Basics: Cuffs for name
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.
Tracing the progression of fashion over the centuries makes what we wear today all the more meaningful. Technological advances in the processing and manufacture of fiber and fabric along with the birth of mass produced clothes have all played significant roles in the ever changing tide of fashion. Trousers and pants have changed dramatically over the centuries.
Here is a quick trip through their history.
When we compare what men wear today with what was worn in any of the past six centuries, it becomes clear that men's inclination toward fashion has, for the most part, waned considerably. This decline can be traced back to the industrial revolution when men's clothes became plain and practical, and then to the introduction of mass produced clothes at the beginning of World War I. Returning soldiers found the world they returned to had become more serious; clothes had become sensible with no unnecessary embellishments. The search for work also afforded most men less time to indulge in the fancy of dressing-up.
Mass-produced clothes were quick and cheap to buy and had no long boring fittings to contend with. But for all the convenience, we lost the pleasure and comfort of custom- made clothes and the individuality they afforded. Men simply discarded one uniform for another; in a few short years the flair and glamour of male fashion was as dead.
Trousers and pants were originally designed to be worn slightly above a man's natural waistline and held in place with suspenders. Today, trousers should be worn slightly below the waistline and may be held in place by either suspenders or a belt (never both). No well-dressed man would wear them positioned anywhere else, because it is only there that the waist is emphasized and the pants can pass smoothly over the stomach and fall in an even drape to the floor. When worn below the stomach and perched on the hips, they make the stomach appear larger and they need a belt to stop them from falling down.
Low-slung trousers cause the crotch to hang low, making the legs appear shorter. It has only been since the development of the ready-to-wear market that belts have been used with business suits. Before this, pants were fitted properly, braces never allowed pants to fall below the waistline, and belts were only worn with sports wear.