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The Stylish Gent’s Guide To Summer Trousers
They were once called “southern necessities” by Victorian ladies too genteel to refer to them by their actual name. As archaic as this sounds, trousers are indeed a necessity for most modern men. The Ancient Greeks and Romans famously dismissed them as shapeless sacks worn by barbarians. They were referring specifically to the Persians, who found trousers far more practical than a robe when riding horseback into the fray of battle while wielding a heavy sword. Alongside their practical merits for equine pursuits, climate also had a part to play in the eventual supremacy of trousers, which were a logically cosier choice in winter than a breezy toga or kilt. When the mercury starts to climb skywards, it could be tempting to regress and emulate a late 1990s Mr David Beckham in a sarong-inspired man skirt. Most of us wouldn’t have the gall, but here’s how to style everything from linen trousers to wide-leg cotton trousers so you can stay cool and collected when shorts (or sarongs, for that matter) just aren’t going to cut it.