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Trousers: When You Should Have Plain or Cuffed Bottoms

September 14, 2009

When dealing with a suit trouser, whether it’s pleated or a flat front, the bottoms may be finished plain or with cuffs. The same applies to any pleated trouser worn as a separate. However, when flat front trousers are worn as a separate, they should be finished with plain bottoms.

Cuff-Bottom Trousers

Cuff-Bottom Trousers

After choosing between plain bottoms or cuffs, make certain that your trousers are hemmed at an acceptable length. Generally speaking, trousers should break at the front and the back length should reach the top of your shoe’s heel. However, if you’re wearing a slim fit trouser, the length will be a little shorter than normal to compensate for the trimmer leg width, which will bunch up if it is made too long.

They may be a bit long, they may be a bit wide, but they have a plain bottom...

They may be a bit long, they may be a bit wide, but they have a plain bottom...

On a related topic, there are two approaches in deciding a trouser’s bottom width. The first is to follow current fashion trends. For example, if you are trying for a slim fit look, and your blazer is trip, then your trouser will have a narrow leg. The second way to finish the bottom width is to make it proportional to your shoe size. A larger sized foot should have a wider bottom to create a visual balance between the trouser and the shoe. Conversely, a smaller sized foot should have a narrower trouser bottom.

Whatever the style of your trousers, always make certain that quality and fit are your two priorities. If you are caught in public with an ill-fitting pair, then plain vs. cuffed bottoms are the last things anyone will notice or look for!

Even the King of Pop Michael Jackson showed the world that, plain or cuffed bottom, fit and length still determine a fashion disaster.

Even the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson showed the world that, plain or cuffed bottom, fit and length still determine a fashion disaster.

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