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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2020
Like another reviewer I am into the retro swing dancing scene. Wanted to buy some pleated trousers - but nowadays they are almost impossible to get in the UK. The current fashion is flat-fronted slim trousers (including suits). It's ironic because about 10 years ago, pleats were normal. Hey ho!
I looked at various brands on Amazon and chose these (from USA) because they had good reviews. I won't be dancing for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But here is my review having tried them on at home...

They are quite baggy. Not ridiculous like a clown. But a bit more voluminous than pleated trousers I have bought in the past. Also high waisted compared to current styles. This is exactly what I wanted - they are very retro. But might not be what other people are looking for.

I have a 34-36" waist. Not fat, but more of a spare tyre than I would like. I ordered 36" and they fit really nicely - thanks to the expanding waist. This is a brilliant feature by the way. Comfortable and totally unnoticeable. Without that feature they would probably be a tad too tight. But a 38" would be like wearing a tent.

When I buy jeans I buy 31" length. 29" is too short. 31" bunch up slightly at my ankles but it looks ok. With these trousers it does NOT look ok. Material puddling around your feet looks awful. I ordered 30" but they are still a fraction too long. I will wash them and see if they shrink a bit.

The quality appears to be excellent. I have seen reviews of other brands that are shoddily made. These look great.

I knew the material would be polyester. They don't even do a wool/poly mix. (Is Polyester what most Americans are happy to wear???). They look quite nice. But there is a slippery quality to the fabric that screams Man-Made-Fibre. (Not silky in a nice way.)

The fastening is a button, like a pair of jeans or chinos. This seems quite odd on a "proper" pair of trousers instead of hook & bar. Obviously it will be hidden by a belt - but it's still a bit strange.

Apart from a few niggles these are very good
My plan is to try buying another pair - in cotton next time. And 29" leg.
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