Open or Closed Seams - Bespoke Trouser Question

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  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    I've never seen on a RTW trouser what my tailor calls an "open seam" on the outseam. Please see the picture below, with the "open seam" on top, "closed seam" on the bottom. I wonder if anyone knows which would be more appropriate on a odd trouser, and whether one or the other would be best with or without pleats? Also, does anyone know the technical term for these kinds of seams?
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    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I call them lap or open lap seam. Whether you want it open or closed is your preference. The open lap draws attention to the seam more.
     


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    Renault78law Senior member

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    Thanks for the response. What's your personal preference?
     


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    Bumping my own thread. Stumbled on to this post on Permanent Style. Nomenclature aside, the author says an open lap seam is more formal than a lap seam. I've read elsewhere that it is more casual than a lap seam. Maybe Despos is right, it's just a preference?
     


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