Grey flannel is your new denim
Esquire Fashion Director Nick Sullivan rediscovers the most versatile (and stylish) pants on earth.
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.