Christmas is upon us, which means you’re packing to head home--and packing means you have decisions to make. You have to pack in the gifts. You have to pack in the stockings. You have to pack in your clothes for the weekend. Then when you go to zip the bag up, you discover that you’re over packed and have to start all over again.
How can you save some room?
We have an idea that will seem a little revolutionary coming from a place that specializes in trousers: keep the trousers to a minimum. That’s right: choose the most versatile pair of trousers to pack and make them your default “dressing up” pair of pants for the holiday.
Not sure which pair of trousers might qualify? Try a pair of these versatile pants for the holidays.
Tailored Suit Trousers
There’s nothing quite like a tailored suit trouser to completely change the way you feel in your clothes; the difference between suit pants and a pair of denim might as well be night and day. But that’s not to say that suit trousers are automatically the most versatile--or that denim works in every situation, either.
You’ll have a lot of colors to choose from if you bring a pair of tailored trousers with you to Christmas, including these Super 100’s Gabardine Pleated pants that are dark, and therefore perfect for formal occasions. Khaki is another option, as is navy--both of which are technically more versatile than black, which tends to be more appropriate for only the formal occasions.
You can do a lot worse than to select a khaki suit trouser like these Super 100’s Gabardine Flat Front trousers. They’re easy to dress up, easy to dress down with a casual sweater, and won’t look out of place even if you’re making an emergency last minute shopping trip.
Corduroy pants are perfect for fall and winter, which means that you’ll get a lot of mileage out of something like these 8 Wale Luxury Corduroy Flat Front trousers. They’re warm, they’re Christmas-y, they’re everything you could want in a winter pant.
While you can certainly get away with them at Christmas mass or a formal recital without feeling out of place, these are a little trickier to dress “up” in formalwear. That’s not to say it’s impossible, but it requires a keener eye for fashion, and at Berle we like to keep things simple.
Charleston Khakis are perfectly versatile in their own right, but now we’ve come to the ultimate sartorial changeling: the true khaki trouser. The Charleston Khakis Dress Flat Front is dressy enough for church and recitals, office-smart enough for any Christmas parties, and not so suit-stuffy that you’ll feel awkward wearing them around a boisterous dinner table.
And there you have it: our three versatile options, but only one that reigns supreme. If you have to take only one trouser with you to Christmas, make it the Charleston khaki.