How to match men's coats and trousers

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How to match men's coats and trousers
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Men's fashion includes a well-rounded perspective for matching coats and trousers. Coat and trouser wardrobe ensembles allow men to have the freedom to express their personal style in versatile and contemporary ways. Matching coats and trousers is a simple task when a few basic principles of fashion are followed. If you want to create a men's wardrobe that uses complementary coats and trousers, then be willing to mix and match in a way that ensures flexibility and inspiration for every day wear.

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  1. 1

    Choose a traditional men's fashion design. Select dark coloured jackets in black, chocolate brown, dark grey or navy blue. Match the dark jackets with lighter coloured trousers, such as khakis or tan cargo trousers. Opt for a dark navy blue jacket with light grey trousers for a more formal fashion design. Choose a chocolate brown jacket and khaki slacks for a more casual appeal.

  2. 2

    Select a contemporary casual men's fashion design. Choose light-coloured sports coats and pair them with dark coloured trousers. Choose a checkered or patterned tan sports jacket, and match it with dark slacks or dark denim jeans. For a business casual approach, select a camel coloured jacket and add dark brown or navy slacks to complement the contemporary fashion design.

  3. 3

    Opt for weather-friendly coats and trousers. Choose cotton-blend materials for trousers that will be wearable all year round. Choose corduroy, tweed and wool jackets for winter wear. Select cotton, linen and polyester-blends for warmer weather. Avoid wearing a linen coat if you do not like fabric wrinkles.

  4. 4

    Stock your wardrobe with accessories that complement the coats and trousers. Attractive leather belts, dress shirts, casual shirts and ties add colour and flavour to basic coat and trousers wardrobe combinations. Choose striped, patterned or denim shirts for a more casual design. Opt for T-shirts when the occasion is extremely casual. Choose dress shirts in solid colours for a more formal fashion design.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with coat designs, trouser colours and accessories. Try on different styles and examine the versatile fashion designs in a mirror.
  • Tuck in a shirt for a formal occasion. Untucked shirts with coats make a modern and fashionable statement, but they are not appropriate for formal wear. Only wear denim jackets for casual attire.

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