Oct
1
2012
By
of Valet.
Fall Staple

Refined Cargos

"I like cargos because they're another option to jeans, cords, chinos or dress pants—they kind of combine the best of all of these," says Michael Bastian who's offered a pair in nearly every collection he's presented for both his main line and Gant. "I've worn them with everything from a tank top to a dinner jacket, I mean, you can't ask for much more range than that." The trick, according to Bastian, is that it's all in the proportions. Look for slim, relaxed fits with a lower rise and authentic military details and hardware. The pockets shouldn't be too big and they should hit just above the knee.. "Its a delicate balance, and there's a lot of crap cargos out there," says Bastian. "So many in fact that a lot of guys are hesitant to try them, but they really should give this new generation a try."

 

Dockers,
$98

Beams Plus,
$285

Lands' End
Canvas
, $70

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    Cargo pants were introduced by the British Army in 1938 with one side pocket and one on the front hip.
 

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