6 Great Alternatives to Denim

We all have that tried and trusted favourite pair of jeans we swear by but sometimes we need to switch it up a bit and get out of that denim rut. The problem is, it can be hard to know exactly how and what to wear instead – especially if you harbour the fear that you’re going to end up looking like your dad and/or an aging golfer, so read on for some suggestions for alternative bottoms to wear with your men’s t-shirts and shirts.

1)      Grey trousers: every self-respecting guy should own a smart pair of grey trousers. We’re not talking thin cotton slacks like your old school trousers or something you’d wear to the office, but a slim cut, tailored style in a good quality heavier fabric. Team with a short sleeved button down shirt and leather loafers to complete the dapper look.

2)      Linen trousers: linen doesn’t have to make you look like you’re on your way to the yacht club. Just keep the cut straight and – it goes without saying – don’t wear with a pastel lemon yellow sweater draped over your shoulders. Unless of course that’s the look you’re aiming for! Yes, linen creases, but by embracing the wrinkles you’ll achieve a slightly disheveled air of nonchalance.

Men's Linen Pants

Looking Suave

3)      Khakis, combats and cargo pants: call them what you will, these are an enduring staple of any man’s wardrobe and while they do go in and out of the fashion limelight, cargos make an easy-to-wear alternative to jeans and always look great when worn with a crisp, clean white men’s t-shirt.

4)      Shorts: you’ve got the climate, you’ve got the legs, why not forget your denims for a day and roll with shorts instead. Preppy, longer length men’s shorts were all over the designer catwalks for Spring Summer 2013 in a wide range of colours ranging from classic navy to bright orange. Play it safe with a white tee or go for a colour-clash in one of the brightly hued men’s tshirts that are also making their statement next season.

5)      Patterned trousers: another big stand out in men’s designer fashion for the up and coming season was pattern. Whether you want to go wild in bright prints and colours or play it down with an understated check, you should have plenty of options to choose from. Word to the wise: keep checked trousers to a slim cut to avoid looking like an extra from a Chevy Chase movie.

Chevy Chase National Lampoons

Hey – There’s NOTHING Wrong with Dressing Like This!

6)      Biker pants: possibly a trickier one to pull off, but since Balmain introduced their biker-style men’s trousers, other designers have been taking notice and following suit with their own more affordable versions. Cut slim and with rugged knee patches these are a directional look for the type of guy that wouldn’t be caught dead in board shorts. Wear with biker boots or a pair of slip-on Vans trainers.

So, to summarize, while it might be tempting to roll out of bed and pull on those crumpled denims that are lying on the floor, sometimes it can make a refreshing change to go for something a little different. If you like to make a statement you can be as daring as you like with this season’s men’s trousers but it’s equally possible to still create a unique look that’s a little more subtle.

Let us know what you wear when you’re trying to drag yourself out of a denim rut in the comments box and don’t forget to check out Ethereal Clothing’s great range of urban men’s t-shirts for inspiration for your top half!

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