The buckle-back trouser was something of a style statement for young guys in the late 1950s. The small fabric belt, fastened with a metal buckle, was a rather simple sartorial detail to add to otherwise plain cotton chinos that were mostly thought of as work pants. As legend has it, the inspiration was lifted from baseball mitts at the time, which used a cinch-strap to tighten the fit of the glove. And this spring, the buckles are back—with throwback labels offering updated pants with the retro detail.
HW Carter & Sons
A 152-year-old brand returns with these archive-inspired American-made trousers, cut from selvedge Cone Mills duck cloth.
$195, at Smith+Butler
Phigvel Makers Co.
Made in Japan, and sold exclusively at Hickoree's Hard Goods, these have a hard-wearing workwear feel.
$265, at Hickoree's Hard Goods
A soft two-ply cotton chino, made by Martin Greenfield's crew in Brooklyn, New York with a slimmer fit and side seam pockets.
$195, from J.Press
- They're Not All Tan: Nudie is offering some limited edition buckle-back chinos in a bold blue hue, made in Italy and hand dyed using organic woad dyes. $675, available at Nudie, Los Angeles or Atrium, New York.