Originally Posted by in stitches
what are the general rules about cuffing. is it also dependent on pattern of pants, build of wearer, material....?
I used to follow the "plain front = no cuffs, pleats = cuffs" thing myself. It was something that had been just sort of handed down. But I have come to understand that the real thing that should drive whether you put cuffs on your trousers is the weight of the material. Heavier materials don't really need a cuff while lighter weight materials hang better when cuffed.
Coincidentally -- or not, maybe that is where the "rule" originally came from -- this usually means that I have cuffs on suit pants, which are more likely to have pleats and are more likely to be of lighter weight material and no cuffs on odd trousers which are more likely to be heavier material, e.g., cords, khakis, moleskins. But linen trousers, for example, usually benefit from cuffs even if they have flat fronts, which all mine do.