The Best Men’s Wool Trousers

Matches Fashion, Mr Porter

The woollen trouser. For most, a rather outdated image clouds the mind; an itchy, sweaty, chunky pair of tweed trousers. Most likely paired with some kind of knitted sweater (probably wool as well) and a soft pink shirt. Best teamed with a discussion on real estate opportunities in Barnes and how you’re prepping for the next Henley hunting season.

Well, let us all thank the fashion gods, because that is no longer the case for the wool trouser. They’ve bid their Windsor family farewell and have become independent, residing now in a Parisian district somewhere on the river. The wool trouser should be considered individually, not as part of a suit or knitted-sweater combo. It can be adventurous, pleated, playful and oversized. Not slim, tailored and hoicked up by some banker-boy braces handed down by your Grandfather. Fabrics are now blended, mixing the positive characteristics of wool with the comfort of cotton, softness of cashmere or breathability of rayon.

The pandemic has thrown us all into a jersey-sweater chasm of comfort, and tailoring has taken a much-deserved sabbatical as a result. It went to teach surfing in LA. It relaxed, had some fun, learnt a thing or too and has now returned to spread its wisdom. It is no longer rigid in concept and formalities as it once was; fabrics have softened and silhouettes are more creative. Much the same has happened with the woollen trouser. Work wear brands like Albam, Folk and Universal Works almost always have a relaxed wool trouser in their collection, slightly cropped with an elasticated waist – easy to throw on when the weather gets bitter. Luxury fashion houses like Prada, Giorgio Armani and Vuitton are more playful; oversized or flared, extra-large pleats contorting the traditional trouser shape to make it contemporary and fun. But most importantly, brands like Jacquemus, Jil Sanders and Bode are styling wool trousers into their collections in a way that is relaxed and simple but stylish.

A slightly oversized pair of floaty-trousers stacking on your favourite pair of sneakers (done correctly, we might add) is all good brother. It no longer looks lazy and there is nothing we like more than when styling is made easy. To make things even easier for you dear sir, we have picked our favourite pairs of winter-ready wool trousers.

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A playful take on the traditional Prince of Wales check; cut-up pockets, a cropped length and wide leg style. Wear as a suit (blazer just as bonkers), or style on their own. We recommend the latter.

Prince of Wales Checked Wool Suit Trousers, £355,




A menswear staple and a comfy one too. This pair of wool blend slacks from Albam have an elasticated waist making them super easy to wear and the cropped length makes them even easier to style into your weekly fits.

Tapered Brushed Wool-Blend Drawstring Trousers, £160,




AMI know how to do basics. Yes, Alexandre Mattiussi is a cool, stylish Frenchmen, but he also earned his stripes at Dior, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs. So if he says these are great, we believe him and so should you.

Slim-Fit Tapered Pleated Checked Wool-Blend Trousers, £315,




Simon Porte Jacquemus launched his menswear line in 2018 and has since made us want to dress like we are always about to walk down to our local boulangerie in Southern France. Sadly that’s not the case. But dressing like it is sure helps.

Wide-Leg Wool-Blend Trousers, £430,


Blue Blue Japan


A stylish and elegant, draped, wide-leg silhouette from Tokyo based label Blue Blue Japan. Balance the soft shape of the trousers with a structured top.

Wide-Leg Pleated Wool-Blend Trousers, £360,




These black wool trousers from Bode pay homage to a 19th-century wagon-building workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio, which often finished its commissions with hand-engraved fauna and flora. But to you and me they are just a cool pair of trousers, and that’s fine.

Black Wool Trousers, £710,


Uniqlo x Jil Sanders


Uniqlo and Jil Sanders are back with another curated collection of effortlessly cool basics. These wool blend trousers are a moody, festive shade of dark brown. Perfect for Christmas alone, thanks Bojo. Hurry, this collection doesn’t wait for nobody.

+J Wool Blend Relaxed Fit Tapered Trousers, £60,


Brunello Cucinelli


A wool and silk blend for that extra soft touch. These have a slimmer fit so can be easily styled with shirts, knitwear and Ts with great ease.

Slim-Fit Houndstooth Wool and Silk-Blend Suit Trousers, £840,




Brown, camel or tan? The popular 70s shade is back and is more lux than ever. Scandi basic kings Arket offer their wide leg trousers in a high quality wool blend. Have them stack on your sneakers below with grey knitwear up top.

Wide Leg Wool Blend Trousers, £125,




Made from a soft virgin wool and mohair-blend patterned in a classic pinstripe with a retro wide-leg cut. Although typically seen in big 80s suits, pinstripe can be also be styled playfully with chunky V-neck knit and T shirt and white sneakers.

Wide-Leg Pinstriped Virgin Wool and Mohair-Blend Trousers, £640,


Dolce & Gabbana


These speckled brown check trousers, in a wool and alpaca blend, echo the relaxed tailoring seen on the AW20 runway show. Pair with a chunky knit and boots for the cosiest winter yet.

Houndstooth Wool-Blend Wide-Leg Trousers, £945,


Edward Crutchley


Cropped or stacked, you make the call. Having been trained at Central Saint Martins, Edward Crutchley makes a mean trouser. With a check consisting of amazing soft greens, greys and browns, you will find yourself often reaching for these this winter.

Checked Straight-Leg Wool Trousers, £608,

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