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.

Business Casual

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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.

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Midnight Wool Coat

Wool Flannel Jacket in Navy

Date Night

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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.

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  • Cashmere peacoat by Articles of Style (Sample) ·
  • Forest green turtlneck by Uniqlo ·
  • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Moleskin 5-Pocket Jeans by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Chocolate suede captoe boots by Johnston & Murphy

Weekend Chill

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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.

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  • 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,

Dan Trepanier

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