As a rule of thumb, tell yourself you’re going shopping for trousers, not pants. That subtle distinction will help get you into a headspace that values distinguished attire. Here are three things to pay particular attention to.
Ditch the solid fabrics in favour of some checkerboard materials, or subtle pinstripes if those feel too wild.
Think side tabs instead of belt loops, cuffs at the hem, or button tab closures.
Avoid anything skinny and opt for a more generous fit. Bonus points if the pants are cropped and include pleats.