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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:36 PM   #1
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Can anyone explain to me the appeal of a button fly (pants)?

Why on earth would anyone like this? It make it so much more difficult to just ... do certain business. A zipper is much more efficient. Everything else about this pair of pants I like, but a button fly? Are you kidding me? Forget it.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:38 PM   #2
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I don't get it either. Back in the day before zippers were invented fine but now it is pointless.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:38 PM   #3
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:39 PM   #4
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They are so much easier to open. You can just do it in one quick motion.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:41 PM   #5
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Perhaps nostalgic? One of the other reasons listed would cost a trip to the tailor for repairs.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:49 PM   #7
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:52 PM   #8
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it really sucks when you have to basically pull down your pants to use the facilities but they do come off quickly.

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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:54 PM   #9
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Yeah but just the thought of standing at a urinal fighting with your pants... the looks you might get...
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 02:55 PM   #10
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The only pair of pants I've ever had with a button fly are my camouflage pants, and they're button fly so that you don't make any noise pulling down a zipper to take a whiz in "sneaky" situations.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 03:00 PM   #11
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I think my 501's use button flies. Could be wrong.

I don't mind really. Takes longer to do up is all but at least there's no risk of zipping up the ol willy like
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 03:03 PM   #12
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Not sure as to the pair of pants your referring to. (for some reason, the image didn't show for me)...

But, I used to be skeptical of button fly pants. I bought a pair of Lucky Brand jeans a few years ago...and fell in love with them. I now don't have a preference either way...but I do find they are easier to undo.
All buttons=same motion for each.
Button+Zipper=different motion to undo.

Once you're used to it, it's like wearing contacts...you don't even realize they're there.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 03:15 PM   #14
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Maybe people are talking about different versions of button flies, by all of the ones that I have seen have like 4 or 5 buttons, which are by no means easier to use than a zipper, the buttons are along the entire length of where the zipper usually would be, so I don't really see how they can be easier/quicker to use than a zipper.

These pants are just one thing that always amaze me whenever I see them.
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Maybe people are talking about different versions of button flies, by all of the ones that I have seen have like 4 or 5 buttons, which are by no means easier to use than a zipper, the buttons are along the entire length of where the zipper usually would be, so I don't really see how they can be easier/quicker to use than a zipper.

These pants are just one thing that always amaze me whenever I see them.
The jeans that I have are low rise...with around 3-4 buttons.
But there really is only a need to undo the top 2 to take them off.

(I suppose, with guys...undoing an extra button would be nice. But, with mine after a few washes...what was nice, is you just grab the top button and pull the two pieces of fabric apart. Because the lower buttons are smaller, they come right undone)
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 03:42 PM   #17
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I don't really mind button fly jeans (or pants for that matter, but I find them mostly in jeans). They're very easy to undo and only a little slower when it comes to buttoning them back up.

Plus I've found for some reason that the jeans that look the best (ie, that are teh sexay™) happen to be button fly.

As a queen, I refused to sacrifice fashion for comfort (not that I'm doing that anyways ).
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 03:54 PM   #19
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Well I am speaking on behalf of the males... not sure how females feel. But my main issue is that it is annoying if you have to access components behind the fly region. Girls maybe this is not such an issue because other actions are required to use those services. But for men, it is useful to be able to have just the fly section open. (and the buttons make it a PITA)
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Well I am speaking on behalf of the males... not sure how females feel. But my main issue is that it is annoying if you have to access components behind the fly region. Girls maybe this is not such an issue because other actions are required to use those services. But for men, it is useful to be able to have just the fly section open. (and the buttons make it a PITA)
Yeah it is a bit of a pain in some respects, but it isn't a big enough deal for me to give up the really great look.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 04:01 PM   #21
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Button-fly = crap for guys.

When you run to the loo you have to undo your belt just to undo your fly and then you've basically got your pants off and then you're just a clumsy drop away from standing at the urinal, bare-arsed, pants-around-the-ankles like a 5 year old kid who's just started learning how to use the urinal.

They make absolutely no sense.

With a zipper fly you're in, unzip, piss, shake, zip up, up and away.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 04:02 PM   #22
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I think my 501's use button flies.
All Levi shrink to fit 501s come with buttons. The buttons are metal and are riveted on, not sewn on. They've been making them that way for something like 100 years. The shrink to fit 501s are designed to be "strong as hell" and they pretty much are.
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I used to wear them in the 70's. They were cool. I had more control then. I'd hate to have one of my older guy "gotta' go now" moments with them. Now I like sweatpants and shorts with elastic so I can have quick over the fence moments.
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My 7 For All Mankind jeans have button fly and I love them!

I think button-flies show a certain build-quality. They are also good for when you have the squats and need to get your pants off quickly and there is a much lesser chance of the fly getting caught....
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Why on earth would anyone like this? It make it so much more difficult to just ... do certain business. A zipper is much more efficient. Everything else about this pair of pants I like, but a button fly? Are you kidding me? Forget it.
Agreed. I have never owned a pair of button fly pants and never will.
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