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Tired of looking in the mirror and being unhappy with the look of your clothing?

Are you wanting to rebuild your image for a new and better job opportunity?

Maybe you just got your law degree or MBA and you want to look like a professional.

In any case, wouldn’t it be great to be able to rebuild your wardrobe by buying less and keeping your expenses in check?

Well you’re in luck gents as that’s what we’re covering below.

 

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How To Build A 15-Piece Professional Wardrobe (From Scratch):

  • Start With Your Wardrobe Budget
  • A Man’s Suit – Your Armor To Take On The World
  • Supporting Cast – Sports Jacket & Trousers
  • A Man’s Dress Shirts – Wardrobe Foundations
  • Casual Shirts – The Style Glue That Keeps Everything Together
  • Strictly for Business – A Man’s Dress Shoes & Belt
  • Casual Shoes & Belt – Business on Holiday
  • Casual Men’s Trousers – Denim, Chinos, & Slacks
  • Essential Men’s Accessories – Watch, Tie, Pocket Square & Sunglasses

Start With Your Wardrobe Budget

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I understand that every guy is a in a different position financially and that won’t stop you from using this guide.

The Starter Budget is made for the man who has just graduated college and is still on the hunt for a career and wants to make sure he looks like the kind of business he wants to be in.

If you are a man who has been in the work-force for a few months and has some paychecks saved and is looking to go further in the professional industry, the Mid-Range Budget is perfect for you.

Finally, if you’re a man who has already arrived and is very well established in his career, I recommend the Luxury Budget.

Here is the average price of each of these budgets:

  1. Starter Budget = $750.00
  2. Mid-Range Budget = $2,625.00
  3. Luxury Budget = $11,050

A Man’s Suit – Your Armor To Take On The World

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A charcoal suit is the most versatile suit a man can get.

It is my firm believe that every man needs to own at least one suit.

Even if you don’t wear a suit often, it is still a good idea to have one. You never know when you’re going to be invited to a wedding or dinner with your boss that you have to dress up for.

I would recommend a charcoal suit or a navy suit to be the first suit you own. It is extremely important to get the fit right. Most of the time, you will need a tailor for this.

In the Starter Suits, you will find suits that have been machine-made and sometimes may have quality issues such as loose threads. The fabrics found are often not as comfortable against the skin and not as durable as the Mid-Range and Luxury Suits.

Mid-Range Suits will often be machine made as well however they will have more quality to them in every way. There will not be any issues with loose threads and the fabric will be more durable and comfortable.

Luxury Suits are the king of the hill and rightfully so. They will often be made from scratch just for you. You typically will go and get measured and be able to pick the fabric your suit is made from and be able to customize all of the details of the suit. The construction of a luxury suit is also not glued together like the lower-end ones are and will fit and last you 20 years or more.

  • Starter Suit Budget – $200.00
    • Options: Amazon, Banana Republic, J. Crew Factory, Target
  • Mid-Range Suit Budget – $600.00
    • Options: Indochino, Suit Supply, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack
  • Luxury Suit Budget – $1,500.00
    • Options: Tom Ford, Brioni, HUGO BOSS, Brooks Brothers

 

Supporting Cast – Sports Jacket & Trousers

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There are tons of different options when it comes to sports jackets.

I think having one sports jacket and odd trouser is another must for a professional men’s wardrobe.

This is an amazing combination for a dinner date with your wife, girlfriend or that special lady you’ve been getting the courage to ask out.

For the sport jacket, a tweed pattern of some sort is the best way to go. It adds another layer of depth to your outfit and will help you stand out more in a crowd.

For the trouser, make sure it is a color that compliments your sports jacket.

The difference between budgets is very similar to differences in suits. Construction, durability, and fit will all get better the more money you spend.

  • Starter Average Budget Sports Jacket/Trousers: $200.00
    • Options: LL Bean, Macy’s, Walmart
  • Mid-Range Average Budget Sports Jacket/Trousers: $600.00
    • Options: Indochino, Suit Supply, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack
  • High-Tier Average Sports Jacket/Trousers: $1,500.00
    • Options: Tom Ford, Brioni, HUGO BOSS, Brooks Brothers

A Man’s Dress Shirts – Wardrobe Foundations

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The White Dress Shirt – A Men’s Style Staple

I recommend getting 5 dress shirts. That way you have one for each day of the week (Monday-Friday).

You can go for wrinkle-free options if you are extremely busy but I would recommend against this.

Wrinkle-free shirts are often made with synthetic materials that keep it from getting wrinkled. This will lead to the shirt not lasting as long and can possibly be unconformable against your skin.

Style-wise, you can’t go wrong with a classic poplin dress shirt. In the color department, it is best to get the colors that match your skin tone and hair tone the best.

As you go up in price with dress shirts, the fit and feel of them will get better. The construction will also be better. High-End dress shirts will often feature darts and non-synthetic fabrics.

  • Starter Average Dress Shirts: $125.00
    • Options: Amazon, Gap
  • Mid-Range Average Dress Shirts: $500.00
    • Options: Indochino, Men’s Wearhouse, Nordstrom Rack
  • Luxury Average Dress Shirts: $1,000.00
    • Options: Tom Ford, HUGO BOSS, Brooks Brothers Saks Fifth Avenue

Casual Shirts – The Style Glue That Keeps Everything Together

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The Henley is making a big comeback in men’s style.

I think every man needs at least 3 casual shirts. This will allow you to have enough to wear over the weekend and one for a Friday night out and about.

These casual shirts can vary from Polo Shirts to Henleys just make sure to pick the most comfortable option for you and your body type.

You can’t go wrong with a navy polo. It is timeless look on any man.

You want to make sure that the casual shirts you pick flatter your body type. If you are a bit more heavier set, a t-shirt would not be a wise idea.

When choosing the amount you choose to spend on your casual shirts, it is important to know what you are sacrificing when you spend less.

Just like suits and sports jackets, the lower the price the lower the quality of the item. A lot of times these casual shirts will have strange boxy fits as well as they are trying to fit more men as opposed to being more specialized in the higher-end price points.

  • Starter Average Casual Shirts: $45.00
    • Options: Amazon, Old Navy, Gap
  • Mid-Range Average Casual Shirts: $225.00
    • Options: Men’s Wearhouse, Indochino
  • Luxury Average Casual Shirts: $450.00
    • Options: Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom Rack

Strictly for Business – A Man’s Dress Shoe & Belt

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Picking a high quality shoe is important for sustainability.

For this section, I put together a pair of dress shoes and a belt because you’re going to want to make sure to match the leathers here.

I would recommend a black cap-toe oxford as a starting dress shoe. This is one of the most used men’s dress shoes and for good reason.

It can fit with any dress outfit including black tie if you needed it to. As I stated before make sure to match your leather shoes to your leather belt.

This is an area where you should consider spending more on higher end shoes. What you save in price, you loose in longevity.

Cheaper shoes are glued together instead of being stitched together. Quality shoes will get better over time as cheap ones will not.

  • Starter Average Dress Shoes & Belt: $100.00
    • Options: Amazon, Aldo Shoes
  • Mid-Range Average Dress Shoes & Belt: $300.00
    • Options: Thursday Boot Company, Anson Belts
  • Luxury Average Dress Shoes & Belt: $800.00
    • Options: Crockett & Jones, Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Casual Shoes & Belt – Business on Holiday

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A dark pair of Chukka Boots are a great casual option for all professional men.

You can’t wear dress shoes for every occasion and this is why we have casual shoes on the list as well. This is an another area that you can mold to your personality.

My recommendation is to either go with a classic pair of white sneakers or a pair of casual boots like a Chukka or Chelsea.

If you opt for a leather boot, you’ll want to make sure that your belt matches that leather. If you went for the classic white sneakers, you can use some of your creativity and pick whatever color you like the most.

  • Starter Average Casual Shoes & Belt: $75.00
    • Options: Amazon, ALDO, Old Navy
  • Mid-Range Average Casual Shoes & Belt: $150.00
    • Options: Anson, Thursday Boot Company
  • Luxury Average Casual Shoes & Belt: $300.00
    • Options: Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom Rack

Casual Men’s Trousers – Denim, Chinos, & Slacks

mens budget wardrobe jeans

Make sure to first get a pair of dark washed jeans with little to no distressing to increase the wardrobe flexibility.

I recommend two pairs of casual trousers: a pair of khakis or chinos and a pair of dark-washed jeans.

Make sure when you choose a pair of jeans to make sure there isn’t much distressing and that it is a darker wash as I stated before.

Ideally, these casual trousers will also be able to work with your sport jacket. This will just give the item more versatility in your wardrobe.

This is an area where you can save a bit of money. The difference in casual pants is not massive between each price option. Realistic, you can get some very good deals on quality casual pants that don’t break the bank.

  • Starter Average Casual Trousers: $50.00
    • Options: Gap, Levi’s, Amazon, Walmart
  • Mid-Range Average Casual Trousers: $300.00
    • Options: Indochino, Nordstrom Rack
  • Luxury Average Casual Trousers: $700.00
    • Options: Saks Fifth Avenue, Rag & Bone, Tom Ford

Essential Men’s Accessories – Watch, Tie, Pocket Square & Sunglasses

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This category is a catch-all for everything else of importance. Ties, watches, sunglasses, and pocket squares all fall into this category.

This is also the category where the price can get very high, very quickly.

Watches can range from Timex to Rolex. The choice is yours.

Sunglasses can also be very expensive depending on the brand you select. From your cheap gas station pair (which I would not recommend) to the high quality Persol pair, you can really run the gamut with prices of sunglasses.

For ties and pocket squares, it is important to keep things understated. Utilize solid colors and fine patterns to allow your ties and pocket squares to match with more suits and shirt colors.

The difference in price point os really going to effect how long each of these items will last you. Watches in the Luxury range can last two generations. The higher the price of sunglasses will also effect their ability to protect your eyes.

I think using the “less is more” idea with accessories is the way to go. Invest in one higher quality watch and pair of sunglasses and you will be set for your life.

  • Starter Average Accessories: $50.00
    • Options: Amazon, Timex
  • Mid-Range Average Accessories: $1,000.00
    • Options: Ray-Ban, Nordstrom Rack, Mvmt Watches
  • Luxury Average Accessories: $5,000.00
    • Options: Persol, Saks Fifth Avenue, Rolex

 

 

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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

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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

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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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Published Date: Thu, 16 May 2024 16:08:41 +0000

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