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The Stat Sheet: Left Field Tweed Trouser

  • Najib Benouar

Chances are, if you’ve already got a tweed blazer, it’s getting some regular use. But for those of you not quite ready to commit to the tweed jacket, we’d suggest easing into it with a pair of tweed trousers. Like these US-made Japanese-tweed tailored pants from Left Field. Here’s what else you need to know about them.

The Story: The NYC-based label Left Field has been doing Americana since the ’90s—back when the majority of their sales were shipping straight to Japan—and lately they’ve been gaining major traction in the US. Especially in regards to their flannels and new tailored update to their pant cuts.

Who to Channel: A tenured professor; a British aristocrat at his country estate; Donald Sutherland casually walking along the Cliffs of Moher.

When to Wear Them: The brisker it gets, the more your legs are going to want to be wrapped in tweed every day. Wear them with any overcoat you own—get country gentleman with a waxed jacket, or city gentleman with an oxford cloth button-down and wool tie.

Degree of Difficulty: The more tweed you add to your getup, the higher the degree of difficulty. If you’re going to try a blazer with these pants, it’s best not to closely match the two—go with a navy or brown herringbone, make it obvious you’re wearing two different tweeds. Adding a tweed newsie cap might be going too far... unless you’re Donald Sutherland.

A young Donald Sutherland shows how it’s done, after the jump.»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Donald Sutherland

There are lots of ways to age gracefully, but the lion-in-winter route is one of our favorites. It’s not quite as dignified as the salt-and-pepper Clooney, but it’s a lot more fun.

Donald Sutherland provided the perfect example at this week’s Hunger Games premiere in LA. He’s wintry grizzle personified, all wild hair and mismatched clothing, every bit as mischievous as he was in his ’70s heyday. He’s wearing a black overcoat and black suit out of frame, but he’s got enough going on between the lapels to keep things suitably off-balance.

In short, he looks like a 77-year-old troublemaker...and we’d expect nothing less.

Diane Kruger is Dressed for Snow


Let’s Go Krugering: Diane Kruger is more German than you might otherwise think. [GQ]

The Real Donald: Donald Sutherland contains all worldly wisdom. Somehow, Esquire got him to spill the goods. [Esquire]

The Other Best in Show: Richard Chai for Original Penguin is looking pretty good. [Selectism]

There Goes a Steel-Drivin’ Man: In honor of the modern-day John Henry tale going on on Jeopardy right now, McSweeney’s drops an ode to the robot contestant Watson. [McSweeney’s]