The older I get, the more conscious I am about the fit of clothes. A good tailor is as important as the quality of the merchandise. When dealing with pants, the break is a very personal preference – where the wrong choice can hurt, but the right choice makes a highly positive impact.
The most common is a medium break, where the pants hit between the bottom of your foot and the top of your shoe. Safe choice. A long break is reserved for those over six feet tall – where the hem is even with the bottom of your foot. A short break (or NO break) is where the hem hits the top of your shoes. NO break is gaining popularity because of two reasons: first – wearing no socks is something to brag about, and second – it makes you look taller (I’m sure there are more reasons). I’m a medium-to-NO-break supporter.
We live in a business-casual world. The joke was ‘well, that’s easy, some Dockers and a polo’, which is acceptable, but come on…
Dockers has figured it out – over the past couple of years, they have brought the world of khakis and ‘business casual’ into a stylish option that is more widely accepted by more than just the Mon-Fri 9-5 crew.
There are multiple varieties of Dockers, with multiple fits. The best part are the variations of colors. I’m seeing more of a variation from simple khaki, navy, and olive. I’m seeing more greens (Kelly and Army), blues (sky and Air Force), reds (Garnet and faded), and grays – which is a good thing. Dockers has a great variety of colors in all of their styles.
Here are my 5-pocket twills in Khaki. I have the ‘classic fit’ (D3) – which is perfect to wear with boots; roomy, but not baggy. These are easily dressed up or down – and don’t need to be pressed. Wear them like jeans.
Belt courtesy of Volunteer Traditions
This girl approves.
These are some of my favorite: the D1 Slim Fits in Deep Garnet. The fit is more ‘trim’ than slim. I don’t think you can find this color anymore – maybe this Fall.
Dockers has been promoting their new ‘Lived & Worn’ pants, which I decided to give a try. I got the ‘British Khaki’ color in the ‘straight fit’ (D2). They have a great texture – it’s not as heavy as canvas, but thicker than the 5-pocket twills. The edges are frayed, but it doesn’t look intentional. They truly do look like they’ve been in the rotation for years.
This boy’s on board.
I’d recommend any of the Dockers flavors – they are a great value for the price. Make sure you try them on before you buy – the fits are distinctive and does affect the measurements.
Special thanks to A Headlong Dive and The Momentum for rounding up the boys. Be sure to see their Team-NO-Break / Dockers posts, as well as the rest of the NO-break crew:
Images courtesy of Mrs. Red Clay Soul. She’s amazing.