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Flat-front trousers -- finding them

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SFclassic, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. SFclassic

    SFclassic Member

    Oct 4, 2004
    Seems like every style maven I read dismisses the very idea of pleated trousers, yet they're practically all I can find in the stores -- at least the stores I usually shop in.

    Granted, there's some hyperbole in that sentence, but pleats far outnumber flat-front, especially in dressier trousers.

    Ran into a Brooks outlet last week, thinking I would quickly pick up a pair of flat-front wool trousers like I found there last year and that wear so well.  Not a single pair of flat-front trousers in the entire store.
  2. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2003

    Finding flat front WOOL trousers is considerably more difficult than searching for their pleasted counterparts.  My humble advice is to avoid traditional esstablishments like Brooths Brothers, J Press, etc. and opt for trendier and more fashion oriented stores (e.g. designers). I know that Incotex and Mabitex both make flat front trousers, but distribution points are limited and prices might be a concern.

    Most designers offer a selection of flat fronts--I recently bought two pairs of flat fronts from Donna Karan and another from Hugo Boss Baldesarini.  For slimmer cuts, Prada and Paul Smith might work.  Prada is more hit or miss than P.S. since her fabrics tend to be more adventuresome and the thighs are always cut for emaciated people like myself.

    Good luck, quality flat fronts are tough to find...
  3. regularjoe

    regularjoe Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Actually, I thought J Press offers flat front trousers -only-.

    Disclaimer: second hand info that I thought I read on this board or AskAndy.
  4. Horace

    Horace Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Actually, all you'll find in Press, I imagine, will be flat-front. Also try Andover or Ben Silver or any trad. men's shop. They should have them.
  5. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2004
    Jos. A. Bank has a pretty wide selection of flat front trousers. Construction quality is roughly on a par with something like Banana Republic, but with nicer fabrics and a much wider range of colors. I have a pair of their wool/cashmere blend flat fronts that are actually pretty good.

    It goes without saying that you don't ever want to pay full retail for the stuff at Bank.

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