Meanwhile, "pants" could refer to slacks, or trousers, or jeans, or just about any form of two-legged outer garment for the lower body. How To Match Clothing Well:
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When going for stripes, match the pants with the shade of the stripes or go with the palette at the background. When going for checked trousers, choose a contrast plain shirt. While going for Prints, choose subtle colours and try wearing a dark tone to avoid looking too cheeky!!
Checks and Stripes are always welcomed with almost all plain contrast trousers or denims. They would just never go wrong. If you think that fabric has nothing to do with colour tones, you are wrong.
Not every colour will be reflected the same way when you choose different fabrics. With khakis and chinos, Denim shirts are an all rounder. You can also wear check woollens or plain cotton shirts. Linen shirts are comfortable and come in subtle colours. When going for plain shirts, linen fabric is the best. High quality Denim pants are also one of the best picks with linen shirts.
Corduroy and Fleece do not give very stark light shades and hence go for dark earthy shades. These are usually used for pants. Check shirts look exquisite in such fabrics. You can choose such shirts with denim pants or plain Khakhis. Linen Chinos are also well matched with check corduroy or cashmilon shirts. While going for checked woollen pants , choose plain corduroy or linen shirts.
For very bright shades in shirts, or if you like sparkling colours, choose nylon, silk or rayon. These give bright shiny hues so they are best for party wear selection. But such fabrics are less comfortable and good when weather is pleasant. They make best combinations with Cotton-Silk blend pants, denims or polyester pants. Khaki , Black , Cream, Gray and Navy are a must have for your wardrobe as they would befriend almost every shirt of yours.
Khaki pant is recently in trend because of its versatility to match with any shirt. It seems to be an American English word. I saw two peaks in AmE and no hits at all in BrE. Mitch It counts pants as hits for slacks. I found that curious. I didn't intend to give the impression that "slacks" is "US-only" terminology.
I meant that it seems to be an American English word, at least in origin and most of its use. That's because, in all my decades, I can't think of even one example of hearing "slacks" used in the UK. See ngram below which is probably book references only slacks - The next fairly broad term, covering all but work clothes or jeans.
Men's slacks are where you find men's dress pants in a department store. Men's Furnishings is where you find "pants" in Nordstrom, a popular American department store. In Men's Clothing, one finds "dress trousers". So not all stores are the same. In Macy's, one of the largest department stores in the US, one subcategory in Men's is pants. There is also a Suit Separates subcategory where, a quick review, finds the bottoms referred to as pants across several brands. Brooks Brothers, a more classic men's store, lists casual pants and dress trousers as categories.
That AE definition for slacks is outrageous. Do a google image search for slacks. Do those look informal? You might wear jeans to work, in which case those images would look formal. But in a suit-and-tie office, slacks would be decidedly informal. I think even the idea that a suit is formal is a recent notion. AFAIK "formal wear" once meant a tuxedo. If you look at depression-era pictures you can often find impoverished men in a three-piece suit, dingy and worn out though it may be.
DanielCook Wear what you like. Technically you are not wearing a suit when you do that, though, as a suit is a jacket and trousers cut from the same cloth. When your jacket and slacks don't match, they may be stylish, but you're not wearing a suit. If ladies were present, only a full dress suit "white tie" would be formal enough. Nowadays white tie is a rarity even among the ruling classes, and black tie a tuxedo is as formal as you're likely to see.
Robert Jeantet 21 1. Tristan 2, 10 7. I have never heard of slacks, but guessing they would be loose clothing. Trousers are smart and formal, you would not call the lower half of your addias track suit "jogging trousers" If its raining I put on waterproof pants.
I do not use the term slacks. I now live in the South of England; it seems the southern English are pretty much on their own on this subject. The rest of the world seems to say it in the American sense. I think it maybe a historic class issue. This definition seems to exist only in American English. An outer garment covering the body from the waist to the ankles, with a separate part for each leg. So it's similar to the US definition. Dominic Cronin 1, 6 Just love down-voters who don't comment.
Sorry, I have downvoted because I think your answer is completely misleading. In the UK 'slacks is an old-fashioned word for trousers worn by both sexes see Kevdog answer. No modern woman would refer to her trousers as slacks. Likewise, you never hear 'pants' used for 'trousers' in the UK, except perhaps for American ideas such as 'jog pants'. View All Life Sciences.
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