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need slim+tapered chino suggestions, 100% cotton, not too dressy, <$60

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  • #16
    i haven't seen any slim and tapered chinos that have anything other than a low rise.

    but i also have not tried all of them....

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    • #17
      Originally posted by evanparker View Post
      i've been wearing the dockers slim tappered alpha pants for a few years now, with much love and awe of how well they fit, how good the quality is for between $30 and $40 I can usually get them for on sale. I like how they kind of act like jeans in a lot of ways, from being thick fabric'd down to how having real pockets and an extra belt loop in the back. I think I have 8 pairs of them, that I wear constantly, and are all well on their way to needing replacement.

      unfortunately, they've been revamped a bunch now. All sizes and styles of these pants now come in STRETCH fabric, which despite being fairly comfortable, they are very thin and not durable. They are prone to staining. The fabric looks very flat, and doesn't have the color depth the old ones have. I tried a pair, and I really did not like them at all. I'm quite mad.

      I bought out all of the old 100% cotton ones in my size from ebay, 6 pm, amazon in my size, only yielded a few pairs.

      I tried some of the lands end lighthouse "slim" ones, and they were way way too slim for me. The next loosest fit, the "straight fit" are actually quite big, and do not have the look I am usually going for. The fabric is kind of too soft for what I am looking for. While the pants are definitely a nice garment, they're not what I was looking for.

      I bought a pair of Dockers "Modern khaki" pants in a slim tapered fit, and while they fit great, the fabric and the pants are actually quite low quality. A large majority of the stitching is uneven and ragged, and the pants just really aren't that good at all.

      i was thinking about checking out j crew, or j crew factory? but I'm frankly confused my all their different models and fits.


      So what do you I need to look at next that would be comparable?
      Glad I am not alone with disliking the changes to the Alpha Khakis.

      I feel like I have tried just about everything and still can't seem to find chinos that don't leave me wanting in some way. I'm 5'9" 140lbs for reference and find JC 484 and JCF Driggs to be on the too slim side and with too low a rise for my taste. The old JC Urban Slims had thighs that were too baggy imo but since they updated them to be branded "770" I feel like they fit a lot better. As a matter of fact a size 29 is almost perfect I just wish the front and back rise had just a little more to them (wish they were like the Alphas). It is true the 770s taper more in the leg opening than the Suttons if that is your preference. I personally don't mind.

      I'm currently shopping to update my summer wardrobe and think I am probably going to settle with JC or JCF and just live with the rise a little less than I would like. They have a good selection of colors and are available in lightweight cotton.

      BR Aiden I haven't tried in a while so maybe they have changed but I didn't really like the rise on them either and found the color choices to be poor although the fabric quality was superior to the Suttons. I don't think they come in lightweight options either.

      Gap's "The Khaki' in slim fit might be worth a shot too. They taper very nicely about the same as the 770 and have a slightly higher rise. Colors options are Ok I just wish they came in a lightweight version. Also there are some quality concerns. Lots of people complaining about the zippers. No problem on the pair I have right now but I have noticed the thread on the hem seems to be fraying a bit already.

      Oh one more thing about the JC options. As someone mentioned the inseams can be inconsistent. I have just given up and size up when buying and have them hemmed. I have found they usually shrink a bit in the wash the first time anyway so even if you get a pair bang on, they might shrink anyway.

      Haven't tried Bonobos in a long time. I would really like to like their pants they look nice and have plenty of color and lightweight options but looking at their size charts I think they are similar fit to JCs options (also with the rise a little shorter than I would prefer) and I just can't justify the price if they aren't going to fit better.

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      • #18
        i've been staking out a few pairs of the bonobos ones on ebay for a week now, i think i'm going to pull the trigger on a pair eventually.

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        • #19
          Spier & Mackay's old stock, which is dirt cheap right now, is excellent. They're upgrading their casual chinos line soon but if I were you I would give their current model a shot. Lightweight but durable material, slim but not skinny fit, really comfortable, unbeatable price right now. I have 4 pairs, I wear them all of the time. Hadn't worn chinos in years before trying these.

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          • #20
            BR modern slim fits are a good alternative too

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            • #21
              I have the slim fit chinos from bonobos and I will confirmed that they have very low rise and very unhappy with the navy chino as it was discolored with one washed. Combatant gentlemen they have decent rise but they didn't last one season and button came off after 2 wears, very cheap but are very comfortable . Unfortunatly most chinos have low rise that the reason I'm leaning more towards travelers jeans for summer wear.

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              • #22
                I would also caution against the Bonobos chinos if you haven't tried JCF or J Crew before. I ventured outside of my familiar favorite JCF Sutton fit and was extremely disappointed that not even the straight fit from Bonobos fit my thunder thighs and butt (thanks high school shot put), so if you've got any meat on your bones, forget it. I'd say the urban slim (770 I believe?) is a bit tighter than the Sutton fit. Quality is good too, my Suttons from 2 years ago show no signs of wear and tear at all. There's a decent rise to the Suttons too, definitely more so than the 770s.

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                • #23
                  BR Aiden have pretty decent rise. I wear 36 and the front rise measures to about 11 inches. I agree though that color selection is abysmal.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by skewl View Post
                    I would also caution against the Bonobos chinos if you haven't tried JCF or J Crew before. I ventured outside of my familiar favorite JCF Sutton fit and was extremely disappointed that not even the straight fit from Bonobos fit my thunder thighs and butt (thanks high school shot put), so if you've got any meat on your bones, forget it. I'd say the urban slim (770 I believe?) is a bit tighter than the Sutton fit. Quality is good too, my Suttons from 2 years ago show no signs of wear and tear at all. There's a decent rise to the Suttons too, definitely more so than the 770s.
                    I have three pair of JCF Suttons which fit me fairly well. I just tried on some 770's and they felt painted on. I could hardly get my calves through the opening. I am a runner and did a lot of Crossfit so despite being 6'2" at 190 lbs, a lot is in my thighs. Bowery Classic in 32x32 fit me great. Anything slimmer is a no go. I will stick to the Suttons as I am quite happy with them.
                    Last edited by Rpd362; May 28th, 2016, 11:14 PM. Reason: Spelling errors

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