Belt loops on tweed suit?

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  1. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I normally don't like belt loops on my suit pants.

    Side adjusters and/or suspenders are my choice for holding up suit pants.

    However, I'm looking at getting a tweed suit, and am wondering if belt loops might be a better option than side adjusters.

    Reasons why:

    Tweed is a bit more casual than typical suit fabrics, so maybe a belt would be more suitable.

    A nice leather belt would go well with a tweed fabric.

    Makes it easier to wear the pants by themselves.


    What is the collective wisdom?
     


  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I vote for no belt if that's your general preferred approach with suits. Yes tweed is more casual than a worsted but I don't think suspenders or side tabs are wrong with a tweed suit in any way. Of course, I also would not wear anything tweed as odd trousers. Just don't see the point.
     


  3. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You may find that the adjusters don't work as well with heavy tweed. Putting aside style, your best bet is suspenders. If you really don't like them, a belt will likely work better than adjusters.
     


  4. Macallan

    Macallan Senior member

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    Braces

    Tweed suits look best as three-piece suits, you could getaway with adjusters; however, not with a belt.

    As for tweed odd-trousers; maybe if paired with a smoking jacket and black suede slippers, for parties held at home.
     


  5. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    Your comments are positively Edwardian. Do you carry a cane when you are out and about?
     


  6. FlyingMonkey

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    I know, seriously?

    Anyway, there's nothing wrong with tweed odd trousers, especially in winter in a cold climate. I often wear them with cord jackets. Plenty of companies that still make tweed trousers have both belt loops and buttons for braces. Kai might find that this is the most flexible option.
     
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  7. Blackhood

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    Difficult choice.

    Suit - side adjusters. The heavy texture and pattern of a tweed doesn't need the added colour of a belt. Much better to keep the lines clean and minimise any visual mess. On the other hand:

    Trousers - belt. You can use a belt to introduce coherence to the rest of the outfit and tie a multi-coloured cloth into your shoes/belt/bag.

    I'm a fan of using suits as seperates (despite the dire warnings that normally come with it) but tweed is really difficult, the details are just so different when I have odd trousers made up to suits.
     


  8. punchdrunkwelle

    punchdrunkwelle Active Member

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    I feel more comfortable without the belt loops on it.
     


  9. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My tweed suit has belt loops, and I also use the trousers as odd trousers occasionally


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  10. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Belt loops would be ok instead of side adjusters - your choice.
     


  11. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Belt loops would be ok instead of side adjusters - your choice.
     


  12. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Senior member

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  13. Blackhood

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    Excellent execution of the suit, but I simply could not fathom wearing those trousers as "odds". Naturally Od/Ot's personal style is a crucial part of that equation, but I'd be surprised if your aesthetic aligned perfectly with his.
     


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