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Textured trousers - an alternative to jeans and chinos

I find I'm frequently searching for trousers when I'm shopping with clients that are not jeans or chinos, but are also not as plain as a lot of suit trousers tend to be.

So, what's the alternative? Well I like the ones that have some sort of texture to them or a small micro pattern. I find this adds a bit of interest when wearing a plain shirt (especially you're not wearing a tie or blazer either) but a small pattern or texture is versatile enough to go with lots of things too.

Here are some of the ones I found coming up for the new season.

Wooyoungmi micro check trousers - personal shopping & styling for men

Checks are big news for the coming season but if your immediate reaction is for an image of Rupert the Bear to pop into your head, then a smaller, less obvious check is definitely for you. These micro check ones will almost look plain from a distance, but when you get up close you can see the tiny pattern.

Micro check flannel trousers - Wooyoungmi at Matches £310

Ted Baker POTTRO trousers - personal shopping & styling for men

These trousers are textured enough to look great with a plain white shirt but would also look good with another pattern (have a look at the blue colourway for a demonstration of this.) If going for a plain white shirt you could add in a touch of colour to stand out from the crowd with burgundy shoes and belt.

"Porrtro" textured trousers - Ted Baker £125

Incotex puppytooth trousers personal shopping & styling for men

This pair comes in cotton with a small check and could be dressed up or down according to the occasion. For a smart look you could wear a white shirt, khaki knit tie and light grey blazer or to dress down a fitted khaki t-shirt, black bomber jacket and pale grey Common Projects trainers.

Slim fit stretch cotton puppytooth trousers - Incotex at Mr Porter - £255

Reiss STOW trousers personal shopping & styling for men

These are actually part of a suit but will look just as good on their own. Wear with a camel crew neck sweater and tan brogues and voilà, you've instantly nailed the smart/casual look.

"Stow T" - slim tailored trousers - Reiss - £125

Tiger of Sweden MATTE trousers personal shopping & styling for men

If you've never tried a check then I urge you to try out a Glen check (aka Prince of Wales check), you might be surprised as to how subtle it looks on. With a soft blue line running through it this will be perfect to mix with pale blue shirts for work or to make it a little more casual, then a chambray shirt would work perfectly too.

"Matte" glen check wool flannel trousers - Tiger of Sweden - £199.00

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