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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Dubs View Post
    Agreed. I just want a pair of denim jeans. I have some stretchy jeans, and they're great. But I still want a pair of just "real," sturdy jeans. And I'm not willing to pay $100+ for a pair of selvedge whatever.
    I've mentioned it before in these threads, but I'll bring it up again. Try the White Oak Cone Denim from Jomers:

    https://jomers.com/products/white-oak-cone-denim-rinse

    100% cotton. $34 with free shipping (though you may need them hemmed). They are mid-weight in a basic dark rinse color, with good fabric and seemingly solid construction. The measurements are on the page. If you want a solid pair of rigid jeans and the dimensions work for you, you can't go wrong with these. And FWIW, I find their "slim" fit in size 32 to fit similarly to my 770 (i.e straight-fit) JCrew chinos.

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    I'm seconding the previous mentions of stretch fabrics, the relative scarcity of "normal-cut" pants, and companies offering shoes only in medium width.

    I will add (and maybe this is not really in the spirit of the original question, but whatevs): slavish devotion to brands/logos. I don't wear any sort of athletic clothing, so that isn't an issue for me personally. But on public transit on a cold day, easily half of the passengers, both male and female, are wearing black North Face jackets or parkas. I have always had a general distaste for logos, so maybe I am more sensitive to this than some people, but I also don't like knowing that I am wearing something that a lot of other people are also going to be wearing. But I'm a middle-aged curmudgeon, so get off my lawn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the passenger View Post
    But on public transit on a cold day, easily half of the passengers, both male and female, are wearing black North Face jackets or parkas.
    Is this in the Northeast?

    I've noticed that in the Northeast, The North Face is a dominant brand. This is especially true in New York and Massachusetts. I've also noticed regionally, The North Face dominates cities while other brands and no-name/no-logo technical wear are more popular in rural areas. In California, for example, The North Face is extremely popular in the San Francisco Bay Area but not nearly as much in rural areas to the north and east... i.e. not as popular in areas where you might actually get utility from this type of jacket.

    I think in cities, people wear these jackets partly to fit in with other people wearing one of these jackets where outside of the city, people wear one of these types of jackets because they are outside a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianr View Post
    Is this in the Northeast?

    I've noticed that in the Northeast, The North Face is a dominant brand. This is especially true in New York and Massachusetts. I've also noticed regionally, The North Face dominates cities while other brands and no-name/no-logo technical wear are more popular in rural areas. In California, for example, The North Face is extremely popular in the San Francisco Bay Area but not nearly as much in rural areas to the north and east... i.e. not as popular in areas where you might actually get utility from this type of jacket.

    I think in cities, people wear these jackets partly to fit in with other people wearing one of these jackets where outside of the city, people wear one of these types of jackets because they are outside a lot.
    North Face is popular simply due to name brand recognition. They used to make durable stuff and the current stuff is ok, but people mostly buy it because people know they make insulated winter coats that aren't too pricey.

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    Yes, I work in Boston so I'm commuting into the city every day. I think it's partly that the sort of person who buys the product is more likely to be a city dweller, but there's a herd-mentality thing involved, too.

    Also I can second the comment about SF Bay area, was there two years ago in February and saw it firsthand. What's really amusing is that it was a 60-degree day, yet people were wearing puffer jackets, knit caps, etc. as though it was 30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the passenger View Post
    Also I can second the comment about SF Bay area, was there two years ago in February and saw it firsthand. What's really amusing is that it was a 60-degree day, yet people were wearing puffer jackets, knit caps, etc. as though it was 30.
    If you said the high/low temperature was 60/50F, I wouldn't be able to guess the month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianr View Post
    If you said the high/low temperature was 60/50F, I wouldn't be able to guess the month.
    Can't say that surprises me...

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    Retailers and many otherwise tasteful men trying to prop up the mass delusion that Chelsea boots are attractive when they're actually the fugliest menswear item of the last 10 years.

    (said in humor, although yes I believe it, heh).

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    What are some of your nitpicking/ dislikes about today's menswear?

    Quote Originally Posted by paintflinger View Post
    North Face is popular simply due to name brand recognition. They used to make durable stuff and the current stuff is ok, but people mostly buy it because people know they make insulated winter coats that aren't too pricey.
    Also for a bit, on college campuses everyone seemed to have a North Face Denali fleece


    https://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/b...le-appeal.html


    https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb.../t-356974.html

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    Cuffing on jeans and casual pants. I just don’t get it and don’t think it adds a lot besides a visual distraction. Especially cuffs that are also the. Mean to show off your socks. It used to be you cuffed your pants because your mom bought a size too big so you could grow into it.

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