Wool Pants Wearing Out Between Legs

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  1. Mister F

    Mister F Active Member

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    I work out and have big quads/thighs. When I am at my leanest, my legs rub together a tiny bit from time to time, and when I am not at my leanest, my legs rub together more when I walk.

    I have had a ton of suits over the years. Wool pants wear out fairly quickly (the duration depends on my leanness at the time) and a wool/polyester blend never wear out.

    Here is the problem. I am going to go for a bespoke suit, and I'd like the quality to be very good (read: I'd prefer wool over a mixed blend).

    Here is my question. Would a perfectly fitting pair of wool pants (somewhat trim, which I'm guessing would reduce rubbing) not wear out as the OTR suits I have worn in the past have? Is it plain stupid to get a wool/polyester bespoke suit?

    Thank you!
     


  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    When going bespoke, you may want to consider ordering 2, 3 or even 4 pairs of pants per suit and rotate the pants when wearing. In the long run this may save you some money. It is either that or switch to bespoke bearskins.
     
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  3. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

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    At the end of the day it is your call, of course, but if I was splashing out on a bespoke suit I would certainly choose the additional pair of trousers option, as Man of Lint suggests, instead of compromising on the cloth quality. I believe that there are certain methods tailors can use to minimise wear in this area and you might want to consider raising this with your tailor specifically. I'm sure that he will understand that you want to get the most possible wear for your investment!
     


  4. Mister F

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    Sounds like a great idea. Thanks guys!
     


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    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    if the wear is from the trouser rubbing against your legs the solution is simple.
    reenforce the inside with a strong cloth like poplin, or drill, or pocketing.
    take a trouser with the holes to the tailor so he can see where the damage occurs.
    check from time to time, to see if this crotch lining is wearing out.
    when it is then have the tailor replace it.
     
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  6. lostron

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    this and order another pair as well
     


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    Go for the heavier fabrics. One reason your pants may be wearing out is you wear super 100's and up. While they are nice and refined fabrics they are thin and last much less.
     


  8. Mister F

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    Good ideas. Thanks, guys.

    And I'm digging the Walt White avatar two posts up. Not so much the one right above, though.
     
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    idfnl Senior member

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    He's got a problem with wear in the crotch. Legs not so much.
     


  10. Mister F

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    Hahaha Clearly...
     


  11. JLibourel

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    Heavier fabrics can be worn out quite rapidly in this fashion as well, as I know from painful experience after having taken up weight training. Ruined in fairly short order the trousers for about a dozen fine suits that I had inherited from a rich relative. The only consolation was that they had been made for a man living in the Great Lakes area and were much too heavy to be practical in the Sun Belt regions I frequent.
     


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    I wear out everything this way eventually, wool trousers and cords especially, and I am just a little guy with not much body fat. However, I have been a fairly serious cyclist for a long time (and these days a runner and triathlete). Having extra pants made is good if you can, altough this isn't always possible if the fabric you are using is uncommon... The only other thing I can think is that you just have to have a lot of suits and trousers and don't any particular one too often... and do go for the hardest wearing fabrics you can get away with.
     


  13. Mister F

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    Thanks again. So you guys would definitely advise against the cotton/polyester blend? Just get the wool and deal with it wearing out?
     


  14. Off My Rack

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    This won't do anything for the problem. The holes don't occur from the inside out, but from the outside in. One trouser leg rubs the other, creating the hole.

    I've always had this problem with denim - as I know that the jeans are done once the inside thigh has a hole in them.

    Definitely order a second pair of pants with the suit. Perhaps a pair of belted pants and a pair made for braces. Might as well have versatility in the pants if you're going to have multiple pairs.
     


  15. Mister F

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    I hate a belt with a suit. Color me strange. Even if I have loops, I go beltless. I think I'll do two pairs with side tabs.

    Thanks everyone!
     


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