11
Apr

superdanger-us:

To my fellow Chicagoans:

Dockers is coming through Thursday and Friday with a gigantic trailer showcasing their spring alpha khakis.

  • There will be complimentary shaves and cuts from Joe’s Barbershop
  • The first 50 visitors each day who say “Khaki Rules” get a free pair of Alpha Khakis. And let’s face it, you say crazier things during the course of your day, i.e. “OMQ ______ liked my vine” etc.
  • GQ Executive Stylist, Brett Fahlgren will be in attendance Thursday 12pm-2pm to hang and talk about the spring line.


- Thursday 11am – 6pm: Pioneer Court (Michigan ave. between Illinois and the river) 

- Friday 12pm-7pm: One Financial Place

Come and hang and get pants. and a shave. and then go to a bar instead of going back to work.

and then go to another bar.

throw out your phone when everyone starts texting you “WHERE R U?”

order cheese fries.

order a shot of vodka.

buy a ticket to california.

and never come back.

03
Oct

Political #menswear

Tonight marks the first presidential debate for the 2012 general election and it’s a time when partisans should be encouraged to show their affiliation. Now, there’s a lot of crass and tasteless ways to do this through clothing (just take a look at the junk on Zazzle, CafePress or even eBay), but for those looking for the love of politics and menswear, I’ve put together this guide. 

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Neckties:

Vineyard Vines: $75, available in red, yellow, green and salmon pink for Republicans. For Democrats, blue and green.

Southern Proper: $75, available in a huge range of colors and designs. Wovens in red, crimson and purple; repp stripe in blue (above); printed in red, crimson and blue; another printed GOP elephant on red silk; and political elephants and donkeys surrounded by stars.

Sette Neckwear: $265, available in three designs each for Democrats and Republicans. Elephant print in red, blue and purple. Donkey print in blue, scarlet and yellow. (These 7-fold ties are my personal favorite.)

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Belts:

Tucker Blair: $95, needlepoint belt. 

Vineyard Vines: $49.50, canvas cotton belt available for Republicans and Democrats.

Smathers & Branson: $165, needlepoint belts for both Republicans and Democrats. 

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Prince Albert Slippers:

Stubbs & Wootton: $450, for Republicans, Democrats and fence-sitters.

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Braces:

Fine & Dandy Shop: $65, for Republicans, Democrats and the annoyingly undecided.

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Shorts and Trousers:

Orvis: $15.20 (on sale), in Republican red and Democrat blue. 

Bonobos: $125, critter chinos in navy for Republicans and charcoal for Democrats.

02
Oct
Bonobos is offering donkey and elephant critter-print chinos for politicos, which arrive just in time for debate season!
Want to buy a pair of your own (or other pair of pants) AND save $25? Click here and use my referral link!

Bonobos is offering donkey and elephant critter-print chinos for politicos, which arrive just in time for debate season!

Want to buy a pair of your own (or other pair of pants) AND save $25? Click here and use my referral link!

31
Aug

It’s on sale: Polo Ralph Lauren white denim and linen-cotton chinos — Bloomingdales is having an extra 20% off all their Big Brown Bag sale with code BIGBAG20. That brings the jeans down to $58.80 and the chinos to $108. And if you bought both, you’d get free shipping. Sale ends Monday, September 3rd.

31
Aug

It’s on sale: Brooks Brothers Milano-fit chinos — The trimmest-fitting chinos from Brooks Brothers are on sale right now for just $39.50 (down from $98.50). There’s still a lot of sizes available in several colors, including the staple khaki. 

For some reason they’ve put them in two places in their clearance section: here and here

04
Jul
It’s on sale: Dockers Alpha Khaki — Dockers is taking 30% off all orders over $100 with code FIREWORKS, meaning you can get two pairs of their slim Alpha Khakis for $82.60 (or $41.30 a pair). 

It’s on sale: Dockers Alpha Khaki — Dockers is taking 30% off all orders over $100 with code FIREWORKS, meaning you can get two pairs of their slim Alpha Khakis for $82.60 (or $41.30 a pair). 

13
Jan

Hey Kiyoshi. Pretty basic question. Do you know if 100% cotton chinos would stretch in the seat? I picked up some hartford cotton trousers on deep sale via Mr Porter, and the only issue is a slightly too tight seat. Thought about sitting in warm water and just doing a couple lunges and hanging to dry - worked for my raw denim. Just don't want to try something and lose my return option.

- Asked by jsigmon

Eh, that hasn’t really been the case in any chinos I own. If it’s too tight, then I’d suggest sending them back and maybe sizing up and have the waist taken in (if possible). Buying something that doesn’t fit often results in money wasted because you won’t wear it. 

noahzagor said:

Cotton always stretches a bit. Chinos may not stretch as much as denim, but I’d wager you’ll get about another 1/4” in them as you wear them. Wash cold and hang dry.

Thanks, Noah!

21
Dec

What place do you suggest for some slim, affordable, chino pants?

- Asked by Anonymous

Lands’ End Canvas, Rugby or Brooks Brothers Milano fit. All go on sale quite frequently.

26
Nov

I'm trying to find a pair of slim cut Chinos in Navy, Green, and Khaki, is there any recommendations for pricepoints below 100 and above? Thanks

- Asked by Anonymous

Under $100: Brooks Brothers Milano cut, Rugby University cut and Bonobos (all are on sale now). 

Over $100: Unis, Epaulet.

11
Oct
13
Aug

Got a pair of red chinos from Dockers that were unfortunately too small. They don't have my size in stock. Any ideas where else I can check for similar color and fit? They were the Alpha khakis, so slim fit is ideal.

- Asked by peteraxtman

My preferred option, the Brooks Brothers Milano cut vintage chino, isn’t available in red right now — although you could stop in their retail stores or 346 outlets and see if they have them.

The only others selling red chinos right now I can find are Lands’ End Canvas and L.L.Bean Signature. LEC has limited sizing, but they’re also on sale for $20. LLBS is a bit more pricely at $70, and I’m not sure about their fit. Good news though is that both have a generous return policy.

Since fit’s pretty important to you, it might be worth considering buying a pair that fits you in the waist and has enough length in the leg, and then taking them to a tailor to have the leg opening reduced and the legs tapered. Shouldn’t cost you more than $35 to do and you’ll get the fit you want.

ADDING: On the higher end, you could go with UNIS Gio, which is on sale for $160. Howard Yount’s cotton-twill trousers are on sale for $135. Epaulet also has their red trousers in the Walt and Rudy fits for $175. None of these are particularly “cheap”, but everyone seems to universally praise their fit and quality.

13
Aug

Mark McNairy x Bass Chandler Deck Mocassin - do you cosign as an everyday shoe that goes well with different color chinos/khakis

- Asked by Anonymous

I’m guessing you’re talking about these at Urban Outfitters? I’m a fan of boat shoes in general and think they work well when you can wear them in sockless weather. For cooler weather, not so much. Regardless, yes, they look great with chinos. I wore my boat shoes almost daily last summer.

In regards to the actual shoe mentioned, I’d probably get something cheaper like Sperry or Sebago, both of which tend to show up on sale quite a bit if you check out Endless, Piperlime, Zappos, etc. I picked up my Sperrys for $40 at Marshalls. Take that $80 savings and pick up something else, like a nice tie a Kent Wang. The soles are going to wear out eventually on those anyway, so I find it hard to justify paying that much for them.

28
Jul

Survival of the Fittest: Stepping Up your Chino Neutrals

girouxmcisaak:

Chinos, for those of us who don’t have to wear suits every day but can’t wear whatever we want (aka business causal), are just a part of life. And you know what? I love chinos.

Solid post here, especially tackling the navy chinos and I definitely agree with playing up the military-inspired look with chinos, too. It’s a pretty easy and cheap thing to do and manages to look good.

14
Jun
dreamsofperfection:

Milano Vintage Chinos are about $35 each now at Brooks Brothers… I picked up these, a pair in “Stone,” and a pair in “Slate.”
Don’t say I’m not here to help out your pants arsenal.

I’ve got pairs in navy, khaki and red and pretty pleased with them. Looks like they’ve restocked in the colors that sold out a while back. For this price, they’re a good deal. Are they super slim? Nope, but they work just fine for me and I have no desire to take them to be altered.

dreamsofperfection:

Milano Vintage Chinos are about $35 each now at Brooks Brothers… I picked up these, a pair in “Stone,” and a pair in “Slate.”

Don’t say I’m not here to help out your pants arsenal.

I’ve got pairs in navy, khaki and red and pretty pleased with them. Looks like they’ve restocked in the colors that sold out a while back. For this price, they’re a good deal. Are they super slim? Nope, but they work just fine for me and I have no desire to take them to be altered.

19
May
acutestyle:

Hugo Boss Boss Selection 2011
Straight bossy.

Reblogging to remember this color combination.

acutestyle:

Hugo Boss Boss Selection 2011

Straight bossy.

Reblogging to remember this color combination.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

E-mail me, I'm fairly nice: thesilentist@gmail.com

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