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Pleats and cuffs..... for short guys

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by YMark, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. YMark

    YMark Well-Known Member

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    I'm 45, slim, and short. 5'7" and 150 lbs.

    I'm looking to purchase some new slacks and can't decide if I should get pleats and/or cuffs. I've heard that cuffs and pleats don't look great on shorter men. Any comments or suggestions from the fashion gurus on this site? I'm looking for wool but open to suggestions.

    FWIW, I work in a business casual (gasp.) environment.

    Thanks
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    It's not that they don't or can't look good on shorter guys; they can and do. The issue is whether you are looking for maximum elongation and are willing to forgo some stylistic detail in order to achieve it.

    Flat front, cuffless trousers are more elongating that cuffed or pleated (or both) trousers. Now, this is not to say that they will make a 5'7" guy look 6'2". But they give a slight illusion of greater height -- slight. What you have to decide is how much you like cuffs and pleats, and if you are willing to sacrifce them for a hair's worth of elongation.
     


  3. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Distinguished Member

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    I'm 5'7 and 136 lbs. I never buy pleated pants, and I never cuff them.

    Luc
     


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    imageWIS Stylish Dinosaur

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    I'm short, and I like pleats; but I go with a very general rule when it comes to my trousers:

    1 or 2 pleats: cuffed
    Flat front: no cuffs

    Simply, effective and looks good.

    Jon.
     


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    In my opinion, **a properly cut**, pleated pair of trousers is actually more elongating than any flat front because pleats help maintain that uninterrupted line that is particularly critical for shorter men. Furthermore, the pleats themselves break the horizontal expanse with vertical, and hence elongating, lines.
    Cheers.
     


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