Dress Trousers: Flat Front or Pleated?

Discussion in 'Andy's Trad Forum' started by fred johnson, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. fred johnson

    fred johnson Senior Member

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    west haven
    OK I have both although my recent trend is flat front, cuffs, slight break. I have, however several pairs of both forward and reverse pleated wool dress trousers which I still wear with sport jackets and will continue to do so. All my suits (3) have pleated trousers. Perhaps I am no so trad as I would like to think..
     
  2. Duvel

    Duvel Connoisseur

    United States
    Iowa
    Newton
    What is your question, sir?

     
  3. fred johnson

    fred johnson Senior Member

    829
    United States
    ct
    west haven
    Is there a clear "trad" preference?
     
  4. Patrick06790

    Patrick06790 Connoisseur

    United States
    Connecticut
    Lakeville
    Flat's where it's at.

    Although I do like a single forward pleat in flannel
     
  5. Duvel

    Duvel Connoisseur

    United States
    Iowa
    Newton
    I like flat myself. I think many here prefer flat, and it might be more trad, so to speak. However, I do not present myself as an expert in "trad," so please take my answer as simply me presenting my own preference. I also like little or no break.

    Just as an aside, when I worked in a men's shop in the '70s, pleated was considered very traditional and very sharp.
     
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  6. Billax

    Billax Super Member

    Durham, NC & San Francisco, CA
    United States
    North Carolina
    Durham
    Yes, there is a clear preference. Reverse pleats just do not cut it in the world of Ivy. I cannot speak to Trad.

    Flat front trousers are fully acceptable (and are the standard) for the Ivy look. Forward pleat trousers are also acceptable, but you'd better not have an ounce of fat on you. Open, puffy, forward pleats from too much avoirdupois are awful, while forward pleats on very slender guys can look terrific. Heavy guys, with a bit of rotundity to them, NEED reverse pleats, though it is not a look that is innate to Ivy or Trad. Know thyself!
     
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  7. Duvel

    Duvel Connoisseur

    United States
    Iowa
    Newton
    There would seem to be a clear preference. Case closed!
     
  8. Z.J.P

    Z.J.P Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    United States
    Tennessee
    Nashville
    Note: Forward pleats must be worn at or slightly above the natural waist. No lower.

    See: Ben Silver, Andover Shop
     
  9. Duvel

    Duvel Connoisseur

    United States
    Iowa
    Newton
    Point is moot. There are no forward pleats.

     
  10. Andy

    Andy Site Creator/Administrator Staff Member

    United States
    California
    Palm Desert
    Admin Post
    ONLY pleated - unless you never sit down or put anything in your pocket. They are trendy. Real men wear pleats - read my book.

    And flat front trousers, contrary to public opinion are not slimming:

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