Our U. S. Army/USAAF Officers' “Pink” Drab Shade 54 Trousers will take you back to a time when true gentleman’s outfitters, with creaking floorboards and the smell of new cloth and polished oak shelves, could be found on your downtown’s main street, and a proper tailor dressed in a suit and tie and with a tape measure around his neck served you – “Suits you, sir!”
An officer serving in the U. S. Army of the 1940s was not issued much in the way of clothing. Officers received a clothing allowance stipend as part of their monthly pay and this was to be used to privately purchase uniforms from the base clothing store or quartermaster, off-base commercial shops or to engage a tailor for custom making of one’s uniform.
During the height of World War II, dozens of American commercial clothing manufacturers produced officer-grade trousers for purchase. All of these trousers had to meet a standard specification accepted by the U. S. Army, hence the term ‘Regulation’ Army Trousers. But where there was latitude in the standard regulation, such as the specific shape of pocket flaps, fly closure, belt loop configuration, etc., each of the commercial uniform makers each had their own design. One detail common to all of the officer trousers of the 1940s is the fabulous quality of the all-wool elastique fabric, which was specified by the U. S. Army. Our reproduction trousers are made to be worn and used regularly and to function in a demanding, military environment, just as the original trousers were and unlike the typical costume-grade trousers on the market, which are best suited for those who may only need to wear these trousers for dress-up a handful of times in their life.
We have had the heavy-weight, all-wool elastique made following the original military specs. culled from archival repositories. Officers' 'elastique' trousers (alternatively known as 'Cavalry Twill' to many) are just superb, unlike anything you’ll find even in the best men's shops today; the average weight per pair is 2lbs! The drape, handle and color of our elastique is absolutely indistinguishable from the original, too. The best features found on the best-made original vintage trousers have been incorporated on our trousers. From the satin-lined waistband to the fine elastique, these trousers are so accurate you’ll think you’ve stepped back into a 1940s military post exchange.
Dress like a true West Pointer with a pair of these and just look sharp! Check out these authentic features:
• Copy of original maker’s label design produced on a vintage shuttle loom • Custom manufacturing of authentic 1940s-spec. two-ply, four-season, heavy, all-wool elastique, not a cheap and inaccurate poly-wool blend
• Custom manufacturing of authentic satin rayon lining for waistband area • Authentic urea buttons
• Security waistband tab
• Wear-resistant reinforcement at ankle cuff
•Three-inch inseam turn-up
• Hidden, gentleman’s waistband pocket
• Authentic zipper fly
• High-quality, dense-weave durable pocket linings in 100% Cotton • 100% cotton-thread assembly
*PLEASE NOTE: Trouser belt depicted in photos is not included and not available through us.
Fitting: Please follow our SIZING TIPS page to obtain advice for selecting the correct size. Available in even waist sizes as follows: 28” waist x 32” length 30” waist x 34” length 32” waist x 34” length 34” waist x 34” length 36” waist x 36” length 38” waist x 36” length 40” waist x 36” length
Imported from England
WWII U. S. Army/AAF Officer’s “Pink” Drab Shade 54 Trousers
About this Style: These are full-cut trousers with a full-cut thigh, the likes of which some individuals won’t be familiar with. The waist is a vintage higher rise; wearing this product low on the body will result in bunching up of the trouser front since it will not be extended as high as its rise would otherwise provide.
We offer six even-numbered waist sizes with a corresponding even-numbered leg length indicated below:
28” waist x 32” length
30” waist x 34” length
32” waist x 34” length
34” waist x 34” length
36” waist x 36” length
38” waist x 36” length
40” waist x 36” length
The actual waist circumference for each size is more generous than the numerical size would otherwise reveal; thus, each size measures 2” larger than the stated size, so a size 34 actually measures 36” in circumference, and size 36 measures 38” in circumference, and so on …
The leg length is long in every case, which was done to make sure that whatever height you may be the leg will almost surely be long enough for you. However, for most it will be too long, which means as with all tailored trousers purchased in the good old days, you will have to get the leg shortened to your personal requirements to ensure the perfect length; there is also sufficient length to be let out on the chance that you require a longer length than the length in which the trousers are sold. Likewise, individuals with odd-numbered waist measures can have the waist and seat taken in or let out to their desired comfort. Any good tailor can do this for you, or you may even know of a good seamstress within your family.
Tip 1: Measure your waist circumference at the waistline point where you plan to wear your trousers.
Tip 2: Compare your waist circumference measure to the waist measure for our trousers and be sure to factor in the generous 2” we add to each waist size in our trousers.
Tip 3: Order a trousers size that equates to the closest measures you have derived from steps 1 & 2 above. For example: If you have a 34” waist circumference, the closest size currently available may be sizes 32 or 34 (please remember to add 2” to each trouser size: size 32 will measure 34” in circumference and size 34 will measure 36” in circumference). If you elect to order a size that is closer to your waist measure, which would be size 32 in this case, please keep in mind these still have some fabric to allow for the seat and waist to be further let out or taken in; likewise, if you choose to order size 34, you should plan on having some excess fabric taken in on this size. If you prefer a looser fit, then size 34 would clearly be the better choice if your waist circumference is 34”.
FITTING ASSISTANCE: If you are unsure of the size to order we will assist you; please contact us with the following information: Your overall height, inseam measure and waist circumference measure.