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Turnbull's Trousers Etiquette

Posted 06.03.24

British heritage staples reimagined for today: much like the iconic Turnbull & Asser shirts, our collection of trousers embodies the type of timeless sophistication you can rely on for seasons to come. From authentic archival references to new twists on tradition, our curated selection has everything you need to achieve that effortlessly dapper look Turnbull is known – and loved – for. 

How to pick the perfect pair of trousers? With our help, of course. Navigating the array of men's trouser styles requires discernment to suit the occasion – with that in mind, we've compiled the guide below on what you need to ace every dress code. From off-duty to formal attire, our comprehensive edit spans the full spectrum of styles, providing a versatile foundation to build countless outfits.



From relaxed to refined: explore the full range of trouser styles


 Off-Duty Dressing

Turnbull's off-duty uniform starts with our James Trousers: every man's wardrobe must-have with powerful styling potential. The straight, tighter-fitting profile with a flat front lends itself to more practical, dynamic combinations, while a higher waistband with belt loops adds timelessly informal appeal. Available in pure cotton twill and a highly twisted fabric that's washed by hand to create a unique texture, wear yours as a suit with a coordinating jacket and a smart belt to show you mean business, or turn to our lineup of easy-to-wear shirts – such as the Polo, Richmond and Piccadilly fits – for laid-back decadence.

Turnbull's tip: belt loops are typically a less formal detail when it comes to trousers.



Everyday Elegance

When the occasion requires you to take it up a notch, nothing beats an expertly crafted pair of trousers to elevate your daily repertoire. Focused on impeccable tailoring, peppered with the right finishing touches, our edit strikes the perfect balance between sophistication and nonchalance. Embrace your inner dandy and exude elegance with our selection, designed to satisfy the most discerning gents.

With their streamlined shape, front darts and pressed creases, the Rupert Trousers are smart and subdued but not overly formal. Choose between sumptuous fabrics and subtle patterns destined to become a cherished staple. Finished with practical belt loops, buttons have also been added to the inside, offering the chance to accessorise with braces for some old-school flair. Styling-wise, our classic Mayfair fit and buttonless Chelsea shirt (with or without a cravat) are a failsafe pairing.

Turnbull's tip: wear yours with braces on special occasions or with a belt to complete a business suit.



The pinnacle of understated elegance – the Edward Trousers are a great starting point for more ambitious outfits. This semi-formal style is neatly cut with a single pleat and topped with belt loops, expertly treading the line between tailoring and functionality. Whether it's the uptown glamour of pinstripes and checks or the rugged allure of corduroy, they're a trustworthy companion you can rely on year after year, no matter how your taste shifts – just add your favourite shirt from the Turnbull & Asser collection.

Turnbull's tip: indulge in wool and cashmere blends in plain or understated patterns for elevated ensembles. Turn to corduroy, twill and highly twisted fabric for effortless daily attires.



An ultimate classic – the Arthur Trousers have a sharp straight-leg shape enhanced by single pleats and discreet on-seam pockets. Woven from fine wool with a harmonious interplay of pattern and colour, they're your shortcut to sartorial refinement. Paired with a cosy knit, they will give off a relaxed vibe but still create an impact. Alternatively, you can opt for a minimal, pared-back shirt – our Mayfair, Chelsea, Richmond or Piccadilly fit work equally well – to enhance the feeling of formal sophistication.

Turnbull's tip: straight-leg silhouettes with a flat front, and central crease are thought to be the smartest of styles, with darts and pleats lying somewhere in the middle. 



If you're looking for a tighter fit, our George Trousers are a timeless option, thanks to their single pleats, belt loops and American pockets. Blending elegance with modern versatility, they come in a variety of finishes, similar to the James, while maintaining a higher level of formality. Bonus point? They're crafted from finely combed, extra-twisted cotton for flexibility and comfort with every stride. To create the perfect look, choose from our wide range of shirts for a flawless ensemble.

Turnbull's tip: tight-fitting trousers with pleats are akin to more informal and practical attires.



Modern Formalwear

Formal affairs require some extra effort – luckily, our Henry Trousers are sure to impress. Unlike the more casual silhouettes, this straight-leg design features a flat front and pressed creases, in line with traditional conventions. Finished with adjustable tabs at the sides – a subtle nod to heritage style codes – you can't go wrong with a plain, classic finish or fine pinstripes. For a youthful spin on the formal dress code, reach for playful checks, tactile corduroy and our special Prince of Wales pattern perhaps teamed with a crisp shirt and lightweight knitwear. Add the final flair to your look with a silk tie and a pocket square.

Turnbull's tip: side adjusters mean they're the most suitable for formal occasions, such as black tie events.


For more tips on how to mix and match your tailoring with artful ease and add a little colour into your life, be sure to check Turnbull's lessons in effortless styling – approved by our in-house team of men's style experts.



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