Scoring the right pair of pants for work and play isn’t child’s play. With endless choices in size, fit, materials, colours and styles, finding the perfect pair of trousers for your body shape is like finding rare Doritos under your couch. But we digress. A slick pair of trousers can totally transform your wardrobe with little hassle, especially if you’re good at mixing and matching different suit combinations. To get the perfect pair of trousers there are two key factors you need to consider.
The Perfect Trouser Fit
The way the fabric hugs (or doesn’t hug) your body is really crucial. If your trousers don’t fit correctly it wont matter what brand, material or colour the pants are, they’re quite simply going to suck. Ensure that your waist fits in the waist band and that there isn’t too much or too little fabric in the other key areas (glutes, thighs and calves). For most people this shouldn’t be an issue, however if you know you are smaller or larger in some areas bear that in mind when purchasing trousers and pick a fit (slim, straight or skinny) that you know will suit your body shape. If you are really concerned about the fit, simply check the size guide available for most products.
Understand Your Trouser Style
The style of the pants is composed of fit, fabric, colour, pattern. For example, some dark green linen trousers with a drawstring waist will be fantastic for your next tropical get away with sandals, however, they will not fly in the office. Similarly some tapered, woollen navy trousers with side adjustors will look sharp in the board room with a suit, however trying to dress them down with white sneakers could make you look out of place. Try to think about all the aspects of the trousers to see when they would be appropriate to wear. If you’re looking for something that is appropriate for all occasions consider a pair of chinos or any other trouser that has a tapered fit.
Get that right and you’re ready for our selection of killer brands that offer quality trousers for any occasion.
Polo Ralph Lauren
Polo Ralph Lauren is a brand that really needs no introduction. Mr Ralph Lauren has recently received a KBE (Knight Commander of the British Empire) for services to fashion which is a testament to his brands contribution to modern mens fashion. PRL offers a range of timeless designs that are heavily influenced by ‘Preppy’ American style. Casual or smart, PRL has trousers to suit your needs.
Bonobos was started by two Stanford Business School students who wanted trousers that looked far better than the traditional ‘Khakis’ available. After lots of trial and error they developed trousers that are comfortable, stretch without looking like yoga pants and look great. They definetely know how to make great pants.
Club Monaco, contrary to the name is a Canadian clothing retailer owned by Ralph Lauren. What is true to the name is the high end nature of their products. Their relaxed styling and great selection of fabrics including linens, cottons and blends is at the height of casual cool. If you’re headed to a warmer destination, but love trousers, look no further.
Salvatore Piccolo is another traditional Italian menswear brand. They focus on more traditional silhouettes featuring design details like straight cuts and pleats on the front of the trousers. Made from high quality Italian fabrics, using classical methods, these trousers will keep you looking ultra sharp.
Based in New York, Todd Snyder is both a man and a fashion label. Before starting his own company, Snyder worked at Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap inc and J.Crew. This experience has enabled him to bring all of the qualities of big band names into his own, smaller brand whilst maintaining a focus on quality, craftsmanship and cutting edge designs.
Originally famous for their ultra luxe swimwear, Orlebar Brown also makes a great range of trousers. Known for their chrome finished ‘side adjustors’ Orlebar Brown carries the same super luxe ethos to trousers which would all look great on a superyacht of your choosing.
New & Lingwood
New & Lingwood is a British menswear atelier that has been operating out of London’s Jermyn street since 1865. They’re traditional British designs that are available in a range of classical and modern fabrics. They’re trousers are very smart and will help you look extra suave at your next ‘smart-casual’ function.