a dark green sport coat for a look you can’t go wrong with.

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United By Blue Men's Field Corduroy Pants Review

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If all you have are jeans and chinos, it’s time to add something a little different to your closet. These Corduroys from United by Blue are perfect cooler weather pants. They are made from organic cotton, super soft, ultra textured, and just a little bit stretchy, making them crazy comfy. These are great when you want to add some texture to your Fall outfit, and warmer than your chinos. These come with a 32 inch inseam regardless of size, so some tailoring may be necessary.

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Rag & Bone Fit 2 Chinos in Stone Review

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Listen, these will likely get the most attention from the aforementioned self-proclaimed fantasy fashion officer Brittany because we are still past Labor Day and these are pretty white. These are however, technically "Stone." So you can once again tell Brittany to lay off. While we have never seen a stone this white, it fits our criteria for the week, and these chinos are pretty great. There is a reason Rag & Bone has become the preferred "step up" from the J. Crew's and Banana's for many millennials. Quality, and fit. They made their way to popularity partially due to their chinos, and these are their most popular fit, in a color that you can wear all Spring, Summer, and Fall, making it well worth the investment. 

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DSTLD Men's Skinny Selvedge Chino Pants in Charcoal Review

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We've reviewed these before in the goods, but DSTLD has come out with another color: charcoal, and they look awesome. These paired with the Nike Huaraches we posted yesterday look killer together. These selvedge chinos are a little thicker than your cheap J.crew, or Banana chinos, but they will last longer. Just be sure to order a pair you can cuff at the bottom to show of the selvedge detail, that's the crucial selling point in these. That self-edged fabric flair is the tall tale sign of quality for pants, so show the people "in the know" that you're in the club too.

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Mission Workshop's The Division Chinos

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If it's going to be raining, warmer than 76 degrees outside, and you are going to be out in it, a stretchy pair of pants the breathe and are water repellant is exactly what you need. The good news is Mission Workshop has designed, and makes, just that in its Division chinos. 4-way stretch, an extra zip pocket, and made in the U.S., these are perfect pant for getting around town when the sky seems to be leaking. 

Available on missionworkshop.com for $225

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Bonobos Summer Weight Chinos in French Navy

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You're the captain now, especially when you wear the pants on the boat. If drinking is the name of your game, these are great wing men. The color is perfect, French Navy, it's naval, it's high class (French), and it perfect for a little twilight excursion with your friends. All you need is a captains hat, a cold beverage, some friends, and you are golden during your golden hour adventure. Just don't drink and drive because that illegal, and unsafe.

Available on Bonobos.com for $98

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Club Monaco Super Slim Linen Pant

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When on Summer vacation, temperature control is key when packing and picking out outfits. Wearing tight, thick chinos or jeans is a great way to chafe or cultivate a bit of a swamp in the nether regions. Avoid these by packing lightweight pants, like these linen-cotton blend chinos from Club Monaco. The classic 5-pocket construction, gives them the look of jeans or standard chinos, but without any of the heavy-weight fabric. We suggest getting them in bleach, which is a slightly off-white, because, you're going on vacation, and why not? These will also look great once you get a bit of a tan going. We say show off your style, and your tan while you stay cool.

Available on ClubMonaco.com for $120

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Boden Lightweight Chinos

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Warmer temps are creepin around, so be prepared with some summer-weight chinos, like these from Boden. If you are a guy who wears shorts to dinner or nights out in the summer because jeans are too hot or your chinos are too thick, then we implore you to check these out as they will keep you cool, while pulling off a more polished aesthetic. Plus they good when dressed down with a t-shirt or up with a lightweight buttondown. Definitely an item to pack on your beach trip this year.

Also, we have a discount code for 10% off: T2Y5

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Bonobos Summer Weight Chinos

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These are not your Dad's chinos. These chinos are designed to be ultra light and, should you select the slim or tailored fit, your legs won't go swimming in them like the business casual patriarchs of yesteryear.  They are the perfect bottom for nicer, outdoor occasions during the warmer months, great for the tee box, and they go well with your buddy's yacht and a fitted Polo. So if you have to cover up those chiseled calves you perfected over the winter months, you might as well do your best to not cause any unneeded lower body sweat and put on pants that are as thin as possible. 

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Wrangler Raw Skinny-Fit Selvedge Jeans

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We've had our heads in Denim quite frequently as of late. While we have tried to venture away from the indigo twill, we can't seem to stay away for long. If you haven't read our deep dive into jeans and what makes a great pair, be sure to check it out here. These selvedge raw denim jeans from wrangler are an ode to the old way of making jeans, manufactured in the only large format selvedge denim factory left in the states. These jeans are made in the same place as the Levis selvedge lines and are sold at the same exact price point. The big difference here is cut. If you want an American-made, skinnier, more modern fit, with a slightly lower rise than you can get with the Levis line, then these are for you. Also be aware, these come with a button fly and are truly skinny jeans. If you have a set of tree trunks for thighs, we suggest going with the slim instead.

Available on wrangler.com for $225 

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Club Monaco Lux 5-pocket Corduroy

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We were scouring the online sale rack of Club Monaco (where we end up at least once every 3 days) and stumbled on these bad boys. These cotton blend corduroy pants from Club Monaco have a classic jean-style 5-pocket construction, a slim cut through the leg, and are made of a cotton blend that includes a hint of stretch so bending down to pet your dog won't result in any ripped seams or abrupt crouching halts due to excess tension around the knees. So pet away, just remember to lint roll them after to get all of that dog hair off of you. Right now they are 30% off so take advantage while you can. We suggest wearing them with a gray henley (like the pick from yesterday) or a simple white button for a smart look that can't go out of style if it tried.

Available on sale at ClubMonaco.com for $70 (normally $99)

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Reebok CrossFit Open Training T-shirt

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If you are #InTheOpen then there is no better shirt for showing it off over the next, you know, 11 months than this one. The shirt is a cotton polyester blend, and has a bit of stretch like you would expect from an athletic brand betting what seems like over a 3rd of their budget on a single type of cross training. It's pretty breathable though the graphic can get in the way from the wicking we'd all like to have in the chest, but that can be overlooked as its the best way to tell everyone you are doing Crossfit, without actually telling them. So keep your voice and workout style game strong with a sick t-shirt that does all the talking for you. 

Available on Reebok.com for $32 

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Nike Training Utility Tights

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When you're in the middle of a workout for time, or long AMRAP (that is hopefully less than 20 minutes) that involves any standing olympic-style lift, grazing your shins with the bar is inevitable. And if you are super unlucky, the knurling catches on its way up to a snatch or power clean, causing some burning, bleeding and bruising, not to mention you have to disinfect the bar afterwards, and your shins. If you have been doing Crossfit, or know someone who has for a while you've almost certainly seen shins that look like they've been on a tour of duty or two. To keep this from happening, and maintain the beauties that are your shins and knees, wear a pair of training tights, like these from Nike. Not only will you instantly fit in at any box around the world, you will also protect yourself from your own in-workout rage monster pulls. We suggest wearing them with shorts, unless you are super confident, and don't mind feeling naked while working out.

Available on Nike.com for $45 

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Marmot West Ridge Pants

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Regardless of whether the groundhog saw is his shadow or not, warmer weather is coming, and with warmer weather, come more opportunities to venture out into your local wilderness. So if you feel the trees and hills a-callin' make sure you have the right gear to get you from around town, to adventure trail and back. These cotton-polyester blend jeans from Marmot are made for the outdoors and designed for street wear. They are quick drying in case you get caught in the rain, and stretch for when you get yourself in a tight spot in life or on the trail. Pair this with a versatile flannel and some boots, for a true "ready for anything" wardrobe.

Available on Marmot.com for $85 

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