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Zipper or Fly-Buttons?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mecnun, May 13, 2006.

  1. Mecnun

    Mecnun Well-Known Member

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    What would forum-members recommend for a MTM Brioni Suit Pants - zipper or fly-buttons? I was advised to go with zipper for convenience and also "cleaner look".
     
  2. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    I prefer a button fly
     
  3. creat3cp

    creat3cp Well-Known Member

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    I would prefer zipper. there is 101 good resons.

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  4. tiger02

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    Button, no contest.
     
  5. gefinzi

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    I liked the idea of a button fly, and had one put on my first MTM Oxxford. While I still admire the extra craftmanship and detail that goes into handmade buttonholes as compared to a zipper, from a practial perspective a button fly is a pain in the a--. The fly also doesn't close quite as flat (great grammar!) as a zipper fly...I've gone with a zipper since then.
    I collect Esquire magazines from the 1930s which is about the time zipper closures replaced the button fly. Most issues have advertisements for the zippers extoling their convenience, reliability, and improved aesthetics compared to a button fly.
     
  6. GreyFlannelMan

    GreyFlannelMan Well-Known Member

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    I quite like the button fly found on a few of my English trousers. Yes, they are a bit more difficult to operate, but there is far less danger involved!

    gefinzi -- do the Esquire magazines have articles regarding the peril posed by those newfangled zippers?
     
  7. Teacher

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    I quite like the button fly found on a few of my English trousers. Yes, they are a bit more difficult to operate, but there is far less danger involved!

    And there's the snag! Your argument caught my attention, and it has a lot of teeth.
     
  8. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    Go with the buttons; I do on all my bespoke suits. Almost every zipper eventually fails, and seems to do so at the most inopportune moment.
     
  9. whoopee

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    I used to say zipper, but I've opted for button flies recently on a whim.
     
  10. GBR

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    Zip with trousers or 'informal ' suits BUT buttons always with a formal suit. This is a principle and to me is a key part of the detail of suit a garment.
     
  11. AskAndyAboutClothes

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    Depends upon whether you date or are married!

    Andy
     
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    When I was ordering my first bespoke suit from Tom Mahon, he advised me to go with a zipper, because the buttons will fall off eventually. I have a buttonfly on some of my suit pants, and I think I like the practicality of a zipper more.

    --Andre
     
  14. tiger02

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    Depends upon whether you date or are married!

    Andy

    [​IMG] Andy you old so-and-so!
     
  15. Mr.K

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    I like a button fly on all my pants. I have them on custom items and try to find them on off the rack stuff as much as possible.
     
  16. GusW

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    I have bespoke with button flys having been caught up in the romance of the extra handwork , that they are distinctive, etc., and then end up wishing I had ordered zippers. My last suit and pants order had zippers.
     
  17. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    +1

    Buttons are a pain in the ass. I don't see any good reason not to just get zippers.
     
  18. davesmith

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    If when you need to pee it comes hard and fast go with zipper, otherwise button is cool.

    Is there any difference in how they feel when they're on if they are button or zipper??
     
  19. Master Shake

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    I bought some RTW tweed pants with button flies, and they are a pain to re-button. Go with the zipper. I remember asking my tailor what his views were when I started patronizing him and he said, without hesitation, that zippers are better. As usual, he was right.
     

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