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Why Are Flannel Trousers So Hard To Buy?

mens gray flannel trousers

Flannel trousers should be a core component in every well dressed man’s wardrobe.

In particular – I love gray flannels because:

  1. They match almost anything.
  2. They look sharp – as dressy as worsted wool trousers.
  3. They are very comfortable.
  4. They introduce texture into your outfit.
  5. They are durable and resist staining.

Yet despite all these advantages, purchasing a pair of gray flannel trousers is hard to do.  Heck – purchasing a pair of black, navy, brown, or any color of flannel trousers is a challenge.

My question: Why is it so hard to buy flannels trousers?

I only know of a handful of sources, with the most affordable ($150-170) merchant having just a limited range of sizes in a casual style made for fishing.  Brooks Brothers has a good selection, but not everyone considers $250 for off-the-rack flannels a great deal.

Fifty years ago flannel trousers were much easier to find – they were a staple piece of clothing carried by almost every store that sold menswear.

But somewhere along they way they fell out of favor, were replaced by jeans, and regulated to the back shelves of high-end clothing stores.  Well, I feel the pendulum is swinging back and it’s time for flannels to return.  The’re just too versatile not to have!

Let’s Get Into The Details – Why Flannels Should Be A Part Of Your Core Wardrobe 

mens grey to black color trousers

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Let’s start with the greys – from left to right we have light grey, medium grey, charcoal grey, and black.  Now you might be thinking – these trousers are boring.  There’s no color.

That’s exactly the point – the VAST majority of the time a well dressed man does not want to draw attention to his leg line.  He simply wants them to elegantly connect his shoes to his shirt/jacket.  Flannels – in any variation of gray (and black to a lesser extent) do that perfectly.

Dressier than any type of jean, grey flannels can be worn with a blazer/sport jacket or even a dress shirt by itself.  For more on grey flannel trousers click here – now let’s talk about other classic flannel trouser colors……

mens tan to navy color trousers

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Above we can see (left to right) tan, coffee, dark brown, and navy.  These classic colors vary from the four above in one very important aspect – they leave the grey scale and introduce color to the leg-line.

Now we’re not talking neon green, but because we now have color in the lower-half these trousers are by definition more suited to some colors than others and therefore not as versatile.  Which is why I always recommend one of these colors as only a 2nd or 3rd flannel trouser to purchase when building a core wardrobe.

However these classic colors do add more vibrancy to an outfit than greys/blacks.   Brown trousers mixed with blue check sports jackets can give a ruddy colored man a bit more color without turning him red.  Navy trousers with a tan hopsack jacket and white shirt works well when a dark skinned man want’s to set himself apart in a crowded bar.

 

So……..my question to you!

Is there a need for these classic trousers to return?

I think there is.

But I need to hear from you.  

If you’re in the market – please let me know by filling out the below form.  I’ll email you more details once completed.

 For more info on the package options – please see the extra details under the form below.   If you can’t see the form – click here.

Package Details:

The price of the trousers is affected by three things.  1) Construction Method 2) Materials Used 3) Number Purchased

1) Construction Method – I can go three ways right now, Bespoke (made by hand to your exact measurements, any style) Custom (made by hand and by machine, a lot of control but some things are standard) or Ready-Made (made by machine to standard sizes – much like jeans)

2) Materials – All flannels are planned to be made with 100% wool flannel, most likely made in Italy.

3) Number Purchased – The more purchased, the less our cost of manufacturing/shipping as we can spread that out.

 

 

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About Antonio

Antonio Centeno is President of ATailoredSuit.com and the founder of RealMenRealStyle.com. He has created over 700 articles & videos on men's style, blogs over at the Art of Manliness, and is the creator of the internet's best selling personal presentation course - A Man's Guide To Timeless Style. Antonio has studied clothing design in London, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. He is a former US Marine with an MBA from UT Austin and a BA from Cornell College. He loves to hear from old friends and make new ones.