Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shopping for Fall, Brown Pants

I’ve been wanting to buy some dark brown pants for a while. ¬†The thing that has held me back is finding the right kind of shoe to go with such a dark brown.


The best answer I’ve seen is a tone-on-tone chocolate brown, probably suede, shoe. ¬†It creates a nice long line between your leg and your foot.


The other obvious answer is a cordovan/mahogany shoe, like an Alden – or the shoe I’m getting made by Cleverley.


Black is also an option, but it just seems too awkward and simple to be interesting.


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  1. Katie

    September 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I adore how you are beginning to narrate more. It is wonderful to see the influences you and Garance have upon each other. It also ads more depth to your already stellar blog.

  2. N.Uve

    September 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  3. JMT

    September 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    The recent posts with extra text have been great. Would you consider a short equivalent series on shopping for fall in women’s basics?

  4. Holly

    September 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Forget the shoes… I love that plaid jacket! ;)

  5. Sergey

    September 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I like his brown pants and navy coat!

  6. Arch

    September 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Great post! I love the brown cords. Any idea who makes ‘em?

  7. Bohemain Style

    September 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Loving the brown shoes.

  8. Alex

    September 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    dark brown pants are a must. velvet or even better, molesquine (got it from Jay Kos) , gives a nice twist to the piece. For shoes my favors go for elephant in light brown not cheap but close to perfection. Anyways love your photos.

  9. Eugen

    September 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Black/blue…black/brown…Nice down to earth feeling, always right/never wrong!
    Brown/Brown can be so wrong if you dont have a “sensitive” color eye.
    Very used but so right: less is more AND it goes for colors aswell.
    Keep it up!

  10. Carmine

    September 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    well i think that playing with sock could be a good idea (violet are my favourite) !!and navy blue or acid green shoes are a good alternative option!!!

  11. Hi

    September 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Black shoes. Black shoes go with everything. Anybody who tells you otherwise shouldn’t be trusted.

  12. Sophie

    September 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I personally like baby blue suede shoes with brown pants. It does take a bit of personality to pull it off, but I think the two colours complete each other and clash at the same time. Wallabees would be my pick.

  13. Asuma

    September 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    You could go for brown loafers for a vintage look, or I personally quite like creme or beige suedes too.

  14. CBC

    September 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    love the look on the street

  15. Montreal

    September 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Yes that reminds me. Wern’t you to update us on your cordovan shoes by Cleverley. That post was way back on April 28. Hoe are they coming along?

  16. Sarah

    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you for suggesting suede. It’s a useful observation. The looks on both men are comfortable and unfussy specifically because of the unbroken texture.

  17. Daniel

    September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Here’s some great brown pants that would be a more casual option, as an alternative to denim.

  18. micah

    September 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    i love how women discuss all sorts of diverse topics when it comes to clothing and fashion, yet men are reduced to contemplating shoe color and how many buttons to put on a jacket.

    scott, you’re one of our few vanguards for male fashion, but you most often discuss such boring things.

  19. Sorry

    September 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Never wear brown in town…..just untrue…but brown and black is an unjust combination……mix a chocolate with a lighter brown… should always be darkest. BTW……really sorry Scott, but i’ve never seen you mess up spelling quite like this…

  20. Guest

    September 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Those shoes in your photos are so drab! Get something from Leffot… in the West Village. Steven has the best shoes in the city. His website is just a sort of random blog of new things they have in stock so go to the store.

  21. Albert

    September 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    During Fall Season, corduroy pants, especially in different brown tonalities (but also in dark green, maroon, etc) are one of the best choices.
    Suede shoes would be a perfect match.

  22. me

    September 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Faced this same exact problem after I realized I had just finished buying a pair of brown cords from Uniqlo.

    I took the easy route and threw on black shoes. The way I see it, it makes the pants look all the more brown if there’s some black to compare it with, and I don’t want the shoes to be the main part of such an outfit anyway. Guess I’m breaking a fashion rule but all rules get broken at some point in one’s life…

  23. monkeyshines

    September 9, 2011 at 12:35 am

    adore the plaids!


  24. une chatte grise

    September 9, 2011 at 2:30 am

    A good pair of well-fitting, dark-brown pants in an autumnal fabric (I love moleskin or fine corduroy) will make anything worn with them look just fine.

    Side note–to me, the first photo is a fine example of how pants can follow the trend and be a bit shorter than in previous years but still work (read: not look like _short_ pants). There’s just a soupcon of break, so the pants hang beautifully and the line from the narrow leg opening through the shoe looks lovely, but the ankle is covered and the wearer looks like a grown person. (Now, if only those pants didn’t have a crease… can’t have everything, I guess.)

  25. Trousers, surely...

    September 9, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I do love your observations, but surely, they’re trousers, not pants….?

    Keep up the otherwise splendid commentary!

  26. Joost

    September 9, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Funny, I am currently wearing (dove gray-ish) brown pants (5-pocket twill), and do combine them with dark brown suede shoes. Tip for socks: dark purple.

  27. aNA

    September 9, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Just love first shoes!!!

  28. vintage engagement rings

    September 9, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Brown is hot for the fall!

  29. PammieTaj

    September 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I like the suede, but is that a more casual approach? I’m not sure. I have no suede, because my area is prone to rain and I’m kind of wreckless when it comes to rain (Dad used to buy me umbrellas, but gave up when I visited soaking wet with six umbrellas in the back of the car). At any rate. For a biz casual look, this might work. I’ve never seen a man wear pants like that, and I have a hard time picturing them dressed up at all.

    I’m also curious about your hand made shoes. Progress?

  30. Reigs

    September 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    What about Moleskin trousers for Autumn? They have a tendency to bag at the knee after a few wears though. Ox blood or burgundy coloured brogues (such as Loakes Royal Brogue) go well with brown trousers coupled with a “strong” sock I find.

  31. Brent

    September 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Any idea who makes those brown suede boots? Love them… they look like Tod’s, but I’m not certain…

  32. Liam Cotter

    September 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I’d love to know where those brown cord trousers are from. Look like a great fit/colour.

  33. janerowena

    September 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Dark brown suede.

    As with women, if you wish to lengthen your legs you need to continue the colour and texture, and shiny shoes never did it for me. I have always preferred dull, rough-surfaced ones with trousers.

    Of course, if you wish to wear a skirt, then anything goes!

  34. Gabriel

    September 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Love these new examples of color stories, particularly the houndstooth plaid coat with the brown corduroys and suede boots. Whoever was wearing that had a real stroke of genius.

    As far as your question goes, have you tried grey suede shoes with brown pants? Hush Puppies used to make grey suede shoes some years back, not sure if they still do. I’ve recently seen them in taupe, which might work wonderfully with dark brown wool (or cords) as well.

    OR you could take a page from ’70s-era Woody Allen and wear slim dark brown cords with white-dark blue saddle shoes (as seen in Play it Again, Sam).

    I too have been enjoying these later posts with more descriptions/observations/musings. Keep them coming, please.

  35. Juanita

    September 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    For those who asked – this is where a lot of people buy good quality cords here in London. They sell online as well. Just stay away from the plus-two’s and plus-four’s! Everything at Cordings is very proper and well made.

  36. J.W.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Anyone know who makes the shoe in the first picture?

  37. tom

    September 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I want both pair of shoes. A little extra style plus they look comfortable. Sometimes even men’s shoes can sacrifice comfort for fashion.

  38. Tom

    September 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    liking this look

  39. cheap engagement rings

    September 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    A great look!

  40. Guy

    September 11, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Try a colorful suede shoe from the Brown Florsheim line. Maroon, orange, green, or blue suede would look great with dark brown pants. Hey, yellow would work well too!

  41. J.Panda

    September 12, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Brown trousers at one time ruled the fashion scene, and to this day remain my favourite. Be it cord, canvas or chino, it has a romantic feel and is autumnal. Of late jeans have taken away the limelight.

  42. PierreJD

    September 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Really hard to wear brown color…

  43. Ollie

    September 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I would also like to know who makes the shoe in the first picture?

  44. DB

    September 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Would love to know the brand of shoes in the first picture. The shape of the shoe looks like Belgian Loafers, but its probably not.

  45. Nick

    September 15, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Go for tone-on-tone… I founded nice dark chocolate ankle boots on MASSABOUTIQUE.COM

  46. Marco

    September 20, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Also an Acorn Brogue like the Bourton Acorn might work

  47. Name*

    October 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    They are selling a similar plaid jacket for women at H&M for $30. I almost bought it but alas they did not have my size :(

    And… I love the first shoe

  48. Ruth

    October 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    What about a dark purple? Or maybe dark green? Something complementing the deeper tones of the brown would be good for an autumnal look, I think. The classic brown-on-brown would work too, even if it’s a little ‘safe’.

  49. Nacho Uve

    November 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hombres interesantes….;)


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