This story begins with me admitting I’m part of the problem. During one of my hundreds of causal scrolls through Instagram a couple of months ago, I got served one of those clothing ads we’ve all seen, posted by an account or brand we’ve never heard of. As someone who loves having their personal data mined in order to be served more relevant ads, I was pleased, because the pair of cotton-linen, drawstring pants that stopped my scroll seemed…good?
I couldn’t tell you the name of the account or brand, but I can tell you that within about 30 seconds I had purchased the $40 pair of pants on my phone. A few weeks later, they arrived. The return address, I could not read, because I did not speak the language, but one phrase was written in English: “Fast Fashion.” The good news was, I hadn’t been Insta-scammed. The bad news was, I can’t be sure I didn’t just support a perhaps-less-than-scrupulous clothing company. Nonetheless, the pants turned out to be as good as they looked on my 5.5-inch screen.
I’ve worn them nearly every day since then.
These aren’t necessarily the type of jawn I’d deploy at the office—which is saying something considering how much is actually accepted in an office setting these days. But I do wear them while I work from home every morning, and they’ve taken every weekend trip to the beach with me since they arrived. I wear them with my morning coffee, and I wear them with my night cap. They are comfortable, they are breathable (I’ve slept in them, too), and best of all—the pair I have are a ‘natural’ linen color, fitting right into my agenda to dress like a toasted coconut through the end of September.
If shades of beige just aren’t your thing, don’t worry. A ton of brands make linen drawstring pants in a variety of colors. No matter what color you buy, though, I would urge you to deploy them with one rule of thumb: These pants look their best when worn without footwear. Are you in a situation where you’re wearing shoes that aren’t the slippers that stay inside your home? Don’t wear the pants. Are you stepping out onto a balcony to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching early-morning kayakers in the bay?
Wear the pants, man.