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Pimpernel Smith

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A pair of chinos (what they call their "traditional fit") from Land's End. RTW chinos (any other kind is iGentry and we don't do that) are the minefield of menswear. Especially if you order online, as I did. I thought, what the hell, it's only twenty quid.

Now that I've received them and worn them a few times, I can only say: God bless America. God bless their big thighs and large bums. Because it took a US label to finally get "traditional fit" right. The rise is decently high. The fabric is nice and soft and the stitching is pretty good too. You can get them hemmed at no extra cost. I got them hemmed, with turn-ups. I'm a cautious bloke and I thought: extra fabric, just in case. The hemming is a little shoddy, but nothing that can't be put right.

Also, a madras shirt from TM Lewin. Again, cheap as chips, nice and airy, and does the job.

So now I can go about in summer looking like a proper colonial fuckwit. Nice.
Brooks Brothers Elliott fit is good too, but could be too roomy for some. The German brand Hiltl make exceptional traditional fit chinos as well. Never tried Cordings, but hear they're good.
 
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Untermensch

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Brooks Brothers Elliott fit is good too, but could be too roomy for some. The German brand Hiltl make exceptional traditional fit chinos as well. Never tried Cordings, but hear they're good.
The quality of Cordings items is second to none, but their chinos tend to be too roomy at the seat, a bit like Oliver Brown. They are also in a higher price bracket than the high-street brands.

I'd never heard of Hiltl. Where are they made? Are we sure they're worth 100+ euros a pair? We're in Cordings territory there.
 

fxh

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You an sometimes get Hitl out here. I think shooey has some. I've seen them and they look like good for OTR trousers.
 

Dropbear

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eBay Brooks Bro’s gun club check jacket. If the listed measurements are accurate this may not even need a trip to the tailor.

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Hiltl is german and is indeed of a good quality.
I did not have much luck with Cordings. Too boxy overall and large in the seat for my taste, and metal closure ripped from fabric. ymmv.
 

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I had a BIG try on with Cordings when I was in London. All their trousers types fitted differently. Some would have been hopeless for me but others. eg Cord, would have worked a size up with some alterations (slimming mainly) . I got a pair of twill trousers I was happy with. At least I know how to order others to work for me. Their cords still look great - but as far as I know they are all Brisbane Moss so you can search for it. Spier & Mackay and Luxire both have Brisbane Moss Cords.
 

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Does anyone just buy trahseez from a shop ? It seems much easier.

How difficult can it be - especially for chinos? Marks or even Primark sell em. Maybe I’m not as fussy as other people.

Peter Christian is good for hardwearing moleskin and their country cords are great material (probably Brisbane Moss) though the cords are in a generous Donald Trump cut, which may not suit unless Oxford bags are your thing.
 

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My problem with store OTR/RTW is getting a decent high rise - most else can be altered.
 

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Lands End used to have high rise chinos but I think they changed that about the same time they shortened the collars on the famous Hyde Park OCBD. Luckily with the chinos I heard they had the old school high rise but slim cut in warehouse but not on website - I rang them and got 8 pairs or so in my size. Still got 6 of then in plastic wrap they arrived in.

I have some Peter Christian from years ago, all good except baggy - but slimmed down the legs and they are going great. I suspect they have lowered their rise in the last few years.

I've tried loads of stuff on in Marks & Sparks over the years whenever I've been in blighty - no luck with any trousers.
 
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