Can anyone explain to me the appeal of a button fly (pants)?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by c073186, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    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.
  2. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    I don't get it either. Back in the day before zippers were invented fine but now it is pointless.
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Removes the chance of a "There's something about Mary" incident.
  4. spikespike macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2007
    They are so much easier to open. You can just do it in one quick motion.
  5. diddy macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    When you're tearing them off in a moment of passion, you will understand. ;)
  6. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    Perhaps nostalgic? One of the other reasons listed would cost a trip to the tailor for repairs. :rolleyes:
  7. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
  8. zachplaysguitar macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2008
    Richmond, VA
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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.
  9. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    Yeah but just the thought of standing at a urinal fighting with your pants... the looks you might get...
  10. StealthRider macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2002
    Yokosuka, Japan
    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.
  11. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    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 :D
  12. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2008
    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 don't even realize they're there. :D
  13. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    To quote the (in)famous Jerry Seinfeld:

    "That is one place on my wardrobe I do not need interlocking metal teeth. It's like a mink trap down there."
  14. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    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.:confused:

    These pants are just one thing that always amaze me whenever I see them.
  15. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    You learn good bladder control, because it becomes that much of a pain in the ass to do them back up again...
  16. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2008
    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. :eek:

    (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) :D
  17. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    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 ;)).:p
  18. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    Easier passing through airport security? Don't you just hate having those hand held scanners that close. :eek:
  19. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    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)
  20. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    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. ;) :D
  21. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    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.
  22. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    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.
  23. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    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.;)
  24. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2007
    Cedar Park, TX
    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.... :p
  25. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I have never owned a pair of button fly pants and never will.

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