How often should I be buying black pants for work in the hospitality industry?

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rainsnomatch

What kind of washing machine are you using? I ask because when I switched to an HE front loader after having a top loader with an agitator, my clothes suddenly lasted a lot longer. The agitator was ripping holes in all my clothes. Also line drying rather than tumble drying will reduce the wear significantly.


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Laslopaniflex

Hanging to dry over clothes dryer will prolong the life span significantly.


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Arinvar

You can also get them looking pretty new with some basic black clothes dye. Cheap and super easy to use.


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BubblesUp

Dry them by a dehumidifier. Extends the life significantly.


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laughin9M4N

Also OP should try to use the gentle or casual option.


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DeerGodKnow

I'd recommend you save up and buy 3 or 4 pairs of the same ones this year. Maybe one pair every couple months for the next 6 months. that would give you 3 pairs to cycle between each week. This will drastically reduce the wear and tear on each individual pair so they should last several years and look newer for longer. Plus you won't have to keep washing the same pair all the time which is actually what causes most clothing to degrade. The wash/dry cycle is hard on fabrics. Ideally you can find some pants you like for under $100 but I know it's tricky to find something that looks good, is comfortable, and meets the requirements for work. Good luck!


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TargetAq

Thank you. I figured this was it. I’ve been cycling between two pairs and washing them maybe once a week. I figured the lifespan would exponentially extend with more pairs


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whtbrd

Hospitality industry front desk work? Or Hospitality industry waiting tables type work?


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grimlinyousee

Former server and came here to say Dickies.


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Buht_Secks

I bought 3 pairs of black Dickie slim fit cotton pants. They're a medium weight and sold at a bunch of places.


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nojackla

Came here to add my car to the Dickie train.


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TargetAq

Cheers, looks like Dickies is quite reputable. And yes it is the latter of Front of House.


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NuTrumpism

Dickies be cheaper and last a long time


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Prize_Bass_5061

Rit black dye is $2, of the issue is bleach stains. You can dye multiple items of clothing with a single packet.


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drunkbackpacker

Those look like jeans styling. He wants chinos. They’re a little more professional.


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Middle_Name-Danger

18 months is a reasonable service life for work pants. You can spend less money for similar quality though, here’s a suggestion:


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jacxy

Are you rotating them?


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ProudlyBrewedinCO

It's just rough on clothes. My dirt cheap pants probably lasted almost as long for $12-15 a pair.


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smashdivisions

A pair of Dickies slim fit pants is $25 USD. Product #WP873. And they last longer for me than comparable $60+ pants.


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PimentoCheesehead

No product suggestions, but you might also try asking on one of the restaurant/hotel/retail subs. Or any industry sub where people are expected to look professional while they do actual work, really.


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jamminyouup

https://m.kohls.com/product/prd-2107811/lee-performance-series-extreme-comfort-khaki-straight-fit-flat-front-pants-men.jsp?skuid=99095516&CID=shopping30&utm_campaign=MENS%20CASUAL%20PANTS&utm_medium=CSE&utm_source=google&utm_product=99095516&utm_campaignid=9836152031&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3f6HBhDHARIsAD_i3D_Rhs2g0jcF-NX3hjKRMX-26jclkteaPOdBLMyGw5xEE7iDdMMCaI4aAlKEEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds


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StootsMcGoots

TJ max, Marshall’s etc are good discount stores that sell brand new merchandise, when I was a server that’s where I’d always get my work clothes


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Key-Faithlessness308

18 months is a reasonable life span, considering the wear. It's the regular washing that wears them out. But a dollar fifty a week on pants isn't huge amount.


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StootsMcGoots

TJ max, Marshall’s etc are good discount stores that sell brand new merchandise, when I was a server that’s where I’d always get my work clothes


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Automatic-Salad-1638

My recommendation to you, Flint and Tinder 365 Pants , in slim, straight, or taper, whatever your preferred flavor may be.


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HackPhilosopher

Tip from a restaurant lifer.. Black Nike or adidas golf pants. Make sure they stretch and breath.


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BunnyTheCow

I've been wearing


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theempiresbest

when I had to wear black and whites or just blacks I used to shop at uniqlo. The pants lasted for ages, the shirts would go in the armpits reasonably quickly.


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samfox59

Lulu Lemon ABC pants. They have regular and slim fit. Super comfy and last a long time. They’ll repair them too if you bring them in to them.


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Lucretius91

Duer jeans. They're Canadian but have expanded throughout the US. Costs about the same and last a long time.


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lakeboredom

I get two years minimum out of $60 dress pants, van huesen, dockers, those types.. maybe switch brands?


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moramind

A thing I will do is compare the pants leg to itself. Like fold the end to the center zipper. Is where is rubs the most lost it’s color? Maybe time to go and buy a new pair.


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MisterFisk

You won’t wash those pants more than once a month, so buy about 10 pairs.


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manos_de_pietro

You could replace thrift shop Dockers at the same rate for maybe $10 per pair.


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tmccrn

Hmm. I wouldn’t spend $100. I spent about 30 and they last the same amount of time when I was wearing them … and frankly, after wearing them six days a week for 18 months, I was really ready for new slacks anyway


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lisalou5858

I got away for anything that would fade/wear out and went synthetic! I had a pair of inexpensive black dress pants from Old Navy and they lasted years! Lot of better options now and the good yoga clothing companies usually have a “pant” version with four way stretch and easy care. Duluth Trading has some nice pairs!


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lec61790

I would try dickies, carhartt, pointer, or Stan Ray.


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BoringNYer

Dickies


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kinnikinnick321

When you say repair - what do you mean? Are seams split? I used to work retail and was required to wear black pants as part of the job. I would rotate between 3 pairs and would replace due to fading after about a year. I would often seek mid-tiered business slacks, wool ones usually lasted longer in color and quality.


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mostessmoey

I still have my old gap pair of black work pants. I got them second hand. I used to only work about 20 hours a week. I wore them for years.


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13Hackslasher

As often as they'll let you get a tax write off for them.


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Outlandishness666

It may have already been mentioned but you could try Rit dye, super easy to use. Also washing clothes on cold instead of super hot will cause the dye to leech out of the fabric more slowly & last longer - as the heat causes the fibers to expand and lose dye.


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BlueFit01

always do COLD wash. extends the colour of your fabrics.


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ilhaC

I also suggest using a gentle wash cycle on your machine.


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coffeeismymedicine11

How many pairs do you rotate between at a a time? The less clothing you have the faster you will wear them out. 18 months isn't unreasonable but it might make more sense to spend a lot less per item and replace every 12 months, for example.


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Zagaroth

I've found that Duluth Trading Company has very durable pants, and not quite as extensive, but I don't know if they'll have the look you need.


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jhrogers32

Also you can buy black dye and just re dye them. If it’s just a fading issue. Like 5 bucks on amazon


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Amyx231

During my last school year it was business casual for clinicals. I got 3 pairs of chinos basically - beige, khaki, brown. At the end of the year, the beige was toast (thigh area holes), khaiki was very thin in the same spot, brown was scuffed but fine.


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TEALC-

Is it mandatory you buy the designer brand black pants or can you buy a $10 pair from Kmart and stop complaining