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Why Men Like Black Pants and Oversized Clothes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mensimageconsultant, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I like black. Black is especially fine for leather trench coats, and designer clothing.

    In fact, today I wore a black Verri Uomo by Martijn Bal dress shirt with a white V crossing the shirt, and grey striped Martin Margiela Line 14 trousers.
     
  2. epa

    epa Senior member

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    I wear black a lot. I actually like to wear it to work now and then (where it's quite unique), but I sometimes prefer not to wear it when going out at night: at many places, black is a bit of a "uniform", everybody is wearing it, and I had enough of uniforms when doing my military service.
     
  3. epa

    epa Senior member

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    Black disguises wrinkles and many fit problems. It hides dirt, and it makes color matching easier (and accomodates the one, black pair of shoes that many men own, as someone else mentioned).
    Yes, for years I favoured black jeans for that reason, and for years I only used black shoes.
    Not until I "settled down" and thus allowed my wardrobe to increase beyond the limit of what can be packed into two suitcases when you change your residence, I started to actually enjoy more complex colour combinations.
     
  4. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    If you are creative and can carry it, then you can wear anything you darned well please.

    I personally prefer the short black jeans without a belt, black velcro tennis shoes, and a silk short sleeve dress shirt tucked in, but that's just me.
     
  5. Niels

    Niels Well-Known Member

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    I like black trousers and a grey sports jacket and black shoes. I cant see why so many find it unappropriate.
     
  6. Mr. Checks

    Mr. Checks Senior member

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    Technically a golf shirt should be big to allow full movement with little or no restriction (you'll see a lot of players with shirts that are supposedly "big"). In the end it comes down to comfort, not fashion. Considering the man is #3 in the world, and unless you've suddenly jumped to #2 (lord knows someone needs to take it away from Phil), maybe the advice on how to walk the course is coming from the wrong guy.

    That's the silliest thing I've ever heard. So, Tiger's no good because his shirts are tight?

    We saw what happened to Mr. #3 at the Ryder Cup - bitch-slapped by someone who was not #2. Maybe it's time to try a tighter shirt - like, say, the Euros wore.

    He wears loose shirts because - like 99% of all golfers and 99.8% of all American males - he doesn't know any better.
     
  7. lakewolf

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    That's the silliest thing I've ever heard. So, Tiger's no good because his shirts are tight?

    We saw what happened to Mr. #3 at the Ryder Cup - bitch-slapped by someone who was not #2. Maybe it's time to try a tighter shirt - like, say, the Euros wore.

    He wears loose shirts because - like 99% of all golfers and 99.8% of all American males - he doesn't know any better.



    Yes ! by the way the polo shirts have a elastic waving for that reason...

    I do like black, but never oversized clothes...
     
  8. ted

    ted Senior member

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    Oversized - uhmmm no.
    Black pants - only when I wait tables.
     
  9. Augusto86

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    Yes ! by the way the polo shirts have a elastic waving for that reason...

    I do like black, but never oversized clothes...


    How about black, oversized clothes: I think it's the accessories and accents that really make this outfit *work*.

    [​IMG]
     
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    My favorite is the polo/golf shirt that is worn two sizes too big, such that the sleeves go down past the elbow, to the forearm. Jim Furyk, are you reading this? (so, while I understand your comments, I disagree) To answer the second poster: black pants are a sure sign of a lack of imagination and therefore, we decided collectively that they are bad.
    Ah, nuts to that. Today I am wearing: Gray RL Polo custom fit polo shirt (its fitted, not oversized at all, I don’t wear baggy clothes) Black GAP cotton pants Black suede, To Boot New York ‘Rolo’ casual shoes Frankly, I look perfectly well dressed for work / class. Jon.
     
  11. mensimageconsultant

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    Personally I believe gray, especially mottled gray flannel hides dirt better.

    But that's unlikely to be marketed as an easy-care item, which is what the type of man who wears black pants often wants.
     
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    But that's unlikely to be marketed as an easy-care item, which is what the type of man who wears black pants often wants.

    I find black to be less forgiving than everything but white, since its always shows anything attached to it that isn't black (lint, et al...).

    Jon.
     
  13. lakewolf

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    How about black, oversized clothes: I think it's the accessories and accents that really make this outfit *work*.

    [​IMG]


    Is that a picture of you ?
     
  14. Augusto86

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    Is that a picture of you ?

    Absolutely. Can't you see how I've taken the lessons of styleFORVM to heart? If one pocket square is good, then clearly five must be much better. Everyone here is obviously a closet gay, so I'm no afraid to show my "pinker" side. And note the showing pink cuff - sartorial precision, my friend.
     
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    That might be my new avatar
     
  16. Man In Space

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    A mistake is wearing black shoes with a brown belt or forgetting to zip your fly.

    Wearing black pants is a style choice. You don't have to like it, but it's not a mistake.

    By the way, I do agree that most of the time it doesn't work, but the outright condemnation by many here is going overboard. I have one pair of black trousers and almost never wear them.
     
  17. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    i cant even say it. check out waiters, buss boys, mens room attendants, car parkers, casino dealers, limo drivers, etc. etc.

    its the most common uniform there is.
     
  18. Britalian

    Britalian Senior member

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    no '.. is the new black' lines yet?

    Wodehouse and Moseley aside, in Europe black is not so unusual. And on attractive blondes with long ponytalis - like the one I saw in the market yesterday - it is often spectacular.
     
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    I happen to like black pants when paired with the right item, such as a maroon shirt or very fitted charcoal vneck sweater.
     
  20. epa

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    I think that this is drifting away from the original question. I cannot think that black pants are unstylish by definition. I think that most of us agree that they can look great and that they are practical. The question is rather: why are they so very popular among men? I think that one answer is the one suggested at the beginning of the thread: they are easy to combine without a major risk of making major mistakes and ending up looking silly. I think that on the other hand, this absence of "risk" is what also can make black pants a bit "boring. I tend to like the look of people who wear "unusual" colour combinations, that at a first look may be surprising but that actually look great. Of course, this is a risky game.
     

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