How To Wear Dress Pants Casually

Too many dress pants have a stigma attached to them. People often think that they’re for your most formal events and nothing else. But that’s unfortunate. It means plenty of perfectly versatile dress pants are left in the closet, waiting only for occasional use. You can get more value out of your trousers when you learn how to wear dress pants casually. If you want to pull off that look, here’s what you’ll need to know.

Select The Right Dress Pants

It starts with understanding which dress pants will look appropriate in a more casual setting and which are best for formal functions. To make the search easy, check out our Casual Pants collection here at Berle.

There are dress pants, of course, that are more suited to formal events. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you can’t picture a pair of dress pants without the suit, there’s a good chance that they’re not the right fit for a casual outing. It all starts with picking out the right pair of dress pants and working from there.

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Pair Your Dress Pants With Quality Clothes

When some people hear the word “casual” when it comes to fashion, they don’t think very far beyond a T-shirt and jeans. But the truth is, a term like “business casual” has a lot of leeway. You can dress it up for a good showing at the office or dress it down for a more casual get-together.

When learning how to wear dress pants casually, the key is to choose the right clothes for pairing with your dress pants as well. Here are some options you may want to consider:

  • Button-Downs. A crisp white shirt designed for a suit will typically not have buttons on its collar, making it a button-up. But if you want a similar look with a more casual style, switch to the button-down
  • Sweaters & Cardigans. For cooler weather, try layering your collar with sweaters, cardigans, and the like.
  • Think About Your Shoes. It’s not a matter of simply choosing casual shoes—otherwise, dress pants and sneakers would make a great combination. To keep things casual but dressy, go for “in-between” shoes like saddle shoes, buck shoes, or simple oxfords.

Emphasize Another Article Of Clothing

Let’s say you’re wearing dress pants like our Performance Dress Khakis. In a business environment, you could simply wear a crisp shirt to go along with these pants to “feature” them—and you’ll look great.

But what if you need to dress them down? That’s the time to emphasize another article of clothing. Even something as simple as a warm overcoat during winter or a long-sleeve outer layer in the form of a sweater can have a dramatic impact on the way your pants look as part of an outfit.

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Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the right pants to suit your needs. We recommend browsing all the collections here at Berle to choose the best possible trousers for your wardrobe.