Words by Alek Rose

In the modern day we have so much choice when it comes to trousers. Whereas in the past it was an easy choice, being a case of which suit trousers you wore today, it’s now a monumental exercise in decision making. You need to weigh up what you expect your day to hold, will it be casual or smart? Warm or cold? Cord or cotton? We’d love to say that there was one single answer to your trouser-picking woes but we’d be lying. This is good though, it means you have a free pass to pick out several pairs of essential trousers, each perfect for a different occasion. So, here are four pairs of men's trousers that are ticking the boxes for us at the moment.

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Navy Small Check Wool Trousers
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Navy Small Check Wool Trousers

Paul Smith Navy Small Check Wool Trousers

For the smarter occasions opt for Paul Smith. These Navy Small Check Wool Trousers are further proof that you should call on Paul if in doubt. The beauty is in the details on this pair, from a distance it’s a plain pair of navy suit trousers but up close it’s a masterfully tailored pair of trousers that feature a fine check pattern. Paul Smith’s signature willingness to add a playful feel to seriously well-made clothes shines through here. Style with a t-shirt tucked in for a less formal look or go straight for a shirt, you really cannot go wrong.

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YMC Navy Cargo Pants

YMC’s Navy Cargo Pants are admittedly a little harder to style than Legends’ understated Hermosa Pants, but don’t let this put you off the challenge. If styled well, this pair of relaxed cargo trousers made of slub linen blend fabric woven in Italy can be the star of your summer wardrobe. Consider the relaxed, baggy fit when wearing them and try to match it with your look. If you’re looking for inspiration, then we’re going for Stepney Workers Club Magazine Print Canvas Dellow Sneakers and Schnayderman’s cool Slate Green Jersey T-Shirt.

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Mfpen Black Saevio Trousers

The Inspector Gadget of trousers, Mfpen’s Saevio Trousers combine aspects from several styles. Firstly, the jet black colour is always a good start, it makes styling very simple and gives a lot of leeway when incorporating into outfits that might not otherwise work. At the top you’ll find double pleats leading into stitched creases, giving the trousers a formal aspect, while the decidedly relaxed fit contradicts that. We love this pair because they’re a successful creative experiment. Style with a clean white t-shirt and white low tops and you’ll be good to go. 

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