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The Cargo Pant Dresses Up


Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the first controversy of Fashion Week: the semi-formal cargo pant.

It comes from Ascot Chang’s recent show (courtesy of Sartorially Inclined) and we’re not quite sure how to feel about it.

The cargo pant has attracted a lot of followers lately—not least Mark McNairy and Rogues Gallery—but it’s mostly been in a rugged, day-at-the-lumber-mill mode. Move the same pocket to a more traddish milieu and it seems too daring for its own good. Or maybe just daring enough…

Allow us to elaborate»

Thomas Mason’s Tie

Thomas Mason is a hallowed name in the world of shirting (just ask J.Crew), but nobody’s thought of applying that well-combed cotton to neckwear. Until now, that is.

The bespoke shirtmakers at Ascot Chang just released their Spring/Summer offerings, and tucked in among the vintage styles was this three-inch tie, stitched together from an impeccable Thomas Mason plaid. Eat your heart out, madras.

It’s not bespoke like the more customizable offerings from other outfits, but as long as you’re under 6’3” and relatively proficient at knotting, you should be fine.

If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can spring for a shirt in a matching (but non-diagonal) plaid—but we’d file that one under “advanced studies.”