Bootleg cut trousers in suits

Discussion in 'Suits' started by dopey, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. dopey

    dopey One of the Regulars

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    What is a bootleg cut? Here it means a broad flare at the bottom of jeans to accommodate western boots.

    Regardless of the definition, I strongly recommend ignoring all trends in suits. I order my suits today much the same way I did a dozen years ago and am therefore happy with any suit I pull out of the closet. Suits were done evolving in the 30s and 40s.

    I strongly recommend you hunt for some of the Esquire or Apparal Arts illustrations, which ran through the 50s, and you will see what I mean.

    There is very little from that series that I wouldn't wear today, and I don't pretend to dress in period clothes.
     
  2. dopey

    dopey One of the Regulars

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    The baggier pant leg is certainly a return to an earlier era, although trouser widths certainly varied over time. As far as I can tell, the higher waist simply makes sense if you want your trousers to sit at the waist rather than the hips. Suspenders simply work better, although a well cut pair of high-waisted pants will sit well by themselves - certainly Fred Astaire was famous for doing without the braces, although I doubt he would have been able to get away with just a scarf to hold his pants up if he were buying off the rack.
     

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