5. Unite the right trousers with your jackets
Our current denim-with-sportcoat moment seems like it’s here to say, Fenton says—and a good pair of jeans is always a smart investment. That said, the classic wardrobe should include some quality dark denim, a casual pair of chinos, a pair of dress chinos.
Most important: “Pay attention to fit and texture,” Fenton says. When you’re matching the pants with the jacket, or the corduroy trouser with the sport coat, the feel of the top and bottom pieces should complement each other—not matching, but not feuding either. While cuffs on trousers (especially suit trousers) are back in style for some guys, pants are still being hemmed with no break (meaning they shouldn’t touch your shoe tops).
In any case, when you’re choosing pants to go with the jacket or a blazer, the game is all about having enough variety to play off the jacket’s more traditional “framing”. If the jacket is more conservative, add more color and texture to the trouser.
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