rakish tilt

Ra–kish adj 1. Nautical Having a trim, streamlined appearance: “We were schooner rigged and rakish, with a long and lissome hull” (John Masefield). 2. Dashingly or sportlingly stylish; jaunty. Probably from Rake (from the raking masts of pirate ships).
—The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000.
Source: The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Source: The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Bean boots for the rainy bike ride this morning.

Source: The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Source: The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Source: The L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Source: The L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Source: The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Source: The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Autumn begins.
Source: The L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

Autumn begins.

Source: The L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors, 1981.

the-popinjay asked: Hello, What do you think about Earl’s Stan Ray chinos? How is the rise? Where are they on the casual to dressy scale? Do they hold a crease? Far too many questions I know.

Excellent questions my friend. I really like Earl’s chinos for their cut, price and made in the USA bonafides. I’ll answer your questions in order.

  1. The rise is 12” so they rest on my natural waist, which I prefer.
  2. I would say that they lean towards the casual side of the scale. I wear them with tweed sport coats and navy blazers all the time but they might not stand up to a really sharp coat.
  3. I’m not sure about their crease holding ability. I wash my pairs at home but they could probably hold a crease if you ironed them. The cotton is sanforized but not chemically treated, which I love, so they tend to get looser and more rumpled between washes but tighten up after the dryer. 

I enjoy your blog, keep up the good work!

WIWT

Sport coat - Rafael, made in Italy (thrifted)

Shirt - Land’s End

Tie - J Press

Pants - Earl’s Stan Ray

Shoes - LLBean Camp Mocs (for the bike ride)