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It sucks having muscular legs sometimes...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Debaser, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. Debaser

    Debaser Well-Known Member

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    I am a strength athlete, and so am pretty muscular overall. The thing is, my upper thighs are about 23-24" in diameter each. Now they aren't overpowering to my upper body, and are in good proportion (~45" chest).

    I just got a pair of costume national dark brown moleskin pants, in size 54 (IT), just so my upper legs would fit. I have about a 32" waist, and so I have to have the waist and seat tailored. This isn't really a big deal...but I don't really want to do this for every pair of pants I buy. I've heard good things about theory pants, are they more of a relaxed fit?

    Does anyone else have very muscular legs and have some flattering brands of trousers to suggest?

    Thanks.
     
  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Well-Known Member

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    I have similarly sized upper thighs, and it can make it difficult to find suit pants as some of them are fairly snug in the thigh area. Personally I have had decent luck with Theory but I'm not sure that I would call their designs relaxed. I have had to take in some pants at the waist as well and buy at least 2" up from where I am at.

    I wear alot of Oxxford which fits quite well through the thigh area (I will typically buy a 42" and take the waist in, I have a 35-36" waist) but if you are looking for more fashion-forward stuff, I'm not sure what would work best for you.
     
  3. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Well-Known Member

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    ...better that than 42" thighs and a 24" chest I suppose.
     
  4. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    On this Veterans day I am unable to be sympathetic to your problem. I have been to Walter Reed hospital and our injured veterans with loss of limbs and paralyzed from the waist down they have a real problem.
     
  5. itzamazing

    itzamazing Well-Known Member

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    I have the same problem. I am a 30 waist but often have to buy a 33 or so then get them altered because my thighs are like tree trunks (ran track for years) and I have a butt.

    I also can't wear any skinny trousers and opt for a more bootcut type which flatters my figure better. I've had good luck with Theory trousers as they are wide enough in the seat....but I've lost out on a ton of good deals simply because I can't pull the damn pants up past my thighs.
     
  6. SUPER K

    SUPER K Well-Known Member

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    michaelw ,

    that wasn't the question...
     
  7. dah328

    dah328 Well-Known Member

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    Nor is your response particularly helpful.  Seldom do we suffer from too much of a broader perspective when considering how our own situation "sucks".

    That said, I have large quads and hamstrings from years of soccer.  I rarely find trousers that fit my waist and are not too tight around my thighs.  A bigger problem is that since my thighs are obviously much bigger than my calves, the trouser's taper must be very precise so that they're not skin-tight around my thighs and hip-hop-baggy around my calves.  I resort to either custom or MTM for dress trousers.  For jeans, I buy a straight leg cut and have them tapered from the knee to the ankle.  The resulting taper maintains what appears to be a straight-leg cut due to the reduced size of my calves.

    Regards,

    dan
     
  8. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    If I misunderstand the intention of the question, I do apologize.
     
  9. PeterMetro

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    I don't see any connection to Vietnam, Walter.
     
  10. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    Good call. I have a pair of those in 50 Eu (in steel grey though), and although the waist is a little loose, the thighs and butt are quite fitted. I'm not a strength athlete, but years of sprints have made my butt and quads larger than usual. Yep, those pants were cut with skinny Euro dudes in mind. Great texture, though, huh? At the end of the season Yoox sale last year, I got those, and a pair of Costume National zip boots for under $100 for the both of them. I think that retail would've been somewhere between $650 and $800. (about $450-500 for the boots, and around $200-300 for the pants - the footwear is usually priced consistently. The sportswear varies all over the place.) Those pants are my go to pants for anywhere where I feel that jeans are inappropriate (so, I've hardly ever worn the pants, so what?)
     
  11. MilanoStyle

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    you can do made to measure pant. Also, if you like cylinder cut pants (no pleats and no crease) then try Armani Collezioni dress pants. I have several and I love them. Legs are cut striaight from the seat. So its ideal look for legs with lot of muscle.
     
  12. Aaron

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    I to have the same problem with my quads being too big for my waist (it's these mountain bikes, they're so much fun.). Anyways, I've had good luck with Ferre and Zegna jeans. They seem to a bit roomier in the leg and their boot cut tapers just enough to not make my calves look ridiculously small. Hope this helps.

    Aaron
     
  13. drizzt3117

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    I personally think PDC's GTO cut is pretty decent as well, quite a bit of room in the thigh area and the bootcut does taper quite well, I do have quite large calves so your mileage may differ in the calve area.
     
  14. JLibourel

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    Twenty four inches in DIAMETER....[​IMG]? You would be a grotesque circus freak. Surely, you mean circumference? Reminds me of a sad or stupid story from my young manhood. I had inherited about a dozen very high-grade suits from a rich relative who had just had them made up before he died. He was similar enough in size that we had them altered to a good fit. (There were also, believe it or not, full morning and evening (white tie) suits, but I never bothered getting them altered. About a year later, I got carried away with bodybuilding, did a lot of squatting and bulked my thighs up to about 26 or 27 inches. The suit coats remained snug but usable, but my big thighs wore out the trousers up near the crotch area within a few years.
     
  15. Debaser

    Debaser Well-Known Member

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    Haha yeah I meant circumference.

    And to think I was an engineering major for awhile. Lucky for you guys, no longer.
     
  16. Lomezz

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    amazing. I have the exact opposite problem: I have 32 waist but my thighs - well, I can probbaly fit two of mine into one of yours. I actually tried everything to bulk them up. Neither weight training nor 50 miles of cycling per weekend nor swimming made any dent. I will never forget how my aunt almost wet herself when she saw me in lycra cycling short that were loose at the thighs... So when i buy pants made for Americans, what fits me in the waist is grossly oversized in the buttocal and thigh area. Lately I bought a pair of Zegna "Z" dress pants from the Zegna outlet (about $200), and they are flat front and very slim fitting - precisely the way I like it.
     
  17. Brian SD

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    Check out Helmut Lang. I have very skinny legs and their low-rise pants and jeans fit me *perfectly*. The "boot cut" style is the perfect straight leg fit.
     
  18. Lomezz

    Lomezz Well-Known Member

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    I didn't get it - isn't boot-cut by definition not straight leg? why not just get the straight leg model, then?
     
  19. Brian SD

    Brian SD Well-Known Member

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    The "boot cut" style is the perfect straight leg fit.
    I didn't get it - isn't boot-cut by definition not straight leg? why not just get the straight leg model, then?
    For Helmut Lang, "Boot Cut" = straight leg, "Classic Fit" = tapered.
     
  20. DennyB

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    I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one dealing with this type of fit issue. Even when I was a lot younger and quite trim and in shape, my thighs and butt were a bit too large for most jeans of the day (e.g., Levi's and Jordache). This was, of course, before the advent of relaxed and looser fit jeans. It used to sort of bother me, but later in life I learned to be much more thankful that I got the butt in my family (my dad and brother are flat-assed).

    I love boot cut and flared jeans. I was glad to see what the previous poster noted, i.e., that the extent of the leg opening varies by manufacturer/designer. I love the visual line created by a good boot cut or flared leg and nice pair of boots. Apparently, so do a lot of women - several have remarked to friends of mine that they are wearing 'tapered' leg jeans and that it doesn't look good (in fact, the guys are wearing regular fit, straight-legged jeans, but the line does sort of look tapered at the shoe).

    I will mention something that I've found that works very well, fit-wise. I will purchase jeans that are loose fit (not baggy) but that have the boot cut, flare, or wide straight leg opening (somewhere around 20-21"), but in a smaller waist size than is normal for me. For example, I usually wear a 34 in jeans and 36 in dress slacks, but in some jeans I can wear a 32 and have the fit be pretty much perfect because of the extra room in the thighs and seat. Actually, those jeans snug my thighs just enough to show the contour/sweep of my outer thigh, and I've had a number of women tell me that "I love your thighs", so I think that the jeans fit is helping me. Levi's Red Tab Hemi jeans are great for this. I don't know if Levi's still makes them, but you can still order them through JC Penney for $29.99. Not a bad deal for a nice pair of stylish boot cut Levi's. Levi's Low Loose Boot Cut Jeans (567) also are good jeans for the money.
     

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