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Basics: Cuffs for Sample

Trouser cuffs were originally invented to extend the life of trousers. When frayed the cuff could be repaired or replaced without major changes to the garment. Generally trousers have cuffs. Classification: Business, Dressy.

Cuffed trousers give a dressier, more traditional look to suits.

Basics: Cuffs

Trouser cuffs dated to the 1860s when members of the Windsor cricket club began rolling up their trousers to protect them from mud and water. Consequently, tennis players copied the look by rolling up their flannel trousers before hitting the courts. Shortly after, members of English Royalty were seen in town wearing turn-ups, and even to the Ascot races!

The general public reaction was not favorable, and there was an uproar in the House of Parliament in 1893 when Viscount Lewisham appeared wearing cuffs on his trousers. Society disapproved of turn-ups, claiming that they collected dirt that would be brought indoors and that men had to take care to turn them down before entering a respectable indoor location.

But by 1880, tailors were putting cuffs on trousers. By the early 20th Century, cuffs had become an accepted variation on trouser bottoms. Then with the advent of war and rationing, cuffs again were taken off in an effort to reduce fabric and cost.

Style Fundamental:

  • Formal dress trousers are never cuffed because there could not possibly be any chance of mud on a formal occasion!
  • Double-breasted suits always are teamed with cuffed trousers

When buying good trousers, it can be to your advantage to have a hem braid added to the inside of your trouser hem/cuff to prolong the life of your trousers and stop the back of your pants from fraying.