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  • Leanderthal
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    I ended up getting the straight tailored fit, 16" opening, in light heather grey and also the slim, 14.5" opening, in Prince of Wales. I'll cuff the slim.... going badass .
    http://www.landsend.com/products/men...81?sku_0=::DM6
    I know they're poly blended, but I can't really afford 100% flannel trousers. I would rather put the money elsewhere. And for $23 a piece I can't really complain!

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  • doomx
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    Cuffs offer a significant advantage in terms of drape. I like my cuffs at 1.5 inches because of my average height and full body type. I do not like my suit trousers cuffed as a general rule, but I like most of my wool/corduroy trousers with cuffs. With a narrow opening (8.6 inches and below, for my frame), and no/slight break they look good IMO. Butler's outfit would look awesome on anybody regardless of age.

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  • Leanderthal
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    Originally posted by theplayerking View Post
    I’m not a fan of that pic for multiple reasons. I generally like the monochromatic look (and frequently wear it myself) but I don’t like that combination. And yes, his trousers look age appropriate, but I’m not his age and I wouldn’t wear them.

    I have several pairs of Jort trousers and really like them, but I know they’re not to everyone’s taste. I work on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and see guys in everything from Combatant Gentlemen to Kiton. Right now, unless you’re making a fashion-forward choice, cuffs look a bit old-fashioned. Put another way, go badass or go home.
    Haha, roger that! Thanks for all the advice.

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  • theplayerking
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    Originally posted by Leanderthal View Post
    Ah, noted. Would you say then that Butler in the picture that I posted looks "fuddy-duddy"? Or does being an older gentleman allow him to wear this look successfully?
    I’m not a fan of that pic for multiple reasons. I generally like the monochromatic look (and frequently wear it myself) but I don’t like that combination. And yes, his trousers look age appropriate, but I’m not his age and I wouldn’t wear them.

    I have several pairs of Jort trousers and really like them, but I know they’re not to everyone’s taste. I work on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and see guys in everything from Combatant Gentlemen to Kiton. Right now, unless you’re making a fashion-forward choice, cuffs look a bit old-fashioned. Put another way, go badass or go home.

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  • Leanderthal
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    Hmm, ok. Thank you guys. I appreciate your feedback. I can't say that I'm really fond of the idea of a slim cuffed pant either though as to how fashion forward it is right now and I would imagine it will fall out. I'm also not extremely fond of no break. I guess I thought I slight break cuffed was a bit more timeless and not dependant upon so many variables.

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    Originally posted by Leanderthal View Post
    Ah, noted. Would you say then that Butler in the picture that I posted looks "fuddy-duddy"? Or does being an older gentleman allow him to wear this look successfully?

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    He looks like an older dandy. Which, as far as I can tell, is what he is. *shrug*

    Part of the reason he is able to get away with a straighter pant fit without his cuffs swallowing his shoes (and looking quite dated) is that his legs appear to be rail-thin. If someone with an ass (like me) wore a straight-leg trouser like that, the leg opening would positively billow.

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  • dpark
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    Originally posted by Leanderthal View Post
    Ah, noted. Would you say then that Butler in the picture that I posted looks "fuddy-duddy"? Or does being an older gentleman allow him to wear this look successfully?
    He looks good. But as you noted, he's older which makes styling the pants that way more age-appropriate. Everything is also fitted really well. If you get the perfect tiny break like that, cuffs on slightly-wider pants are easier to pull off.

    Those Land's End pants could be styled with cuffs and wouldn't look bad. They aren't wide. They're just not super-slim. But styling that way will not look fashion forward, specifically because they aren't super-slim. And they also probably won't look classic unless you're 50.

    But you could always get them cuffed and take the cuffs off if you don't like them.

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  • Leanderthal
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    Originally posted by theplayerking View Post
    As [MENTION=2341]LesserBlackDog[/MENTION] noted, cuff are trending right now. However they’re usually with a very slim, tapered look. The LE trousers you cite are a bit fuller. Adding cuffs could make them a bit 90s (fuddy-duddy?) in my opinion. It’s a matter of personal taste, but the trend in cuffs right now is more like this:

    Ah, noted. Would you say then that Butler in the picture that I posted looks "fuddy-duddy"? Or does being an older gentleman allow him to wear this look successfully?

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  • theplayerking
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    Originally posted by Leanderthal View Post
    What about these particular trousers would make you go no cuff, if you don't mind my asking?
    As [MENTION=2341]LesserBlackDog[/MENTION] noted, cuff are trending right now. However they’re usually with a very slim, tapered look. The LE trousers you cite are a bit fuller. Adding cuffs could make them a bit 90s (fuddy-duddy?) in my opinion. It’s a matter of personal taste, but the trend in cuffs right now is more like this:

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  • Leanderthal
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    Originally posted by theplayerking View Post
    With those particular trousers, I would go with no cuff and a small break—essentially as they’re shown on the website.
    What about these particular trousers would make you go no cuff, if you don't mind my asking?

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    Cuffed trousers are quite on-trend in the haute menswear circles. Personally I don't see any need for them unless the trousers are pleated or meant to be worn with a double-breasted jacket, where they lend both literal and visual weight to balance the top and bottom parts of the outfit. Those looks (or rather, how they have been reimagined and appropriated from old fuddy-duddy-dom in recent years) are too fashion forward for my needs, so I stick with single-breasted jackets and flat-front trousers with no cuff.

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  • theplayerking
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    Originally posted by Leanderthal View Post
    That makes a lot of sense. I was just going to go with LE's because of the price. I'm sure they aren't the best, but their pants fit me well and they're affordable right now. Says that the tailored had a 16" opening on a 32x32.
    http://www.landsend.com/products/men...78?sku_0=::LGH
    With those particular trousers, I would go with no cuff and a small break—essentially as they’re shown on the website.

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  • Leanderthal
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    Thanks [MENTION=15090]JohnG[/MENTION] lots of good stuff in that reply!

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  • Leanderthal
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    Originally posted by theplayerking View Post
    It depends width of the leg. The current look, as exemplified by the Jort flannels, is tapered leg with a two inch cuff and no break. My personal rule is: the wider the leg, the more of a break. What you don’t want is a lot of fabric suspended in the air (and a strong horizontal silhouette above the shoe). If you have a wide trouser leg, it should touch the shoe—and that means at least a slight break. That is what the gentleman in the pic is doing. If he went without break, the trousers would look too short (as possibly clown-like) because the leg is relatively wide.

    Do you have a pic of your potential purchase?
    That makes a lot of sense. I was just going to go with LE's because of the price. I'm sure they aren't the best, but their pants fit me well and they're affordable right now. Says that the tailored had a 16" opening on a 32x32.
    http://www.landsend.com/products/men...78?sku_0=::LGH

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  • theplayerking
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    Originally posted by Leanderthal View Post
    I'm getting ready to purchase a pair of wool flannel trousers for this fall/winter season and I am highly considering having them cuffed. The look of cuffed flannel, especially with suede or boots, really appeals to me. I currently do not have any of my trousers cuffed (I cuff jeans and chinos) and I wear them with a slight contemporary break. The general consensus on this thread though seemed to be cuff = no break. Which I agree with the statement that it does look sloppy. But then I saw this picture posted in another thread.
    http://chattypics.com/files/Butler_tcsuyyvd9b.jpg
    It seems this gentlemen has a slight break? Would this still be considered sloppy? My main concern with going cuffed with no break is that it will throw off my proportions too much. I'm 6' with a 31.5" Inseam, however the pants I'm looking at have a medium high rise. Can anyone speak to the wiser on that? I also agree with cuffed trousers generally look better with a good taper. Would a 16" opening be too less of a taper to go cuffed no break? Thank you all!
    It depends width of the leg. The current look, as exemplified by the Jort flannels, is tapered leg with a two inch cuff and no break. My personal rule is: the wider the leg, the more of a break. What you don’t want is a lot of fabric suspended in the air (and a strong horizontal silhouette above the shoe). If you have a wide trouser leg, it should touch the shoe—and that means at least a slight break. That is what the gentleman in the pic is doing. If he went without break, the trousers would look too short (as possibly clown-like) because the leg is relatively wide.

    Do you have a pic of your potential purchase?

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