So I’ve always been jealous of Target’s selection of stylish and affordable clothes and shoes for women. So much so, in fact, that I tried to buy some gold boat shoes from their women’s shoe section today. The 11 was about a size too small. If they’d had a 12 I’d have copped for sure–I highly recommend being the only dude on your block rocking some $25 metallic boat shoes if you wear a men’s size 9.5 or smaller. In any case…getting back to my story…Long have I dreamed of the day that Mossimo and Merona for dudes might hold a candle to their offerings for the ladies. Today marked a breakthrough…
I stopped by Target to pick up some stuff for around the house, and gave the men’s clothing section a once-over as usual, prepared in advance for disappointment. From about 10 yards away I saw some brightly colored jackets and pants. My interest piqued, I picked up my pace and came upon some Mossimo cotton suiting separates in incredibly bright colorways: purple, green, red, yellow, etc. Colors that dominated Pitti this week. The jacket fit was a little off with the button stance a little high for my tastes, and the quality was meh. The pants were nicer than the jacket for sure. The cut was spot on, but again, the quality was on par with H&M. Not bad, but nothing that’s going to hold up to years of hard wear–but on the flip side, you probably won’t be wearing brightly colored chinos in a year or two…
The Mossimo cotton suits were a good sign though, so I searched further…and came across the chinos pictured above.
Apparently Target now carries a house-brand called Jeffrey Max that has some well made and affordable staples. Solid colored shorts are about $20, and the chinos seen here are $27.99. The fit and finish on these chinos is great. Slim, but not too skinny– 7.5" leg opening on the 34s (these run a little large FYI, so size down). Easily on par with Dockers, J. Crew, etc., in terms of quality and construction, and just a little less attention to detail than my Gant Ruggers and PRL G-1 and Custom Fit chinos. I expect these to last as long as any other chinos I own, even ones that retailed for four to six times the price.
I searched the Target website to see if there were more colors available, but it looks like the pants aren’t online. Whether that means they’ve sold out online, or they never carried them I can’t say–though I suspect the former. In any event, my local Target had these in navy, medium khaki, light khaki, and garment-dyed/faded red. The pair I bought are a garment-dyed light purple (though the label just calls them blue). I’m hoping that the existence of these pants bodes well for the future of men’s clothing at Target. As soon as more colors of these become available, I’ll most certainly be expanding my pant wardrobe.
I highly recommend these to anyone looking for some affordable slim fitting casual chinos.
***Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Target. I just like these pants, and like sharing good deals.
A series of important drawings courtesy of Jeffrey and myself.
Subject matter including but not limited to: Doug Funny, Powerpuff Girl with Grape Ape, accurate portrait of Julia, accurate portrait of Jeffrey, Batman with Charlie Brown, Elmer Fudd with a gun, Jeffrey’s contribution to Deanna’s “Sweaty/Drippy” show, and a proposal for the cover of the Drive Criterion Collection Blu-ray DVD.
Tonight: Dungeon Infinity at Highland Inn Ballroom!
Tonight, the nerdiest show in town is back at the Highland Inn Ballroom: it’s Dungeon Infinity! This comedy role-playing show, hosted by Remi Treuer, will features stand-up from some of ATL’s best plus live one-on-one rpg adventures! This month’s theme is sci-fi! Get on it, Star Wars fans!
Players Max Fine Karen Cassady Darin Bush
Stand-Ups Jeffrey Stephenson Dedrick Flynn Ann Marie Lowman
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