A reader asked:
I was wondering if you believed women can pull off wearing L.L. Bean’s men’s flannel-lined khaki pants, currently listed as “Men’s Bean’s 1912 Chinos, Flannel Lined Standard Fit.” I noticed that L.L. Bean does not offer a women’s version of this type of pant but would very much like to find a pair before it begins snowing, as I commute to work via public transportation and on foot. While the men’s version certainly looks appropriate for a casual workplace that does not allow denim, I am concerned about how these usually fit on women. Or, perhaps, is there another brand you recommend that does carry flannel-lined pants for women? Thank you for your help!
I am going to find out this winter, as I plan to try some for myself. Although I will probably go with the L.L. Bean Lined Double L Chinos in the Natural Fit. One of the biggest issues I have when wearing Men's pants is with the hips, as Men's pants are usually more narrow. (Their Standard Fit has more of a straight cut.) If I buy them big enough to be comfortable in the hips, they are usually too big in the waist. And then there is the issue of fuller legs overall. However, in the winter I am cold enough to care much less about all of this, and the waist area is usually well covered with heavy wool sweaters anyway.
L.L. Bean does offer one lined version for women, although they do not have the best customer rating. There have been many complaints about the cut and quality on these, and the color, Deep Khaki, is dark. It used to be that Lands' End and Cabela's as well as L.L. Bean offered flannel-lined khakis for women, but now I cannot find them anywhere.