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Old 04-21-2017, 11:05 PM
 
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In the interest of trying to learn, I hope some people might weigh in on this issue.

The two pairs of dress pants I have loved the most have been from Theory. They were expensive, but I liked the style, feel, and fit more than any other pairs at Macy's and Bloomingdale's, the two places where I got them. The first pair got frayed/worn within about a year, though I was wearing and washing it a lot at one point. It may have been the same material as my more recent pair, which says on the tag "Shell: 97% virgin wool/3% lycra). This most recent pair had some little holes in the right thigh area within about eight months, though I had left it in a closet for three months when forced to quickly leave a country for work reasons and never really learned why that happened. The fabric in the belt area going over a clasp also got frayed over time, though, and that could be the result of my current country of residence's practice of dry cleaning everything "at full blast/strength" (I am told).

Other dress pants I have had don't wear out as quickly or get frayed, so I wonder: what are your experiences with Theory? Are their clothes less durable than others? Is virgin wool perhaps more delicate/likely to have problems than other fabric?

Thanks for any thoughts.
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Old 04-22-2017, 12:16 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I have a few pairs of theory dress pants. I found them fit much better than any other brand as well. The pair I have the longest is 3 years old -- 99% wool 1% Lycra. It just started to fray a little bit on the corners of the back pockets a couple months ago (no holes though) -- probably too much sitting. A couple of polyester-cotton pants I got around the same time looks brand new except some threads coming loose on the seams.

Generally, I think wool and Spandex/Lycra blend is more delicate than cotton though they feel a lot softer -- complete 100% virgin wool seems to be pretty solid to me too. But I don't think any good quality pants should fray in less than a year no matter the blend. I have not gotten any new theory pants recently, so I'm not sure if the quality has dropped or not. I don't dry clean them much and I wash them in the washer by hand.
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Old 04-22-2017, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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In the interest of trying to learn, I hope some people might weigh in on this issue.

The two pairs of dress pants I have loved the most have been from Theory. They were expensive, but I liked the style, feel, and fit more than any other pairs at Macy's and Bloomingdale's, the two places where I got them. The first pair got frayed/worn within about a year, though I was wearing and washing it a lot at one point. It may have been the same material as my more recent pair, which says on the tag "Shell: 97% virgin wool/3% lycra). This most recent pair had some little holes in the right thigh area within about eight months, though I had left it in a closet for three months when forced to quickly leave a country for work reasons and never really learned why that happened. The fabric in the belt area going over a clasp also got frayed over time, though, and that could be the result of my current country of residence's practice of dry cleaning everything "at full blast/strength" (I am told).

Other dress pants I have had don't wear out as quickly or get frayed, so I wonder: what are your experiences with Theory? Are their clothes less durable than others? Is virgin wool perhaps more delicate/likely to have problems than other fabric?

Thanks for any thoughts.
I am not familiar with the brand Theory. But I know from experience that wool pants can show wear. If you were washing your pants frequently, I have to wonder why, if they were wool. When I wash wool, I take special care to wash on the hand wash cycle, in cool water, and I would air dry them. On the small holes, I imagine they are moth holes, especially if you left them hanging in the closet during warmer months.

Back in the 1990s, I favored wool flannel trousers. I did feel that wool flannel did not wear super well. A longer wearing wool is twill, but I can't imagine you can find many pairs of women's slacks made of it.

If fabric in the belt area is the only part showing wear, then I think you have to blame the added stress on the waistband.
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:15 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing some thoughts.
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:51 PM
 
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My impression of Theory, which is why I've never bought it, is it's low-quality. Tight-fitting also. Also, I think washable wool is cheap wool by definition. For those reasons, don't expect many years of use from those pants.
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