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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MEN'S TROUSERS
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TROUSERS STYLES AND FITS FOR MEN
Understanding which trousers speak the best for your style is one of the most important parts of an outfit, even if the trousers are not the focal point. They should be streamlined to the rest of your body regardless of whether you are sat down or stood up. Not only are they a necessity to men’s dress they can also be practical e.g. pockets, but it’s imperative to not over fill them. Take a quick check in the mirror before leaving the house and if needs be use the inner pockets of your jacket instead. Here’s a handy guide to buying the right trousers this spring.
With almost any kind of clothing the fit is imperative, regardless if it’s bespoke, made-to-measure or off the peg. If the fit is perfect, the style will fall into place nicely. Most dress trousers should be widest at the waist and taper in at the ankles, but remember to allow for movement; you want to be able to sit, stand and walk comfortably in them without the fabric wrinkling or bunching together because this will be a sign that they do not fit. When buying dress trousers they need to sit higher than your regular jeans so expect the area between the waist and crotch to be wider, another factor is the crotch area should not gape or have excess material; if they do, they’re too big. It is important that trousers should not fall down if you are not wearing a belt or suspenders - whether you’re sitting or standing you have to look and feel comfortable in them, so this is why fit plays such an important role.
Pleated trousers mean small folds in the fabric just below the belt line. These pleats can either be double or singular on both sides of the trouser legs. They are a good option for men with wider legs as they will have move give for movement, particularly those with double pleats. Plain trousers will give your style a sleeker aesthetic, but generally pleated trousers look better and are more comfortable as well as more flattering.
Cuffs aka Turn Ups are a great finish for dress trousers as it adds some weight to them, meaning they sit straight. Commonly cuffed trousers have pleats and plain trousers are usually cuff-less. You could go against the grain and do the opposite but as rule of thumb sartorial style is in this way. Adding a cuff to the bottom of your trousers also helps to shorten the leg length which puts more attention onto your upper half; your chest and face. So if you have shorter legs maybe this is something to avoid.
This is an acquired taste and many men prefer their clothes ‘fit’ them snuggly, however if you want to add comfort to your wardrobe, try a wider leg with a slouchy finish. Ideally these are not so good on those with slim legs, because they will drown you in fabric. Remember, don’t challenge the garment, but try to compliment it.
As the world gets smaller (in a virtual way) brands get inspiration on their travels, with more designs inspired by China and the Far East. With a loose fit and patterns of dragons, animals and flowers these ilk pants are great for a relaxed look.
Most jeans we saw on the catwalks were straight and narrow, but these are not to be confused with the skinny fit. In effect these are the most versatile of jeans because they can be worn casual or smart (dark wash denim only) and flatter most body shapes.
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