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making black pants work..

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ExhibitA, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. ExhibitA

    ExhibitA Senior member

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    I made the error of purchasing an expensive pair of black dress slacks. Honestly, when purchasing them I couldn't distinguish between navy blue and the black pair, so I figured it was safe.

    I paired the black slacks with a blue and green shirt with block patterns and some black lace up shoes. On the surface the color's looked fine, the outfit wasn't out of place or anything. I was at a restaurant/lounge and after finishing my meal I was standing in front of the entrance. A few patrons started showing me their ID as if I worked at the place.

    I like the fit of the slacks, but now I find myself hesitant to ever wear them again. Is there any good pairing to wear with black dress pants that don't make you look like a hostess, waiter or parking attendant?
     
  2. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Nope. I say that as an occasional worker in a theater that requires black trou.
     
  3. ExhibitA

    ExhibitA Senior member

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    not even with a sweater? collared shirt and a v-neck sweater maybe? i feel like I just pissed away $250 on black slacks.
     
  4. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    That's as close as you can do it, I guess. I'd wear black jeans that way, but those are jeans. It's tough, because you don't really want to wear brown shoes with black trousers, but at the same time, the black shoes with black trousers are a big part of what makes this look like a uniform. If you found the right tan shoes or burg shoes, that could work, but I can't say I'd like the look.
     
  5. ballmouse

    ballmouse Senior member

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    Small patterned jacket with black trousers looks ok to me.
     
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  6. mezentius

    mezentius Senior member

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    Take up an instrument, and go play in an orchestra. I, for one, am in dire need of some well-fitting black trousers.
     
  7. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    Exactly. You just pissed away $250. And you overpaid at it as well. Grossly overpaid.
     
  8. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    I won't comment upon your generous payment for them but they can be fine in many circumstances. If people are so foolish as to assume that you are part of the waiting staff have a choice put down in your mind!
     
  9. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    i made myself a pair of lightweight black wool pants, and then a friend gave me black cotton dress pants.
    I put them on and then immediately want to take them off..

    I have heavy black twill pants i wear in the winter with a grey check sportcoat. that works just fine
     
  10. Punjabjat

    Punjabjat Well-Known Member

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    Wear some camel colored shoes, button down, and cardigan...you can make black pants work...it's the rest...maybe a glen plaid blazer.
     
  11. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    :facepalm:
     
  12. bgp001

    bgp001 Well-Known Member

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    They make shoes in other colors you know. Just FYI.
     
  13. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    Black and White Houndstooth jacket, works well with black slacks

    And wear the black shoes
     
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  14. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    Black paints are for wait staff only.
     
  15. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    ExhibitA, I concur with Ballmouse & mhdena. There are options (as suggested). What is in your favour, is the public at large will not be educated enough about mens clothing to care. As long as you have learned from the experience, no money was wasted. You may as well enjoy them.
     
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  16. jt10000

    jt10000 Senior member

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    This is really good.

    The other way black pants can work is going for the full "arty/designer look" - with all blacks and grays expect perhaps for a very muted color shirt (gray, dull blue, or white).
     
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  17. lychyrychy

    lychyrychy Senior member

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    Black clothing in Asia in general is accepted. Wear them with confidence :)
     
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  18. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    I think the OP is in Florida, USA. Where I get the impression black pants are only appropriate if one is either a waiter or an undertaker. In Asia though, black anything....:nodding:
     
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  19. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    The UK is generally quite happy with them apart from the occasional closed minded person.
     
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  20. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    This is also know as the "Just finished a lunch shift, too lazy to change pants, but don't be mistaken, I'm an artsy designer trying to break out".
     

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