My fall wish list consisted of green cords and I was dead set on getting a pair. I ended up opting for a pair of LE Tailored Fit wide-wale cords which is actually one of the pairs that I previewed (green corduroys). To my disappointment they did not work out. They were just a bit too wide (pardon the pun) not in the wale, but in the leg. Luckily I had ordered another pair of not green, but of the umber LE Tailored Fit 10-wale cords.
The 10-wale corduroy trousers are great. The leg width is almost a ½” skinnier than the wide wale pair, which is great since a size 30 waist is already pushing it for me. They will need to see the tailor to get the extra fabric taken in around the waist, but I am very impressed with the width of the pant. In fact, they are very, very close to the width of my classic fit J.Crew Cords which area size 29” waist. I have heard that the fit of LE trousers varies widely and when you find a pair/style that fits you should double, or even better triple up while the getting is good. After this experience, I believe it.
The umber color isn’t the green that I wanted, but it is versatile. So far I have paired these trousers with tan, blue, green, and burgundy sweaters and they have all worked really well. The only issue I have with the umber color is that in certain lights and next to certain colors it can take on more of a gold and less of a brown tone. I am hoping that after a little more wear that the gold tone will fade a bit.
All in all, these are really nice trousers. The 10-wale is was not noticeably thinner than the wide-wale, but it is definitely much warmer than the fine-wale trousers that I own. Umber is not as festive as green, but it is probably more practical and the colder it gets the more I find myself picking them out of the closet. I was going to pick up a pair in burgundy before I published this post, but it looks like I have already missed out. I should have taken my own advice and doubled up as soon as I knew that they fit, live and learn.
*This is my first venture in purchasing pant from LE. While I am ordinarily a 29” inseam I required a 28” inseam from LE. I hope that this helps.