It is said that clothing makes the man, and a great pair of dress pants can help to make the man as well. Without a doubt it is always the pants that determine whether the man is considered dapper or sloppy. But what makes a great pair of men's dress pants?
The first thing to notice is the type of fabric that is being used. Whatever the season may be, the fabric used should always be of the finest caliber and honestly should only be constructed of natural fibers. Natural fibers lay better and allow the fabric to breathe correctly. They also make for a better crease. The best fabrics to use are always 100 wool gabardines in a fine gauge yarn, which because of its lightness can be worn all year long and on all occasions. The next choice will be fine cotton twill. Unlike the chino, with a coarser weave this fabric is lighter and can be worn on all year. The third choice of fabric is a silk blend. It is usually a silk combined with a type of cotton weave such as twill or linen, but can also be 100 percent silk.
Next to the type of fabric that is used of course is the cut of the pant. There are two types of cuts that are used in modern pant construction. They are the traditional cut which is the classic American cut that allows for room throughout the legs. This particular style is a little boxier and is the most popular with off the rack pants and can be found in retailers like Lands' End. Next, is the tailored cut pant. This cut is usually cut 1 to 2 inches closer than the traditional cut to allow for a sleeker and cleaner look. This cut is most used in the more modern and fashionable gentleman and is highly prized by designer today. One can especially find this style used by designers like Ralph Lauren. Whatever style chosen is of course a personal preference.
Though nowadays men are allowed to put their own personality into the style of pants they wear, there are still clear rules that define a great pair of pants. A classic approach is always better and still adds credence to a modern look. Pants can either be of belted loops or the button through waistband and should contain a nicely weighted cuff of about one and a half inches. This will allow for a sharp crease and a proper break for shoes.
Just remember, a great pair of pants is always made of natural fabrics that allow for proper breathing, lay and a sleek crease. Whichever style chosen, whether looped or buttoned, should contain a weighty cuff to allow for proper break. Always be discerning when shopping for pants; follow these simple rules and you’ll always know exactly what makes a great pair of pants.