Historically, trouser silhouettes, worn mostly by men, tended toward a few popular styles at a time. That simplicity does not exist today. Design options are seemingly limitless, although the denim jean does dominate the field. Skinny and wide legs coexist in their latest manifestation. Dropped trouser crotches continue to outrage the conservatives and delight the rebellious spirit. The designer jean has become a form of wearable art with encoded messages indicating various cultural tribes.
The juxtaposition of high and low is almost mandatory; tuxedo jackets with grunge bottoms and tennis shoes, expensive wool pinstripes with “techno” active wear, and so on. What works, works. Subversion, or the undermining of traditions, is hot. This does not mean a designer’s job is simple. The line between innovative fashion and over-designed disasters is razor-thin.Truly talented designers should not only feed their heads with outside influences but must also look within for a personal aesthetic vision that separates them from the trendy hoards.
Most designers will work for specific companies with a defined viewpoint, and most trousers, no matter how radical, will have certain things in common: a front or side opening with some form of fastening, various pockets (most folks do love pockets), several strategically placed belt loops, and two matching pant legs of varying lengths and widths. Cuffs, pleats, and waistbands are optional.
Trousers are generally made with bottom-weight fabrics, which have more body than fabrics used for shirts and tops. Good bottom-weight fabrics are various woolens or wool blends (such as challis, gabardine, jersey, flannel, double-knit, tweeds, etc.); cottons like corduroy, chino, broadcloth, and denim; heavier silks like faille or raw silk; woven jacquards like brocade or tapestry; and some crepes or satins, primarily for evening clothes. Cotton or silk velvets can also function from day into evening.
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