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Pants - pleats, flat-front, finished, cuffed

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by anon, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. anon

    anon Senior member

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    Historically, what style is most traditional?

    Anyone have the history on this stuff?
     
  2. Matt S

    Matt S Senior member

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    Flat fronts are the oldest style. Plain bottoms are more formal and cuffs came about in casual wear. Forward pleats (English style) are more traditional than reverse pleats (Italian style). Double pleats are more traditional than single pleats. More than 3 pleats are less traditional. Nowadays pleats and cuffs are seen as more traditional than flat fronts and plain bottoms.
     
  3. zero neck

    zero neck Well-Known Member

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    resurrecting this thread ... are cuffed flat front pants more or less conservative, generally speaking, than uncuffed?

    for my purposes, i mean FF pants that match with a suit jacket, at this point. although i have also been thinking about cuffing a pair of gray cotton trousers as well.

    thanks for the help!
     
  4. HighandDry

    HighandDry New Member

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    Traditionally, cuffs go with pleats. Flat fronts, with no cuffs. The cuffs were supposed to weight down the pleat to make them flatter.

    Personally not a fan of pleats.
     
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  5. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    I cuff them all.
     
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  6. CYstyle

    CYstyle Senior member

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    Neither is really more or less conservative than the other. go with what you like and fits comfortably. Personally I go Flat front plain bottoms.
     
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  7. zero neck

    zero neck Well-Known Member

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    I'm in law school trying to get a summer job with a firm. I'm purchasing a new suit, and it's going to have flat fronts. I like cuffs, but not sure if it's conservative enough looking, because i dont want to give a flashy appearance. Thanks for the input
     
  8. emc894

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    Cuffs are not flashy at all. You dont have to worry about that as long as they are under 2 inches
     
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  9. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    I like pleated front trousers, no cuffs, but that's my preference.
     
  10. add911_11

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    I am pretty cure cuffed pants are not in definition 'flashy', better worry about the work, your connection with the legal field...
     
  11. GBR

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    These are all matters of personal choice. None are "flashy", "too conservative" or indeed "conservative", "most traditional" or any of the other questions that are being asked here.


    Wherever do these silly notions come from?
     
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  12. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    I like no cuffs, it's a smoother, longer look.
     
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  13. fortyregular

    fortyregular New Member

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    Hi all, new here. Been over on the other forum for years, thought I would start posting here. The threads are more interesting here.
    As for pleats or flat front pants, it's all about body type and how the pant drapes for each person. Not a big fan of pleats, flat fronts work much better for me, the drape is much better.
     
  14. razl

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    As someone who's 6'3 and high waisted, I prefer cuffs (yes, even on flat fronts) for exactly the opposite reason - it provide some vertical visual balance and reduces the length of the lower portion of my torso. Since I'm naturally high waisted, I'm not a 50/50 split vertically and some sizeable cuffs (1.5-2) at the end of my trousers helps reduce the longer look and imbalance in ratios from top "half" to bottom.
     

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