Work Trousers Vs. Dress Trousers
Have you ever found yourself wondering: Are these dress or work trousers? Can I wear these to the office?
It’s not just the fabric or the way they are constructed that differentiates men’s work and dress trousers. The waistband also holds the clue. As a general rule, dress trousers have a two-piece waistband, while work trousers have a one-piece waistband.
It’s very easy to identify which is which. Look at the next pair of trousers you pick up and check the centre of the waistband, at the rear. If it doesn’t have a ‘split’, it is a one-piece waistband and intended as a casual ‘work trouser’. Jeans are a good example. In the Arrow range, our work trousers, cargos and shorts are all like this – this is typical of trouser styles globally.
Two-piece waistbands, on the other hand, are an indication of a higher level of quality and are a ‘dress trouser’. This construction allows the trousers to be altered – to take the waistband in or let it out. Normally, this can enable the waistband to be eased by up to 3cm, or reduced by considerably more. Not too much though, as the seat area, legs and thighs could get quite baggy looking. We will advise you about the best option to fit you - so you look good in whatever you choose.
Two-piece waistband trousers take longer to machine and usually have a correspondingly higher level of finish. Often, the waistbands have a rubberised insert (to stop the shirt becoming untucked) and are sometimes lined or half-lined. The level of finish and the fineness of the stitching is of a higher standard than most work trousers.
As a general rule, the finer the fabric the more expensive and delicate it is. The finest European sourced lightweight wool suitings and wool blends command seriously high prices and need expert care. Careful though – the finer the fabric, the more easily it can be wrecked and the easier it is to snag or pull on sharp objects.
Work wear fabrics in cotton, polycotton and polyester fabrics are much cheaper to produce, easier to care for and very often extremely durable. It seems that the cheaper the construction, the more durable it is, the more knocks it can take and the longer it lasts. At Arrow Uniforms, we invest in research and technologies that allow us to source the latest in fabric technologies – for example, we now sell a range of suiting that can be machine washed.