Modern trends towards athleisure wear and slim-cut pants have made slimmer-fitting pants the norm. But that doesn’t mean that tight is right. Men’s pants come in many different styles, and each of these styles has its own particular cut. The right fit and degree of tightness for a pair of wool dress pants aren’t going to be the same as for a pair of cotton and spandex athleisure chinos.
To wear your clothes properly you need to understand something about the style of pants you’ll be wearing and how they should fit on your body. If you push yourself into a pair of skinny pants that don’t fit your body, you won’t be doing yourself any favors and you certainly won’t be creating the positive impression you want to with the people you hope to influence.
Getting the right fit for your pants means that you need to pay attention to these five points. No matter the style of pants, all five of these will come into play at some point when you’re looking for the proper fit.
Most guys notice fit here more than anywhere else, especially if they’ve been spending too much time behind a desk and not enough time at the gym. Be sure you can tuck your shirt in easily and avoid having the waistband be so loose that you need a belt or drawstring to keep your pants up.
Front and Seat
This crucial area, between the waistband and the upper thighs, is one of the keys to a well-fitting pair of pants. The rear shouldn’t be baggy and you shouldn’t have extra fabric bunching up in the front when you sit down.
Rise refers to where pants sit on your hip. Low rise pants ride on the hip bones while high rise styles rest on the waist. Regardless of where the rise on your pants is, you’ll want to get the fit right here. If the fit at the rise is too loose, you’ll have extra fabric in the front and seat. If the fit here is too tight, you’ll have trouble moving freely. The trick is to find a pair with a flat front and flexibility. Even when going with slim-cut pants, leave enough room here — otherwise, you’ll be constricted and uncomfortable.
Loosely speaking, the cut is how the legs of your pants hang on your body. If the cut is too loose, you’ll look short and stumpy. If the cut is too tight, the legs will bulge out at your thighs and calves. Aim for a straight line down your legs that’s form-fitting but not clingy.
You can’t talk inseam without talking about the break — the fold above the hem of your pants. For casual pants, steer away from a break, since you want a clean, slim-fitting line. For formal dress pants, a small to moderate break is more common.
The truth is, how tight your pants should be depends on the kind of pants you’ll be wearing. The fit of a pair of fine wool dress pants you wear to the business meeting is going to be different than it is for the pair of classic fit jeans you pull on for a trip to the local pub. Pay attention to a few key points with each type of pants and you’ll have the right fit with every style you wear.
Khakis and Chinos
Khakis and chinos are versatile pants, ready to mix and match with a variety of shoes, shirts, and outerwear. It’s no surprise that they occupy a place of prominence in the wardrobes of many men. Unfortunately, a lot of these guys don’t have the fit quite right. Look around carefully and you’ll notice plenty of examples of droopy khaki pants and clinging chinos. Pay attention to these keys to get the right fit.
Jeans are more complicated than you think! There are a variety of cuts and styles of jeans available and it’s easy to get lost in different styles and descriptions. But there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you find the most flattering pair of jeans for your body.
Athleisure pants have added a whole new wrinkle into selecting and fitting men’s pants. Athleisure bottoms run the gamut from relaxed sweatpants to track pants to athletic cut chinos, like the Willy California 404 4-pocket pants. What kind of fit guidance should you look for with such a wide variety of pants?
Dress pants or suit pants can vary a great deal in fit depending upon the cut of the suit. As a general rule, dress pants have a more relaxed fit than men’s casual or athleisure pants. In addition, there are many details to consider with dress pants like pleats, cuffs and more. Getting the right fit can be a bit overwhelming.
So you thought that pants were all the same? If your goal is to look good in whatever you wear, now you know differently. Getting the right fit for the right pants means paying attention to the details of how you’ll wear each pair and understanding a little bit about the construction and tailoring of each style. When you do that, you’ll be on the way to getting the right look — well-fitted, and ready to roll!
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