Winterize Your Khakis: Moleskin

November 11th, 2015

Chinos are great. They’re versatile, low maintenance and come in every color you can image. The problem is, chino cotton is generally lightweight. Wearing them November-March feels cold and looks out-of-place.

So in the spirit of seasonal equivalent fabrics, the solution to warmer chinos is moleskin. Moleskin is 100% cotton, just like chino, but it’s coarser, heavier and processed differently. Think of it like corduroy, just without the “ribbing”. It’s a dense cotton with a brushed surface that gives it a slight “nap” feel (somewhat reminiscent of suede).

Here Will shows us that moleskin pants are to Fall/Winter what chinos are to Spring/Summer.

Business Casual


There’s no reason for long underwear to be bunching-up your pant lines and over-heating you at the office, moleskin is cozy and warm with natural breathing properties.


Midnight Wool Coat

Wool Flannel Jacket in Navy

Date Night


Like most dense cottons (think denim and corduroy) moleskin is a tough and rugged fabric that can withstand a real beating. These will break-in over time and look even better once they accumulate a few creases and wear spots.

  • Cashmere peacoat by Articles of Style (Sample) ·
  • Forest green turtlneck by Uniqlo ·
  • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Moleskin 5-Pocket Jeans by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Chocolate suede captoe boots by Johnston & Murphy

Weekend Chill


Warmer than chinos and softer than denim, there is nothing more chill than a pair of moleskin pants. You’ll want to live in these, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t.

  • Tortoise sunglasses by John Varvatos ·
  • Black crewneck cashmere sweater by Prada ·
  • Navajo bomber jacket by Pendelton (Vintage) ·
  • Moleskin 5-Pocket Jeans by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Black leather wingtip boots by Paul Smith

Thanks, as always, for reading. 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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