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Fishtail trousers

Houta

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Yo! Hope you all are having a lovely week!

Quick question please, I want buy couple of trousers for work and I won’t be wearing a jacket on them. Just the coat to work which I will obviously take off in the office and stay with just the shirt and trousers.

My question is, can you wear fishtail trousers without a jacket? Won’t they look weird or strange?

I like those ones from SuSu! They come in many different colours. Thoughts ?

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Fishtail trousers are meant to be worn with suspenders. Having the side adjusters is pointless and is akin to wearing both suspenders and a belt. Worn without suspenders a fishtail will indeed look odd. So if you are comfortable wearing suspenders without a jacket, then you would be fine wearing those trousers.
 

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Fishtail trousers are meant to be worn with suspenders. Having the side adjusters is pointless and is akin to wearing both suspenders and a belt. Worn without suspenders a fishtail will indeed look odd. So if you are comfortable wearing suspenders without a jacket, then you would be fine wearing those trousers.
Thanks for your reply mate.
Well, I never wore suspenders before to be honest but I am willing to try. My question is basically whether it’s right/acceptable wearing suspenders without a jacket or it breaks the code/rules? I am novice in classic menswear hence my question.

PS: I am not young, am 38!

Cheers.
 

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Personally, I wouldn't wear those as they have side adjusters. The fishtail doesn't look that big, but it really isn't designed to be shown. I wear suspenders frequently, but I also wear a jacket, and only take it off for comfort. Another issue is the rise. Anything below about 11 inches will not look right with suspenders.
 

Houta

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Personally, I wouldn't wear those as they have side adjusters. The fishtail doesn't look that big, but it really isn't designed to be shown. I wear suspenders frequently, but I also wear a jacket, and only take it off for comfort. Another issue is the rise. Anything below about 11 inches will not look right with suspenders.
Makes perfect sense - I actually thought the same but was looking for a confirmation :)

Cheers for the advise paxonus, much appreciated!
 

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Fishtail trousers are a "look" and need to be worn with suspenders under a jacket. Unless you really, really want them, stick with a standard waistband.
 

Houta

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Fishtail trousers are a "look" and need to be worn with suspenders under a jacket. Unless you really, really want them, stick with a standard waistband.
I am new in the field but I had a feeling they should be worn with suspenders under a jacket, hence my question! The office is too warm to keep the jacket on so I will steer away from fishtails, at least for now. I've just started building a wardrobe and its too early to buy/go for such a look now.

Thanks for your input Gus - Cheers!
 

Edward Hyde

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reading American replies can be so funny, over here "suspenders" are the items that hold a girls stockings up. The elastic over the shoulder items for keeping your trousers up are braces. With that thought in mind reread this thread and you might say suspenders go with a fishtail but not this kind of fishtail :D
 

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ROTFL :crackup:

I fully agree with paxonus although I would add, unless you go for a tailored suit, you're going to struggle finding correctly made fishtail trousers (i.e. with correct rise and without side adjusters) and therefore if you really want to try out the style, I'd give those slacks a try if they don't cost the world.

Buy yourself a decent pair of braces (the real ones for buttons, e.g. from Albert Thurston... can often be found on Fleabay. Not the clip-on stuff!) and just enjoy wearing something different for a try... 999 out of 1000 people won't know about the details like side adjusters. Just need to have the guts to wear the braces visibly in the office and you definitely need these with a fishtail trouser. In the old days braces were never meant to be seen, effectively being part of your underwear and often worn under a buttoned vest, so you could take off your coat in the office without shame. For my part, I see things a little more relaxed these days and, unless you're a stickler for traditions, wouldn't worry too much pulling this off if your in the mood ;)
 

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