Fatigue Pants

imogene + willie military field pants


Fatigue Pants

A price and style comparison

First, a quick history lesson on one of menswear’s toughest pair of trousers: First issued to American soldiers in the early 1950s, the OG (Olive Green)-107 fatigues were the result of the Army Uniform Board's textile research and development plan to create comfortable and lightweight pants that are also durable enough to withstand the rigors of the battlefield. They'd end up being one of the longest-issued uniforms the Army ever had, eventually being replaced by cargo pants in the 1980s.

But even after they were decommissioned, the pants stuck around with veterans and young people who started buying them on the cheap from surplus stores. Why? It comes back to that function-first ethos. The hallmarks of the pants are two large front patch pockets, two rear patch pockets with button flap closures and double-stitching throughout for added toughness. They're like the badass cousin of your favorite pair of chinos and pair perfectly with a beefy tee, a denim shirt, and basically any shoe in your closet. You could grab a vintage pair, but some of our favorite menswear brands are issuing their own take on the classic pant that come washed and ready to be worn over and over. Here are three options in a range of prices to suit your style and budget.



The Underrated
Basic Pair

• 100% cotton, garment-dyed and washed

• Vintage-inspired cat eye buttons

• Additional workwear hip pocket

• Available in six other shades than olive drab

Sowing field pant,
$69 by Blacksmith


The Herringbone Pair

• Modeled after the vintage OG107 pant, with the same sturdy herringbone fabric

• Garment-dyed and enzyme-washed for a lived-in look and feel

• Slight gusset at the crotch for extra comfort

• Wider hems at the ankle make for easy cuffing

Field pant,
$175 by Alex Mill


The Relaxed Pair

• Cut and sewn in America from a yarn-dyed Japanese cloth with some slub texture

• Patterned from an old pair that's been worn down to the threads

• Slouchy, relaxed fit

• Button-fly with WWII-reissue buttons

Military field pant,
$195 by imogene + willie

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