Thursday, April 12, 2012
Look at the waist on Fred Astaire's trousers in the photograph. The high rise means the trousers hang in a straighter line to the ground, which is the thing that separates great trousers from the ordinary. And the high waistband (which is not a waistband at all since instead of a separate piece of cloth his trouser legs simply continue to the top) means among other things that the flash of a belt buckle will be safely hidden by a jacket, sweater or square tailed polo.
All trousers used to be made this way, until the combination of second world war cloth rationing and clothing makers' desire to cut costs drove them down to the hips. Now a new company, Stinson R. Ely, has put theirs back at the natural waist where they should be. The stylish man can choose to let them drape quietly under a jacket or make an impression by pairing them with just a shirt and side tabs or a great belt.
Made to measure in the United States for about $500 a pair, plus cloth. For more information, contact the company.