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Trousers and Pants – malebox essential style guide for men – Part 3/10

Man wearing denim jeans and white tshirt

Trousers, jeans and pants are an important part of any outfit. You don’t necessarily need to fill your wardrobe with a huge number to get a great variation of looks! Welcome to part 3 of our 10 part series on essential style for men. If you missed part 2 which discussed mens shoes, make sure you check it out.


Stylists may suggest that you should have numerous pairs of well-fitted jeans. Why? You certainly don’t need numerous pairs to look great. If you are seriously cashed up and you have a massive wardrobe, then go for it… hell! buy 14 pairs. But here is the catch… the fit of your jeans is dependent on your body shape, so if you find “the ones” then that is really all you need. A good pair that is neither baggy nor too tight will see you through most situations—jeans of course can be dressed up or down depending on your shirt, shoes and accessories. A pair of well-fitting black or navy jeans for casual dates are also a great investment because they have a more formal look than a faded, light blue pair. If you can only afford one pair—go for a classic straight leg fit in a medium to dark rinse.

Denim Jeans

Dark rinse denim are great for a dressier look, while lighter rinse jeans are more casual.


Khaki or tan trousers work perfectly for work or leisure. Having a pair of these in your wardrobe provide an alternative to denim and are good options for a dinner date. These look great with a crisp white shirt, but navy, medium blue and black also work well. Once again, many factors influence what you should or shouldn’t wear.

Tracksuit Bottoms

“Trackies” are ideal for working out, doing yard work or relaxing at home. Guys often run their errands in track pants (presumably because of their comfort level), but I’d recommend leaving this look to the gym.

Sweat pants

These are perfect for working out or lounging around at home—and nothing else. Why? Because although they are comfortable, they show little effort on your part to look good. Women who do their grocery shopping in pyjama bottoms look the same way; like they just rolled out of bed. Avoid this look in casual situations at all costs.

The Pleated Pant Issue

Why so many men avoid flat-front trousers has always been a mystery to me. Flat-front trousers look better than pleated pants (on most), especially at the moment. Pleats can make you look like you are carrying excess weight and are a definite no-go area for some body shapes, even if they are more comfortable. As pleats are creeping back in, I suggest you contact me for the best choice for your body. Comfort is definitely a factor in clothing choice, but tracksuit pants are comfortable and you wouldn’t go out to dinner in those would you?

Pants with no pleats

Pants are an important part of any outfit…


Belts are an often-forgotten accessory, but they finish off an outfit nicely, in this case your pants, trouser or jeans —especially if you are wearing dress pants or a suit trouser. Black is the best choice for versatility, but brown is another good option. Formal situations require a thinner, more inconspicuous buckle—keep it simple and classic. Casual situations allow for a bigger buckle, but avoid overly fancy designs and keep it to a plain square or rectangle shape.

Mens Leather Belt with buckle in black, brown and tan colours

Belts are the finishing touch to any type of pants, jeans or trousers.

Pants, Trousers and Jeans form an important part of your appearance. The bottom half of you is just important as the top half, so don’t gloss over pants in any outfit. Pay attention to the detail and finish it off with a great belt and shoes. People will appreciate your effort and you will walk with confidence!