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    Ever since I met Peter at Sid Mashburn’s a couple of years ago, I have had my eye on his green corduroy trousers. The fit was impeccable. I appreciated the extreme taper in the leg polished off with a cuff. Eighteen months of searching proved futile...until recently. I came across a relaxed fit, wide wale cord trouser sans cuffs by Polo Ralph Lauren. They had potential. Though the silhouette was ill-fitting by my standards, the basic shape and fabric were there. After specifying a tapered leg, 14” trouser bottom and a 1 3/4” cuff with my tailor, he went to work. The result is a beloved trouser with Sid Mashburn undertones.

    *In order to create a turn-up, or cuff, choose the longest inseam available off the rack.

    Photographed by Jory Cordy in Hollywood, CA

    Noteworthy: cordovan tassel loafer, 1 3/4" trouser cuff, Norman Hilton natural shoulder sport-coat, Randolph Engineering aviators, Lotuff & Clegg duffle.

    Feb 23, 2011 | Permalink (34) Total Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/16/2012 at 11:01 AM:

    @CJ—Yes, my bag meets the carry-on requirements…even when stuffed to the brim.

    CJ left a comment on 11/11/2012 at 11:09 PM:

    F.E., is your duffle bag in this picture carry-on legal?

    D. Mills left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 5:11 PM:

    Here is another pair of wonderfully crafted kelly green cords for those on the lookout: http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-675/Slim-Walt-Trouser-Corduroy/Detail

    Andreas left a comment on 3/7/2011 at 3:48 AM:

    I have a pair of cords like yours but no double monk. You made me get a pair of C&Y Lowndes. I am eagerly waiting for them to arrive. Spring is almost here!

    Thank you for a great blog.

    Greetings from Sweden


    eric left a comment on 2/27/2011 at 9:31 PM:

    i’m originally from florida.  no socks and rolled cuffs are standard behavior.  i’m glad to see it has made its way up north.  tassels and cuffs forever.


    rSl left a comment on 2/26/2011 at 1:06 PM:

    the big anti-fit up top and tapered leg is very classic and super flattering.  points perfectly to bare ankles. looks crisp, clean and totally action-ready.

    Miguel Ramalhão left a comment on 2/26/2011 at 10:53 AM:

    Love the trousers! I’ve been looking for a pair just like these.. well know maybe next fall…

    J.Carlos left a comment on 2/26/2011 at 10:26 AM:

    hi from Spain, i like your blog.

    un saludo desde España.


    patgig left a comment on 2/25/2011 at 5:59 PM:

    Your point is spot on.  Better to spend the time and money altering a garment to make it yours, than watching it sit on a hanger never worn. It’s a hard lesson, but once you get the fit you want…

    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 2/25/2011 at 5:07 PM:

    Wow—pants so awesome they cause you to forgo the law of gravity! :) I do love the color.

    Andy M. left a comment on 2/25/2011 at 9:04 AM:

    Brilliant all around!

    Gentleman's Gazette left a comment on 2/24/2011 at 10:35 PM:

    The green of the pants is great!

    Regards, le.gentleman

    Kenneth left a comment on 2/24/2011 at 6:44 PM:

    BRILLIANT! This is the level we should all aim for before we leave the house everyday! Cheers my man!

    DEX left a comment on 2/24/2011 at 1:48 PM:

    Great look, way to consistently show up all the featured models with the looks you put together.
    I have those same glasses, love them.

    AWKeller left a comment on 2/24/2011 at 1:45 PM:

    Beautifully executed, yet again.

    bunny left a comment on 2/24/2011 at 3:08 AM:

    i’ve missed seeing you here. looking next level beyond. green is def your color. the color of stacked cheddar.

    G. Smart left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 10:17 PM:

    This is a fantastic photo !
    Love the jump and the expression haha

    Bernard left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 9:37 PM:

    Not only did you get the shot but you also got the outfit right! PERFECT once again!

    Tito left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 9:04 PM:

    Sick execution!
    I am going to buy that number 3307 on take 4 Fred, by the way BIG greetings to AEV.

    M.D. Cooley left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 8:33 PM:

    My favorite part is the perfect shadow of you.

    chris W. left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 8:13 PM:

    This is so fun, love it. Nice casual expression even though you’re in mid-air. Those cords are beauties!

    Angel left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 6:11 PM:

    I’m guessing the 14” bottom is also translated to 7” if you were to lay it flat? Very cool outfit. I like your bag in the background.

    Angels Point of View - Street Style Blog

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 6:04 PM:

    Epic! Great outfit!

    Al left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:59 PM:

    Wow. That’s an awesome look.

    @FEC, is your tie tucked into your sport coat pocket? It certainly looks that way from the photo.

    K left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:58 PM:

    Cords are great! J Crew has a good selection too, in many colors and cuts. I got lucky once and walked through a Banana Republic and found a pair for $12.

    AEV left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:52 PM:

    Whoah. The outfit is unarguable - but that outlandish jump pose detracts….a lot. Brooks’ Milano fit cords (or even J Crew’s urban slim fit cords) appear to have a very similar fit and would help avoid what sounds like a total rebuilding of the pants….all they need is a cuff.

    cd left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:38 PM:

    Nice look. RE Glasses are affordable staples.

    BUT of even more note that classic Mercedes Benz 420 SEL - the W126 body style - utterly timeless.

    S.N. Carpeaux left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:32 PM:

    Just goes to show what a good eye and a tailor can do. The pants are brilliant (as are the shoes).

    Ton Bosché left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:30 PM:

    Frederick, three totally unrelated comments:
    1. You never disclosed that you played basketball in addition to soccer in your younger days - such effortless air! My basketballing progeny would be proud.
    2. I’m envious - you got the sun I missed last week.
    3. The green cords are excellent, especially with the tapered leg and cuffs. What are your guidelines re shirt, tie, jacket with such colorful pants?
    Best, as always, Tom

    Filippo left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:24 PM:

    great outfit!

    MGM left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:15 PM:

    Excellent look.  The color is muted just enough to escape the go-to-hell look!


    Tom left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:07 PM:

    It’s funny you posted this. I saw a gentleman wearing cords very much like these yesterday actually!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:01 PM:

    @HarrisonK—Get the longest inseam available in your waist size.  In my case, that was a 32"x32”...since they did not offer a 34” inseam.

    HarrisonK left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 5:00 PM:

    I like everything.  When you say get the longest inseam available, how does that work with waist size?  I assume a tailor can take everything in and then adjust the length of pant and the cuff.