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Button fly

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Kent Wang, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Does anyone actually prefer button fly over zip? Why? Other than because APC does button fly.
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I'm of two minds about it. I like button flies because buttons don't break, unlike zippers (yes, my mojo is that strong, ha ha ha, just to ruin anyone's chances of getting to that joke first,) and the last place you want interlocking teeth is at your crotch (see "There's Something About Mary"). Also, you are less likely to get the dreaded "zipper bulge" when you are sitting down.

    On the other hand, the buttons are a pain to do up.
     
  3. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Also, buttons are easier to rip open... could come in handy.
     
  4. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    Or seinfeld where I assume you got that specific verbage from [​IMG] I prefer the buttonfly, because I like the fades that it creates, and the fact that .. well there are no interlocking teeth at my crotch. Also, as J pointed out, you can open it very quickly without ripping anything.
     
  5. stache

    stache Senior member

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    And here I thought that catching a zipper in your frenulum was a rite of passage...
     
  6. hermes

    hermes Senior member

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    i too like buttonfly, on everything from my jeans to my dress pants and suit pants

    and i agree with LA guy, a button fly sort of rests more naturally on your crotch unlike the zipper bulge

    worst pain is trying to do up a button fly at a urinal ......
     
  7. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    and the last place you want interlocking teeth is at your crotch
    Or seinfeld where I assume you got that specific verbage from [​IMG] I prefer the buttonfly, because I like the fades that it creates, and the fact that .. well there are no interlocking teeth at my crotch. Also, as J pointed out, you can open it very quickly without ripping anything.
    Yeah, but if your partner is down there they can grab on to the zipper and use their teeth to open it... Jon.
     
  8. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    i've had some tense moments swearing at my button fly in restrooms. (i have chinos with thread-shanked button flies, so they don't 'rip open' like you can do with levi's metal-shank buttons.)
     
  9. Geowu

    Geowu Senior member

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    I don't like zippers on anything. Bad invention.
     
  10. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    I'm a Velcro man myself.
     
  11. ken

    ken Senior member

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    You know what would rock? Jeans with one of those slider things they have on the more expensive zip-lock bags. You can slide it if you want, or you can just rip it open. Covers all the bases.

    Anyways, I've never had a problem re-buttoning my jeans. Ya'll are starting from the bottom, right?
     
  12. aybojs

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    It depends on the buttons too, I think. Most jeans aren't too bad, because their "buttons" are thick, raised pieces of metal that are pretty easy to grab and thread through the holes. When you talk about normal pants, the result is a lot different. I have a pair of velvet Costume National pants whose fly is made up of normal buttons positioned almost flat against the fabric. To close the fly, I would spend several minutes grasping for the button, holding it in place, and trying to put it through the buttonhole. It got tedious real fast, and needless to say I don't wear that pair anymore.
     
  13. MatthewG

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    10 or 15 years ago, wasn't there a massive "Button Your Fly" advertising campaign, run by Levi's or someone? As I recall, the line that year garishly ugly rivets running up. I wasn't particularly socially aware at the time, but it left a bad impression on me. Only recently have I (quite pleasantly) bought more reasonable button-up jeans.
     
  14. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Man, you should shank those buttons. Do it in the courtyard, so everyone will know you don't mess around when a pair of pants steals your fruit cocktail.
     
  15. Sway23

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    I've started to prefer the button-fly over zippers of late... the only thing I don't like about it is when you get to a particularly stubborn button while trying to button-up at a public urinal and you have to contort your hands in all sorts of weird ways to get it buttoned up. I can only imagine what the guy next to me is thinking while I'm doing this.
     
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    tiger02 Senior member

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    Buttons are great for when you need to pee and don't know if the enemy is near--no telltale zipping sound

    Tom
     
  17. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    Button-fly trousers are great. Esp. on a suit. In addition, one receives that added benefit of being very Trad.
     
  18. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

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    I find button flies quite badass and safe, but they're a huge pain at the urinal. That said, they're great in the country, because you can usually just leave the top button open, and only have to unbutton one or two, depending on the cut.
     

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