Style & Beauty
Important Points about Men's Pants
4/3/2013 10:04:41 AM

Unfortunately the choices and protocols for pants can be deceptively overwhelming, even for men with the most discerning fashion sense. There are, however some helpful hints to help you look great, while making your next shopping experience less confusing.

"The first and most important decision to be made when purchasing pants is to choose the cut of the pants,” says David Trahan, owner of Clothing Concierges in Lake Charles, a specialty store for menswear. "This will be determined by taste, as well as occasion. Three of the most popular cuts of trousers for men are boot cut, straight leg and tapered leg.”

The boot cut is very popular in casual attire. The origins of the style are rooted in that cowboys used to flare out the bottom of their pants slightly so that the legs could fit over their boots. Although this style is still rather popular, in terms of being stylish, it is on its way "out”. It can be difficult to "dress up” a pair of boot cut pants, so relegate this style to jeans and chinos worn in more casual situations.

"The classic straight leg cut is the most versatile of all,” Trahan says. "It is at home in all styles of pants, from jeans and chinos to slacks and dress pants. It can be dressed up, or down and fits with all styles of footwear.”

The tapered leg cut is considered the most formal cut. This style is reserved for dress pants or suits as it accentuates the footwear of the wearer. So Trahan says to be sure you are conscious of the style of shoe you wear. "A thin-soled Italian style shoe is the best bet for more formal affairs.”

Whether you choose straight leg or tapered cut, it is also important to pay attention to the accents of the particular style of pants. Pleats or no pleats, cuffs or no cuffs, wide leg or slim fit, these should all be taken into account.

"Generally when deciding on stylistic nuances, the build of the wearer should be taken into account,” adds Trahan. "Heavier gentlemen should steer toward wide leg pants with pleats. While more slender men should choose slim fit and flat front.”

Pleats may add "fullness” to a thin frame, but generally do not flatter thinner men according to Trahan. "Heavier men generally look better in pleats. Although, many men do not favor pleats as they create a slightly baggy appearance.”

The final, and perhaps most confusing detail of dress pant selection, is the decision to have cuffs on the bottom of the pant legs. Cuffs add a bit more weight to the bottom of the paint leg, pulling pleats into place and adding a bit more class to a pair of trousers.

"As with pleats and leg width, build is important to note when deciding on cuffs,” says Trahan. "Taller men look better with cuffs which are 1 ½ inches wide. Shorter men should have thinner cuffs, 1 ¼ inches at the maximum. A broad cuff on a shorter gentleman will create the appearance that he is shorter than he really is.”

Take care in choosing which pants your tailor adds cuffs to. Cuffs should always accompany two pleat trousers and can also be worn on single pleat. However, cuffs on flat front trousers should be avoided as it is considered mixing of two distinct styles of pants and may be viewed as tacky by some.

For more information on selecting the perfect pair of pants, call Clothing Concierge at (337) 478-3800.

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