My question is about a trouser wardrobe for a business casual or slightly dressier environment, where suits are only worn once a week or every other week. All the lists of essentials specify a pair of mid-grey wool, crisp khakis, and dark denim. Some also include chinos. Leaving out chinos, three pairs of pants doesn't seem adequate.
So the question is, do you have two pairs of each or do you supplement with other colors?
If you need more variety, or simply need more than three pairs of trousers to wear during the week, you can go with different textures of material or different patterns. Other colors are fine too, although if it is a conservative environment I would ensure that you don't go too wild. Think like olive wool trousers, brown chinos, even a pair of slim fitting pinstripe trousers. Be careful with that last one though as it can tend to look like you are wearing suit trousers that you lost the jacket for.
So I picked up a pair of light grey wool trousers. A bit lighter than I wanted but all I could find in my size at Nordstrom Rack (JB Britches flat fronts, $80). Interested in thoughts on the brand before I have them tailored.
I have another question about trousers...when people say khakis are essential, does this typically mean khaki colored wool or khaki chinos?