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What is the point of button flies?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stylemeup, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. aeglus

    aeglus Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You have to think, what do you want more: open or close faster?
     
  2. Francisco

    Francisco Senior member

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    I've twice caught my foreskin in a zipper. That is not enjoyable.

    Also the slidy wotsit sometimes creates an unsightly bulge on your fly (and not the sort that could be confused as indicating a gigantic wang-dang).

    Plus, as others have said, zippers can unzip.



    You don't wear underwear?
     
  3. ppllzz

    ppllzz Senior member

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    i am so skilled at un/buttoning up button flies that im actually faster with one than with a zipper.
     
  4. Kevo

    Kevo Member

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    I had a button fly once and I hated it. Never again.

    I don't have issues forgetting to zip, and I don't have issues closing my junk in the zipper (edit: knock on wood). So I guess I can't relate to all these people face palming.
     
  5. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Among the Amish, men and boys wear denim trousers with two large overlapping panels in the front, which button to the waist. The bishop determines the number and size of buttons. Coats and vests are fastened by hook and eyes, never buttons. Suspenders are used to hold up the trousers. Belts are never worn.

    I felt that it was important to mention this in this thread.


    - B
     
  6. dv3

    dv3 Senior member

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    Button flies are usually just decorations: [​IMG]
     
  7. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    I prefer button flies on my trousers. I usually leave the top two buttons undone to demonstrate that the buttons are indeed functional. It adds a little sprezzatura to my fits.
     
  8. MortyGras

    MortyGras Senior member

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    Among the Amish, men and boys wear denim trousers with two large overlapping panels in the front, which button to the waist. The bishop determines the number and size of buttons. Coats and vests are fastened by hook and eyes, never buttons. Suspenders are used to hold up the trousers. Belts are never worn.

    I felt that it was important to mention this in this thread.


    - B


    But Amish people are morons by descent?
     
  9. Bird's One View

    Bird's One View Senior member

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    Among the Amish, men and boys wear denim trousers with two large overlapping panels in the front, which button to the waist. The bishop determines the number and size of buttons. Coats and vests are fastened by hook and eyes, never buttons. Suspenders are used to hold up the trousers. Belts are never worn. I felt that it was important to mention this in this thread. - B
    The Amish trousers I've seen (admittedly few, and at a polite distance) were standard* fall front trousers -- very much like Navy enlisted service dress blue trousers. *for the early 19th century
     
  10. Mr. Walter Trent

    Mr. Walter Trent Well-Known Member

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    I prefer button flies on my trousers. I usually leave the top two buttons undone to demonstrate that the buttons are indeed functional. It adds a little sprezzatura to my fits.

    Brilliant!

    But seriously, I prefer zippers. I actually won't purchase pants if they have a button fly.

    Wally
     
  11. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Button fly are a pain. All my bespoke pants are zip fly. Having said that, I think one of the pluses of button fly is they tend to "stick" up less when one is seated.
     

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