Best Fitting Slacks for Business Casual

I'm beginning a new job in a corporate finance environment as opposed to the entrepreneurial one I've been in the for the past few years. Anyone have advice for a place to get good, slim fit slacks even for a larger body type (5'8" 185 LBs - muscular legs, chest/arms/back with some slight belly fat). Any suggestions on places to buy slacks or business casual appropriate pants that have somewhat of a tapered leg and fit well on loafers as opposed to ballooning at the bottom?

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Mar 3, 2014 - 6:24pm
holla_back, what's your opinion? Comment below:
jlk5500:

I'm beginning a new job in a corporate finance environment as opposed to the entrepreneurial one I've been in the for the past few years. Anyone have advice for a place to get good, slim fit slacks even for a larger body type (5'8" 185 LBs - muscular legs, chest/arms/back with some slight belly fat). Any suggestions on places to buy slacks or business casual appropriate pants that have somewhat of a tapered leg and fit well on loafers as opposed to ballooning at the bottom?

I can't believe I'm asking this, but are you aware that tailors are very easily able to taper pant legs?

Buy pants that fit in your waist and thighs, then have them tapered later.

Mar 3, 2014 - 8:35pm
AgainstAllOdds, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Bonobos - Weekday Warriors.

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Mar 5, 2014 - 4:44pm
Angelus99, what's your opinion? Comment below:

yeah bonobos and banana republic. banana on 40% off days

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Mar 6, 2014 - 3:28pm
yeahright, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Buy full suits, wear just the pants. You now have a jacket to match if ever needed.

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Mar 27, 2014 - 2:49pm
AcctNerd, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Oh man. That is the quickest way to get your suit messed up. If you aren't wearing them together the material will wear unevenly. It might be okay to do this sparingly, but OP needs to buy dedicated slacks if this will be an ongoing exercise.

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Mar 27, 2014 - 2:50pm
aqueductracetrack, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Where do you guys buy slacks? (Originally Posted: 04/21/2013)

My office is fairly laid-back and we're business casual...haven't ever seen anyone wear a suit or even a tie.

That said, I don't know where the hell to buy slacks. I have two tailored suits and I wear the pants from those, but I need 2 more pairs of slacks that fit "normal" people sizes. If I go to the department store, everything seems to fit someone who is on the 15K calorie diet.

Brooks Brothers fit too wide, J-Crew is too casual, and those are really the only two brands I've tried.

Need some good, well-fitting wool slacks...thoughts?

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:03pm
design, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Zzari:
I buy the Hugo Boss Black label flat front slacks from Nordstrom and like them. They run about ~$200 and Nordstrom tailors them to fit you for free.
Hugo is way overpriced for what it is. For slacks around the $200 price point, the guys over at Style Forum like Howard Yount. The quality of these pants are great (they're either made in the USA or Italy with fabrics from Italian mills).
Mar 27, 2014 - 2:54pm
Blank999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

IMO, Banana is pretty good, but you need to have a pretty slim figure. The issue I have with their pants is the thigh size. I've heard Bonobos is pretty good.

Mar 27, 2014 - 2:55pm
BTbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

BR pants are pretty cool. Bonobos are in the "too casual" category with J. Crew IMO.

Check it: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=73587&vid=1&pid=323078002

http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=73587&vid=1&pid=904778002

Then there's always the Indo: http://www.indochino.com/product/Ultimate%20Gray%20Suit-Pants

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:14pm
Bullet-Tooth Tony, what's your opinion? Comment below:
DonVon:

Thanks bros. Several Banana suggestions mean I'll be paying them a visit next weekend.

Now who wants to take bets that the brick and mortar Banana store has nothing under 36 waist?

Under? Try over. BR, Express, all of those shitty mall stores have nothing above a 34. They are for skinny emos.

Mar 27, 2014 - 2:57pm
Blank999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I am a 33/32 and they had a bunch of stuff that had those measurements. Their slim fit non iron shirts are pretty decent.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:07pm
FeelingMean, what's your opinion? Comment below:
triplectz:
Nothing wrong with JCrew.

I've personally never understood why anyone would shop at Banana Republic... just seems overpriced.

Also don't see how J. Crew is too casual. They have slacks and shit and they are good imo. The ones I am thinking of run like $120. I'd rather pay $5 or $10 more to have pants that were made with italian wool and shit than almost the same price for some Gap pants. Always found Banana to be of questionable quality, esp at that price.

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:01pm
Texas Tea, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've recently bought a few pairs from Jo Banks and like them.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:04pm
yeahright, what's your opinion? Comment below:

+1 to jos a bank. The quality is enough and with the constant deals you can get them for a pretty good price

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:05pm
holla_back, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Epaulet trousers are fan-freaking-tastic: http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/trousers-chinos/Walt-Trousers-Wool

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:10pm
gatorguy87, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I like to stop in at Burlington Coat Factory from time to time to see what they have as far as pants go, I can normally get a $100 pair of pants for less than $30 or $40.

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:16pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have no personal experience with them yet (just ordered my first couple pair), but I've read that indochino.com creates decent custom pants. I think they guarantee to get them to you within 4 weeks and they run ~$130 a pair.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:17pm
meabric, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Slacks are pain. Bonobos fit me really well but the materials quality varies widely. For instance, I have a great pair of cotton khakis that have worn incredibly well but when I went back to buy another one they showed my pants with much thinner material. My favorite pair of dress pants are hickey by Hickey Freeman (their slimmer line), that I got off of Gilt a few years ago.

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:18pm
islandbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you've been working in finance for a few years, why not try going bespoke? I have two pairs of slacks from Tom James that fit me perfectly (slim but not too slim, just the right length). You can reach out to them and they'll come fit you at your office. Plus the price point is below the non-tailored Italian brands referenced above. Definitely worth the money IMO.

http://www.tomjames.com/

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:19pm
Bullet-Tooth Tony, what's your opinion? Comment below:
islandbanker:

If you've been working in finance for a few years, why not try going bespoke? I have two pairs of slacks from Tom James that fit me perfectly (slim but not too slim, just the right length). You can reach out to them and they'll come fit you at your office. Plus the price point is below the non-tailored Italian brands referenced above. Definitely worth the money IMO.

http://www.tomjames.com/

What do pants run? I'm going to schedule them at the end of May for two suits.

Mar 24, 2014 - 12:53pm
wangofett, what's your opinion? Comment below:

try suitsupply.com- they have a store in soho thats cool and pants are ~150. They are slimmer fit (and they accommodate muscular thighs) and are made of super 120s wool

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:20pm
banker01, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1st Year Analyst Wardrobe - Slacks (Originally Posted: 12/20/2012)

Hey all. I'll be a 1st year analyst next year in SF and was wondering what are appropriate slacks to wear in terms of color. Is it ok to wear black slacks? Thanks.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:22pm
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Charcoal, navy, mid gray, medium blue, and each of those colors in various patterns (herringbone, windowpane, etc.).

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:25pm
TGICapitalism, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Don't do it. ^ Haha, the waiter comment is true.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:26pm
Platime, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes, of course you can wear black slacks...Unless you are wearing pants in weird patterns or colors no one will notice or care...and that is the point. And yes, as a general rule of thumb don't wear a white shirt unless you wear a tie, but again it really doesn't matter.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:27pm
WellsNotice, what's your opinion? Comment below:

~$100 slacks (Originally Posted: 03/25/2011)

Gents,

Any recommendations on a pair of quality slacks that runs around $100? Ideally they would be of a slimmer cut and feel a lot more like suit pants than the boxy-RL ones I'm wearing. I am intruiged by bonobos, but their prices are a litte off-putting. Thanks.

-WN

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:29pm
TheKing, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have a pair of bonobos and plan on buying another. Definitely on the slimmer side of things, but nothing out of line or euro-looking.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:30pm
Tar Heel Blue, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm wearing for the first time one of two pairs of Brooks Brothers slacks I just purchased. They are about $150, but I think you can get 2 pairs for around $210 (mine were less with corporate discount). I got the Madison fit, which in the plain front was definitely not loose or boxy, and the Regent fit is a little slimmer (they were out of Regent in my size, but in hindsight, I don't think I would have gone slimmer than the ones I got). I'm really pleased with them so far.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:32pm
Bobb, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Tar Heel Blue:
I'm wearing for the first time one of two pairs of Brooks Brothers slacks I just purchased. They are about $150, but I think you can get 2 pairs for around $210 (mine were less with corporate discount). I got the Madison fit, which in the plain front was definitely not loose or boxy, and the Regent fit is a little slimmer (they were out of Regent in my size, but in hindsight, I don't think I would have gone slimmer than the ones I got). I'm really pleased with them so far.

Brooks Brothers has 2 for $199 right now. Pretty good deal

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:31pm
abacab, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I end up getting Kenneth Cole Reaction ones from Macy's. Sometimes they go down to $25-$30 on sale, which is a real good value for the comfort and the looks. Sample: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=540023&CategoryID=89

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:33pm
Blank999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Banana republic has nice slacks for 100, but wait for a sale. I used to wear my suit pants a lot, but took them out of rotation and got dedicated biz casual slacks.

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:34pm
idragmazda, what's your opinion? Comment below:

+1 on the Banana Republic

I like the Alfani Red Label suit pants too, they are a slimmer cut (that macy shit son!)

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:35pm
Randall McMossingham, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ballin makes good slacks. Sometimes you can find them at a Last Call or Off 5th for $100. Usually they run $175

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:37pm
Clever Name, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Buy some Mabitex/Incotex at Daffy's. Check out Howard Yount too.

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:38pm
noob123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I used to wear brooks pants, but they were too baggy, then i moved to hugo boss, a bit more pricier but better fit.... but i didnt want to pay over $100 for pants.... now i get some wool slacks from zara or uniqlo.... its actually not bad and the fit is good... it runs $50-$100

WellsNotice:
Gents,

Any recommendations on a pair of quality slacks that runs around $100? Ideally they would be of a slimmer cut and feel a lot more like suit pants than the boxy-RL ones I'm wearing. I am intruiged by bonobos, but their prices are a litte off-putting. Thanks.

-WN

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:39pm
cplpayne, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You can find gread deals at Saks off 5th or Bloomingdales outlets

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:40pm
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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:42pm
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