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Belt or Side-Adjusters on Separate Trousers?

post #1 of 10
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So I hate wearing belts with suits; if I'm not wearing suspenders, I have metal side-adjusters (I've been toying with the idea of getting DAKS tops put on my next suit) because I think that the sight of a belt-buckle ruins the lines of the suit (I also get higher waisted trousers so no shirt shows below the jacket button). But I want to get a pair of separate navy trousers that I can wear with sport coats and I can't decide whether to get belt loops or not. I don't care about the lines of the sport-coat/trousers since they aren't one matching piece and I was curious what other people's opinion was on it. I'm leaning towards belt loops because DAKS tops/metal side-adjusters might be a touch too formal but I'm as yet undecided.

post #2 of 10
You're sure to catch grief about your choice of navy odd pants. But putting that aside, I (like you) put side adjusters on all of my suit pants and belt loops on all of my odd pants. Odd pants are more informal and frequently worn without a jacket. A belt makes more sense to me.
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May I ask what's wrong with navy separate trousers? I find myself often times pulling the trousers off of my navy suit because I find it looks good with a lot of stuff I wear. I like to wear patterned sport coats and waistcoats so I find the plainness of the navy softens the pattern of my coats/waistcoats.

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Originally Posted by LindsayDW View Post

May I ask what's wrong with navy separate trousers? I find myself often times pulling the trousers off of my navy suit because I find it looks good with a lot of stuff I wear. I like to wear patterned sport coats and waistcoats so I find the plainness of the navy softens the pattern of my coats/waistcoats.

There are whole threads discussing why many people consider navy odd pants to be a bad choice. But you've basically identified the problem in your response. They often look like orphaned pants from a suit.
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There are whole threads discussing why many people consider navy odd pants to be a bad choice. But you've basically identified the problem in your response. They often look like orphaned pants from a suit.

Oh right, I guess that makes sense. I guess I should look up these threads you mention before I make my decision ha-ha.
post #6 of 10
Here's an example. Most senior members of this forum (for whatever that is worth) think that it is a bad idea and I agree with them, But, obviously, the decision is up to you.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/20444/navy-trousers
post #7 of 10
Leaving the trouser colour to one side, I agree that side adjusters for suits / belt loops for odd trousers is a sensible call. But if you have belt loops you must always use them - nothing looks more jarring than empty belt loops flapping around (well, perhaps not nothing, but you get the idea - for me it is as bad as belts that are way too thin for the loops, but that's another thread).

Daks adjusters are tantamount to wearing an elasticated waistband - fine if you are standing, drunk, in the queue of a kebab shop in jogging pants and a string vest carrying an armful of tattoos but otherwise to be avoided.
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Originally Posted by BigBadBernard View Post

Leaving the trouser colour to one side, I agree that side adjusters for suits / belt loops for odd trousers is a sensible call. But if you have belt loops you must always use them - nothing looks more jarring than empty belt loops flapping around (well, perhaps not nothing, but you get the idea - for me it is as bad as belts that are way too thin for the loops, but that's another thread).

Daks adjusters are tantamount to wearing an elasticated waistband - fine if you are standing, drunk, in the queue of a kebab shop in jogging pants and a string vest carrying an armful of tattoos but otherwise to be avoided.

Oh for sure, I can't stand the sight of empty belt loops, when people do that, it looks to me like they just forgot their belt or something.

I've always liked the look of DAKS tops, though I suppose I've never seen them adjusted tighter. I just prefer the clean look of the buttons over the metal buckle side adjusters.
post #9 of 10

As a contrary view, I was going to suggest belt loops and braces buttons. If you're wearing a jacket and tie, I assume you're actually wearing your jacket. In that case, no one is going to see your belt loops. So you can wear braces and no belt when you want and a belt when you prefer it. I've done that with a number of suits and odd trousers.

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As a contrary view, I was going to suggest belt loops and braces buttons. If you're wearing a jacket and tie, I assume you're actually wearing your jacket. In that case, no one is going to see your belt loops. So you can wear braces and no belt when you want and a belt when you prefer it. I've done that with a number of suits and odd trousers.

Especially now that Autumn has arrived, I'll be wearing my odd trousers exclusively with a jacket, so the belt loops won't be seen except maybe when I unbutton my jacket to sit down. However, I, perhaps erroneously, view them as being more formal than belts and side-adjusters, so I think I will stick to a belt.

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