Getting To The Bottom of Trousers
Finding the right pair to match your life.
By: Kim Keller, Clothier - Dallas, TX
October 6, 2023
Men's trousers can make or break an outfit. They are a crucial component of a man's wardrobe, and they come in an array of styles, colors, fabrics, and details. Trouser rotation is an essential practice in keeping your wardrobe fresh and versatile. In this blog, we'll be exploring different styles, fabrics, colors, and details of trousers to help you choose the right one for any occasion.
Finding The Right Fit & Style
Trousers should be tailored to fit the wearer's body properly. Classic fit trousers are a traditional and timeless choice, with a looser fit around the thigh and tapered at the ankle. Slim-fit trousers hug the leg closely without being too tight, while straight-leg trousers are a more modern take on the classic fit. Chinos are a versatile type of trousers, perfect for both smart-casual and casual occasions. Dress pants are more formal and perfect for special events and office wear, while Cargo pants are casual and utilitarian.
Picking The Appropriate Fabric
The fabric of a trouser determines how it looks and feels. For casual wear, stretch cotton and denim are perfect choices as they allow air to circulate, keeping you cool and comfortable. At TJ, we also have a variety of fabrics such as nylon stretch or a bamboo/poly blend if you want something casual but different than cotton. Wool and wool-blended fabrics are perfect for business and formal occasions providing elegance and sophistication. Linen trousers offer a lightweight option for summer months, while corduroy and flannel trousers are perfect for colder months.
Having A Healthy Rotation
To keep your wardrobe fresh, it's essential to practice trouser rotation. It's never good to wear the same pants repeatedly, as they will develop signs of wear and can possibly fray in stress areas like around the pockets. Rotate your trousers by season, keeping the heavier fabrics for colder months and the lighter fabrics for warmer months.
Matching Colors To Other Pieces In Your Outfit
Trousers are available in a wide range of colors. Neutrals like black, navy, and gray are the most versatile and can be worn for business occasions or dressed down for a casual look. Earth tones like khaki, brown, and olive are perfect for casual or smart-casual events. Brighter-colored pants like burgundy, dark green, rust, or royal blue are perfect for adding some personality to your outfit. When choosing trouser colors, make sure they complement the rest of the outfit.
Custom Details To Set Them Apart
The details of a trouser can make a world of difference. The waistband, pockets, pleats, and cuffs all add to the overall look of the trousers. A waistband usually has belt loops but side buckle straps or D rings on the waistband are a smart look and add variety to your trouser rotation. Pockets are usually on the side seam but ask your TJ rep about our GQ slant pocket for a clean look on your trousers. Avoid anything bulky in your pockets, especially in slim-fit pants as it ruins the look. Flat-front trousers have been the most popular style for the last decade but pleats are showing up on fashion runways once again. Check out our new TJ Fall/Winter lookbook to see the updated pleated trouser style. Cuffs are generally paired with pleated trousers while a plain, hemmed bottom is usually on flat-front trousers.
With all the different styles, fabrics, colors, and details available, choosing the right pair of trousers can seem overwhelming. However, with this blog post, we hope you have a better understanding of the things to consider when choosing the perfect pair of trousers. Remember, always prioritize proper fit and style versatility, and don't be afraid to experiment with different fabrics and colors. Lastly, it's essential to practice trouser rotation to keep your wardrobe fresh and diversified. With these tips, you'll be sure to elevate your pants game and look stylish all year round.