What Are Twill Pants?
As we move into the warmer months of the years, outdoor events happen more often and we can be faced with the challenge of keeping cool while also trying to look stylish. Twill pants are a great addition to any man’s wardrobe as they are essentially ‘smart casual’. The material is both durable and breathable. Whether you’re faced with a work event or a social gathering, twill pants can help add a touch of formality which jeans just can’t deliver.
If you aren’t too sure about the difference between twill pants, chinos, and denim, do not worry! I’ll be breaking down everything you need to know about twill pants so you can shop and dress with confidence this summer.
When you see the term ‘twill’ it is essentially referring to the way a woven fabric is made. Denim and chinos are technically also twill pants, however, the difference is in the dying of the threads and the weaving of the threads.
Twill fabric is made by weaving of two or more warp (vertical) threads over two or more weft (horizontal) threads, which will create a diagonal pattern. The diagonal weave is visible on the front of twill pants.
Pants made in this way helps create a strong stitch that makes for strong material. When cotton or cotton-blends are manufactured like this they become more resistant to wrinkling and maintain their shape better after being washed.
Typically, twill pants will feature a zip fly and curved inset pockets on the front and a small coin pocket within one of these. On the back they generally have two slit pockets, completing the traditional five-pocket look. One could say that the style and number of pockets are what makes denim is so similar and the main reason for the distinction between chinos and twill pants.
It is undeniable that twill pants and chinos look very similar. They are often worn in similar colors and sometimes for the same occasions. However, there are some key differences. Chinos are certainly more formal than twill pants. The side slip pockets and slim-fit style of the leg creates an elegant appearance, perfect for weddings and other formal events.
With the twill pants, you get a similar color range but they are better for casual events. Twill pants are basically between jeans and chinos on the spectrum of ‘formal’. If you don’t want to feel too underdressed, but also not overdressed, twill pants are that happy medium.
From face value, twill pants and denim look totally different. However, when you look at the construction and style of the two types of pants, the many similarities may surprise you! As previously mentioned, both denim and twill pants are made with the traditional five pockets. This aesthetic helps create a casual look that is also practical.
The differences between the two types of pants arise from how the threads are dyed. Twill pants feature the diagonal rib on the front and are one tone of color throughout.
In denim, the warp thread has been dyed a shade of indigo while the weft thread is left natural. The ribbed side of the denim is on the inside of the pant while the predominately dyed side is the front of the pant. The mixture of the dyed thread and the natural thread is how the classic denim look is created.
As with a good quality pair of jeans, you don’t want to wash them too frequently. Try to wash them after every five times you wear them, this will help keep the color of the pants vibrant. It’s also a good idea to turn your twill pants inside out and wash them on a cold, gentle wash cycle to preserve the overall integrity of your twill pants, both color and fit.
Furthermore, avoid tumble drying, as this can cause the pants to shrink and lose their shape. Dry cleaning is a good option; you can avoid the lengthy air-drying time while ensuring your twill pants are cleaned properly. Above all, be sure to check the care instructions on the pants to help keep your pants in good condition.
Cotton is a great fabric for the warmer months. As a natural fiber, it is breathable, light-weight and absorbs sweat well. Twill pants are mostly made of cotton or cotton-blends, and thus are a great option when you need to stay cooler in the summer heat.
When buying twill pants for summer, choose designs in light and bright colors. These colors help reflect the heat of the sun, while darker tones will absorb the heat of the sunrays.
Wearing pants during summer will additionally aid in protecting you from the UV of the sun by simply covering more of your skin.
With 2% spandex, these slim-fit pants are comfortable and stylish. For around $80 these are a great alternative to trousers for the office or for almost any event, except formal occasions.
A new take on five pockets, this option sports a small coin pocket on the waist. Costing around $100, these are 100% cotton and can replace jeans for smart-casual events. These would easily fit into a casual city outfit, just add some chelsea boots and a short-sleeved shirt.
For a more unique look, these pants are a blend of 66% polyester, 28% viscose, 6% elastane. Certainly, a very comfortable take on the twill pant, the comfort doesn’t end there. The waistband is an elastic drawstring! For under $200, these pants are a great option if comfort and uniqueness is your focus. Style with a tee and some sneakers to complete your look.
In a higher price range, these pants are between $200-$250 and bring a lot more style and formality to the more common design of twill pants. These pants coordinate perfectly with a blazer as they are designed to look more like dress pants than denim jeans.
Staying true to the traditional five pockets, this pair is around $250. These twill pants have a tapered leg for a flattering fit, just be sure to choose a size which allows some space in the leg. These will look good paired with almost anything!