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    Question Help finding very affordable pants

    Hey all! Thanks in advance for your help.

    I have a new job coming up in a few months, and I have no pants to wear to work. I'm trying to figure out somewhere to buy something that is appropriate for me. I'd rather not pay more than $40 for a pair of pants, though that isn't set in stone--if I need to pay more, I'll pay more.

    Here is what I have now, and why it doesn't work for me:

    Levi's 513 29x32 - Perfect fit, but my new workplace is not jeans-friendly.
    BR "Gavin" Straight Fit Chinos 29x32 - Feel baggy and pointless. These fit, but they shrunk in the wash. Now they're too short but still baggy and pointless.
    H&M skinny Cords 29x32 - Too tight for work. These also shrunk in the wash.

    Here is what I am looking for:

    Khakis that don't look like my dad's khakis.
    Maybe cords. Can you wear cords to work in a client-facing position?
    Wool pants. I can't afford more suits but I'd like to be able to dress it up if/when necessary.

    What can I do? I'm trying to resist going Bonobos... $80, man. Is that just what pants cost?

    Aaron

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    I like my Emerson and slim fit chinos from BR. I bought mine for $30 each when BR had a 50% off code.
    Lands' End tailored fit pants are also nice. I have two linen/cotton blend pairs of those. They also have wool pants. Again, waiting for a sale you can get them for under $40.

    And Dockers. D2s are nice for work (D1s would probably work as well, I just don't own any). You can find those for under $40 on sale usually.

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    Target and JCP are your friends. Gap on sale would also work and they have a few nice pants right now. Keep an eye out for 30% off at Gap. Actually they have a 25% off and it bumps to 35% if your spend $100+.

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    aaron, Uniqlo has some inexpensive wool/poly pants and cotton chinos. On sale they're in the $20s.

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    Gap factory outlet used to do a cotton dress pant in charcoal for ~$40. They are light, and they look more like wool. I don't know if they still have them, but they are very versatile.
    I second the recommendation for dockers D1.

    Cords in spring and summer probably won't be much fun to wear.

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    Lands End sales, i just got my first pair of chinos I don't mine wearing from them. Cost about $25 on sale

    Banana republic....i just got 2 sweaters and 2 jackets from them...I won't be ever ordering from them again, everything was ordered in a large 1 sweater fits great, other is a bit loose but not bad

    jacket is huge

    Camel Coat is made for some short portly guy with really long arms, I can't pick my arms out without the jacket traveling up.

    Not sure how their pants are but eep!

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    Hard to say what will fit on you, but I just picked up a pair of jcp's flat-front chinos, and they fit me well. Slim on the thigh and relatively slim past the knee. They could come in a bit past the knee on me, but I've got skinny calves. With the 20% off code (expires today), they're down to $24.

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    Tailoring, to a degree, is always an option. At the very least, I recommend hemming to the proper length and tailoring to slim them below the knee.

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    I just bought 2 pairs of Gap the vintage Khakis $18.89 each.
    I did get an extra 10% off for using my gap card on Tues, so it comes to like $21 without a gap card.

    I dunno if they float your boat, but can't complain about the price!

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