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to cuff or not to cuff

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dapperdude, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. DShareef

    DShareef Senior member

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    Any other time you'd wear black pants, cuffs are inadvisable, since crumbs might fall into them while you're wiping off the customer's table.
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  2. Sartorian

    Sartorian Senior member

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    Black 'pants' are usually part of a tuxedo, so they wouldn't be cuffed.

    Any other time you'd wear black pants, cuffs are inadvisable, since crumbs might fall into them while you're wiping off the customer's table.


    Sorry, I was referring to trousers on a black, fully canvassed suit. Mine don't have them, but it sounds like most suit trousers do?

    Are you equating waiting tables with being low-class?
     


  3. Jared

    Jared Senior member

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    Sorry, I was referring to trousers on a black, fully canvassed suit. Mine don't have them, but it sounds like most suit trousers do? Are you equating waiting tables with being low-class?
    He's saying black is for the help. But to be nice: since a black suit is for clubbing and whatnot, it's supposed to be sleak, so it shouldn't have cuffs.
     


  4. PuppetBoy

    PuppetBoy Well-Known Member

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    I cuff my wool trousers, but not my chinos. I just picked up my first pair of pants venturing to a 1.75" cuff, but haven't worn them yet.
     


  5. Sartorian

    Sartorian Senior member

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    He's saying black is for the help. But to be nice: since a black suit is for clubbing and whatnot, it's supposed to be sleak, so it shouldn't have cuffs.

    Ok. Got it. Thanks for elaborating. Just learning.
     


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    your problem, not mine.

    What kind of a response is that? I thought this was a gentleman's forum.
     


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    odoreater Senior member

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    What kind of a response is that? I thought this was a gentleman's forum.

    What exactly makes people think this is a gentleman's forum?
     


  8. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    always cuffed unless they are formalwear. anybody who tells you something different is wrong.
    +1, with chinos and jeans the only exceptions
     


  9. spectre

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    always cuffed unless they are formalwear. anybody who tells you something different is wrong.

    So, equally, according to your preference, anybody who tells you either pleats or flat fronts are correct is also just dead wrong??
     


  10. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    So, equally, according to your preference, anybody who tells you either pleats or flat fronts are correct is also just dead wrong??
    does what you wrote even make sense? Pleats or flat fronts are both fine. IMO, uncuffed trousers are not.
     


  11. spectre

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    does what you wrote even make sense?

    Pleats or flat fronts are both fine. IMO, uncuffed trousers are not.


    Let me try to clarify it for you. "IMO" is the key isn't it? It's all just preference. How can you say cuffs are always correct, except on a dinner suit. Because you prefer cuffs you say uncuffed trousers are always wrong. Surely the same logic applies to someone who prefers pleats claiming flat-fronts are wrong. Pleats, flat-fronts, cuffs, no-cuffs are all simply styles you either like or do not like. None is simply wrong.
     


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    Carey Senior member

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    Consider the cut of the trouser. I don't cuff most of my E. Zegna wool trousers, because the legs are more narrow than those of my Samuelsohn trousers. I consider color, too. So, my charcoal grey Zegna's are cuffed.

    No hard or fast rules for cuffs, except never on a tuxedo.

    I used to wear only longrise pleated trousers until I realized a regular rise flat front was more slimming. No more cuffs on Khakis either. Bill's corduroys - cuffed. Go figure, it is about the look you are trying to achieve.

    To each his own.
     


  13. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Let me try to clarify it for you. "IMO" is the key isn't it? It's all just preference. How can you say cuffs are always correct, except on a dinner suit. Because you prefer cuffs you say uncuffed trousers are always wrong. Surely the same logic applies to someone who prefers pleats claiming flat-fronts are wrong. Pleats, flat-fronts, cuffs, no-cuffs are all simply styles you either like or do not like. None is simply wrong.
    No. My view may be myopic, but I believe that all pants other than jeans and formalwear need to be cuffed.
     


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    No. My view may be myopic, but I believe that all pants other than jeans and formalwear need to be cuffed.

    Okay. We're all entitled to our beliefs. I do think a slim trouser looks better uncuffed. That said, most of my suit pants have cuffs. In future bespoke suits I'm leaning towards a (moderately) slimmer style overall - pants with a single forward pleat and uncuffed. Through the 60s and 70s I wore pants uncuffed, from then until now they have been cuffed. Suppose I'm just edging back to the 60s again which I've always loved. It's symptomatic of my increasingly minimalistic wardrobe approach. Cleaner lines, solid colours, fewer details etc. Fewer clothes infact.
     


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    I only cuff shorts.
     


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