Originally Posted by filcol
Please don't get me wrong. Ofc there is a difference and ofc it's noticable. But, for example, there are a lot of really nice fitting khakis out there, dead cheap. You really can't tell the difference in appearance betweem those and, let's say, some RLPL. The quality is better and it's also harder to find good cheap trousers than good expensice trousers. If you now compare it to outwear or shoes, you'll see that the difference here betweem cheapo and high end is really big (while there are still some very good cheap shoes). That's what I wanted to say. Btw, forgive me for my english, not my native language.
Yes, there are more reasonably well cut chinos/khakis/pants available these days... but the quality of the materials makes a big difference. I find that even when cheap gap or ON pants will feel fine to the touch when you grab them off the rack they still feel like shit when you wear them. They don't sit right and for lack of a better way to describe it... they 'stick' to you more. I tried on some cheap ON slim pants a week or two ago and while they were roughly as slim as my UNIS or W+H they stuck to my legs more and just weren't as comfortable and easy to move in. Also, I'd add that, you really don't (well, for me personally) need to go cheap on pants. You don't need quite as many as you need with shirts... you can easily get buy with just a handful. I'm of the opinion its better to with, for example- 1 pair from unis than 3 dockers waders or the like