Do you own a pair of black dress pants?
I would argue that no wardrobe is complete without a pair of reliable, well-fitting black dress pants. Depending on what you pair them with, your outfit can be casual or formal. Black dress pants fit in anywhere and everywhere.
For people who have done technical work in the theatre, black dress pants are one part of a uniform. Once you throw on a black shirt and some black shoes, you’re good to go. You have to blend into the darkness during scene changes. You need to stand out from the cast backstage. When you’re in your uniform, your mind is able to center on your task. You are not distracted by your outfit. The show is able to go on.
It is a Thursday night and the reminder on your phone unexpectedly goes off, reminding you that you have a dinner meeting. Tired from a long day at work and not at all thrilled that you have to leave the house again, you are not in the mood to go looking for clothes. What are you to do? Out of the corner of your eye, you notice a pair of black dress pants neatly hanging over the arm chair. They are wrinkle-free and waiting to be put on. Coupled with a dress shirt, sweater or other top, you will be ready in minutes. Regardless of how your dinner companions will look, you will be dressy casual and that is all that matters.
For a final scenario, let’s say someone has died. Can you really attend their wake/funeral in jeans? You are too distraught to care about what you’re wearing. However, they’ll always be an old aunt who will care and, despite their own grief, will judge you for not dressing properly. To spare yourself an unnecessary annoyance, leave the jeans at home. While black dress pants are preferable, any pair of dress pants beat jeans in this situation.
Black dress pants are always useful. They never have gone out of style and probably never will either. The next time you are in a rush and don’t know what to wear, I recommend you pull on your black dress pants. They’re slimming you know!