What's wrong with black trousers?

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  1. samsnee

    samsnee Member

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    New user, long time lurker.

    So I have to ask? What's really wrong with black trousers? It seems to be really hated around these parts. I get that if you just wear a white shirt, you'll look like the waiter. But for my office, a suit would be too formal. So I usually do a slim black trouser/patterned shirt/knit tie combo, and works reasonably well. I just find khakis to look so informal and casual, and have yet to find a pair that seem appropriate.

    Or am I going to get lectured at for going against the groupthink?
     


  2. Dr Huh?

    Dr Huh? Senior member

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    How are Khakis the next option down from black pants? You could wear any number of shades of grey pants. Or blue.
     


  3. samsnee

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    I do have a couple of dark blue trousers. I haven't had the best of luck with finding dark grey trousers that are a slimmer fit that won't break the bank. I'm 5'11", 155 lbs so most American cuts are too baggy for my tastes.
     


  4. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    I wear black trousers out at night. They look better in the dark. I probably wouldn't wear them during the day.
     


  5. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    I have a nice pair of linen black trousers, looks good with a black v-neck at night. Casual with an ambiance of villainry.
     


  6. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    It's probably just the SF groupthink at work. Out in the real world I see people wearing black trousers all the time, they look OK to me.

    Certain things in the groupthink just become taboo e.g. square toed shoes, polyester, fused suits, black trousers and 'Made in China'. But in the everyday real world these are perfectly normal and are acceptable.
     
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  7. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Absolutely nothing whatever. Wear them when ever you think it right.

    There are a few things which folk here rail at, usually on illogical and unsupported grounds, based on curious notions about what was right in days gone by. Custom moved with the times and black trousers are fine - I have five pairs, all bespoke and I enjoy wearing them. Before anyone asks I have trousers of other colours which come out at appropriate times.

    Wherever you buy yours from matters not, just enjoy wearing them.
     


  8. samsnee

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    Thanks for the support. Browsing through some of these threads, it feels like I'm committing a cardinal sin.

    I'd like to keep a blazer at work whenever it gets chilly, but do agree that a navy one probably wouldn't mesh too well with black pants. Any suggestions on where to get a solid gray one in a more trimmer fit?
     


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    nothing wrong with them. great with a grey tweed jacket or puppy tooth jacket.
     


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    Achillus Senior member

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    Nothing wrong with it. But the just looks boring.
     


  11. shakattk

    shakattk Well-Known Member

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    I think it's often too harsh a contrast and shades of grey are more interesting and showcase the rest of the outfit better than black. Of course I can think of some black pant options that would be nice but they are rare for my taste.
     


  12. MyOtherLife

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    I have black cords and denim but won't wear black pants otherwise, ofrcourse with the exception of a tuxedo. Black dress pants are far too institutional and boring and you WILL be mistaken for hospitality staff sooner or later. Why waste money on such a cheap look when there are so many better options? Charcoal Grey can be dark enough in the half light and offer you far more combination options, including shoe colours.
     


  13. Liquidus

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    Too much contrast and hard to pair with shoes. Try out BB's Regent pants.
     


  14. cptjeff

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    Black shoes. Contrary to popular belief here, they're not typically possessed with the soul of the Devil. Pretty easy match, actually.


    Am I allowed to ask why you need 5 pairs of any trouser?
     
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  15. Sanguis Mortuum

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    Black trousers can be okay if they have a bit of interest, like if they're cords or have some sort of self-stripe; plain black wool fabric suffers from the same problem as black suits though, it just looks flat and bland in the day-time. It is also part of the horrible 'average UK 20-30 y/o office-worker' attire, consisting of black trousers, a dark striped shirt, and square-toed or otherwise cheap-looking black shoes, which just makes them ugly by association (in my mind at least).
     


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