Buying RTW trousers.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by a tailor, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    the first rule is; choose a trouser for its fit in the hips, seat and crotch.
    why? because you can take in or let out the waist, and also taper the legs.


    go to a fabric store and buy a tape measure. about 2 or 3 bucks.

    measure your seat then measure the trouser seat. try on the ones that pass the test.
    that will save you a great deal of shopping time.

    hint for athletes with heavy thighs. measure your thighs, then measure the trouser thighs.
     


  2. Patrick R

    Patrick R Senior member

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    As a general rule, what is a middle of the road (neither pushing the boundaries of too narrow or too baggy) allowance on a thigh measurement? For example, the pants should measure ______ larger in the thighs than the body measurement.

    Any guidance will be appreciated.
     
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    erk Senior member

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    I mostly shop online. It is very difficult to find if the trousers/pants are actually true to size or vanity sized. I typically find that there is a 5 cm difference between the two... i.e. a size 32 has an actual 34" waist. 5 cm.
     


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    And I find that I have to go at least an inch up with Brooks Brothers...
     


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    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    thats pretty bad. the waist properly should measure true. plus or minus 1/4" tolerance is considered allowable.
     


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    I find that it varies from brand to brand.
     


  7. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    about two inches would give a trim appearance.
    three would be "comfortable" fit.
     
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