Dress Pants for Men

If you’ve never bought a pair of dress pants for yourself before, the process can be a little…well, let’s call it “daunting.” After all, it seems like there are endless options out there. Wool trousers. Flannel trousers. Or maybe you should skip the dress pants altogether and focus on something more casual like chinos.

But if you’ve got a good job and need a professional pair of pants to go along with it, dress pants for men like the ones we’ll present below are much more office-appropriate than chinos. What’s more, we can steer you in the right direction even if you’ve never navigated the world of dress pants for men before.

Selecting the Right Pair of Pants

To start, ask yourself a basic question: what are these pants for? If you need a suit for formal functions like weddings, funerals, charity engagements, and the like, you’ll likely want a dark black pleated pair of dress pants. If that didn’t make any sense, then use our guide. 


  • Black: formal, versatile, ready for business, solemn. If you only have to buy one pair of dress pants, black works because of its versatility for nearly every situation that would require a suit. Take a look at our Wool Tropical Plain Weave Pleated Dress pants to see how this might fit in with your suit.
  • Navy: casual, versatile, appropriate for weddings. The above link is available in navy, but if you want to drop it down to more casual, you can opt for something like the Wool Tropical Plain Weave Flat Front pant in navy.
  • Tan/White/Khaki: Summer-appropriate. Less appropriate for solemn occasions but perfectly suitable for any weekday at the office. These Super 100’s Garbadine Flat Front in stone fit the bill.
  • Grey/charcoal: Best suited with a coat of the same color. Appropriate for weddings, the office, meetings, and the like. This Polyester-Wool Tropical Pleated pant in light grey fits the bill.


  • Wool is warm and comfortable—as long as you’re wearing it when it’s relatively chilly. Dress pants tend to be thin, so wool pants should be considered a necessity even in warmer climates.
  • Polyester gets a bad rap, but it’s light, breezy, and comfortable. Better suited for hot summers in the south, though a wool-polyester blend can have the best of both worlds.


  • Flat front is more casual and minimalistic. It’s versatile enough to work even in the boardroom if that’s what you need.
  • Pleated features lines, or “pleats,” that you can see running down the sides of the legs. This gives the suit a more “formal” feel that’s better for more solemn occasions. 

Sizing Your Pants the Right Way

Click on over to our self-sizer to get an idea of how to buy dress pants for men at the right size for your individual leg shape.

Specifically, pay attention to your rise, waist, and inseam. The rise refers to the middle of the crotch seam up to the top of your waist band: think of it as the amount of “room” your pants have, and how far they go up your waist. The waist is the circle created by the waist of the pants. And the inseam of the pants refers to the length of the leg. You’ll do well if you can find a pair of pants you already own that print these numbers for you; failing that, have yourself measured by a local tailor, have them write the numbers down, and proceed towards online shopping bliss. Buying dress pants has never been so easy, shop the full collections from Berle today.

November 12, 2015 by Berle Editor
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