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    Trousers - Side adjusters?

    I'm thinking about buying these new fresco trousers from Spier & Mackay: https://www.spierandmackay.com/vbc-m...y-trouser.html

    I love everything about them but I'm a little on the fence as to how appropriate side adjusters are on separate trousers that I will wear with various sportcoats. Thoughts?

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    The side straps are perfect for the material on those trousers. I wouldn't worry about it.

    If you are concerned that wearing a heavier-weight sports jacket would look odd with the straps, I personally think the contrast would be in the trouser fabric as opposed to at the waist. That is, belt loops wouldn't fix that.

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    Why does the manner in which you hold your pants up matter whether or not they are appropriate with a sports jacket? I could see asking if it was a drawstring or a Gurkha waist but side adjusters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by winghus View Post
    Why does the manner in which you hold your pants up matter whether or not they are appropriate with a sports jacket? I could see asking if it was a drawstring or a Gurkha waist but side adjusters?
    I think he is part of "Big Belt" who advocate the only way to keep trousers up is a belt. But seriously, I think it could feel like it is a little more formal without a belt but once you get used to it you will be fine.

    I am lusting after these pants but my new job is super casual and people already stare at me wearing chinos...

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    I'll give my 2 cents. I have one suit that has trousers with no belt loops. With the jacket on it's looks pretty good. However, whenever I go jacketless I feel a bit strange. I thought I'd be 100% onboard with the look, but when thinking about those S&M fresco trousers I gave it a hard think and wondered if I would like the look if I wasn't wearing a jacket.

    Again, with a jacket on it's kind of irrelevant, IMHO.

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    I have zero experience with side adjusters. All I can add is that back when I used to frequent The Style Blogger, Dan advocated side adjusters as a way of having our suit/pants stand out a little from the crowd. I realize Dan's style and opinions might not be to everyone's taste, but he felt quite comfortable wearing them.

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    I'm looking at these pants too in the medium gray. I work from home. You can imagine the looks I get from my wife. Kidding - I dress up when I travel to meet clients. I think the side tabs are a great look.
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