I'm a sydneysider that's new to the whole 'nice clothes' game and I've been trying to fill out my wardrobe. Thank god for styleforum. I've bought some nicely fitting suits and a rotation of fairly robust shirts/ties/PS, but now I'm rather lacking in pants.
If I was looking for pairs of rather slim trousers in white/dark grey/tweedish grey, where should I be looking? I would be happy to drop about 150$ on them, hopefully in more hardy fabrics so they can be worn a little casually. Cotton instead of things like wool perhaps?
Additionally, I bought a pair of Loake 1880's and they are great, despite being sliiiiightly too big. I'm going to by some olfe last Meermin oxfords and if anyone has any experience with a size comparison, I'd be appreciative. Would an 8 in Loake transfer to an 8 in Meermin?
r.e. Trousers - why not get them made up? Then you can specify exactly how you want them cut, fabric, etc.. As well as a couple of bespoke suits, I have had some lovely trousers made up at Matthew Lawrence's place in Paddington. Think I paid around $180 a pair. Also try a decent tailors. I have a suit in for alterations at M&R Tailors on York St at the moment and he seemed very knowledgeable (but I haven't got my suit back so can't vouch for them yet).
You will want to start a relationship with a good tailors, so getting a pair of trousers made up is a decent way to start.
Loake 1880's - They run a little large for me too. Can't comment on Meermins.