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10 Trousers Styles Every Man Must Have

While we routinely put them on every day, it’s fair to say that many of us don’t really care all that much about the kind of trousers that we wear. After all, there are only so many ways to style denim jeans without getting bored.

Thankfully, there are so many trouser styles out there to fit a variety of occasions. From corduroy trousers to joggers, it won’t be hard finding your new wardrobe staple.

Here are 10 trouser styles that every man must have in their wardrobe.

Slim-Fit Trousers

The key with smart looking slim-fit trousers is not to make them too tight – you’ll want to be able to move around freely without feeling restrained. Opt for a more traditional pair of trousers in colours such as navy or black if you are heading to a semi-formal event or to the office. Feel free to try a bolder shade if you really want to make a statement.

Corduroy Trousers

Worn as a symbol of anti-establishment, mens corduroy pants reached peak popularity in the mid 70s. And today, they are still popular; offering a sleek, comfortable alternative to regular trousers. If you want to make an entrance, you can style these trousers with a jumper, blazer, or a plain button-down.

Chinos

Chinos are easy to style and look great when paired with all types of clothing. If you’re heading out to a more formal event, choose a darker colour such as charcoal, navy, or black. However, if you’re heading to a more casual event, a pair of cream, burgundy, or even purple chinos will open up potential for many outfits.

Sweatpants/Joggers

This offers a comfortable yet stylish alternative to casual dressing. Slimline joggers are a hybrid between standard work trousers and tracksuit bottoms and are a definite wardrobe must-have. For the ultimate laid back look you can embody this style with a longline jumper or a T-shirt. And on the days where you want to dress up a little, add some casual white sneakers and an office shirt.

Cargo Trousers

Cargo pants have come back in style in a very stylish and streamlined way. Opt for a pair of these trousers that offer a slimline leg instead of having large pockets on the side for a more classic look. Head towards neutral shades such as camel or sand for a classic feel, or go for something dark to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe.

High-Waisted Trousers

High in the waist and classic in design, these trousers are an absolute wardrobe must have. Semi formal blazers, crew neck shirts, and roll necks are simple and ideal ways to modernize this typically vintage cut. Pair with a plain white or grey T-shirt, dress shoes, and a dazzling smile, and you’ll grab the attention of everyone you meet. Just make sure that the length sits at or below the ankle.

Pleated Trousers

Want to add a bit of subtle flair to your day-to-day outfit? Pleated trousers are the way forward. This is yet another classic yet highly versatile clothing option. So if you’re after a timeless appearance then you should definitely add a pair of pleated trousers to your wardrobe. You can pair these trousers with a classic white T-shirt or a button down - it all depends on the occasion.

Wool Trousers

Say goodbye to jeans and hello to wool trousers! In situations where chinos or a suit are not suitable attire, or the weather is just too chilly, wool trousers fit the bill. They are technically classed as tailoring but that doesn’t mean they can only be worn with dress shoes and a blazer. In fact, they are versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Slim Jeans

There’s nothing like having some slim fit trousers in your wardrobe. Slim fit trousers offer a simple yet highly flattering cut that looks effortless on anyone. Anything goes with these bottoms. Try pairing with a flannel shirt and suede boots during winter, or cuff the legs and go sockless during the summer. Add a lightweight jacket such as a bomber over the top.

Dress Trousers

No man’s wardrobe is complete without a selection of dress trousers. Whether for the office or special occasions, tailored trousers are an absolute must. When buying, consider fabric, colour and fit. Leg length is absolutely essential - the hem of the leg should rest just above the shoe. If it’s longer, the fabric will bunch. If it’s shorter, you’ll be showing too much sock.

No man’s wardrobe will be complete without a little bit of variety. Mix and match the trouser style that fits you best with the T-shirts, button downs, and jackets that you already own - and you’ll be able to create fresh new outfits in no time at all. 

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