Poll: What sort of pants do you wear to work or school?

As we brave the lull leading up to Apple’s tablet announcement, we thought we’d update our front page with a fresh poll. This time, our minds have drifted to pants. Yes, pants—trousers, for our British friends.

Like many items, pants can say a lot about someone’s occupation. Are you an office worker forced to wear dark suit pants or slacks most of the time, or do you work in the privacy of your own home, donning pants only when absolutely necessary? Perhaps you fall somewhere in between, working or studying in a less dressy environment with few wardrobe restrictions.

In any case, you’ll find the poll both below and on the front page. Responses are anonymous, so don’t be ashamed to pick the “boxers” option. You won’t be the only one.

The last poll question was, “Do aesthetics ever influence your component selection?” The responses are laid out in a nice curve, showing most TR readers tend to keep a cool head and not let flashy heatsinks and color schemes guide their purchases. 22% voted yes, 21% voted no, and the majority (the remaining 57%) said aesthetics only matter sometimes, when other attributes are roughly equal.

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    • sigher
    • 10 years ago

    Seems that a good number of people think everybody works at an office, and it also seems they are dead wrong.

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 10 years ago

    Should I be worried that 23 users of TR arrive at work wearing nothing more than boxers, with a further 14 going in wearing pyjamas? What sort of jobs do you guys/girls have?

    I guess if you work from home the 2 situations above could be a possibility…

    To keep it on topic, I have to attend work all year round suitably layered (Ice Skating Instructor)…

    • d0g_p00p
    • 10 years ago

    Voted “Other” I don’t know what Dickies and Ben Davis are.

    • Corrado
    • 10 years ago

    I wear slacks and khakis. Jeans once in a great while. Its not officially against the rules, but you can kinda tell its semi-verbotten. But a nicely pressed pair of jeans with a polo or dress shirt is OK once in a while.

    • Jambe
    • 10 years ago

    Usually jeans; lined pairs in the winter. Overalls if I’m messing with silage or mucky stuff.

    • ADRENALIN
    • 10 years ago

    i got to wear a suit to work, so that means suit pants.

    • awakeningcry
    • 10 years ago

    Jet-black Chinos

      • Xenolith
      • 10 years ago

      I didn’t even know what Chinos were until you posted this.

    • kvndoom
    • 10 years ago

    Blue jeans forever!!!!

    • Fighterpilot
    • 10 years ago

    Yeah…there’s nothing like that quiet pride you feel as you put on a beautifully tailored,quality made pair of shorts.

    • Shobai
    • 10 years ago

    The joys of living in Queensland, Aus; shorts all year round =)

    • barleyguy
    • 10 years ago

    Normally I wear cargo pants, but I voted blue jeans since that was the closest option, and I do wear those as well. I can wear shorts when it’s warm, but my legs are tattooed from the knee down, so I generally feel it’s better for me to wear pants to work.

    • hitokiri
    • 10 years ago

    I don’t wear anything to work.

    • wira020
    • 10 years ago

    I wonder what job requires you to wear boxer to work?… I might be interested in such freedom.. lol…

    Jeans all the way…

      • VILLAIN_xx
      • 10 years ago

      I was thinkin about this Boxer poll question too. I thought boxers were an under wear category unless some one at TR listens to Lazyboy’s “Underwear goes inside the pants” song.

    • unmake
    • 10 years ago

    Khakis / Chinos (‘skate’ pants) – and a pair of cords I like a lot.

    • Turkina
    • 10 years ago

    Used to be able to wear scrubs to work when I worked in medical research.
    Ironically, when I first started with my current company, I was doing a lot of hardware installations and that group had a strict dress shoes, pants, shirt, tie dress code. Now that I’m not rolling around on the ground installing hardware, and in the software group, everyone pretty much wears jeans, polo shirts and sneakers.

    • MrBojangles
    • 10 years ago

    Pajamas to “work” for me and occasionally in public on quick trips to the store.Any other time nice comfy faded blue jeans all the way.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 10 years ago

    Brooks Bros’ chinos…..or a quality cut suit.
    Jeans are for BBQs and hanging out on the weekends…they just don’t cut it as work attire.

      • Kulith
      • 10 years ago

      Jeans make for a better working environment imo for employees who don’t have to deal with customers, or other employees.

      Better working environment = more work done.

      I get to wear jeans and I’m pretty happy about it

        • VaultDweller
        • 10 years ago

        I’ve never understood why jeans are considered to be more ‘casual’ or ‘relaxed’ wear that improves atmosphere.

        Seriously, I’ve always found jeans (and any other items made out of denim) to be among the most uncomfortable clothing. I’d rank them above leather pants for comfort, but I can’t think of anything else that feels less comfortable.

        Slacks, chinos, suit pants, khakis, pretty much anything is more comfortable and relaxing than jeans.

          • ludi
          • 10 years ago

          Jeans are durable and low maintenance. No dry cleaning and no ironing (unless you’re /[

      • Johnny5
      • 10 years ago

      Maybe not office work, but us manly men who do real work (breaking rocks with our bare hands and such) require a sturdy pair of jeans.

        • Byte Storm
        • 10 years ago

        Actually, I work in an office, and we are allowed to wear jeans. We don’t deal with customers face to face though. (Tech Support)

      • glynor
      • 10 years ago

      Research and academia is different. If you wear a suit (or even nice slacks with a shirt and tie) in my laboratory, people treat you oddly and keep their distance. You’re basically assumed to be a sales person and someone to keep your guard up around.

      • anotherengineer
      • 10 years ago

      hmmmm how resistant is that to acid?? Probly zero, cause I havent ever seen anyone wearing a suit at the metallurgical refining site that I used to work at lol

      edit: anything that covers me so I dont get charged with ludeness or whatever.

      clothing for style………….an engineer cares not about such things, we care about getting the job done and done right

    • MixedPower
    • 10 years ago

    I wear jeans and khakis to work and school. I may wear cargo shorts to school, as well.

    • edh
    • 10 years ago

    Usually “black” jeans; so, I’m answering “blue” jeans and adding this post as a caveat.

      • equivicus
      • 10 years ago

      Yep, I have some of the black jeans too. They probably should have made Denims or Denim an option.

      • fpsduck
      • 10 years ago

      Black Jeans FTW!

    • equivicus
    • 10 years ago

    I’m surprised to see no arguments about khakis = color vs khakis = type of cloth/fabric/style of pants.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 10 years ago

    I wear jeans to college and khakis to work.

    • bthylafh
    • 10 years ago

    I’m a little sad that my boss said I can’t wear a kilt to work.

    • Ardrid
    • 10 years ago

    Depends where I’m at:

    Work (In the local office): Blue jeans, khakis (Dockers), or slacks
    Work (in the main office): Slacks or suit pants
    Work (In court): Suit pants

    • Buzzard44
    • 10 years ago

    I wear blue jeans 24/7. To sleep, in winter, in summer, to church, to work, to school. Always except when I’m showering.

      • equivicus
      • 10 years ago

      There are probably half a dozen other times wearing blue jeans would be inconvenient or just a bad idea! 🙂

    • dragmor
    • 10 years ago

    Shorts in summer, jeans in winter and suit for client visits.

    • LockeOak
    • 10 years ago

    Wetsuit.

    While on land, blue jeans or cargo pants.

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 10 years ago

    I wear cargo pants to work and classes. The extra pocket space is nice for holding various things that I need and the uniform rule at work says that we need to wear khaki pants anyway.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 10 years ago

    How of you out there were “no pants”?

      • LaChupacabra
      • 10 years ago

      I feel the stripper population needs a parade to deal with this injustice.

    • RickyTick
    • 10 years ago

    I wear a uniform which consists of navy blue slacks and a casual “golf type” shirt. I have 11 of these. 🙂

    • adam1378
    • 10 years ago

    What happened to Jorts? I thought they would be in a class all alone not jumbled together with other.

    • bthylafh
    • 10 years ago

    Jeans. They’re clean, in good condition, and don’t ride down, and are more comfortable (and cheaper) than slacks or khakis.

    • paulWTAMU
    • 10 years ago

    usually kakhi’s, sometimes jeans, sometimes slacks.
    In public on my own, jeans or cargo sh orts.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 years ago

    At home: Sweat pants
    at work: dress pants (day shift)
    at work: cargo pants (night shift)
    any time in public: cargo pants

    • Obsidian
    • 10 years ago

    You told me I wouldn’t be alone if I voted for Boxers. How could you lie to me like that Cyril? I’m so embarrassed.

      • Gerbil Jedidiah
      • 10 years ago

      Check again.

    • Welch
    • 10 years ago

    Even though my boss just got done telling me last week “You need to wear something other than jeans”

    Im a travel agent, and am sorta expected to wear Business Casual. BUT I don’t ever deal with customers in person since i’m doing strictly corporate via email/phone. Can’t STAND wearing anything other than jeans… They are clean, dark and respectful though, no low riding ghetto pants here!

    • DrDillyBar
    • 10 years ago

    A little bit Suit Pants, a little bit Blue Jeans.

    • bdwilcox
    • 10 years ago

    Your survey is missing ass-less leather chaps.

    Me? I always wear khakis. Ass-less leather khakis, but khakis nonetheless.

    ^^^This was a joke, BTW.

      • Vasilyfav
      • 10 years ago

      Your joke to humor is what sweat pants are to business attire.

        • bdwilcox
        • 10 years ago

        Mission accomplished.

      • dpaus
      • 10 years ago

      After reading your post, I voted “Other” because on days when I ride the motorcycle to work, I do indeed wear leather pants or jeans-and-chaps.

      And BTW – “ass-less chaps” – isn’t that a bit redundant and repetitive?

        • Scrotos
        • 10 years ago

        But you must admit, it’s fun to say!

          • dpaus
          • 10 years ago

          “ass-less chaps” are British lads without a donkey 🙂

            • BiffStroganoffsky
            • 10 years ago

            I understand bdwilcox better now. I’m not saying that my image of him is better…

        • bthylafh
        • 10 years ago

        The assumption is that you’re not wearing anything underneath the chaps.

        • grantmeaname
        • 10 years ago

        Isn’t saying “redundant and repetitive” a little redundant and repetitive?

    • Captain Ned
    • 10 years ago

    Dockers, with the rare suit pant if I’m in court or presenting to a Board of Directors.

    • tay
    • 10 years ago

    I wear my pants on the ground

    • DancinJack
    • 10 years ago

    I wear all kind of pants to school! Probably first and foremost jeans. I wear slacks and suit pants for presentations and such or just slacks when i’m feelin’ a little lively. Shorts, sure in the summer. Sweats rarely. Come on, put in some effort.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 10 years ago

      ^^Pretty much this. I wear jeans most of the time to school, _[

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