Seriously, this is a thing I’ve noticed. Currently I am wearing a nice pair of khakis. These have a zipper fly. A button at the top of the fly. And TWO metal eyelet clasps just above the button. That’s four fastenings every time I go pee.
Why is this the case? Is there a preponderance of women’s pants falling down? Do they not trust me to keep my pants up? Funny how the really nice pair of slimming black pants I own don’t have any clasps at all. However shall I manage those?
For pants with a zipper the more fastenings the more likely the pants will lay flat without pulling on any one particular location. Women seem to either buy clothes too small or grow out of them without giving up so the extra clasps near the button keep the waistband flat instead of pulling on the button.
Your slimming black pants have enough stretch in the fabric that it’s all cut and not connectors that make them fit properly.
I think it has to do with the fact that it’s so difficult to tailor pants to a generic woman’s figure, and then past that, to a specific woman’s figure. We’re all shaped differently, so if I wore similar pants, different points on the seams and fasteners would be stressed. Having several fasteners spreads out the stress.
Plenty of men’s pants have the same thing. As said upthread, the extra little metal clasps help the front of the pants lay “flatter”.
The “fanciest”/“dressiest” pants I own are sort of like this They have a button on the inside of the “left flap,” a metal clasp in the middle where the button would normally go, and then another clasp on the outside of the “right flap.” And they’re tailored paints, too.
Most of my pants don’t have any fastenings. But then I’m lazy and I don’t like tight-fitting clothes, so I tend to buy pants with an elasticized waistband instead of a “regular” waistband and front zipper.
It’s not just women, either…I have a few pairs of pants purchased in the ‘Big and Tall’ section. Though they are a 34" waist, they have elastic hidden in the waistband that makes them comfortable up to easily 40". So there are lots of guys who are walking around claiming that they are wearing the same size pants that they did in college!
I’d like to know why some women’s pants have a fly that opens to the right, and some open to the left. I’m right-handed - I hate the couple of pairs I have that open to the left! It’s like I’ve forgotten how to dress myself when I fumble with the button and zipper.
Life would be a lot easier if I just wore muu-muus all the time!