Which Pair Should I Wear?

These days it’s a bit of a challenge to know what to wear, where especially as we head into a time when our social calendars start to fill up quickly. “Dressing up” means different things to every guest, host, hostess, occasion, and location. The good news is with updated classics like the Duck Head Gold School Chino and the 1865 Five-Pocket in your closet you can mix it up – or down –for most anything on your calendar (...barring a black-tie wedding of course). Here our team weighs in on the best way to make both of these staple pieces workhorses for you – taking you literally from field to table with no heavy lifting.

For starters, both the Gold School and the 1865 Five-Pocket Chinos have design components in common, including Duck Head branded buttons, drill cloth pocketing, and fortifying tacks. They also both share a clean, classic fit updated with a touch of stretch – enhancing both comfort and function. Likewise, both are garment washed which helps give you a head start on breaking them in.

The Gold School Chino and the 1865 Five-Pocket easily speak to both the “social” and “sportsman” pursuits on your calendar; however the bound and piped interior seams of the Gold School Chino suggest a more tailored style while triple-stitched seams of 1865 Five-Pocket send a more casual vibe. But, pairing each with different shirts, layers, and shoes is what pushes each pant in one direction or the other, further demonstrating how each of these classics can work for multiple occasions.


Keep it simple

The Gold School Chino in original Khaki is the ultimate Duck Head classic. It hearkens back to the original khaki pant the O’Bryan brothers designed from the “duck” cloth used for Civil War tents. Put on our traditional Blue Oxford Button-Down, and you’re good to go. For a refined yet casual look, swap out the button-down for our Pique Pocket Polo in Atlantic Blue. Pair with brown loafers or sneakers along with your favorite belt and you’re ready for whatever for the day brings.

Shake it Up

The Gold School Chino in Weathered Red knows exactly how to make an entrance while quickly becoming the center of attention. This pant has that old school, old row vibe perfect for a fall Saturday down South. Wear your Gold School Chinos with the Pique Pocket Polo in Heather Grey and a Duck Head Circle Patch Twill Hat, and you’re instantly ready for the porch or the stadium. Loafers? Topsiders? Flip Flops? Sneakers? Any of them will work with this combo... just depends on how “polished” you want to be... 

Dress it Up

Pair the Stone Gold School Chino with a blue blazer for the foundation of a perfect tailored look. Tie the look together with the Indigo Stripe Polo, and you’re ready for drinks with the boss. Heading straight to date night from the office? Go with the Linen Blend Plaid Button-Down. Change things up with our White Oxford Button-Down to quickly become “suited up” the Duck Head way for holiday cocktail parties. 


Keep it simple

The 1865 Five-Pocket Chino is a diverse player with three different fabrications including— Field Canvas, Pinpoint Canvas, and Corduroy. We suggest starting things off casual with 1865 Five-Pocket Corduroy in Ironworks, a Winter White O’Bryan Bros. T-Shirt layered under the super comfortable Heathered Pique Henley in Slate Blue. This look will have you ready for Saturday with the guys, days filled with a “Honey-Do” list and errands, or a football Sunday. 

Shake it Up

We like to say the 1865 Five-Pocket Field Canvas is “Tough. Not Rough.” In that spirit, this pant is perfectly designed for all outdoor pursuits. A pair of 1865 Five-Pocket Field Canvas in Buckskin and the Lynchburg Flannel Shirt will have you ready to take on the trails or a clay shoot. Need some additional warmth? Layer on the Overland Quilted Vest in Dark Olive for the cooler days and nights ahead.

Dress it Up

Traditionally the Five-Pocket is known to be more casual- but you can mix things up by pairing the Stone 1865 Five-Pocket in the Pinpoint Canvas with a tweed or herringbone sport coat and the Denim Work Shirt for just the right amount of polished-casual for the weekend. Finish the look with a loafer, chukka boot or moccasin and you’ll be set for a night out in no time flat.

As your social calendar begins to fill, be ready to take on each event with Duck Head. A variety of color options and styling tips give you the option to switch up your look or keep things simple. Does the occasion call for the Gold School Chino or the 1865 Five-Pocket? The choice is yours!

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