The Case for Military Trousers

Michael Bastian has been making a version of this military trouser since the beginning of time (give or take).

Photo courtesy of Michael Bastian

Full disclosure: Michael Bastian has been making a version of this military trouser—, cargo pants with one pocket— the beginning of time (give or take). In fact, I own a khaki moleskin version from several seasons ago that has become a permanent fixture in my winter wardrobe—, they are an almost weekly wear.

So, when I was doing a bit of shopping last weekend and stumbled upon this navy cotton version for spring/summer '12, it wasn't difficult to convince myself it was time to invest in an update. Here's why: they're one incredibly versatile pair of pants. Great on the weekend with a pair of sneakers and an M-65 Vietnam-style military field jacket, they can also pull double-duty at the office with a pair of loafers, an oxford, and an unstructured jacket.

$395; parkandbond.com

— Berkowitz, market editor at Details

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