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

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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, wso/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" sl-processed="1">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.

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Mar 5, 2014 - 4:44pm

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

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Mar 6, 2014 - 3:28pm

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

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

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

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

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 - 2:57pm

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

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

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

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:04pm

+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 - 3:16pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:26pm

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

~$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

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

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
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 - 3:33pm

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

+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 - 3:37pm

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

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Mar 27, 2014 - 3:38pm

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

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

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