Waist size is small and inconsistent...

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Forever in blue jeans from Northern California on Monday, April 5, 2010
Never owned a pair of Bill's Khakis but I knew from various reviews on the web that the Bill's usually runs quite wide at the legs. I also learned that the M3 model offered more of a "contemporary" cut (similar to straight leg blue jeans), so I knew that this would be the cut for me. After reading several solid reviews here and at other sites about Bill's Khakis, I decided to roll the dice especially since Sierra's price offered great value.

Generally, I run a 30 waist for most jeans offering a more contemporary, straight-leg cut (True Religion, Rock-n-Republic, Blue Cult, William Rast, 7 For All Mankind, etc.). FYI - since most people can relate to Levi's 501s, I also am a 30. I do have athletic legs, so sometimes I need to order a 31 in order to have enough room in the thighs. In these cases, the waist is big but cinching with a belt makes that a non-issue.

As per some of these reviews recommending that you order a larger size due to some encountering a small waist and some saying that the legs are narrow, I ordered two pairs of 31 - one in British khaki and one in khaki. BOTH ran too small but one was even smaller than the other! One feels like a snug 30 and the other is closer to a 29 waist (I measured). If my sample is representative, then the khaki color runs smaller than the British khaki. So, I am not sure how to recommend sizing these but can say that I would have ordered a 32 in both colors. I have never been a 32 in any pant cut - khakis, jeans or suit pants.

Also, the leg/thigh cut is more roomy than I had expected, which is perfect for Khakis in my opinion. They are not "too full" but are wide enough to work well with a sport coat but not so wide that they give that "Gumby" look. I think that the cut is more formal than J.Crew's slim cut or regular cut Khakis, which I also like but view J.Crew's cuts as more casual than these Khakis from Bill's. And they are not so formal that you feel like you are wearing suit pants, but lost the matching jacket. Again, just my opinion, but this cut is perfect for khakis.

The material ("chamois") is very soft and light - perfect for three season wear (or all year-round, here in California). It appears to be of very high quality but I have noticed that it might be prone to wrinkling while traveling. And it looks like this material will hold its color better than other materials. I have no way to tell for sure, but the colors do seem more rich and consistent throughout the material, unlike other Khakis.

Overall, I am going to keep both pairs and have them taken out in the waist since the price was so good and I like the cut and the colors. If not for the issue with the waist sizing, I'd have rated the M3 as a 5 star product. And, as my wife pointed out, since I am a "jeans guy" the M3 from Bill's fill a gap in my business casual wardrobe - a more "grown up" alternative to jeans and "distressed" Khakis.
  • Best Uses: Casual Wear, Date Night/Night Out, Wear To Work
  • Cons: Waist size iconsistent, Waist size runs small
  • Describe Yourself: Casual Dresser
  • Length: Feels true to length
  • Pros: Comfortable, Flattering, Great Color, High Quality
  • Waist: Feels too small
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