Buying pants is no easy feat. Not only do they have to fit correctly in at least 5 different places, but they also have to be made of the right fabric for just the right amount of stretch, allow for easy to sitting while you throw back beers for hours and, of course, look damn good. So, with all that in mind, how do you find the perfect pair of pants?
Do: Buy a slim fit pair- Your slim jeans should slightly hug the thighs, knees and calves while loosening up around your ankle.
Don’t: Buy baggy jeans, or jeans that are so slim they hug all the wrong places.
Do: Experiment with different shades of denim- you may want a darker blue for winter and a mid-light blue for summer
Don’t: Go for denim with a dramatic wash. Anything that ‘fades’ from dark blue to white at the thigh is a no no. Look for more subtle rinses and keep the rips to a healthy minimum.
Do: Go for a slim fit style, ensuring the ankles are tapered.
Don’t: Opt for a straight leg fit- it ends up looking baggy.
Do: Opt for a 97% cotton and 3% elastane fabrication. This will keep you cool and comfortable with just the right amount of stretch.
Don’t: Go for anything that is made from polyester or has a higher percentage of elastane (more than 5% is a no no).
Do: Buy wool trousers- look for a fine merino wool or wool and cotton blend.
Don’t: Avoid cashmere and hopsack fabrications as they will easily loose their shape.
Do: Always buy half lined trousers.
Don’t: Buy un-lined wool trousers.
Do: Get the length right- if you’re a shorter buy, opt for no break while taller men will benefit from a medium break.
Don’t: Assume you don’t need to know what a break is! And don’t ever cuff your trousers, you’ll need to get them professionally tailored.