Anonymous User wrote:No cuffs if you're short is a myth. If you're shorter than 5 feet, 10 inches, your cuff width needs to be 1 5/8 inches. If you're taller, 1 3/4 inches.
If you know how to pull off cuffs it can look much better than cuffless.
How exactly should I be pulling it off? I've tried short cuffs, I've tried long cuffs. I've tried cuffs with pleated pants. I even (once) tried cuffs with pleatless pants (and quickly had them taken off). I've tried them on odd trousers, and I've tried them with suits. What am I doing wrong?
I'm pretty sure they just look old-fashioned, and not in a good way.
Try a single, reverse pleat. No reason to go with double pleat. Also, make sure the pleat is placed correctly. The outer edge of the pleat should morph into the crease 2/3 way down your thigh, that is, a few inches above your knee. Cheaper pants have the pleat on the outside and the crease on the inside, as if they're two separate things. Also, you need to make sure the crotch and seat have enough room. If you pleats (or your pockets) are pulling open when you stand or walk, the seat and crotch needs to be let out . . . a pleat should be a sleek line, not a gaping canyon.
The whole purpose of pleats is to make your pants drape better. They will not work with a straight leg; you'll have extra fabric dancing around your ankle when you walk. To get that perfect, elegant drape, the pants must be cuffed. Traditionally, cuffs covered all your laces, had a full break over the shoe, and ended right at your heel. But you want to try something called the "mid-atlantic." The front of your pleat should touch the third row of lace eyelets, go straight back over the shoe, no break, and should end 1/3 of the way down your shoes. As I said, this only works with a tapered leg. It allows the weight of the cuff to pull the pants, keeping your crease crisper and pleat sleek. Younger guys will wonder how you pull off cuffs. Older guys will see you as the one young guy who can dress in the office.