Slim or straight? Pleated or flat? Wool or velvet? Chinos or classic? Casual or formal? Choosing pants depends on many things – your body type, your lifestyle, the circumstances, but also your style. Here’s how to choose the best pair.
These are classic pants in stretch wool twill, a source of incomparable comfort and aesthetic sophistication. The slightly lowered crotch makes them perfect for all occasions: a formal look with a three-button, double-breasted jacket, for example, or more casual style with a sweater and Andy loafers. You can wear them with a slight break over the shoes, or much shorter, stopping at the ankle, to show off your footwear.
Chinos were invented for the British colonial troops in India in the mid-19th century to replace the white uniform trousers, which were too flashy and too easily sullied. They have since become a staple of the casual wardrobe, just as jeans have. They are making a major comeback this season in a sleek, refined version: in 100% wool flannel or stretch wool twill, it has a slightly slimmer cut than traditional chinos, and the material (a blend of cotton twill and cashmere) exudes great elegance. There are two versions – classic styling or those with leather pocket detailing. They can also be worn as casual slacks, with Chelsea boots and a denim shirt, or with an easy-wearing knit shirt jacket (the best of the season!).
For more daring dressers, these pants offer a very studied nonchalance. Somewhat wider, in 100% wool, with a lower crotch and progressively slimmer fit down the leg, these are meant to be worn low-waisted, with footwear such as Derbys, without socks.
Snug at the bottom with ribbed cuffs, made of wool and silk, a soft, sophisticated fabric, these pants look perfect with a sweater and Alessio or Andy Spada shoes, for an air of casual chic, and come in khaki or dark blue.