5 Ways To Up Your Trouser Game This Autumn/Winter

The 5 key bottom-half trends for the grey months ahead

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Typically the safety-first lynchpin of a good and respectable outfit (the only kind we know), your trousers should, as a general rule, act as a cohesive bridge between the top and bottom halves of your look. But that doesn't mean they have to be boring.

As more and more men make the move away from the super-skinny and regular-fit styles that have so dominated in years gone by, we bring you Autumn/Winter's slickest, flow-iest, pinstripe-iest, drawstring-iest new styles and how to wear them best.

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On your legs is a good start.

1 | Pleats

Sandro, Slim-Fit Pleated Wool Trousers, £240, mrporter.com

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COS, Tapered Wool Trousers With Pleats, £79, cosstores.com

An old school style that you can expect to see everywhere over the coming months, a pair of heavy wool or flannel trousers with crisp folds and pleats should be high on the trouser wishlist that you no doubt have stuck up on your fridge right now.

Adding a tailored, formal edge to even the simplest of smart looks, buy your pleated trousers in a dark shade and make sure they finish with a strong taper and an inch or two of room above the ankle.

2 | Cord

Oliver Spencer, Fishtail Cotton-Corduroy Trousers, £150, mrporter.com

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Folk, Cotton-Corduroy Trousers, £135, mrporter.com

While formerly the preserve of your granddad that absolutely hates continental lager and men who can't build a house with their bare hands, cord's latest resurgence is far from stuffy.

Freshly-mastered by British brands like Oliver Spencer and Folk in everything from shirts, to jackets to trousers, your new-season cord will look best in a modern, wider silhouette that acts as a perfect, worn-in alternative to jeans on the weekend.

3 | Side Stripes

Gucci, Side-Stripe Cotton Trousers, £560, matchesfashion.com

Adidas, Superstar Cuffed Track Pant, £49, endclothing.com

Something of a power move in the trouser-sphere (our favourite of all the spheres), styled by the likes of Jared Leto and every other Gucci-sporting celebrity peacock, the side stripe is an embodiment of fashion's obsession with both comfort and Nineties sportswear; with the likes of the aforementioned Gucci, as well as Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith and Prada, all creating bold, high-quality versions of sportswear trousers.

If you like the idea of all those colourful stripes and elastic waistbands, but aren't so keen on parting with a month's rent, the humble adidas track pant is equally on-trend.

If you're really cool you'll wear them with 'Ugly' runners, an oversized overcoat and probably a shaved head.

It's a look...

4 | Drawstring

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NN07, Copenhagen Cotton-Blend Drawstring Trousers, £200, mrporter.com

COS, Drawstring Tailored Trousers, £79, cosstores.com

With comfort now firmly established as one of (if not the)most important attributes in modern menswear, it's nice to see something practical and stylish in amongst the oversized, textured, slubby ocean of soft fabrics and ever-loosening shapes: drawstrings.

As well as being far more comfortable than structured waistbands, drawstring trousers are perfect for those who are in between trouser sizes, or just want a bit more leeway in the office after a big weekend.

5 | Pinstripes

Enlist, Pinstriped Brushed Stretch Wool-Blend Trousers, £225, mrporter.com

Topman, Navy Pinstripe Cropped Smart Joggers, £35.00, topman.com

While the full pinstripe suit look can be a bit 'Year 6 production of Bugsy Malone', a slick entry point into the trend is with a pair of subtly striped trousers in navy or charcoal grey.

Dress them down with a t-shirt and white trainers, or up with a clean, air-tied white shirt and a pair of thick-soled derbies in black patent leather.