Six Classic Fitting Tips for Men’s Trousers

My nephew bought two pairs of new plain bottom trousers last week. After a week of “hemming”, when he tried them on they were an inch shorter than they should be. Of course, it’s the result of the wrong measurements taken by an inexperienced store clerk. We all know that for the most of the ready-made dress trousers, a tailor will hem the trousers after they have sold. It’s a standard procedure. But with fewer stores having qualified in-store tailors these days, it leaves our clients at the hands of store clerks. Most have no real fitting training and are only eager to sell you what is available with as little alteration as possible!



Follow below classic fitting tips which will ensure you have perfectly fitted trousers:


  1. Wear dress shoes with proper heel height when shopping trousers. (Some high-end store with in-store tailor will provide dress shirt and shoes.)
  2. Slips on the trouser and stand naturally in front of the mirror. (Do not try to hide any extra pounds.)
  3. Place the trousers as high on your natural waist (1″ below your navel) as comfortable to provide ease of movement. (Never placing pants on hips or below any beer belly).The waist should not be too tight. (There should be extra room for two fingers.)
  4. With pleated trousers, the pleats should lie flat while you are standing and pants should be wide enough to cover your shoelace.
  5. With a flat front, plain bottom trousers you should ask a slanted hem half an inch downward from front to back and pants should be long enough to cover the tops of his shoes.
  6. If you need to taper the legs, it is essential that both inside and outside seams be pinned to ensure that the crease will remain vertically straight.


As it is true with shoulders, most people have one hip higher than the other which translates to imbalanced legs. So my suggestion is to take a separate length measurement one leg at a time, to ensure proper fitting pants, balance and an elegant finish.


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