Grey flan­nel is your new denim

Esquire Fash­ion Direc­tor Nick Sul­li­van re­dis­cov­ers the most ver­sa­tile (and stylish) pants on earth.

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

In the ev­ery­day drama of get­ting dressed, some clothes are meant to play only a sup­port­ing role. A grey flan­nel pant does not cre­ate won­der wher­ever it goes. Traf­fic does not stop, heads do not turn. Even your most en­thu­si­as­tic friends are un­likely to say, “My word, look at your spec­tac­u­larly grey trousers.” No. Grey flan­nel pants are the back­ground de­tail—the rolling up­lands and dis­tant forestry—in the land­scape of your style. But be­cause of them, the el­e­ments in the fore­ground— the cut of your navy blazer, your crunchy tweed jacket, your San­toni deer­skin sneak­ers—are thrown into even greater re­lief.

This, I reckon, was al­ways the pur­pose of flan­nel pants. Years ago, flannels were a ba­sic part of the well-dressed man’s win­ter wardrobe. They were the orig­i­nal sports­wear, like gen­tle­man’s jeans.

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