Welcome to Volume
A newsletter about men’s style, brands, and products I enjoy.
Hey, friend. I’m happy you’re here. It’s been some time since we’ve caught up, and I’m excited to share what I’ve been working on for Volume.
I’ve always had the itch to do something in fashion. But excuses and artificial barriers seemed to prevent me from actually doing something. Instead of procrastinating further, I created this newsletter to share my thoughts on style, brands, and products that I enjoy and recommend.
My goal and hope are that you’ll discover new brands, learn about my opinions on how to dress well, and potentially become a proud owner of a great piece of clothing, pair of shoes, watch, or anything else that catches your eye.
Onwards to the first part of the How to Dress Well series. See you at the end.
My Thoughts on Pant Leg Openings
This week I wanted to talk about the most important thing to check when buying a new pair of pants or trousers, especially when shopping online.
How wide should the leg opening be at the bottom of your pants?
Usually, online retailers like Mr. Porter, SSENSE, and MATCHESFASHION almost always include the leg opening measurements in their sizing charts. You can find this under “product measurements” or something along those lines. One thing that can be slightly confusing is when the measurements are shown in either centimeters or inches, which leaves the conversion up to you.
Also, beware of sites that do not display this type of measurement, as I’ve made purchases thinking that the pants looked slim enough, but they were much wider than expected. It turns out that many product photos are styled intentionally to make pants appear more narrow than they actually are. They deceitfully do this by pinning the back of the pant leg on the model or pulling the fabric back as far as possible to give the pants a slim look.
Anything wider than 7.5 inches is a red flag if you’re aiming for a slim tapered look. My preferred pant leg opening is 6.5 inches. For someone my size—6ft 4in, 195 pounds—that type of width is rare. Typically, pants made from brands I like have an opening of 7.5 inches or wider. Taking off the extra inch and tapering from the knee down makes all the difference. The only issue I’ve run into is squeezing my size 13 feet through that narrow of a hole, but if you don’t have big feet like me, then putting on any pants with a 6.5-inch opening should be no problem.
Lownn by Les Freres Joachim
I’ve followed the twin brothers, Loic & Swann Joachim, for the past 8 years, and recently they’ve begun making what I’d call semi-luxury clothing—using beautiful fabrics, uniquely cut, and selling at a decent price point.
They’ve become notorious for their wide, relaxed fits, which translates entirely into their clothing designs. You can also see clearly that their inspiration has been derived from the likes of Christophe Lemaire, who happens to be one of my favorite designers, that I’ll talk about more in the future.
If you’d like to learn more about this French duo, check out their interview from 2017 on Vogue written by Marjon Carlos.
The Double Breasted Overcoat by Lownn
My favorite details
I’m usually not one for patterns; however, I love the large Prince of Wales check on this coat. If you look closely, you can see there’s a light maroon stripe running throughout horizontally.
I also like that they opted for large, floppy lapels and droopy sleeves. The sleeve-length looks perfect for me in the picture above, but it may appear oversized if your arms are shorter. If you’re on the taller and thin side, I imagine this would drape quite nicely on your frame. But if you fall into the opposite category, it might appear too large and accentuate your height and weight, which might not be what you’re going after.
What to wear it with
The white t-shirt they’ve paired with the coat above is not my favorite look. If you’re heading out into colder weather, perhaps even snow, I think this could look great with a navy or black turtleneck sweater. I can even see a dark maroon, chunky cable knit sweater like this one from Etro.
As for the bottom half of your fit, I think a pair of black denim or dark gray wool trousers with a 2-inch cuff (more to come about this in the future) would look fabulous.
I’d opt for a pair of boots, also in black, in either pebble grain leather or oiled suede to account for wet conditions. While this pair of Alden’s is expensive, they’ll last you a lifetime. And, the shell cordovan will hold up against pretty much anything you throw at it.
Where to buy
You can purchase this overcoat for $1,030 on Lownn’s site below. If you search online, you may find it for less due to the upcoming sale season. I recommend trying to buy from them directly and support them as they are a small business, and I’d love for them to continue making great clothing.
Thank you for reading
If you enjoyed this first part of my How to Dress Well series, I’d love for you to subscribe. I appreciate you taking time to check this out, and I’ll see you next Friday. Enjoy your weekend!