Dress pants and trousers are often neglected when it comes to fit. While the jacket receives most of the attention, a well-fitting pair of pants is a piece of art. While some legs are easier to fit properly than other, certain aspects of a nicely fitting pair of pants can be achieved by anyone.
In general, you want your trousers to fit well but what exactly does that mean?
- They shouldn’t be too loose and baggy, nor skin tight.
- They must have the proper inseam length, which means neither too short nor too long. A slight break is great but not required. A big break means your pants are too long
- They must have the right circumference around your waist, seat, thigh, knee and ankle
- You want clean lines and as few wrinkles as possible
- Pleats should not gap
- The most difficult part of the fit of pants is the back view when you do not wear a jacket
- In my experience, pants that sit on the natural waist have a more flattering fit than pants which are cut low
- No matter how well a pair of pants fits, over the course of the day it will move. A belt and side-adjusters will help to keep it in place, but only a pair of suspenders can guarantee a great fit all day long
- Some people like wider cut trousers, others like a trimmer cut but both can fit well. Of course, a pair or very trim pants will have to be slightly shorter as a break would just look awkward. Moreover, it is harder to achieve a perfect fit with slim trousers
- Lightweight fabric trousers will wrinkle much more quickly and look like they do not fit as well as an identical pair of pants cut from heavier wool or tweed fabric that drapes and hangs well