What kind of pants should I buy for business casual attire at a BB? (men)

Starting as an analyst at a BB in a non-client-facing division. Interned last summer, and dress code is standard business casual. Typical attire for men is dress shirt, pants, and oxford/loafers. I have plenty of dress shirts and some nice shoes, but I need to stock up on pants. Should I buy high-quality chinos, or should I buy suit pants without the jacket? Also, can you suggest any brands? I'm aiming to spend $50-$100 per pair of pants.


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May 27, 2019 - 9:42am

Brooks brothers is currently running a 2 for $229 deal on one of their lines of dress pants. They have a few different fits. Quality is good for the price. Their outlet stores are running a 2 for $179 deal on dress pants as well. Their outlets are actually a different quality pant but not a bad deal for just starting out. I just bought 2 from the real BB store and 4 from the outlet.

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May 28, 2019 - 10:04am

Really depends on the office: cotton chinos may be fine in some, while others trade a notch higher with wool dress pants.

Rather than guessing, ask someone you interacted with in the interview process, or someone from your school who worked there last summer. If all else fails, the HR contact in your offer letter would be happy to give you the details.

Jun 20, 2019 - 12:48pm

They are the best/the only pants you need. I recommend the Commissioner over the ABC pants because without the back pockets they look more formal.

They're stretchy, they're a revelation... literally everyone at our IB wears them. You could also get Rhone pants which are pretty much the same thing and price.. the whole idea is they feel like athletic pants and air out better in the summer.

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:10pm
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