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So, you’ve landed a new office job. Congrats! Or perhaps you’ve been with the company for some time. In that case, keep up the good work! Regardless of your situation, if you work in an office today, there’s a decent chance the dress code is listed as “business casual.”

But this term can take on many different meanings for different people, depending on several factors, including age demographics, local culture, climate, and more.

All things considered, it can be a bit confusing to determine what business casual even means in today’s modern working world. Even harder is figuring out how to do business casual well.

If you’re trying to get to the bottom of either of these two conundrums, then buckle up. We’ll walk you through it.

Photo of man wearing dark wash denim jeans with light blue oxford shirt, a brown wool sweater, and a camel sport coat with patch pockets and elbow patches

What Is Business Casual?

Throughout a great deal of the twentieth century, most if not all offices required their employees to dress in a manner that was considered “business professional.”

For men, this typically meant a suit, dress shirt, and tie. Depending on the industry, there were oftentimes stricter rules on what types of fabrics, colors, and patterns were deemed acceptable for the decorum of the workplace.

In late 1800s and early-to-mid 1900s England, where much of our western ideas of dress originate, men who held important and distinguished professional positions such as law typically only wore dark, worsted wool suits with conservative shoes, ties, and hats.

The phrase “no brown in town” was coined to refer to the common practice of designating more casual suiting (often in earth tones) for the countryside, while the businessman, working in the city, should only wear darker, more formal attire.

While some rules relaxed in future decades and as American professional style found its own unique footing, the suit-reliant uniform persisted across many industries.

However, many attribute the arrival of “business casual” to Silicon Valley workers in the 1980s, who seemingly chose to shirk traditional office attire in favor of a more relaxed look. Gone were the starched dress shirts and fine wool suits.

Khakis, patterned button-downs, and optional ties became the norm, and soon this phenomenon began to spread to other business sectors across the United States.

man wearing somewhat disheveled looking khakis and plaid button down shirt

Today, business casual has sometimes come to include jeans and even t-shirts in some circles. But at the same time, a suit can still be considered business casual if dressed down. It’s a bit confusing!

At its core, business casual rejects traditional suiting and ties as the cornerstone of office attire. In its wake, is a somewhat confusing set of loose guidelines, born out of the absence of other, older rules. And in that absence, a somewhat mediocre uniform has prevailed.

Think of the most typical, humdrum office outfit that you know. Or, if you’re sitting at your office desk or at a boardroom meeting, simply look down. Khakis? Some sort of collared shirt worn on its own? Tan shoes or white sneakers?

If that’s accurate, don’t sweat. You’re not committing any fashion crimes. But it can be better. Simply read on to discover how.

Tip #1: Layer Up

One of the problems that often comes up with the typical business casual uniform is that things feel a bit too flat. By abandoning the suit, these outfits often lack an additional layer, which, as most fashion-conscious people are aware, lends an outfit a great deal of visual depth and interest.

You can keep your jeans, khakis, oxford shirts, and the like. The problem isn’t always inherent in those pieces – it’s in what the outfit is still lacking.

The answer? A finishing layer! A casual sport coat or blazer will always work. Some may falsely assume this is considered “dressy,” but if the jacket is in a casual cloth like tweed or linen, it will mesh quite well with the rest of your ensemble.

man wearing a gray wool herringbone sport coat over a black turtleneck sweater

Another way to add an additional layer to your outfits is through quality knitwear. You know, sweaters! Whether you prefer a pullover crew-neck, v-neck, quarter-zip, or cardigan, a good piece of knitwear is guaranteed to add some extra interest to your outfit, and even elevate it.

Tip #2: All Natural, Baby

Yes, we understand that many people find athleisure fabrics to be quite comfortable. But there are certainly other ways to be comfortable without your outfit clearly exhibiting a synthetic look.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with your favorite stretch-fabric slacks, but you can often spot them from a mile away. Natural fiber fabrics often look better and when the clothing article fits you properly, can be just as comfortable, if not more. Additionally, natural fibers tend to last longer.

shirt care tag that says “100% Cotton

There’s an understated elegance to wearing quality fabrics. Try saving the stretchy stuff for the gym. It’s a subtle change that can go a long way.

Tip #3: The Color/Texture/Pattern Theory

It’s a common fashion idiom that still rings true – if your outfit isn’t interesting through color, then it should be interesting through texture. And if your outfit isn’t interesting through texture, it should be interesting through pattern. And if you’re feeling confident, why not try all three?

One of the larger issues with many business casual uniforms is that they simply scream “generic.” More accurately, they’re often dull in color, flat in texture, or uninspiring in pattern.

Try swapping out one piece for another in a color that you really like. Or perhaps trade your chinos for some corduroy pants. Replace your plain merino wool crew-neck sweater with a Fair Isle knit instead.

Once you begin to understand this trifecta, your style sense will improve dramatically. Oh, and you’re bound to receive some compliments, too.

man wearing wool blue Fair Isle knit sweater over brown shirt and khaki pants

Tip #4: Do High – Low Contrast Right

You might have tried pairing jeans and a more formal shirt before, and wondered why it didn’t quite work. It can be very tricky to figure out how to combine two pieces on opposite sides of the formality spectrum. But it’s the details of each piece that make or break the deal.

If you’re looking to wear denim with a dressier shirt, make sure the fit of each compliments the other. You don’t want one to be too baggy and the other too billowy. When in doubt, aim for a straight, traditional fit.

It can take some time to acquire the right eye for high – low contrast outfits. A no fail option? Try pairing straight or boot-cut jeans in a classic wash with a western denim shirt, or even a white or blue oxford cloth button down. Top it off with a navy blazer (gold buttons seal the deal!) and you’ve got a great outfit that mixes the best of both worlds with masterful synergy. Just look at Austin Butler. He gets it.

Austin Butler

Tip #5: Better Fitting Pants

Outfit proportions are incredibly important. Unfortunately, this is a common stumbling block for lots of guys. Most pants on the market are tight in all the wrong places and have painfully low rises. The result? They make your legs look awkward and short.

It’s time to upgrade your work khakis or jeans. Try going for a more classic, roomy fit and a higher rise. The waist should come up a bit more than you might be accustomed to, and if you want to pack an even bigger visual punch, go for something with pleats. The final result will be a lower half that appears balanced with your upper, and your legs will often look longer, too.

man wearing high-waisted pleated pants

Tapered and skinny fits have their place, but for a lot of body types, they just make you look top-heavy. Your work outfits can appear significantly more balanced with a more generous fit. Try it out and see for yourself!

Tip #6: Start Loafing Around

Picking the right shoes can be a bit challenging when it comes to business casual. In many workplaces, common footwear variations often include tan derbies or dress shoes, white-soled dress shoe/sneaker hybrids, or classic white sneakers.

A subtle way to elevate your business casual outfit without going overboard or overly formal, lies in the versatility and enduring style of the loafer shoe.

Loafers can be dressed up or down with ease, and lend a polished touch to nearly any outfit. Wear them with chinos. Wear them with jeans. Wear them with suits. It doesn’t matter – they just work!

man wearing dark brown leather loafers with khaki pants

Black and brown loafers will typically be the most versatile colors. A simple, penny loafer is quite neutral, while a more decorated tassel loafer tends to lean a bit more casual.

A loafer with a lug-sole has a slightly more rugged appeal that’s still classy enough for the boardroom. Whichever suits your taste, loafers are an invaluable style hack, especially for business casual.

Tip #7: Upgrade That Bag

Backpacks have their place, but their association with students might take away from an otherwise professional look. If you have a lot to carry, try swapping out your backpack for a leather messenger bag, or even a sleeker, modern take on the briefcase.

Traveling light? Try an elegant leather folio instead. For something in-between, a tasteful tote bag is perfectly appropriate for business casual settings.

sleek black leather work bag

Tip #8: The Polo, Perfected

Polo shirts are classic, but they can be a bit dull if left on their own. Many men opt for polo shirts as a short-sleeved option during warmer months. It can be hard to layer once it gets hot, after all.

However, polos can be elevated, too! Knit polos are a vintage classic that have made quite the comeback in recent years. If fitted correctly, they can be a highly flattering and stylish choice.

man wearing knit crocheted polo

Due to warmer climates inhibiting our ability to layer sometimes, it pays to remember tip #3. If you’re looking to add more texture, consider a cable-knit polo. They have an extra dose of visual appeal while still conforming to the overall configuration of a traditional polo.

Tip #9: Suit Up (Casually)!

When others go low, try going high. In this context, we mean that in terms of office attire. Of course, if no one else is wearing a suit at your workplace, as will often be the case in some business casual environments, make sure you do it correctly.

man wearing light brown corduroy suit with patch pockets on the jacket, paired with dark denim shirt

That means – do it casually. Opt for a suit made from a casual fabric such as cotton, linen, corduroy, or tweed. Pair it with an oxford cloth button down or denim shirt to keep things grounded. If you’re feeling a bit bold, add a tie! Just go for a casual option such as a cotton, linen, or knit tie.

Tip #10: Protect Your Eyes – Fashionably

It’s no secret that a full workday spent staring at our computer screens can be harmful to our eyesight. The blue light from most screens can have negative effects on health and sleep. Thankfully, there’s a stylish solution to this that also serves as a major wardrobe upgrade.

man wearing tasteful eyeglasses while looking at his computer in an office

Blue light blocking glasses have risen in popularity over the last several years, and they can be just as sharp and tasteful as your favorite reading glasses or shades. They don’t appear much different than a reading pair, but come in all sorts of frames, colors, and sizes. This is one style upgrade that also happens to serve a unique workplace function!

Tying It All Together

By now, hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two about elevating your office attire. Business casual can often be a bit hard to understand, and even trickier to pull off correctly.

In the absence of hard-set style rules that once ruled the professional workplace, the default outfit often lacks a bit of flavor. But through thoughtful choices and careful understanding of how individual items play into one another, you can upgrade your business casual wardrobe in no time.

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Steam Room Etiquette: How A Man Should Behave

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The positive effects of a steam room – the rejuvenating effect on skin, muscles and joints while relieving stress – are well documented. However, a few people always manage to detract from an otherwise therapeutic experience.

We don’t want you to be ‘that guy’, so we’ve created 10 steam room etiquette guidelines every man should follow.

Don’t Come In Naked

We are not in Ancient Rome; steam rooms are now mainly unisex. Even if you are in a single-sex steam room, please don’t come in naked. There really is no need.

If you don’t want to wear trunks, then don’t. However, please have the decency to put a towel around your waist to protect your ‘modesty’. Furthermore, if you are only wearing a towel, don’t put your leg(s) up – needless to say, no one needs to see that.

Shower Before You Come In

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There’s nothing worse than someone stepping into the steam room straight from a two-hour cardio workout, still dripping with sweat.

Suddenly, people become rather weary about the source of steam in the room, not to mention the ‘scent’. Have a shower, please. It takes 30 seconds.

Use The Space

If the steam room is almost empty, don’t sit directly beside the only person there; it’s awkward.

Much like Thomas Fink’s (of The Man’s Book) method of selecting the optimal urinal, leave at least one space between you and the other person where possible. Trust us, it’ll make a more enjoyable steam room experience for everyone.

Keep It Closed

Unlike the normal rules of gentlemanly behaviour, do not hold the door open for the person behind you. They managed to get this far, we’re sure they’ll be OK opening it for themselves.

It’s frustrating waiting up to 30 minutes for the ‘optimal steaming temperature’ only to have someone come along and hold the door open for their partner who’s showering.

In Or Out

soor open

If you’re unsure you want to come in, think about it outside, not with the door open (see previous point).

If you are looking for someone, come inside rather than trying to see through the impenetrable steam, or waiting for all the steam to filter out to ease your line of vision.

Shaving

Now, this is unbelievable; some actually think it’s fine to bring a razor into the steam room and have a shave. Where do these people think the hair goes?

It doesn’t matter how much hair you have, the hair still has to go somewhere. There’s no ‘hair length’ related rule for this one – it cannot happen. Ever.

Adults Only

If the sign says, ‘No kids under the age of 16,’ it means that. We should add that the age restriction also applies to mental age.

Watch Your Mouth

steam conversation

While it’s polite to say “Hello” when entering and “Cheers” when leaving, conversation in the steam room should be kept to a minimum and not forced upon any unwilling recipient. If their eyes are closed, it’s probably a good sign they want to be left alone.

Gentleman, it is not a pub. Do not use it as a venue to discuss your lurid stories from the night before, how well your job is going, or divulge the inner workings of your ‘relationships’ – there’s a reason psychologists get paid.

Comments such as “It’s hot in here” are not required – we know it’s hot; that’s why we’re here.

Don’t Stare

It’s still rude, even if (you think) they can’t see you. No one wants to be gawped at, in or out of a steam room.

Hold It In

Finally, if you must break wind, please, please, please do it outside. Unfortunately, the steam doesn’t numb the sense of smell.

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The Best Men’s Shorts For 2024 Are Anything But Boring

The Best Mes Shorts for 2024 Are Anything But Boring

man wearing various styles of shorts

“A don doesn’t wear shorts.”

Words uttered by fictional New York mob boss Carmine Lupertazzi Sr. to Tony Soprano during an exchange between the two in the fourth season premiere of The Sopranos. Essentially, the older man was admonishing Tony for having previously sported a pair of shorts in public. He felt it was immature. Unbecoming. He was wrong, however.

The thing is, we get where Carmine is coming from. Sometimes, shorts don’t meet the level of formality required for a particular setting or event. But we’re not talking about those instances. When it gets really hot out and you don’t have a member of the old mafia guard mumbling in your ear otherwise, shorts simply get the job done.

Only, some shorts do it better. With the rapid approach of summer, we’re here to tell you that cool shorts come in all types of configurations. Different inseam lengths. Different fabrics. The works.

So come along for the ride. We’re taking you on a tour of the best men’s shorts for summer 2024. With so many to choose from, it was hard to narrow them down. But consider the work done for you. Oh, and stick around to the end to see our top pick!

The Best Basic Shorts: 5” Stretch Chino Short by J.Crew

5” Stretch Chino Short by J.Crew

Sometimes you’ve gotta start simple. And that’s exactly where this pair comes in. J.Crew has been supplying fellas with enduring American classics for decades, and if there’s one thing you can rely on them for (besides Ivy-inspired bangers), it’s good closet staples.

Their 5-inch inseam Stretch Chino Shorts get a lot right. For one, they’re arguably the best length you can get. Many agree that a 5-inch inseam is ideal.

There’s something about a short that’s well, short. It lets you show off the goods! In this case, your legs. But there’s also a nice bit of stretch in the mix here, making these perform a heck of a lot better than stiffer counterparts.

With ten colors and a timeless look, these will run you about $50, but select colors go on sale frequently. Don’t miss out.

The Best Classic Shorts: 6-Inch Stretch Classic Fit Chino Short by Polo Ralph Lauren

6-Inch Stretch Classic Fit Chino Short by Polo Ralph Lauren

Looking for something a tad bit more “old money?” Pardon our use of the TikTok-ified term, but Ralph Lauren’s aesthetics often lean into something adjacent to a lifestyle filled with country clubs and true American class.

Their 6-inch Stretch Classic Fit Chino Shorts fit right in with all of that. With six colors and a flattering length, this pair will be sure to impress. Subtle features such as the tabbed-button rear pockets and the tastefully applied, iconic Polo logo all make them an absolute winner.

Our bet? Go with the Deckwash White color for a good mix of versatility and elegance. Oh, and they’re under $90, too.

The Best Textured Shorts: 5 1/2″ Corduroy Everywear Shorts by Madewell

5 1/2" Corduroy Everywear Shorts by Madewell

One of the best style hacks you can ever learn is that texture is seriously important.

Outfit feeling a bit dull? Nine times out of ten it’s because things are too flat. A great way to add more visual interest is by incorporating texture through fabric. In the case of these shorts by Madewell, that would be corduroy.

Though typically a fabric most associated with autumn, winter, and the mild days of spring, these work for summer just as well in short form. With a perfect 5 ½-inch inseam and a comfortable elastic waistband, these shorts are a great addition to any casual ensemble.

They come in some brilliant colors, too, such as Warm Coffee and Dusty Laurel. The best part? They’re less than $70.

The Best Sweat Shorts: Austin International Sweat Short by Saturdays New York City

Austin International Sweat Short by Saturdays New York City

If it’s maximum comfort you crave, look no further than the Austin International Sweat Shorts by Saturdays New York City. They come in a heathered gray as well as black, and they’ve got a solid 6-inch inseam to keep your legs free during the summer heat.

That doesn’t mean these are flimsy, though. They’re constructed from a heavyweight 14oz loopback terry that gives them a great bit of shaping – something you often don’t expect from a pair of sweat shorts. And yet, somehow, they get softer with each and every wash/wear. For less than $100, these are an excellent option you won’t regret.

The Best Military-Inspired Shorts: 5” Officer Short by Todd Snyder

5” Officer Short by Todd Snyder

Remember what we said about lending your outfits a bit of interest through texture? Well, another method is through shape and drape, both of which can be achieved through a couple of well-crafted pleats.

Pleated shorts have had somewhat of a comeback in the men’s fashion landscape, and we’re fully onboard. Todd Snyder’s 5” Officer Shorts are a great way to try out the look.

Inspired by old military shorts and crafted from 100% cotton, these shorts are tastefully short with a 5-inch inseam and feature double pleats, as well as a coin pocket. They’re a bit pricier at $148, but for Todd Snyder quality, they’re well worth the price of admission.

The Best Linen Shorts: 7.5 Pleated Linen Short by J.Crew

7.5 Pleated Linen Short by J.Crew

When it’s absolutely scorching out there, sometimes regular shorts simply won’t do. In that case, it’s time to go full throttle and break out the linen. J.Crew appeared already on this list, but they just have too many great options to offer, like their 7.5” Pleated Linen Short.

Despite their longer length, the extra shaping provided by the single pair of pleats makes these a timeless pair with a bit of extra dimension. Not to mention that flapped coin pocket, which makes for a nice additional touch. They’ll run you just under $90, but when it’s really toasty outside, you’ll be thankful you picked these up.

The Best Loose Denim Shorts: Men’s 5 Star Carpenter Short In Mid Indigo by Wrangler

Men’s 5 Star Carpenter Short In Mid Indigo by Wrangler

Yep, jorts are back. If you’ve paid any attention to fashion spaces online, you might have noticed an uptick in denim short wearers over the past couple of years. But thankfully, today’s denim shorts are a lot cooler than the ones you wore in middle school. And with the right styling? They can look downright killer.

Currently, like many other fashion-forward shorts, jorts tend to be among one of two camps. One is loose and long. The other is a more traditional length and slimmer. Both are valid. But if you’re intrigued by the looser silhouette, Wrangler’s 5 Stat Carpenter Shorts have both you and nearly your knees covered.

These shorts have a 10-inch inseam, which while not for the faint of heart, is certain to make a statement. They’ve got a great early-2000s energy about them, and the more rugged details like the carpenter pant pockets really seal the deal. Not wholly convinced? They’re only $20. You can’t beat that.

The Best Retro-Inspired Denim Shorts: 501 ‘93 Cut Off 7” Men’s Shorts by Levi’s

Guy Wearing Retro-Inspired Denim Shorts wiht untucked casula shirt

Now for the other camp. Levi’s is the undisputed king of jeans. So naturally, their denim shorts are a total vibe, too. Their 501 93” Cut Off 7” Shorts have a great retro flair, with distressing along the hem and several tasteful washes.

Not to worry, because they can still be styled with ease, and their laid-back nature keeps things looking and feeling highly casual.

They cost just under $70, but Levi’s denim is damn near always worth it.

The Best All-Use Shorts: Men’s Baggies Shorts 5” by Patagonia

Men’s Baggies Shorts with flip flops

Patagonia Baggies have reigned supreme for quite some time. They debuted these shorts in 1982 and never looked back. They didn’t have to. These shorts have naturally stood the test of time and work with just about anything.

While they do project a somewhat more athletic look at first glance, you’d be surprised at how versatile they can be. Paired them with a plain white tee. Then a cotton crew neck sweater. Try them with a rugby polo. They just work.

Not only that, but they’re intended for water use as well. In a pinch, they make for a solid pair of swim trunks. Get them wet, and don’t sweat. For only $65, there’s no reason these should be as versatile as they are.

Our Absolute Favorite Shorts: Herringbone Twill Larsen Short by Buck Mason

Herringbone Twill Larsen Short by Buck Mason

A middle-ground 6-inch inseam. Two perfectly pleasing pleats. Herringbone weave texture. These might be the perfect shorts! Buck Mason always releases excellent products, but these might be some of the very best shorts you can buy for summer 2024.

They’re made from a 9.4 oz washed cotton twill fabric, and have just the right amount of extra shape and volume due to the single pleated front. They sit higher on the waist due to classic high rise, better breaking up the proportions between your legs and your chest. With a flapped coin pocket and two neutral colors, these shorts work a wide variety of occasions and an even wider number of ensembles.

For $128, we don’t think there’s a more perfect pair of shorts out there.

The Wrap-Up

Maybe Carmine is right. Maybe a don shouldn’t wear shorts. But chances are, you’re not a don. You’re a regular guy looking to upscale his style. And regular guys wear shorts. Because shorts, when executed well, can look pretty damn great!

Hopefully, this carefully curated list of the best shorts a man can buy has been helpful. Keep an eye out for future recommendations, and keep cool this summer!

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The Best Men’s Linen Pants Keep You Looking Cool and Feeling Cooler

relaxed fit beige linen pants black t shirt black leather belt loafers

Things are getting toasty out there, fellas. It’s just about time to switch over to your summer wardrobe. On the absolute hottest of days, you may be inclined to reach for your favorite pair of shorts.

And hey, we’re not knocking that decision. But on days that you still want to feel a bit more dressed up without sacrificing comfort and breathability, consider picking up a pair of linen pants this season.

For the less initiated, linen is a fabric made from fibers derived from flax plants. Not only is it natural, but it is highly breathable, featuring a looser weave than knotty wools and twill cottons.

This makes linen an ideal material for summertime clothing, especially pants. Their relaxed nature and subtle texture can elevate just about any summer outfit, whether you’re running morning errands or grabbing dinner outdoors. And the best linen pants absolutely double down on the cool factor.

man wearing relaxed-fit beige linen pants with a black t-shirt, black leather belt, and black loafers

At Real Men Real Style, we want you to look your best and feel your best this summer. So without further ado, here are our top recommendations for the best men’s linen pants in 2024, covering a variety of budgets and micro-styles. Read on!

The Budget Pick: Linen Blend Relaxed Pants by Uniqlo

Linen Blend Relaxed Pants by Uniqlo

The Japan-based mega-retailer of clothing basics doesn’t miss. Their Linen Blend Relaxed Pants are an excellent choice, and snagging a pair won’t hurt your wallet too much, either. While not a fully linen composition, a linen-cotton blend ensures a bit less wrinkling than you’d typically expect from fully linen pants – and it keeps things breathable, too.

With a classic silhouette, these are incredibly easy to style as well. Not sure how? Here’s a hint. Try ‘em with just about anything. Appropriate for the office, country club, cruise ship deck, and anywhere in between, there’s a heck of a lot of versatility available to you here.

With five colors and extensive unisex sizing options, you can’t get much better than these for under the $50.00 mark.

The Laid-Back Pick: Linen Drawstring Pants by Madewell

Linen Drawstring Pants by Madewell

If the last option had a bit too much cotton in the mix for your taste, the Linen Drawstring Pants by Madewell might be more your thing. Made from 100%, you guessed it, linen, these casual bottoms offer a solid value for the money, and significantly more laid-back aesthetic.

Available in a unique sage green, don’t let their casual nature fool you – you can style these a ton of ways. Wear them with your favorite band tee. Wear them with loafers of Adidas Sambas. Try them out with a camp collar shirt.

You’ve got options, and the relaxed, generous fit provided by the drawstring waistband means you don’t need to bother worrying about a belt. For under $90.00, these are a damn near steal.

The Contemporary Pick: Classic-fit Linen Trouser by J.Crew

Classic-fit Linen Trouser by J.Crew

If J.Crew didn’t make this list, then something would be seriously wrong. As the parent brand to Madewell, J.Crew is known to offer serious style with a preppy twist – and their linen offerings are no exception to this rule. Their Classic-Fit Linen Trousers are 100% linen and come in four flexible colors.

Not only that, but their timeless fit makes these work exceptionally well for almost any occasion. Dressed up or down, they’ll make an impact. And for a price tag of $118.00, they feature some great extra features like button-flapped rear pockets. We can’t recommend these enough for all your summer sartorial needs.

The Detail-Centric Pick: Standard Pleated Pant in Flax Linen by Alex Mill

Standard Pleated Pant in Flax Linen by Alex Mill

Launched in 2012, Alex Mill has made a profound impact on the men’s fashion landscape in only a relatively brief period of time. Well-regarded for their solid fabrics and budget-friendly casual tailoring options, they should definitely be on your radar – and so should their Standard Pleated Pants in Linen.

There’s hardly a better way to add easy visual depth to an outfit than a couple of pleats, and these pants understand that to great effect. With a slightly cropped hem and higher rise, the fit on these is exceptionally well-crafted.

There’s extras to go around too, most notably a tastefully-flapped coin pocket and cuffed legs. Available for $175.00, these offer a pretty good value if you’re ready for the next step above traditional budget options.

Oh, and did we mention they’re 100% linen, too?

The Clean Pick: Linen Hopsack Carry-On Pant by Buck Mason

Linen Hopsack Carry-On Pant by Buck Mason

The go-to brand for American classics and workwear-inspired pieces at a reasonable price-per-quality, Buck Mason is particularly good at turning great fabrics into even better clothes. Look no further than their Linen Hopsack Carry-On Pants for proof.

Inspired by the look of vintage military chinos, these pants have a particular airy weave that keeps things extra breathable. With a classic fit, natural color, and details like a coin pocket, these pants are competitively priced at $178.00 and can be paired with Buck Mason’s matching Linen-Hopsack Carry-On Jacket for a casual suit that may as well be the official uniform of taking it easy – in style.

The Five-Pocket Pick: Relaxed Fit 5-Pocket Cotton Linen Pant by Todd Snyder

Relaxed Fit 5-Pocket Cotton Linen Pant by Todd Snyder

Looking for a pair of linen pants that definitely air on the casual side of casual? Five-pocket pants are much like jeans – but aren’t necessarily made from denim. In the case of this offering from Todd Snyder, they can come in linen, too!

Todd Snyder is much beloved for their updated takes on classic style centerpieces, and these pants prove they’re still on the money. Available in three colors, you can forget resorting to jeans anytime you want a five-pocket configuration.

With a 73% cotton and 27% linen composition, you can expect these to be sturdier than other more linen-forward pants. But don’t be misled – they’ll still keep you feeling cool and looking fresh.

The Customizable Pick: Classic Wide-leg Trouser by Scott Fraser Collection

Classic Wide-leg Trouser by Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser Collection has become renowned for their exceptional fits, fabrics, and plethora of options available. The England-based brand offers some brilliant tailoring, and their Classic Wide Leg Trousers exemplify the quality you can expect.

Technically, these pants are offered in dozens of options, including cottons and wools. But they’re also available in multiple linen fabrics, ranging in color and weave. There’s guaranteed to be an option that calls out to you.

But that’s not where the customization stops. You can choose to add/remove belt loops, side tabs, cuffed legs, and more, and can expect a highly-flattering traditional fit that is full through the leg and the seat, thanks to a couple of generous pleats. All of this – available to you for around $310.00 USD (converted from GBP).

The Enthusiast Pick: Tobacco Cotton Linen Games Trousers by Drake’s

Tobacco Cotton Linen Games Trousers by Drake’s

If you’re a menswear-head like us, you’re surely familiar with Drake’s. If not, then let it be told – they’ve got some serious game. While certainly pricey, the quality and pure style found in the garments of this British-based menswear powerhouse are nearly unparalleled.

Drake’s understands pants. Like, really well. Their Cotto Linen Games Trousers? Truly exceptional. A high-quality blend of linen and cotton means that these pants will hold their shape better and be less prone to excessive wrinkling, but still maintain a breathable composition suitable for summer weather.

While easily styled up, the construction is relatively relaxed and works just as well casually, with a pinched waist and fuller fit in the leg. Adorned with a pair of single forward-facing pleats, they come in a variety of colors. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but we’re especially fond of the Tobacco color – they’re incredibly versatile.

Like we said, these ones aren’t exactly cheap, coming in at $500.00, but you’ll struggle to find a pair this good anywhere else. Menswear enthusiasts love Drake’s for a lot of reasons. These pants are one of them.

The Wrap-Up

At Real Men Real Style, we want you to look your best and feel confident. Which is why we want to let you know about the best products and best practices. If you haven’t previously given linen pants a shot, let this be your sign to upgrade your style game this summer.

Like we said, shorts can be cool. But linen pants indicate a level of understanding when it comes to the intersection of fabrics and functionality. They tell the world that you don’t have to resort to shorts the moment it gets a bit warm outside. You’re prepared. You’ve got the perfect pair of pants for the job. Any of the above will most certainly help you keep your cool.

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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: The Best Men’s Linen Pants Keep You Looking Cool and Feeling Cooler
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Published Date: Thu, 16 May 2024 16:08:41 +0000

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