Summer-Friendly Jeans for the Committed Chino Man

Summerland Jeans from Simon Miller hold up well, even in summer heat.

Photo courtesy of Simon Miller

As a general rule, I'm a cotton-pants kind of guy in the summer— even to a fault: I wore khakis so often at my first fashion-industry job that I earned the nickname Chino. Don't get me wrong; I love to wear jeans in the winter months, but if you're a raw-denim fan, you know that July is not the right time to break in your New Standards. So I eventually adopted a "no denim after Memorial Day" rule and I lived happily ever after in my chinos. Or so I thought.

When I first saw the Summerland jeans from Simon Miller, I began to have second thoughts. Simon Miller is a brand that I have come to respect: Fabrics are sourced from Japan, pieces are sewn in the U.S., and exterior branding is kept to a bare minimum. This can be said about a number of brands that produce raw-denim styles, but with the Summerland style specifically, it's a Goldilocks situation: All of the details on these guys are just right. They're lightweight without being flimsy, they're washed but not overly so, the stitching is the perfect shade of pale yellow, and the rivets have just a hint of patina. Best of all, I won't be left with blue dye on my legs when that inevitable mid-season heat wave rolls around several months from now. Available at Barneys.

— Berkowitz, market editor at Details

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