Winterize Your Khakis: Moleskin
November 11th, 2015
Chinos are great. They’re versatile, low maintenance and come in every color you can image. The problem is, chino cotton is generally lightweight. Wearing them November-March feels cold and looks out-of-place.
So in the spirit of seasonal equivalent fabrics, the solution to warmer chinos is moleskin. Moleskin is 100% cotton, just like chino, but it’s coarser, heavier and processed differently. Think of it like corduroy, just without the “ribbing”. It’s a dense cotton with a brushed surface that gives it a slight “nap” feel (somewhat reminiscent of suede).
Here Will shows us that moleskin pants are to Fall/Winter what chinos are to Spring/Summer.
There’s no reason for long underwear to be bunching-up your pant lines and over-heating you at the office, moleskin is cozy and warm with natural breathing properties.
Like most dense cottons (think denim and corduroy) moleskin is a tough and rugged fabric that can withstand a real beating. These will break-in over time and look even better once they accumulate a few creases and wear spots.
Warmer than chinos and softer than denim, there is nothing more chill than a pair of moleskin pants. You’ll want to live in these, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t.
- Tortoise sunglasses by John Varvatos
- Black crewneck cashmere sweater by Prada
- Navajo bomber jacket by Pendelton (Vintage)
- Moleskin 5-Pocket Jeans by Ralph Lauren
- Black leather wingtip boots by Paul Smith
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,