It might surprise you to know that pants were probably first worn in ancient China or Central Asia by the Scythians or the Mongols and were made of wool, meant for riding. Pants or some form of them were also unisex and both men and women wore them in various cultures across the world. From the term pantaloon, possibly inspired by the Hindi ‘Patloon’, to the pajama, many of the words for pants originate from the old world. Though, over centuries, they became more associated with the masculine, more part of men’s wear, especially in early Western society. Did you know that there was a time when women could be jailed for wearing pants? Sounds incredulous, doesn’t it? Over the years, pants became a unisex item of clothing as women started to go out to work and also wearing pants were seen as an expression of women’s rights. During the Second World War, women started to wear pants in larger numbers and slowly, they became a normal item in women’s closets. Today, pants are worn by both men and women and encompass a wide range of styles.
Pants are a great apparel for active and busy people. At Cord, our men’s bottoms (as pants are also called), cover a broad range of styles and fits, ranging from slim fit pants, casual pants, to pants being part of men’s co ord sets, summer cotton pants, cotton jogger pants and that veritable treasure of travel wear called cotton cargo trousers. Our carefully selected and exclusive range is meant to allow you to have a large variety of occasions and usage, all covered. How pants are cut and styled, if they have pockets and then the kind of pockets they feature; how they grip your waist, and how they fall against your leg are all details that make the pants a pair that you earmark as a favourite and wear often because you feel good in it! Our overlap pants, for one, are corduroy tapered pants with front darts and overlap panel with vintage brass trims, that make for a perfect amalgamation of style and blissful comfort. What’s equally important is where you’re planning to wear your outfits to and what are the rigours your garments are going to be confronted with. If you’re planning an active day filled with meetings, perhaps a shoot or some recce to the local market for props, you need to be comfortable and weather resistant to at least a certain degree. Our choice of organic cottons and linens gives you that leeway, and lets you have your style and flaunt it too! On the other hand, if all you’re going to be doing is working out of an office with not much scope for moving out, then you can make a choice that is agnostic of having to keep movement in mind!
Getting the look of your pants and shirt right, is definitely more than just a science—it’s an art! Pants or bottoms, as they are also called, work best with shirts that match their mood and style. Casual shirts go well with cotton pants that are relaxed in fit and look. Not only do they match the tone and style but also complement each other functionally. A slim fit pants is likely to go better with a shirt that features a more tailored look. That’s good for a more corporate feel and busy days filled with meetings and presentations. However, for toning down a slim fit pant and rendering it more casual, it’s smart to team it with a casual fit cotton shirt. Instead of looking like office wear, you’ll have achieved a cool, leisure look. Using the items in your wardrobe to match the occasions you’re planning to wear them for makes a look come together and work for you. Vacays are the time when the casual look comes naturally into its own. Cotton jogger pants teamed up with a light and easy cotton shirt makes for fabulous holiday wear. Cotton cargo trousers are not to be sneezed at either! Their large number of different sized pockets make them an absolute godsend when it comes to carrying critical items from your phone, wallet, keys and passport on your person. Travelling to a sunny paradise? Summer cotton pants are the very ticket for such a trip. Feel the natural properties of cotton kick and since most of our garments feature pure organic cotton and linen, you can feel the comfort seep in!
In countries such as ours, or just about any part of the world where temperatures soar in summers, there’s no doubt about what makes an outfit suitable. It all begins with the fabric. Our choice of fabric takes into account the fact that outfits have to use fabrics that breathe and hence dramatically improve comfort quotients all round, without giving an inch when it comes to style and looks. Our organic cotton and linens that we mostly use are not just skin and weather friendly, they also afford a look that’s cool and trendy. All our menswear utilises the natural benefits offered by such fabrics, be they our large range of carefully styled casual pants or the men’s co ord sets, or any type of casual pants or even semi formal pants that we feature. Ditto for our cotton jogger pants, cotton cargo trousers, summer cotton pants and for all our cotton shirts. Comfort, style and wearability are in the details—from the fabric used to the kind of fit and cut, to the finer details such as the sleeves (loose and long or short and airy), the cuffs and the pant hems and of course, the pants waists and their structure.