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Dress pants- cuffs and pleats, yes or no ?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JLA, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. JLA

    JLA Active Member

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    Should I be replacing my worn dress slacks with slacks that have pleats and cuffs or plain fronts and no cuffs ?

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  2. johnnynorman3

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    I used to go all flat front w/ no cuffs. I still do that for non-business pants (wool or cotton). But lately I haven't minded picking up some pleated and cuffed dress pants for work. You can find better quality for cheaper (thanks to the flat front craze), and I prefer suit pants to have pleats (just a personal preference) so I figured why not dress pants?

    That said, I think it would be a mistake to just load up on pleated pants. Why not have a nice mix? FWIW, in my opinion cotton pants shoudl always be flat front -- cotton pleats just don't drape well at all, whereas wool pleats can drape very well.
     


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    I'd say it depends on your size and shape. For example, pleats look terrible on me (6'0, 175#, 32/33 pants), except on very dark pants where they are not noticeable, while flat fronts look terrible on many people, but great on others.

    I agree that most cotton pants should not have pleats. I have seen it done well, but not often.
     


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    I perfer my suit pants to have pleats and cuffs in them. To me it just looks better. If i'm just doing something casual then i perfer the pants to be flat front. I agree with johnny that a nice mix is a good idea. Variety is the spice of life. As for the cotton pants with pleat i fully agree that they should always be flat front. I bought a pair with pleats and well i hate them and they are sitting in my closet and haven't been touched in a year or two.

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    I'm thinking flat front, no cuff is the current style. I know
    pleats etc. are classic with suits but what do you think for wool dress pants ?

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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    If flat fronts look good on you, then flat front/no cuffs are a good choice. This is especially true if you like or require a lower rise, as low rise pleated pants look terrible, IMO.
     


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