Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pleats, Flat Fronts, Cuffs and Plain Bottoms

The old rules said that if you wore a pleated pant, you should have cuffs on the bottom....Conversley, if you wore a plain front or flat front trouser you should have the bottoms finished plain, without a cuff. Those rules still apply to the general masses, and I think should be followed if wearing pleats.

However, now that flat fronts are as popular as ever, you should feel free to wear them however you desire. For a range of mixture, have cuffs put on the bottom and wear them proudly. Some may question your choice, but it's only because they don't have the confidence that you do. Defend your position and my bet is that they too, will soon have a cuff on a pair of their plain fronts.

***General Cuff size guidelines***

5 foot 5 and below: 1.25" cuff
5 foot 6 to 6 foot 1: 1.5" cuff
6 foot 2 and taller: 2" cuff (demands a small or minimal break to avoid bunching at ankle)
Fashion forward (and old school/traditional), regardless of height: 2" cuff

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