Stretch Fabric for Trousers: Important Things You Should Know

After the majority of us worked from home during the pandemic, we’ve gotten used to a more relaxed style and enjoying stretchy pants. According to jeans giant Levi’s, 35% of people have changed body shape since the pandemic, too, which is reflected in our clothing choices.

Stretch Fabric for Trousers - Important Things You Should Know

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As we go back to the office or simply to meet friends, we can’t really go out in our pyjama bottoms or a pair of tracksuit bottoms. So, as a result, we need to find trousers that have a little more give in them. We’re used to there being many types of stretchy fabric for dresses, but what about men’s pants fabric types?

Stretch Fabric – Different Types You Can Wear

There are a range of fabrics that you can use when looking to find trousers that you can wear out and about while still being comfortable. We’ve made a list of some of the most common types below.

Denim Stretch

Jeans are a go-to item for many of us, and for a good reason; they’re durable, stylish and can be an excellent addition when you need a smart-casual outfit. When combined with elastane, increased flexibility can make them more comfortable for those wearing them as well as making sure that they bounce back into the right shape.

Cotton Elastane Fabric

Stretch cotton fabric for trousers is made of man-made fibres in combination with polyester, cotton and viscose (more on that later). It also prevents shrinking due to the elastane within the garments, ensuring that they return to their original shape while also preserving colour and tone due to the way the fabric is created.

Viscose Elastane

A common fabric that is used in trousers that need more stretch but still needs to be formal. One of the benefits of a combination of viscose and elastane is that it has a soft feel against the skin while also having a smooth finish. It is also lightweight and has a similar appearance to cotton.

Different Stretch Styles

So, you know the types of fabric you’re looking for – but what about the styles you should be shopping for? You’re in luck. As demand soars, there has been an increase in the number of trousers available with fabric that gives more stretch and additional comfort.

Khaki Pants

Stretch Fabric for Trousers - Khaki Pants

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Khaki pants may have a background in the military, but they have become a firm favourite in men’s trousers across the world. Not only are they great for a more active lifestyle, but paired with the right accessories, they can also be a great addition to the smart-casual wardrobe.


Stretch Fabric for Trousers - Chinos

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Chinos are an excellent option when it comes to a smart casual option, particularly for work in a more relaxed setting. One of the reasons that Chinos are such a popular option is because they are so versatile, coming in a range of colours which will suit any occasion, while also being form-fitting and comfortable.


Stretch Fabric for Trousers - Shorts

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Thinking ahead to the warmer weather, breathable fabric is a must, and thankfully, clothes designers and manufacturers have also expanded their catalogue to include shorts with added stretch. Purchasing shorts with these added features will allow wearers to have maximum comfort while also staying cool and looking smart in the right environment.

It is worth noting that stretch woven fabric for trousers has become even more popular, and as a result, there has been an effort to ensure that it is being produced as sustainably as possible. In addition to this, the design of stretch trousers has been developed to ensure that features such as a stretch interior waistband make them as comfortable as possible while also including enhanced security features and similar. By following this guide, you will be able to understand the best types of stretch fabrics for men’s trousers and make an informed choice while you’re shopping for both style and comfort.

Joan Calabia - article authorArticle author: Joan Calabia
Joan Calabia operates as the Director of Brand Marketing for DockersĀ® Europe at Levi Strauss & Co. Joan’s experience spans the intricacies of marketing operations to creating immersive consumer experiences. He continues to lead the brand direction adapting to the new generation of casual consumers in our era, while maintaining the California cool lifestyle that is heritage to the brand.


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