You might think that the market for men's trousers is simple to navigate: everything comes in pretty much the same colours and styles, so it doesn't matter where you buy. But you'd be wrong, and taking the time to choose the right trousers means better value for money, and a much better look.
So, what should you avoid when it comes to buying men's trousers? Firstly, steer clear of poor quality fabric. Very cheap trousers are usually made from inferior materials which will rip or wear through very quickly. That means you'll have to go out and spend more money on more trousers. And if the quality of the material isn't good, it's likely that the quality of the fittings will be poor too, which means broken zips and bad stitching that can result in lost buttons and broken belt loops.
Secondly, it's all about fit. Everyone is made differently, but clothing comes in standard sizes, so it's important that you try before you buy. This is especially useful for stores that have both a high street and online presence – you can try your trousers on in the store and buy there and then; and because you know the sizing works, you can simply re-order using the online service. Key things to look for when trying your men's trousers on are comfort around the waist and length – whatever trousers you're buying, the length of the leg is important and again, although these are standardised, your leg length will change based on the shoes you are wearing, and on the cut of the trousers themselves. So to sum up, avoid buying without trying and try to be mindful about your current wardrobe, do there trousers go with my polo shirts? How will the look with my boat shoes?
And finally, avoid buying cheap trousers just for the sake of it. It's perfectly possible to get good quality, good looking men's trousers for a reasonable price, and if you're fixated on getting the best deal, you're likely to lose out when it comes to looking good. Trousers that are made from good quality materials, are well-designed and well made, and have good detailing such as contrast seam stitching and quality fittings are always going to look better and last longer. Pay out just a little more money and get a lot more choice and a lot more satisfaction.
Above all, don't wait until your current trousers are wearing out before you buy a new pair. The choice in the men's trousers market means that there's always something new to try, and to keep looking smart and staying comfortable, make sure you're always on top of the quality of your wardrobe.