“Uh, oh,” your friends say. “A new season is coming. I need to buy an entirely new wardrobe.”
Yikes. That’s no way to live. The changing of the seasons is inevitable, so your wardrobe should reflect that. You don’t need to keep buying a new pair of pants for each season; in fact, if you do it right, you only need a few basic pairs to keep you equipped for all seasons.
No matter what the weather outside—blistering hot or skin-numbingly cold—you should be ready with the right fabric for any occasion. Here are three fabrics that will help you accomplish exactly that.
The Cold Season: Wool
Wool is the quintessential cold-weather fabric, and for good reason. It’s warm (of course), but it’s much more than that. It continues to insulate you even when it gets wet—and, let’s face it, if you live in a cold weather climate, eventually your clothes are going to get wet. Wool is weather-resistant to the extreme, fighting off the cold, trapping in heat, and continuing to perform its insulation duties even if you sweat a little or of it’s snowing outside.
We have a couple of wool pants in colors that are versatile enough to wear all season long. And you don’t have to restrict wool to the winter months—use it when the temperature drops in autumn or when the groundhog sees its shadow come spring. Don’t overthink this fabric: use wool when it’s cold and you’ll be just fine.
The Temperate Season: Corduroy
Corduroy is technically a textile, a mix of fabrics twined together. But that’s part of the reason corduroy pants offer a great “in-between” option for when the weather’s getting cooler but you’re not sure you want to make the full leap to wool. Corduroy can often be something of a hybrid thanks to its unique construction—and when the weather’s just as mixed as your fabric, that can be a very good thing indeed. Corduroy can be breathable and warm without stifling, giving you the feeling of warmth but without insulating to the point of overheating.
The Warm Season: Cotton/Polyester
Cotton is light, breathable, and comfortable. Polyester is light, breathable, and comfortable. Either one will work great for your summertime pants. You can find pants that are either fully cotton or fully polyester, or even wear pants that are a combination of the two.
These fabrics work well in summertime because they’re great at wicking away the moisture you get on your skin when you’re outdoors under a hot sun and more active than you are in the winter months. Wool is also capable of handling sweat, but thanks to its insulating properties, it works best for handling the sweat in the winter. Cotton and polyester are great bets for when the sun gets high in the sky.
That’s it—that’s all you need to know about fabrics to ensure you have a temperature-appropriate pair of pants no matter what the weather. No more buying new pants every single year, no more worrying about whether you’ll be “spring-ready” or “fall-ready.” Just acquire these three basic fabric types and you’ll be ready for anything.