Thank you very much for your detailed feedback. Posts like yours are pretty much the main reason that I decided to start posting fit pics on SF. I think I really get what you mean . Usually I never have my hands in my pockets so the question whether I can move comfortably or not did not arise so far. (besides: in the German forum "Stilmagazin" they allways tell you that having your hands in your pockets is a no-go for a real gentleman...) But to be honest: I actually never thought about the theory behind braces and if they are a better choice for flat front or pleated trousers. I try to only buy pants that fit so well that I neither need braces nor a belt. But with the braces the pants "fall" better - I don't know how you say it in English so I hope you know what I mean.