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Pants

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lemmywinks, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. lemmywinks

    lemmywinks Senior member

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    So far the only pants I can distinguish are shorts and jeans, and to me chinos, khakis, cotton pants, linen pants, dress pants, flat front pants, pleated pants or whatever else seems to be the same thing but maybe in different colors.

    Can anyone educate me on what the difference between all these pants are and what scenarios are appropriate for all of them?

    Extra question - What type of beige/khaki colored pants would be appropriate for a 16 year old who wants to wear beige/khaki pants with sweaters and the occasional OCBD?
     
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    lemmywinks Senior member

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    fine don't educate me then.
     
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    GBR Senior member

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    Try researching the subject in the archives. This is hardly a quick question to answer.
     
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    You really don't know the difference between cotton and linen, pleated and flat-front?
     
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    Just use the search function.

    Love the name though!
     
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    So far the only pants I can distinguish are shorts and jeans, and to me chinos, khakis, cotton pants, linen pants, dress pants, flat front pants, pleated pants or whatever else seems to be the same thing but maybe in different colors.

    Leaving denim (the fabric jeans are made of) shorts aside, can you distinguish jeans from other long pants? OK, I guess you can. Non-jeans trousers can be roughly divided into dress pants and casual pants.

    Dress pants always have a sharp crease down the middle, and are often pleated (i.e. the cloth is pinched into one or two folds just below the waist). They are usually made of wool or linen, but sometimes also of a finely woven cotton. Think of the pants that typically form part of a conservative suit, except that they also exist as odd pants.

    Casual pants often (but not always) have no crease and no pleats. They are rarely made of wool. They have more casual details as regards pockets, stitching, etc.

    Now for some rough answers to your questions about non-jeans pants:

    - Chinos and khakis are pretty much the same thing. They are casual and are typically made of cotton. They derive from the trousers worn by the US Armed Forces around the time of WW2. Think of the beige pants (khaki is a kind of beige/olive green colour) worn by navy officers when they're not wearing the full white uniform or the blue one with the jacket with gold buttons (which is a double breasted blazer, by the way. The purists would call it a reefer jacket).

    - Linen pants: pants made of linen! Linen is a natural fiber, and it comes from a plant. Most will agree that the best linen for male clothing comes from Ireland. Linen is good both for dress and casual pants.

    - Cotton pants: yes, you guessed right. Cotton makes for good casual pants (after all jeans are made of cotton!), and for less formal dress pants (or even suits).

    - Flat front pants have no pleats (see above).
     
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    Extra question - What type of beige/khaki colored pants would be appropriate for a 16 year old who wants to wear beige/khaki pants with sweaters and the occasional OCBD?
    Definitely flat front. Try something from J Crew. Uniqlo if you-re on a budget. Incotex or Rota (Rotasport) if you want to go premium. A slimmer cut will look more modern and might prevent you from turning into one of those bespectacled sociopaths ritually derided in lowbrow American comedies.
     
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    fine don't educate me then.

    Any possibility that Mom could give you a ride to a clothing store? Then you could ask the nice man all the questions you want and see some actual pants, which you apparently in your sixteen years, have yet to see.
     
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    pleated on left, flat front on right

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    Business up front, party in the back:
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    lemmywinks Senior member

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    Thanks. I'll go take a look and find some slim fitting ones I guess. [​IMG]
     
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    There's really only two types of pants: office pants, and the others.
     
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    What the hell are office pants then.

    I guess I'll worry about that a little later on in life. I'll just buy like flat front pants in a beige/khaki color.
     

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