leather, I don't own a white oxford shirt, and black pants? They've got a major plaid print on them. When I shop for pants I look for three things.
Details: Seaming! Studs! Different washes! I love jeans, but you can find all kinds of trousers these days with different fabrics and washes. I am a sucker for the details (especially sailor pants). These moto-jeans are a fast favorite for the weird pockets and seaming. It doesn't hurt they're actually cut short enough for my short self.
I tend to wear these jeans when I want tough looks. They've shown up again and again, but it's actually been awhile since I've worn them. My plans for these jeans are mostly summer-y in origin for their light color and the fact that the zipper at the ankle would probably chew my boots.
leopard or snake printed jean. However these plaid pants have been remarkably versatile. I mostly wear them with solid colored sweaters but for Christmas I mixed things up with a polka dot blouse. I'm still considering pattern mixing more frequently. Maybe I'll try my black star sweater or my new plus sign top.
Okay, four things - FIT:
Trousers are amazingly tricky things, and I admittedly show up in a bazillion different pairs that I probably don't even own any more. Pants get uncomfortable for me very quickly if they don't fit right, and as someone who had changed sizes a couple of times since starting this blog I always try to thrift my trousers. That way I can alter as possible or donate and buy new (to me) pants as I've needed.
I've gotten a number of comments about how well my trousers fit and it's because of my incredible finicky nature that they do. Two of the three photos I've included involved some kind of alterations on the pants. I don't recommend any major alterations of pants if you don't do it yourself. It's expensive and worth more to just try a bunch on to find the right fit in the hip/waist and get legs hemmed up (which shouldn't be too pricey provided you're going unlined).
Have you got any tips or tricks for picking out the right trousers? What is your favorite jeans/trousers in your closet?