It’s rare that you get a chance to build an entirely new wardrobe from scratch. More often, we have to choose new pants and shirts as they come to us. We have to calculate how this pair of pants will look matched with that shirt, and vice versa. The entire process can be frustrating for some. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a quick guide on how to match shirts and pants for men.
Step One: Evaluate What You Have
You may think you know what pants will pair with which shirts already in your wardrobe—but what do you already have? Take a step back and evaluate what’s already in your closet with the following questions:
- What colors do you have? Do you tend towards bright colors, navy colors, khakis, etc.? What kinds of pants might go well with the ones you already have, offering a nice contrast? Do you have brightly-colored patterned shirts in need of some contrast, or can you go for pants with more flair?
- What styles do you have? Are you more of a T-shirt or polo shirt wearer, or do you like button downs? Knowing this will give you an idea of whether you need to shop for dress pants or the more casual items available at a store like Berle.
Step Two: Know Your Men’s Pants
Once you have an idea of what you already have, you should have a clearer picture of what kinds of pants you’ll need. But if you need some ideas, it helps to know the different categories of men’s casual pants first:
- Khakis are versatile, comfortable, and easy to wear, making them a good match with just about anything you might already have in your wardrobe. For instance, our Charleston Khakis in Stretch Twill can make a great go-to pair of pants in just about any situation.
- Performance Dress Khakis are options that add plenty of function and versatility to your wardrobe—with plenty of color choices, too.
- Microfiber Pants offer a casual feel with a more “suited” look, which can be great for outings, weddings, and other formal events. These Microfiber Performance Trousers offer water and stain resistance for added functionality.
Step Three: Match and Complement
Once you have an idea of the type of pants you want to add to your wardrobe, it’s time to think about color matching. Some color combinations are timeless—navy and khaki, white and black, etc. But don’t be afraid to experiment with other combinations. Khaki pants with red patterned shirts, for instance, offer you a nice balance between bold and understated.
As long as you have the right pants in your wardrobe, you should be able to create plenty of outfits with just a few new purchases. Keep browsing the collections here at Berle to upgrade your own wardrobe with the casual pieces you need.