My J. Crew Officers Chinos from 2009. I have 3 pairs: olive, khaki, and white. I bought them for the full retail price of about 80 bucks each after trying them on in the store. I tried them on and thought they were the cat's meow. I still do, even though they are faded and frayed and beat up.
They are full cut and high-waisted, at least by contemporary standards (they don't quite come up to the belly button). I remember standing in front of the mirror and thinking, Yeah, this is what a pair of rugged chinos is supposed to look like!
They have a button fly, like a pair of Levi's 501s, but plastic buttons. I remember they were advertised as chinos for guys who like to wear their chinos like jeans, or something like that.
The material is thick. Tough.
I bought them a little long, and hence have rolled them up a little. And that's the way they were shown in the J. Crew ads back then. You rolled your hem a bit. I rolled my hem on these a bit. I still do.
I almost threw them out last summer. I had lost weight since 2009. They were about an inch big in the waist. My belt was cinching the material in back. My tailor took them in 3/4 inch and now they are just right. They are probably not "cool" or contemporary. Myself, I wear much slimmer and shorter chinos now, too. But these... there is just something so... right... about these Officer's Chinos.
I just bought my first pair of J Crew Urban Slim Suit Pants on clearance, and I don't think I've ever had a pair of dress pants that fit me this well. The legs are nice and slim without looking too tapered and unlike most other slim fitting dress pants the crotch and seat are not too tight.
As for something I don't own, but would love to have, I'm obsessed with the Oak Street Bootmakers Navy Boat Shoe, however I could never justify paying $262 for a pair of casual shoes.
Bond... James Bond has been an obsession of mine since Casino Royale.
This from someone who grew up on the Bond movies since about Goldfinger. Of the pre-Craig movies, I can recommend a few Connery ones--From Russia with Love is probably the best of the Connery, imo.
@Thekilll, I can tell you, good as the urban slim are, they ain't nothing compared to my vintage Officer's Chinos.
Glad to have another Bond fan here. As you're newer, you haven't seen that it's actually both a long-term and the latest obsession of mine. Largely since Casino Royale for me, as well. It's my favorite movie in the Bond universe and out.
To me, Thunderball is Connery's best, followed by From Russia with Love. My top three in the franchise are Casino Royale, then Thunderball, then GoldenEye.
Anyways, it is a fantastic franchise and character.
Man after mine own heart, it would seem. I like Thunderball, too, just not as much. Believe it or not, when I was a kid and it came out, I collected the bubblegum cards. My parents wouldn't let me go see it but I had a "bad" aunt who took me to it.