Why Men Like Black Pants and Oversized Clothes

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  1. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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

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    Is that a picture of you ?
     
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    Augusto86 Sean Penn's Mexican love child

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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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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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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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    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.


    for a good reason. it's tried, true, and looks good, bar none.

    sd
     
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    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.

    [​IMG]
     
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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.

    You're right, but this is also the reason why I like my black pants or suits, I can put on a bold shirt with them and it looks great, so the risk is not in the pants but in the shirt... shirts that actually make a gray suit look boring or when together with a blue suit look like you should have put a white shirt on instead...

    So you have also to distinguish between a baggy pleated black dockers with an XXXL polo shirt and a pair of well tailored bespoke trousers and a bold shirt that fits good... I do have one pair in flanel and another in worsted.
     
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    So you have also to distinguish between a baggy pleated black dockers with an XXXL polo shirt and a pair of well tailored bespoke trousers and a bold shirt that fits good... I do have one pair in flanel and another in worsted.
    You have also your odd trousers made bespoke? It that common? That really sounds exclusive to me!
     
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    You have also your odd trousers made bespoke? It that common? That really sounds exclusive to me!

    my sister's brother-in-law is a tailor [​IMG]
     

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