Spring Essential: The Light Grey Trouser

June 2nd, 2015

Here at Articles of Style we’re all about long-lasting, versatile menswear. We want our readers, and soon to be clients, to make smart investments and get the most bang for their buck with every purchase they make.

So today we’re highlighting one of the most popular Spring pieces from the AOS styling closet: the light grey trouser. A properly tailored pair in a cloth with a little texture (like wool/linen, wool/mohair, fresco, hopsack, etc) is one of those pieces that will be foundational to your Spring wardrobe and you will reach for time and time again.

To illustrate this point and provide a little wardrobe building inspiration, here are just some of the looks we’ve published featuring light grey Spring trousers.










So, on the topic of go-to wardrobe items, what’s your most worn piece for Spring?

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford.

  • Warren

    Definitely without a doubt, My spring essential is my Saint James Minquiers striped t shirt.

  • Timothy Kiah

    Dan, who did your light grey trousers in these photograph’s?

  • TJ

    I love the light grey trouser, its a great spring and summer piece. My most worn item would have to be any of my summer plaid/madras shirts.

  • Simon

    Where should I look for mid-gray wool trousers under $200 that offers size 28? I know of Epaulet and Howard Yount. Anywhere else? Thanks.

    • TO


  • Stuart

    Love the versatility here.

  • Ryan

    Lets see some summer essentials spring is over.

  • cam

    hey dan, question for you…

    my suit trousers are all cut to an 8″ ankle opening. i think this is a good width for me and my proportions. however, ive gone from rarely wearing denim jeans anymore to mostly wearing trousers and therefore wear them at times (esp in the spring/summer) with henleys, tshirts or polos sans jacket. do you feel it would be a better look to have some trousers cut to an 7-7.5″ ankle opening when wearing less layers on top? i guess im asking if i should have some with a cut/silhouette more similar to a jean. thanks in advance

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Hey Cam. Great question, I know where you’re coming from. A more tapered trouser looks more natural with casual wear… I think the key is finding that width that is just slim enough to wear with tees/polos/sneakers but not too skinny to wear with the matching jacket. For me, at 6’1 190 lbs, that is at 8″ or just below. If you’re a smaller guy, you can certainly get away with 7-7.5. Try one pair and see if you like them more…a taper should only be about $10-12 at the tailor. Cheers mate, excited to get your thoughts on our upcoming collection!

      • Eric

        In regards to the cost of tapering, is it reasonable for a tailor to charge double (ends up being 30 at 15 per side living in LA for me) if the leg is too wide to properly taper without compromising the crease placement?

        Note: this is what I’ve experienced “modernizing” some of my dad’s old gear. Love the quality of the stuff, but certainly not a fan of 10+” openings.

        • SidP

          $30 is fair for the amount of tailoring work required. I’m 5’8 as well and my tailor has to taper at the knees/thighs as well sometimes. I like a 6.5-7″ opening. Makes all the difference for style and versatility (i.e. wearing casual top or sneakers). But, the $$ spent on the original pant has to be worth it. ps. I live in Toronto

          • TO

            Where do you go in TO SidP?

      • Miguel

        that’s one of the problems I have at 5’8, I always have to short my pants and half of the times I have to also adjust the ankle opening since a lot of pants are not straight slim, it adds up at the tailor but I don’t have a choice.

      • Jared

        Dan, I notice you and a lot of other guys wearing shoes without socks. How do you make that comfortable????

        • cam

          loafer socks

      • Als

        Hey Dan,
        I’m about your height as well. Tapering to an 8 inch opening, how slim are your pants at the thigh? I have about 1inch of fabric when I pinch at about mid thigh- i’m wondering if that is too slim….

        • TO

          Good question ALS. Something I’ve addressed many times for myself over the years as I have meaty thighs. You are definitely on the slimmer side here in terms of allowance. I think it depends on the shape of your legs. If your thighs “bulge” and it affects the over leg line (which the goal for is straight) I would look for slightly more room in this area (being that you said you’re Dan’s size about another inch to pinch). If your thighs are slim/skinny, then you can likely get away with it. Look on the inside of the thighs for seam allowance on your pants (if so they can be let out).

    • http://www.streetxsprezza.wordpress.com Ethan W.

      I have a few pants that have the same cut of the jeans and I’ve found that I don’t like them. It may be due to the fabrics of the pants, but now I taper my pants to be slightly more loose than jeans.