Khakis or chinos? Odd trousers or suit trousers? Joggers or sweatpants? So many subtly different types of pants. Pick the WRONG ones and you’ll look mismatched. Pick the RIGHT ones, though, and you’ll look savvy and put together. Know what defines the different styles of trousers and their levels of formality and you can pick the right ones on autopilot every time.
These are the types of pants that every man needs to know about so that you can build your interchangeable wardrobe.
1.Drawstring Types Of Pants
A drawstring allows you to cinch the waist of your pants, so whether you’ve got a 30-inch waist or a 40-inch waist you can probably get away with the same pair of trousers. Made from linen, cotton, or synthetic materials, these trousers are going to be casual because of the loose fit.
2. Odd Trousers And Suit Pants
The difference between these two types of pants is simple: do the trousers have a matching jacket made from the same material? If so, they’re suit pants. An identical pair of trousers that you bought without a matching jacket would be odd trousers. Odd trousers can be worn with a sports jacket, a blazer jacket, or even just a dress shirt or a casual button-down.
3. Corduroy Pants
Corduroy pants, also known as ‘cords’, are very distinctive because of the ridges. These generally come in two sizes – 7 wide ridges per inch or 11 narrow ridges per inch . Corduroy trousers can be dressed up a little more than jeans – they ‘ll look good with a sports jacket or even a blazer.
4. Khakis And Chinos
Khakis are cotton twill pants that came from British military uniform in 19th-century India – ‘khaki’ is Persian for ‘dust’, from the color. Chinos are a version of khakis made in China (hence the name) for soldiers in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war. The easiest way to spot the difference between these two types of pants is not the color – it’s the stitching.Stitching and pockets are visible on khakis but hidden on chinos, which makes chinos more formal.
5. Sweatpants, Tracksuit Pants, Joggers
Sweatpants are historically the oldest of these three types of pants. They have a very loose fit with an elastic or drawstring waist and possibly pockets. Tracksuit pants often use a synthetic material, can have a very tight weave, and also tend to have a loose fit, although some will be tighter. What sets them apart is a stripe of color down the side of the leg.
6. Men’s Jeans
We love jeans because they’re so interchangeable – you can dress them up or down – and they’re relatively inexpensive. Made from cotton, jeans are found across the world. I think every man should have a pair of dark indigo jeans with no distressing (rips or wear and tear) in his wardrobe. Be careful with lighter colors – those are much more casual, and so, of course, is distressing.
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