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Flat Front vs. Pleated Pants

When purchasing a custom suit or a custom pair of slacks, one of the difficult decisions to be made is whether you should opt for a flat front or pleated look. Flat front pants made a comeback a few years ago and many men are finding it difficult to part with their pleated pants. While flat front are more main stream right now, you are still allowed to wear pleated pants if that is your preference.

Here are a few things to consider when making your decision.

1. What kind of fit do you want your suit to have?

When we’re designing your custom suit, it is important to keep the proportions balanced. If you prefer a trim cut jacket, your slacks should match accordingly. Flat front slacks are the best option for a trim cut suit, and with a flat front your tailor can cut the slacks trimmer in the thigh and knees. On the other hand, if you prefer a more traditional fit, with a little more room, then pleats are a better option.

2. Do you prefer comfort or fashion?

If you prefer fashion, flat fronts pants are “in style”. Most modern designers make very trim cut suits with flat front slacks. Flat front pants give the wearer a trimmer look and elongate the legs by removing excess fabric.

If you prefer comfort, then pleats are the way to go. Pleated pants are cut much wider through the leg and have a more spacious feel. The extra fabric will often be more comfortable for men when they are moving around or sitting at a desk.

3. Do you like cuffs?

If you have flat front plants the rule of thumb says you should not have cuffs. Most fashion experts feel that cuffs only belong on pleated pants. Despite these rules, we feel as long as you know them, its ok to bend them. The benefit of having your slacks custom made, is that you can style them however you want. If you’re a fan of cuffs with flat front pants- then by all means, go for it.

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