For those of you who don't know, yesterday I bought a pair of pants. More specifically, I bought a pair of black Dockers straight fit pants.
In short, I have to wear black pants at work. I normally leave my pants at work overnight and put them on the following day. However, my pants were missing yesterday. I don't know if someone stole them intentionally, accidentally, or if they were just thrown out - but that doesn't matter. What matters is that I needed to get a new pair, so I did.
After asking around about where I should buy new pants, I concluded that JC Penney was my best bet. It seemed to offer the best quality for the best price.
After work, I went to JC Penney and browsed the pants in the Men's department. I figured I'd go with Dockers.
First of all, Dockers are a well-known brand. Whether or not you think they are cheap or cheesy, they are well-known.
One thing I did NOT want to do was buy a pair of pants that didn't fit well. I am so sick of doing that. I feel like for my entire life, I have just worn clothes that didn't fit well. Either they have been too big or too small. A lot of the reason for this is because I've neglected to put any time into trying clothes on before buying them. I've learned, however, that it's worth the extra 5-10 minutes.
With this in mind (i.e., that I wanted to buy pants that fit well), I took two pairs of black Dockers into the dressing room. One was a slim fit pair while the other was straight fit. I had a girlfriend (though we were not official) who had me buy skinny jeans in 2008. I tried to get into them but never felt quite comfortable wearing them. I didn't feel like they were "me". Whenever wearing them, I'd always be aware that I was wearing them and wondering if other people noticed as well. Perhaps this is because I have an external locus of control, but I just never felt comfortable in skinny jeans. I've finally come to the conclusion that I'm a straight-fit-man. I think pants that aren't baggy but don't squeeze your legs are the way to go.
Anyways, I tried on the slim fit black pants. They were not bad - not bad at all. The waist was 32 and the inseam was 30. I was surprised because usually 30 inseam pants are a little too long, but these were a good length. They did not look too hipster-y or too tight, but I could certainly feel some level of constriction. I still had to try on the straight fit pants.
I tried on the straight fit pants expecting them to be baggier than I'd wanted. I mean, the slim fit pants were almost perfect - wouldn't stepping up to the straight fit significantly increase the bagginess? To my surprise, it did not. The pants fit great. The waist was fitting (I know now not to worry if it's a little tight at first because it will stretch out as you wear the pants more), the thighs were comfortable but not baggy, and the rest of the leg was straight and not baggy.
What about the length (i.e., inseam)?
The 30" inseam worked perfectly. It rested on my shoe without bunching up [too much] or going over my heel.
Wow - this was great. The pants cost $34.99 which was a little more than I was hoping for. But you know what? I am so tired of trying to save an extra minute or buck on pants that fit/are good quality. I'd rather pay that extra $15 or spend that extra 10 minutes just to make sure that I've got pants that look good, feel good, and should last.
I checked out of JC Penney feeling very good about my purchase. No buyer's remorse, no second thoughts -- just satisfaction. It just goes to show that if you put a little more effort into what you're doing, the results are much better.