Pants

Three of a Kind: Cool Plaid Pants

Plaid: it’s as old as the hills. But today’s best applications of ages-old tartan patterns take that traditional country club madras and your grandfather’s Sansabelts and throw a handful of future at them. Urban bravehearts hoping to steer clear of geezerville should aim for flat fronts and slim, even slightly cropped legs. And it goes without saying (but we will just in case): pair solid tops with checks, please.

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Paul Smith London ‘Kensington’BOSS HUGO BOSS ‘Sharp’ | Junya Watanabe ‘Patchwork’

SHOP: More Fall/Winter Trends | All Designer Pants

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc_iT1bSrJM

The only idea worse than bacon-flavored mouthwash to come out of this year’s online April-Fool’s-Day antics? Borrowing your girlfriend’s jeans:

You can thank the merry pranksters—and in reality, certified pants experts—at Bonobos for that one. Luckily it was, in fact, a joke. (Letting your girlfriend borrow your clothes, on the other hand, is a whole different story.)

SHOP: BONOBOS | BACON

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Levi’s for Every Occasion

If the Wieden+Kennedy-produced spot above doesn’t have you convinced that Levi’s® are the ideal pants for acing a presentation, riding your bike, teaching a class, falling in love, nailing a cello audition, and sprinting down an alleyway to the sounds of dramatic spoken-word poetry, then consider this: The San Francisco-founded brand’s heritage, dating back to 1873, makes these jeans and chinos a time-tested gift for yourself—or any guy on your list who appreciates pants.

We currently have more Levi’s in stock than ever before. Check out some favorites below, or shop our full selection of Levi’s.


Made & Crafted. Levi’s are incredible because you can get into a solidly constructed, great-fitting pair of pants starting around $58 bucks. For true denim-heads and fans of supreme American craftsmanship, though, there’s the next-level Levi’s known as Levi’s Made & Crafted™. Visit the Library at the brand’s official site to learn about the impressive degree of meticulous, turn-of-the-century-inspired handiwork these garments undergo.

Above, L-R (all by Levi’s Made & Crafted): ‘Cutter’ Relaxed Straight-Leg Jeans
‘Ruler’ Straight-Leg Jeans in ‘Indigo Rigid’ and ‘Sparkling’

 


Non-Blues. One of our Rail Dept. buyers, Daniel, called our attention to a shade he fondly refers to as ‘workwear khaki’—a dark, rich beige that borders olive or brown. His favorite pair is the 511™ skinny twill pants above and to the left. Noting their slightly dressier slant pockets, he said: “It’s a cool, versatile style that bridges the gap between chinos and a normal 5-pocket design.”

Above, L-R: Levi’s 511 Skinny-Leg Pants | Levi’s 511 Jeans in ‘Heavy Dobby Caraway’
Levi’s Made & Crafted ‘Drill’ Cotton & Linen Chinos

 


Fits for a King. From the old-school original 501™ to the trim-fitting 511, Levi’s literally makes a fit for every guy. Here’s a range of fits, in dark neutrals ideal for the office.

Above, L-R (all by Levi’s): 511 Coated Slim Straight-Leg Jeans | 501 Straight-Leg Jeans in ‘Rigid Grey’
514™ Slim Straight-Leg Jeans

 


A print ad from the video campaign above, by ad agency Wieden+Kennedy—the same people responsible for bizarre catch phrases like “I’m on a horse” and implausible mash-ups like Kobe Bryant x Robert Rodriguez.
 

SHOP: LEVI’S | ALL JEANS | ALL CHINOS

 
 

[Video and print ad courtesy of Levi’s®.]

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“Think of moleskin as corduroy without the ribs. We love it for fall because the fabric is warm and has a weight to it but, what we don’t like is that it is often stiff and hard to break in. Fear no more, though, as this pair from Gant by Michael Bastian has been washed and the result is like wearing a pair of sweatpants. They’re cut skinny and have a bit more personality than a standard issue pair of cargo pants.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

 

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the third edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 20 favorites from the September issue. Check back every month for more.

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“Another one of the things Ralph Lauren does so well is to keep some of the old-world trappings of a garment but still make it wearable. These corduroy pants have a utilitarian, work-wear look to them, but the fabric is extremely soft and the garment washing has faded them into a beautiful blue color.

Corduroy is a heavier fabric, so you should always go for a slimmer cut, like these, to avoid adding extra pounds to your physique. It’s a great weekend pant for those autumn days when the mercury starts to dip a little low.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

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J Brand is a denim-based company that’s doing great things in the nondenim world. What I love about them is that Jeff Rudes, who owns the company, is obsessed with fit. He’s not interested in producing hundreds of styles, just a select few that have the most perfect fit. This cargo has a softness to it but still holds its shape. The pant is able to have so many design details, like buttoned pockets and seamed legs, because of the very slim cut that keeps a guy from looking like he has saddlebags. I think these are the best-fitting cargos out there right now.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month for the next six months, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

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