It’s strange to say that I’ve been wearing Patagonia Stand Up shorts for almost 15 years now. Makes me feel old, but it confirms the timeless style of the Patagonia’s staple. I used to wear the 5″ inseam in college, and have since been wearing the 7″ option. I love these shorts. The fabric is essentially bulletproof, and they are very easily cleanable. A little Zout and it’ll remove 99% of stains.
The best part about the Stand Ups is the way they age. The cardboard-like folds develop a really nice patina in relatively short order. Since the fabric is so thick, it takes a long time to wear them down…but the process is really cool.
Fast forward to last week. As most of you know, Stand Up shorts are relatively easy to find. Whether new options from the source, or via Ebay…you should be in business. Now – take a look at these pants. They look like normal khakis, right? They are made with a thicker cotton, a little rough around the edges, and that great hue of Patagonia tan….
But flip them over, and you’ll see a Unicorn. Don’t be afraid to stare… These are the ultra-rare Patagonia Stand Up pants. I have been looking for these for years, and was lucky enough to find a pair at Goodwill IN MY SIZE. They are a little long, so I’ll have to have them taken up an inch or so.
Now, it’s safe to say that these reside on the far edge of my ‘style’. I’m not very granola except in my choices of t-shirts (old Panic lot shirts seem to get a lot of play), but some would categorize these as such. I don’t care. I love them. I wear them like jeans with a pair of New Balances and a plaid sport shirt. An iron will never touch these pants.
Keep an eye out for some other Unicorns…I seem to be herding them lately…
Another PSA: check out the Patagonia sale going on at Zappos. Serious business….