Fashionably creeping into mainstream urban style scenery, the Gurkha trouser seems to be getting good nods by all fashion faithfuls.
It fits so well with a classic simple tshirt, a short sleeve shirt and best at home with a well tailored blazer.
The Gurkha trouser takes its name from Nepal’s elite soldiers of the same name, and the Gurkhas themselves in turn derived their name from the Nepalese Kingdom of Gorkha.
Gurkha trouser was borne out of this alliance with the british upon war conquest many years ago.
The pant is defined by its double-pleated front and high, cummerbund-style waistband with buckle fastenings.
As is often the case with clothing derived from militaria, the specifics can vary.
Traditional Gurkha pants feature a very distinct buckling system, with a buckle emanating from within the waistband on the left hip and an extension above the fly piece forming the buckle’s tongue for the right hip, although modern interpretations sometimes simplify this design, to their detriment.
It’s not unheard of for Gurkha style trousers to have a double-buckle on each hip either, though woe betide you if you have to remove them with any semblance of haste.
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– Teinye Boyle
Models: Gabriel Akinosho / Steve Onoja