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Pants Waist

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CoryB, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. CoryB

    CoryB Well-Known Member

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    What is the correct position for khakis to be worn? I'm taking a pair into the tailor tomorrow and was wondering how high or low others where theirs. Using the belly-button as a reference point as people seem to debate what the natural waist constitutes, 1.5-2" below seems to work well for me. Is that high or low?
     
  2. j

    j Well-Known Member

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    It depends more on the rise of the pants in question. You don't want them wedged up or hanging low, so wherever the comfortable in-between position is, that's where they go.

    The natural waist is the narrowest part of your abdomen, which for most people is about .5-1" below the navel.

    For khakis, I think a normal rise would be considerably lower than the natural waist, so 1.5" or so is probably close. Only suit trousers (IMO) look acceptable near the natural waist since a jacket is always worn with them.
     
  3. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    It really depends a lot on your body proportions. For some people, a higher rise looks correct, while for other people pants look best worn on or near the hips. Personally I like my pants to sit a little below what would be considered the typical 'waistline', but this is just because of how my body is ballanced.
     
  4. j

    j Well-Known Member

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    It really depends a lot on your body proportions. For some people, a higher rise looks correct, while for other people pants look best worn on or near the hips. Personally I like my pants to sit a little below what would be considered the typical 'waistline', but this is just because of how my body is ballanced.
    That too. I have a short torso, so I have the same preference (lower rise).
     
  5. xarope

    xarope Well-Known Member

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    That too. I have a short torso, so I have the same preference (lower rise).

    Same here, and I specifically ask for lower rise for my MTM pants, even though it's not "classic" cut.
     
  6. a tailor

    a tailor Well-Known Member

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    the true waist is at the smallest part of the torso, just above the prominent hipbones. where you position the trouser waist is your choice.
     

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