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Men's trousers, or odd "slacks, " are available in a wide range of styles and fabrics. Their distinguishing feature? Unlike suit trousers, casual trousers do not have matching jackets. This make them a robust part of an interchangeable, mix and match wardrobe because of their versatility.
Modern American actor and writer, Larry David, wrote: "The only change I can really see is that I don't have to shop for pants in stores anymore." While we wonder who's doing his shopping now, we have no doubt that he, as well as most men, needs an assortment of men's casual trousers to round out his wardrobe.
Odd slacks, or men's trousers, do not have jackets that match; their utility lies in the wide range of fabrics and styles from which to choose.
Some fancier trousers, which you can wear with asports jacket or blazer, are cut from wool and styled just like trousers. These odd slacks are considered more formal than their lighter coloured cousins, which are typically made of cotton. An example of this is chinos, which are usually made from linen cotton or lightly woven cotton canvas.
We recommend you balance the functional part of your wardrobe with a minimum of two pairs of dark wool trousers and three or more pairs of chinos.
Alternatively, buy an extra pair of men's trousers with your next men's suit. You'll be pleased to discover what a useful purchase it proves to be.
The logic for buying extra trousers with a suit purchase stems from our experience. No matter how often we advise men against it, they end up wearing their suit trousers as odd trousers.
The problem with this? If the trousers get badly stained or ripped or torn, and you don't have another pair to match your suit, the suit is ruined and you've lost money. With this expensive scenario in mind, you can appreciate the value of having two pairs of men's trousers to match your suit jackets, can't you?
Buying chinos in various colours offers you a variety of mix and match options. We especially like the look and utility of:
Note: Vividly coloured chinos are not for the timid. They are tailor made (forgive our pun) for the dashing daredevil with the guts to wear red, pink or other bright shades. If that describes you, we tip our hats to you!
Warm weather and chinos go together like boots and jeans for cold weather. In fact, they are a fancier, more comfortable option than jeans in any weather, and a stylish way to dress up or dress down men's blazers. Here's how to rock those chinos in style:
Dress down work days: Open neck casual shirt (we like blue), dark blue chinos, linen jacket in your choice of colour.
Afternoon date: For fall and winter, put your denim to work by pairing a long sleeve, button up denim shirt with navy blue chinos. For spring and summer, pair dark navy slacks with a crisp white shirt. Bonus points for finishing this iconic bad boy look by rolling up the shirt sleeves or wearing a slim fit, short sleeve shirt and canvas sneakers sans socks.
Essential utilitarian: Perfect for work or play, pair khaki chinos with a vintage Oxford shirt (layering a sweater or vest is optional) and a navy blazer or blue sports coat. While it seems minimalistic, it's the perfect marriage of men's staple style essentials, and it takes you from the office to errands to date night without any interruptions in your busy schedule.
You probably have the system down by now, but if you'd like to discover more ideas on how to mix and match your wardrobe items for all seasons utility, pop by our showrooms. You can have a casual chat with one of our style specialists or schedule a styling session at your convenience.
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