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Tough/ most durable dress pants for business casual wear - brand or cloth

post #1 of 9
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The dress code in my office department is dress trouser and shirt, and if needed, we 'go up' to a sport coat. In all the years I have never needed to wear a suit.

I am looking to purchase (or have made) a few pairs of dress trousers with the stipulation that the material both qualifies for business casual wear and is also very durable.

In short it should neither be denim, nor something up there in the super 130s etc (Unless someone knows that these are the really durable materials).

I would love suggestions on what brands, and cloth, that members have found that are hard wearing but also qualify as business casual. Summer and winter materials. I'd like to wear these for a few years, and not have to buy every season.

Example of a brand: is the Epaulet Walt trouser?

Example of possible material: Moleskin?

Thanks!
post #2 of 9

Well there are plenty of work pant styles that could blend in with business casual attire-- certain styles of Dickies or Carhartts will do the trick. Dickies are what I use when I want durable pants that don't look too out of place with a nice shirt and tie-- I'm betting you that's what most managers in heavy industries that require some time in the office and some time on the shop floor would go with.
 

ETA: Woolrich too.

post #3 of 9
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^^ Thanks, the Dickies 1922 collection seems to be promising. Anyway have any experience with these? They look more like work, and less dress, pants though.


http://www.dickies.com/mens-clothing/mens-pants/Dickies-1922-Cuffed-Pants-783.jsp
post #4 of 9

Nah, I wear the double-knee Dickies but I got a job where I can wear pretty much what I want most of the time, from a suit to a t-shirt, but I used to wear these though for double-duty as work/casual dress pants: http://www.dickies.com/mens-clothing/mens-pants/Pleated-Work-Pant-1868.jsp

 

Woolrich makes solid pants too: http://www.woolrich.com/woolrich/browse/subCategory.jsp?icCategory=OS_cat10008&icSort=sortDisplayPrice

 

These kinds are specifically designed for concealed carry, but they're also just good, durable slacks: http://www.woolrich.com/woolrich/browse/productDetail.jsp?icProduct=44919&icParent=subCategory&icCategory=cat240010&icSort=sortDisplayPrice&icColor=BLK

 

But your best bet might just be to hit up your local Marshall's or Burlington Coat Factory and see what kind of khakis/chinos they have available-- there are a lot of manufacturers that make relatively durable khakis/chinos-- I've got Chaps, CK, and Dockers khakis that have lasted me many years (though in my experience black Dockers fade quickly)-- I just go into one of these overstock-type discount retail stores (God I miss Filene's Basement), look through the racks to find what looks good to me and looks like it will last on the basis of how solid the material and construction looks, have had pretty good luck doing it that way.

post #5 of 9

Hey PipersSon, I guess the last post I made to you had too many links and since I'm new they have to approve it to prove I'm not a spammer or something, I dunno, but hopefully it shows up soon.

post #6 of 9

Linen has some of the strongest fibers in clothing textiles, so if you're looking for durability, that could be a good choice for summer trousers. I personally like both Howard Yount and Epaulet Walts. You won't be able to avoid some wrinkles, particularly at joints, however. In my workplace that isn't an issue, but in yours it might be (though it doesn't sound like it).

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Originally Posted by SandWigga View Post

Hey PipersSon, I guess the last post I made to you had too many links and since I'm new they have to approve it to prove I'm not a spammer or something, I dunno, but hopefully it shows up soon.

Thanks man.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by mymil View Post

Linen has some of the strongest fibers in clothing textiles, so if you're looking for durability, that could be a good choice for summer trousers. I personally like both Howard Yount and Epaulet Walts. You won't be able to avoid some wrinkles, particularly at joints, however. In my workplace that isn't an issue, but in yours it might be (though it doesn't sound like it).

Linen is an interesting suggestion for summer. Thanks, I think that's avenue I will definitely pursue.
post #9 of 9

x2 cant go wrong with all the linen walt offers from epaulet

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