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Belt loops or side-adjusters on khaki trousers? Your opinion please.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dirkweems, May 24, 2012.

  1. dirkweems

    dirkweems Well-Known Member

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    Fellow Gentlemen and ladies (though I seriously doubt there are any ladies on SF),

    If you lived in NYC you may not believe it but apparently summer is fast approaching. I've had some new cotton trousers made up in various shades of khaki and after several fittings they are ready to be shipped. One issue remains outstanding.

    Yay or nay on belt loops. Until today I've never had belt loops on suit trousers, but always had them on casual trousers. Time to change? I just can't decide? I will be wearing a coat and tie almost all of the time, and proper formal shoes (no loafers or moccasins, and definitely not flip flops). Do they the trousers look too formal without belt loops? I know I can always make half the trousers with, and half without, but even before I do, I still wonder. Not sure if it matters, but I have only one belt buckle, and a black strap, and a brown strap. So I don't have a belt collection that needs to see the light of day.

    Opinons and arguments please.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Well-Known Member

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    khakis? belt loops.

    I have a few suits with side adjusters, and I still feel a bit naked without the belt.
     
  3. rm007

    rm007 Member

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    I don't have the belt loops on my suit trousers but I can't live without it on my casual pants.
     
  4. Geezer

    Geezer Well-Known Member

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    Have never really stopped and thought about this until now, but cannot really imagine casual trousers without belt loops, whereas I mildly dislike belts on suit trousers (I tolerate them on summer/tropical suits).

    I doubt there's a coherent aesthetic reason for this, more like convention.
     
  5. in stitches

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  6. Holdfast

    Holdfast Well-Known Member

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    I like belt loops with summer casual trousers. No particular reason, although if I was retconning an explanation, I'd suggest it would be so there's still an added point of interest if you're going without a jacket (let alone tie/square) on a really hot day.
     
  7. in stitches

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    i have heard also from others that they are never satisfied with how the side adjusters work.
     
  8. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Well-Known Member

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    loops. allows you to add some color via cotton (and other casual) belts
     
  9. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Well-Known Member

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    If its a cotton suit, I don't think side tabs make sense - too much of a mixed metaphor.

    On a khaki colored wool suit, I'd either do without either (if you can manage it) or else a belt. I agree it's probably just convention but tabs on a casual-er suit seem odd.
     
  10. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Well-Known Member

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    I get daks tops on casual summer trousers, and side adjusters / self belts on everything else. Hate belt loops.
     
  11. williamson

    williamson Well-Known Member

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    I would say that under such conditions belt-loops (and belt!) are essential.
    But I like, and frequently wear, a long-sleeved shirt plus tie plus belted flat-front trousers (no jacket) in warm weather (as is the case now in most of the UK), which seems anathema to many SF members, especially those not on this side of the Atlantic!
     
  12. Snedley

    Snedley Well-Known Member

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    You need to get something like the old DAKS Simpson trousers where you can tighten the adjusterson the side and where the front is a hook a tab and another hook. Paul Stuart has trousers in this style.
     

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