How Many Black Pants Should I Own?

Black pants are simply essential to a man’s wardrobe. 

These basic wardrobe staples can be styled both up and down and they are so versatile that you can wear them with everything and add a lot to them. And most importantly, you just need to own a few pairs to cover every occasion and every season.

Yet your black pants don’t need to be plain or boring: if you manage to build a good range in different fits, materials, textures (and maybe even slightly different shades of black) this will add a nice, sophisticated connoisseur touch and some additional variety.

So here’s an example of how you could  build your own range of black pants:


Superslim Dress Pants

Starting from the basics, this style undoubtedly lends itself to a formal and semi-formal attire as well as to a smart casual ensemble. Wear your superslim black trousers with a white shirt, a tie, and a blazer and you will nail the perfect job interview look; wear them with a jumper, a air of sneakers and maybe a leather jacket and there’s your outfit for a coffe or drink after work.

Black Satin Pants

Cotton satin is not super formal and yet it adds some sleekness to your regular black pants. This option is great for theatre night or dinner if the occasion does not require black tie.

Active Black Pants

Picture you are traveling for work and need to wear black pants to and between meetings, maybe on you car, on a taxi, in a place or even on your bike. On days like these, relying on a pair of perfectly sleek black pants that have hidden functional details (like pockets or an elastic waistband and drawstring), and do not crease is of great help.

Black Cargos

Who said cargo pants are limited to casual wear? Just pick a black pair in a style that is slightly over the top and pair it with a nice solid color shirt and you’ll be all set for smart casual.

Black Corduroys

Corduroy has changed a lot since the Seventies. For one, it no longer comes in shades of brown exclusively. Black corduroy trousers, for instance, are a new classic and light years away from the grandpa/professor look. Wear them with a simple top like a white t-shirt or a solid color shirt just like you would do with a pair of patterned pants.

Black jeans

There is no wrong occasion to wear a pair of black jeans. Black denim is super versatile: it may look sleek paired with a blazer or informal paired with a T-shirt, and it often takes just a little detail to transform it. 


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