I’m sure there’s a case to be made for Hard Pants during whatever stage of the apocalypse we happen to be in, but I’m not the one to make that case. I’ve been evangelizing for elastic waistbands across multiple sites for literal years now, and the world is currently meeting me where I’m at—this isn’t a time for a pivot. That being said, I love Beams Plus’ 2-Pleats Trousers. They’ve been making them for at least 6 years*—it could be longer, but the inclusion of “at least” satisfies the lawyers and alleviates my own researching responsibilities—and they never really get old or tired or even remotely less good.
(In 2014, they put out a collection called Frisco Ivy and the lookbook destroyed me mostly because there was a blue corduroy anorak in there that haunts me to this day, but it was also the first time I saw the 2-Pleats and wanted a pair so bad. I’ve since had multiple. 9.5/10, probably will wear again depending on the state of the world.)
This year, they’re rocking the tried and true in an 85/12/3% wool/nylon/poly blend flannel fabric that’s partially lined with a soft poly fabric. Cut wide, these cropped pants feature a double-pleat front, a flapped coin pocket at the waist, slant pockets at the front, welt pockets at the back, tacked cuffs, and a higher-than-you’re-used-to rise.
If you’re looking to blow out the silhouette a little bit (you should be) or if you just want another pair of wider pants for the cold-weather rotation, these will serve admirably.
Available for $285 CAD ($215.26 USD) at Lost & Found