Dress pants, sometimes called dress pants suits, are a casual style of trousers meant primarily as semi-formal or formal wear. They tend to be made from either cotton or polyester and can often be designed to be wear with a matching shirt jacket. A common variation on dress pants suits is the slouch pants suit, which is a take off of the standard dress pant suit. Slouch pants suits tend to be less flattering on taller men and have historically been associated with youths. Today they are more popular among middle aged men.
When shopping for dress pants suits it is important to check the material the trousers are made from. Cotton is the most commonly used fabric for this type of clothing, but other fabrics such as linen can also be used. The thickness of the fabric should be proportionate to the height of the person wearing them.
Dress slacks are typically wider than pants. This creates an additional layer of comfort for a wearer, and makes them appropriate for casual dress pants wear. Dress slacks tend to come in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles and you may find some that have a button front or a zipper back. You will also find dress slacks with pleated legs, cuffs, and no buttons.
The term “dress slacks” is generally used to refer to two distinct pieces of apparel: dress slacks worn as office attire, and khakis or chinos worn as a casual outfit. There is some debate over whether the term slacks is appropriate to use when talking about dress pants or khakis. Some people consider slacks appropriate only for jeans, while others reserve the term for all dress pants clothing. Slacks are traditionally worn with black dress pants, so the pairing is typically linked to the color black. However, today dress pants can come in a variety of other colors, including blue, red, yellow, and more.
Khakis or chinos are the traditional dress pants for business people and executives. They tend to be made out of dark solid colors like black, dark gray, navy blue, olive, and dark green. They tend to come in a wide variety of styles, including boot cut, slouch cut, short, long, and more. Most formal wear goes beyond the basic black pants and it includes silk tie-ups, three buttoned, double rolled, and other colorful prints. Many people prefer to wear silk or wool dress pants because they are warmer and look better in a formal setting than many other types of wool or cotton pants.
One of the most common type of dress pants is the smart-casual or semi-formal pairs. These pairs include slim straight leg pants that reach the mid-thigh area. They may come in black or dark gray and some have a split or zipper up the side to allow for the pants to fit over an pant-suit or blouse. Some pairs feature a square or elastic waistband and a wide leg. The reason for the wide leg is that they do not go all the way to the ground like some other pairs do. The great thing about the slim dress pants is that they are available in a variety of colors including off-white, gray, black, tan, brown, and more.
Other dress pants styles include the traditional slacks, also known as pant-legs, which is almost always made out of denim or cotton. They feature a front slacking pocket, and back slacking. A lot of people like to wear the corduroy type slacks because they are made with special care for comfort and to resist stains and wrinkles. These corduroy slacks are a little bit informal and they are most often seen with jeans or khakis.
There are also dress pants that are meant to be worn outside of the work environment such as the jean leggings, which are fabric slacks that have a very casual look. They are usually made out of a cotton/spandex blend, and are available in a number of colors. Jean leggings are often worn by women who want a pair of dress pants that have a little more room in them so they can wear a pair of shorts underneath. They can also be found in a number of different lengths, including ankle length, mid-length, and long.