A guide to trouser cuffs part 3

A guide to trouser cuffs

A guide to trouser cuffs part 3

To cuff or not to cuff? Number 2:

The big advantage of cuffs is that it adds a bit more weight to the bottom part of your pants thus creating a nicer drape or hang of the trouser especially if you have pleated pants. Of course, they also can help to create a visual balance, for example, for double-breasted suits or vertically striped suits.

To cuff or not to cuff? Number 3:

Cuffs definitely give you a slightly more traditional look and if you want a contemporary look with a slim fit, oftentimes, it is better to forego the cuff for a cleaner silhouette. That being said, there is one area where cuffs and turn-ups are always unacceptable from a historical point of view and that is formal wear. So you will never see cuffs on a proper tuxedo, a black tie ensemble, a white tie ensemble, or a morning coat. Likewise, you also will not encounter it with a stroller suit.

To cuff or not to cuff? Number 4:

So if you are buying trousers that are not for a formal occasion, should you add cuffs or not? At the end of the day, if you are undecided, I always argue in favor of cuffs because you can always have them very easily removed at the alterations tailor. Think of it as an additional fabric that allows you to be creative with the size of your cuff but if you do not like it, you can always get rid of it.

To cuff or not to cuff? Number 5:

On the flip side, if you decide against cuffs from the get-go and you later realize that the fabric is too flimsy and you would like to have a cuff in there, it is very difficult to add one back on because most of the time, there is not enough fabric left even for a faux cuff.