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Why aren't tweed trousers more popular?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by twoinhandknot, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. twoinhandknot

    twoinhandknot Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    I've wondered for a while now why trousers in the tweed fabric/style aren't too popular. Are they uncomfortable to wear? Tweed jackets are practically an institution!
     
  2. 127.72 MHz

    127.72 MHz Advanced Member

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    Portland
    Tweed pants are not what I would call ubiquitous, they are not inexpensive, and thus not too popular.

    They are popular with me though.
    My 2 centavos.
    Regards,
     
  3. Matt S

    Matt S Connoisseur

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    Tweed doesn’t make up into good trousers in my experience because the cloth doesn’t hold its shape so well. Also, Tweed is rough against the legs and would need a full lining. Because it is so popular in jackets, trousers need to be in a different material so they don’t clash with the popular jackets.

    Tweed isn’t such an expensive cloth. I see lots of inexpensive jackets made of Harris Tweed. Good flannel cloth is more expensive, and they are a standard.
     
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  4. 127.72 MHz

    127.72 MHz Advanced Member

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    A majority of my wool trousers are lined to the knee as are my Donegal tweed trousers. They hold up quite well given that I rotate and care for them.

    The expense I was referring to is not for the raw cloth, perhaps you have your's tailor made? My expense is referring to the cost for the consumer at retail. But I guess you may be correct, $365. is not too bad for a pair of trousers right? ( Granted expense is quite subjective.)

    http://www.bensilver.com/Lambswool-Donegal-Trousers,26698.html#.WlGu1GiIbMI

    Maybe you could find some quality tweed trousers for less expense.
    Regards,
     
  5. Mr. B. Scott Robinson

    Mr. B. Scott Robinson Senior Member

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    I own a half dozen pair of tweed trousers. Their popularity depends on ones geography. They can be warmish, must be lined to be comfy and are not suited to warm dry climates. Lining adds additional insulation and weight.

    In the UK countryside, tweed trousers and schoffel gilets are ubiquitous. The paring is seen as the unofficial school uniform of the country lifestyle set.

    Cheers,

    BSR
     
  6. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

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    Tweed is less popular in general, but I'm very pleased with the two pair I have finding them both warm and comfortable being half-lined. They don't wrinkle much at all, and hold a crease quite well.
     
  7. momsdoc

    momsdoc Connoisseur

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    Good tweed trousers need not be expensive. These are $237 before VAT deduction.
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    But good tweed trousers are rather scratchy. I have a number of Donnegals lined to the knee which are comfortable. My heavier tweed Cordings are cotton lined to the knee, and I must wear silk long underwear with them or they itch all the way up to my boxer briefs, despite the lining.

    Apart from Donnegals, the patterns make them almost impossible to pair with jackets. They are better suited for suits. Flannel on the other hand can go with most everything, is warm, soft and not scratchy.
     
  8. drlivingston

    drlivingston Connoisseur

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    Geography plays a large role in the deciding to wear tweed trousers. They are only capable of being worn down here for a very short window of time.
     
  9. fishertw

    fishertw Super Member

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    I own a pair of the Ben Silver tweed trousers from a year or so ago. They are indeed heavy weight and lined to the knee. Bought them on sale and I wear them in extremely cold weather. Seems to me that they wear well and do not bag as some have noted. I'd like more if I weren't retired and not wearing dress trousers as often as I once did.
     
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  10. Grayland

    Grayland Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    I have 5-6 pairs of nice quality tweed pants - all found at a local thrift store or through eBay.
     
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