• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Hi, we have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy in anticipation of the upcoming new Calfornia laws, the CCPA. If you are a resident of California, these rights pertain to you. Thanks - Styleforum Team.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Cannot get trousers to fight right

JA Torres

Aug 26, 2013
Reaction score
I was a martial artist most of my life, and my training (plus genetics) left me with normal size legs from the knee down, but with pretty big quads and glutes. The rest of me is pretty svelte (5'6, 144lbs, around 10% body fat). Unfortunately, it's become near mission impossible to get trousers that fit properly. If I get regular fit, or tailored fit, or anything other than a true slim fit, the trousers look a little baggy, even after alterations. But if I get something that's high rise and slim fitting, it tends to wedge and the pockets flare out, even after extensive tailoring to let the waist and seat out. If I go up a size I start to look baggy again.

What do you suggest I try next? Should I consider forward (single) pleated trousers?

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How wide do you like your leg opening on your trousers?

  • 7”

    Votes: 56 17.7%
  • 7.5”

    Votes: 108 34.1%
  • 8”

    Votes: 93 29.3%
  • 8.5”

    Votes: 34 10.7%
  • 9”

    Votes: 13 4.1%
  • 9.5”

    Votes: 7 2.2%
  • 10”

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • 10.5”

    Votes: 5 1.6%

Related Threads

Staff online

Forum statistics

Latest member