Men's Green Fashion Guide: Smart Casual Pants

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You have the shirt well in hand; now to pair it off with a snazzy pant. Choices abound for the trouser-bound because renewable fibers like merino wool and cashmere are commonplace, whether you favor pleated or flat, cuffed or uncuffed, slim-fit or wide-leg. Less widespread are light- to medium-weight slacks made from organic or sustainable fibers. As we mentioned before, buying preloved/vintage/secondhand is the most eco-friendly route, but if you must ring in the new, here are some low-impact options for the dapper-looking gent that translate easily from work to play and back again.


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Photo credit: Bonobos

Hand-tailored in New York City from organic brushed cotton twill, Bonobo's dark brown Brothers Grinn pants ($118) are cut closer to the leg to flatter, not conceal, your haunches. With nickel slide-snaps and a playful Hawaiian-print waistband, these medium-rise trousers taper downward to flare in a slight boot cut.


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From Orvis, comes a relaxed-fit, plain-front organic cotton chino ($135) in five colors: butter, brown, brick, tan, and olive. With even waist sizes, different inseam lengths, and your choice of cuffed or plain finish, the pants come with side-seam pockets, including a concealed right-side watch pocket.

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