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Where to buy classic knickers/kneepants/trouser shorts?

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I usually just lurk around here, but I guess my quest to find these finally ushered me into making an account.

 

I've looked everywhere to find knickers/kneepants/trouser shorts similar to those of the early 20th century (whatever you want to call them) that are attire-worthy, and NOT for costume or reenactment purposes. Everything I find is either vintage or not produced by the company anymore. They should be cut in wool flannel, twill, or gabardine, and not billowy like golf knickers, but cuffed at the leg. I performed a SF search too, which brought up classified sale listings with pieces made by Woolrich Woolen Mills, but it seems the company isn't making them anymore.

 

Here is a pic of a pair Brooks Brothers used to make:

 

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Have your tailor make you some Plus Fours.
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Cordings? Or any British country outfitters.
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Have your tailor make you some Plus Fours.

 

I was initially thinking about this as a last resort.

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Cordings? Or any British country outfitters.

 

Cordings doesn't have any in my waist size, which is a 30, but this was really helpful because now I know they're called "breeks." With some sneaking around, I found this neat English trouser specialist (if anyone's interested): https://www.spencers-trousers.com

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Depends by "not for costume/reenactment purposes".  To most people, the Brooks Brothers pair you linked verges on costume because it's totally unlike anything being worn on the streets.  Even so, you want a pair.  Therefore, you probably don't want something made to be disposably.  Your best bet is a reproduction based on the early 20th century ones, because no department store is going to be selling something so out of current fashion.  Where it comes from is irrelevant as long as it's made well and looks good to your eye.  Patterned plus-fours look way more costume-like than solids, so here are some solids.  1 and 3 are a bit billowy but you could get a tailor to take them in.


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Revamp Vintage custom-made.  Wool or linen-cotton. Decent quality.
 

 

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Darcy Clothing fall-front breeches. Cotton moleskin. High quality. The oldest style, and yet the most modern-looking.

 

 

Gentleman's Emporium. Cotton twill. Low quality.

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