• STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

shoulder pads and cuffs

sls

New Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2005
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Should a men's suit have shoulder pads? are they in style? Should I cuff my suit pants?
 

Manton

RINO
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 20, 2002
Messages
41,583
Reaction score
2,878
Shoulder pads are inevitable.  Only a tiny handful of bespoke tailors can make a jacket with no pad.  It is hard as hell.  I used to think no one could do it, but I have been proved wrong.

So no pad is for all intents and purposes out of the question.  So the real question is, How big and what shape pad do you want?  That depends on your shape and your tastes.  The more your shoulders slope, the more you will want a little "lift".  You also want them to balance your hips.  If your hips are substantially wider than your shoulders, you will want a little "extension."  Shape -- i.e., sloped, squared, pitched, etc. -- is largely a matter of taste.  But the more muscular you are, or if your shoulders are naturally straight, the less padding you want.
 

Manton

RINO
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 20, 2002
Messages
41,583
Reaction score
2,878
Cuffs are a nice touch, and a matter of personal preference. Skipping them can give short guys a touch of extra height. Lean silhouettes with flat front trousers also look better without them. Fuller clothes, with pleated trousers, look better with cuffs.
 

stache

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 1, 2004
Messages
316
Reaction score
0
The pad is really there for the hanger. You just have to wrap the canvas around to the back of the shoulder for the right shape, unless you don't like your natural shoulder line.
 

Manton

RINO
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 20, 2002
Messages
41,583
Reaction score
2,878
The pad is really there for the hanger. You just have to wrap the canvas around to the back of the shoulder for the right shape, unless you don't like your natural shoulder line.
I don't think this is right. The pad helps the sleeve hang at the proper pitch, and the chest and back to drape cleanly. None of the tailors I know or have used would say that the shoulder pad is "there for the hanger." Nor will they make a coat without one, because it is too hard to get everything else right. 99% of so-called "natural shoulder" coats have shoulder pads; they're just smaller and thinner.
 

sls

New Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2005
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Now I'm confused. Are you saying that I can lessen the shoulder pad on my own? Im not sure how I would do that.
 

Alexander Kabbaz

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2003
Messages
1,276
Reaction score
11
You just have to wrap the canvas around to the back of the shoulder for the right shape
None of the tailors I know or have used would say that the shoulder pad is "there for the hanger." Nor will they make a coat without one, because it is too hard to get everything else right.
Pads ... canvas ... wadding ... sleeve heads ... NOW we know why tailors have it easy ... and shirtmakers have to do the REAL work.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

Favorite Shorts Length

  • Above the knee

  • Knee length

  • Below the knee

  • None of the above

  • Mid-thigh ("short shorts")


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
461,492
Messages
10,013,940
Members
208,319
Latest member
[email protected]
Top