I’ve just finished reading a full-page article in Bloomberg Businessweek about the correct length of pants.
“The correct length of a pair of pants, like a well-made martini, is a question of proportion. And like martinis, there are strong feelings about the right way to blend taste, trend, and tradition.
Historically, a wider trouser has been worn long enough to rest on the top of the shoe, which creates a break in the fabric in front of the shin.”
The article goes on – and on – about what was once considered to be “a good break”, and the modern “fashionable” trend for shorter “slim-fit” pants that expose even the ankles.
I’m a cowboy. I don’t care about “fashion”. I care only about practicality.
I wear only Wranglers. I wear blue denim Wranglers for work on the ranch, and colored Wranglers when operating incognito as a healthcare administrator and business executive. I’ve worn black Wranglers and a wool frock coat to the governor’s inaugural ball. I’ve worn black Wranglers and a tuxedo coat to a wedding. And I’ve recently purchased a light merino wool and silk dress-coat that I plan to wear with brown Wranglers.
My pants don’t “break” – they “gather”.
Cowboys don’t wear their jeans long to make a fashion statement. They wear them long because they spend time in the saddle. When knees are bent to provide proper support in the stirrups, all the slack in those pants legs is taken up. When cowboys stand upright, those jeans – which were the proper length when ahorseback – are now a couple of inches too long for the “good break” that was once demanded by “fashion”.