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Daddy Long Legs

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mdkeene, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Mdkeene

    Mdkeene Active Member

    Oct 18, 2012
    I´ve always worn my pants fairly low in order to make my short, narrow torso seem a bit longer and more manly. This worked until I was about 20, got out of college and found out I was an adult so I had better dress like one.

    So now I´m running into a problem. My natural waist, if defined as the most narrow part of my torso or as the same height as my navel, is right below my ribs. Also, my chest and shoulders aren´t very wide. To wear my pants properly, which according to most would be at my waist, I need to get high rise pants. This look perfectly fine when wearing the full suit. Actually, due to the jacket length, I look quite proportionate. However, as soon as I take off the jacket I look like Steve Urkel...

    It makes a pretty much impossible to wear slacks and a tucked in dress shirt, without looking a bit silly.

    So what´s the best solution to most of you? Do I dress "correctly" and comfortable, and look like I tried to pull my pants in to my armpits, or do I ignore the rules, wear pants on my hips, and perhaps look a bit better?

    As a side question...why is it that low rise pants seem to pull in the crotch area when I sit down?!?!

  2. gambit50

    gambit50 Senior member

    Apr 25, 2012
    Hipster Doofusville
    Do not wear your pants up to your navel.
    The waist is not the narrowest part of your torso.
    Pick a spot that looks right and is comfortable for you.
    If you want help with that, post some pics for the lads to comment about.
  3. hugeevilrobot

    hugeevilrobot Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2011
    I'm in a similar position, though maybe not as dramatically. Honestly, I found a few ways to approach the "problem" (generally, I'd say that having long legs is an advantage when dressing)
    1) I try to wear a jacket / suit whenever possible (obvious, but maybe not practical)
    2) Pleats break up the otherwise vast expanse of the front of your pants, as well as being more comfortable in my opinion. Depending on your body type, they also let you get away with something more slim without being complete nuthuggers, especially when sitting. I'm partial to Zanella, but there are other very good options out there.
    3) If I'm not wearing a jacket, I try to wear a sweater or vest, because otherwise, like you said, you are walking around with your pants up at your navel- which isn't wrong, per se, but it sounds like you don't see that as optimal.
  4. romafan

    romafan Senior member

    Nov 30, 2004
  5. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Is that even possible? Pics of you wearing pants and tucked shirt? Wear you pants so that they cover your @ss. That is all.
  6. davesmith

    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

    Feb 13, 2011
    London, UK

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