Italian wool pinstripe Ludlow suit pant from J. Crew.

Every man should have a pair of pinstriped pants in his closet.  Whether they are grey, blue, brown or black, pinstriped pants go great for almost all occassions.

Business casual at work?  Try on a pair of grey pinstriped pants with brown suede shoes, a matching belt and a crisp button up and you will have that additional detail which gives you that distinct look.  Going on a date?  Pair those same pants with a black v-neck t-shirt and black slip on boots to give yourself that casual-cool look.  Going on your friend’s boat but lost your luggage except for the pair of pinstriped pants you wore on the plane?  Pair it with a cashmere sweater and some Converse Chuck Taylors and you should be all good.

Pinstriped pants from Banana Republic.

Whatever the occassion, those pinstriped pants can always work with whatever you’ve got.  Even that black tie affair.  Just throw on a crisp shirt and a velvet jacket and people will think you own the place.

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