Katahdin Iron Works Flannel Lined Utility Pants, $69
This week's column was inspired by the first bitterly cold snap to hit the Northeast this past week. A friend commented that he'd broken out his thermal long johns and was destined to wear them for the rest of the winter. I hate wearing thermal bottoms, I find them completely restricting but it got me thinking. Determined to find an alternative, I remembered L.L. Bean's new collection of clothes inspired by the workwear of the Katahdin Iron Works, which existed in central Maine between 1843 and 1890. Made of breathable cotton that feels like it's been broken in for you, the water repellant fabric is certainly durable. With reinforced knees and a utility pocket, these pants are way more rugged than most will ever need, but the flannel lining will keep you warm all winter long.