From The Archives: Cuff 'Em Up!

October 04, 2017

From The Archives: Cuff 'Em Up!


Most of you will know that inspiration for our trouserwear patterns originate from detailing found on military uniform and vintage overalls.

Today, we’re tackling the big question: to cuff ‘em up or not to cuff? Should you turn up those hems or not.

Personally, we like to mix it up. For the most part, we’ll stick with a straight-leg and add a DIY turn-up when required, and here’s why…

The tailored turn-up, believe it or not, sports a rich illustrious history. The story goes that King Edward VII, the style icon of his era, started the trend when he would roll-up his trouser legs during bad weather, to prevent the hems from becoming damp or muddied.

This remained a popular choice until the war years, where turn-ups, along with other decorative design features, were made illegal in Britain, to conserve wool. Which is why servicemen would often roll them up themselves or tuck into socks.

So, there you guys, don’t be put off by the 21st Century hipster connotations – we say go ahead and cuff ‘em high!

Archive Inspiration


(Image source: Pinterest)


Image: © IWM (UNI 12896)


Image: © IWM (A 17441)


Image: © Art.IWM ART 17108 4, © Osprey Publishing


CT Work Pants | Green - Issue #RE0464 | Realm & Empire

CT Work Pants | Green - Issue #RE0464 - realm empire 002

CT Work Pants | Green - Issue #RE0464 | 003

Made from a mid-weight cotton twill, the Realm & Empire deck workers pants are cut in a classic straight-leg for an authentic khaki-drill look. Offering a mid-rise regular fit, features include two large utility pockets, a zip-fly with one-button fastening and our signature zig-zag stitch on the waistband – an ode to Second World War double agent ZigZag!  

Inspired by the archives, designed by Realm & Empire and worn by you.

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