Thursday, September 30, 2010

Steven Alan For Dockers Ranger Cargo

Slim cargo pants seem to have finally hit American shores for good.  Or at least for the time being.  This means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but I think we can all agree that they look much better than what was previous being offered in the not so hallowed halls of A&F.  I've been talking about front pocket cargos for a while in my own not so hallowed halls and it always pleases me when I see my favorite brands release their own take on this classic style - maybe "nuevo-classic" is a better way to describe it.  Bastian has been doing them for a "long time", but not everyone has the kind of money or resources to go out and grab a pair.  I mean, you want to have some money left over to put in all those extra pockets, right?  Anyhow, you might have noticed that Steven Alan's capsule collection for Dockers features their own take on the front pocket cargo.  These Ranger cargos are actually available now in the Dockers' webstore for $148.  The cool thing about these pants are how they walk the line between chinos and cargos.  They're much easier to swallow than a lot of other pairs out there and are a better transition piece for guys who want in on the style, but aren't really sure how to wear them (my advice - flip through a Cucinelli lookbook).  They're very similar to Bastian's own paratrooper pants, minus pleated pockets and a certain expectation of quality.  I have a feeling that while these pants might be popular now they are going to be hard to find in, say, a year.  Menswear, even the classic stuff, can be quite cyclical here in The States based on what's trending and more fringe styles, such as these, don't usually last for long durations of time.  They'll be back, of course, at some point, but who really wants to wait that long?  So, what's the moral of the story? Get 'em if you want 'em.


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