I'm about to start a new job and am seeking some advice about pants. The job is with pretty successful IT firm of about 120 people. Prior to this I was in residentil construction and the managed a cabinet making facility. This IT firm just moved into the penthouse of their building, but the attire seems to be pretty standard bus/casual. I have plenty of shirts, shoes, belts, and sports coats, ... but I've never had to make the leap to buying (and even worse, wearing) the silky, suit type pants. All my pants are JCrew and Ban Rep chinos. Standard cotton. I think that is too casual for this company as everyone else seemed to wearing the silky-type pants. So,.... my questions.... What are those types of pants even called? Can anyone recommend a brand or style that are comfortable and look good? I'd be willing to spend up to $100-$120 if it was worth spending that much,...but I'd rather spend less. Am I wrong to be dreading this transition? I assume that 3-5 pairs would be suffiient? Maybe Grey, Black, Khaki and Blue? How many times can I wear them before either a) dry cleaning them ,.... or b) ironing them Two more quick questions for those that work in offices with similar dress codes: -Up to now I've just been wearing black athletic socks (bc I hate the thin dress socks ...not comfortable) but know that wont fly anymore. PLEASE let me know if there are any brands to look for that are "dress" socks but still have a thicker athletic sock feel. - Finally, ....I'd certainly appreciate any other advice on this transition. I know its really no big deal, ...but Im just kida bummed to miss my comfy athletic socks and cotton chinos. Should I dry clean everything? I think I need to get a tailored suit. I had like 5 suit but got rid of all but one because they all fit like garbage bags. Thanks for reading.