Types of Trousers – A Simple Buyer’s Guide

A good pair of pants will have a waist, pockets, stitching on the legs, and the same basic overall shape. But one variable that’s hard to ignore: price. How do you know if one pair of trousers is worth more than another? Is it all the same? Of course not. But what separates two types of trousers from each other can also be more subtle and complicated than what appears at first glance. Here are five key ways to tell the difference between types of trousers.

Quality of Fabric


You might not always be able to tell the quality of fabric just by looking at a pair of trousers, but you can always have a look at the description (or even the tags) before you buy. Generally speaking, you’ll want to look for complete fabrics (i.e., 100% cotton) rather than blends when buying dress trousers. Fabric blends do tend to handle well in performance trousers, however.

Trouser Design

“Design” isn’t so much about the style of the fabric as the intention of the trousers in the first place. You’ll find that many bargain brands offer pants that are intended for just about any situation—casual or dressy, outdoors or indoors, it doesn’t matter. But here at Berle, you’ll find types of trousers that are specifically tailored to meet unique needs—whether that’s a Performance Dress Khaki for stain resistance or a casual pair of seersucker pants for hot days. While these pants are versatile multi-taskers, there’s no doubt about what they’re designed to do.

Pants Fit


In real estate, it’s all about location. “Fit” is an equally important concept in the world of fashion: if it doesn’t fit right, then the outfit won’t work. Our Self-Sizer pants make it easy to customize your trousers and get the exact variables right. No more buying a “Large” that tells you nothing about how long the inseam is. Proper fit is about precision, and it’s important to get it right. If a trousers website tells you nothing about the fit except in a general sense, it might be time to move on.

Wardrobe Versatility

“Design” might sound like it means our trousers are designed for specific purposes. But you’d be surprised at how much versatility you can get out of a classic item like Charleston Khakis. The sign of an effective pair of khakis is that they’ll look right in a whole range of situations. They aren’t gimmicky, and they aren’t over-the-top trendy. They’re timeless, and it shows.



Unfortunately, this is one thing about trousers you can never really know until you have them for a long time. Although the quality of fabric is a big hint, the durability of a pair of trousers comes down to other issues like attention to detail and strength of construction. If a pair of trousers lasts you three times as long as a cheaper version, it ultimately saves you more money.

Shop Berle For All Types of Trousers

Want to see more examples of high-quality trousers? We’ve got plenty of them here at Berle. Shop our full trouser collections today!

July 10, 2017 by Berle Editor
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