How much should I taper my pants?

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  1. Mr Engineer

    Mr Engineer Senior member

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    I have a few pants that need to be tapered and I was wondering how many inches should I taper it to. I am going to taper my pants from the knee down because I have big thighs and above the knees is fine.I don't want the pants to be covering up my shoes as it is right now. Is there a way to measure the proper length of tapering? Is there a norm in inches that people usually taper their pants?
     
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    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    depends how large your legs are
     
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    Pics please. If you have large upper legs, I would think twice before deciding to taper the pants, as you may end up looking off balance.

    I too have large upper legs and through trial and error I've determined that a fuller straight cut looks best. My favorite pants are 10" from knee down. These pants look great with elongated shoes that have more pronounced angles (think AE last 3-333 or Peal Co. Straight Captoe Bluchers).
     
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    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not really, your size and shoe size are factors. If you have trousers you like, measure them.
     
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    Mr Engineer Senior member

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    This is how my pants currently look
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    Hi Engineer,
    I wouldn't worry too much about tapering the trousers in the picture. They don't seem to fit very well as it stands and throwing more money at them isn't going to help your cause.

    The pockets are flaring and the upper portion looks to be quite a mess. They seem to fit in your upper leg but are perhaps hemmed too short.

    Trousers can be tough for men because we have all sorts of shapes but they're sold by a single waist measurement.

    I would try on pants that first drape properly from the waist. Secondly that fit your trouble spot ( large quads and hammies) then thirdly fall to a nice break at your shoe.

    Once you have these figured out then you may see a need for tapering that should be experimented with your tailor.

    Good luck.
     
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    You need to let the waist and/or seat out on those, not taper them. Look at the pockets.
     
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    When it comes to my waist size its tough because my buttocks pokes out but at the same time I have a slim waist.I usually wear a 34 waist. A 36 waist with a belt won't help because it will cause my waist line to be scrunched up. The pockets sticking out tends to happen with bigger lower body people wearing flat front pants so I can live with it.
     
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    So get the seat of your pants altered or get a 36 and have the waist taken in.
     
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    +1

    Tapering is the least of your issues. If you don't want to go custom, you'll have to get pants that are one size larger in waist and then take them in. If you have bigger upper legs, then you should not put focus there. This means fuller upper leg that falls correctly and, probably, fuller straight leg.
     
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    he is standing spread leg I know when I spread legs out they pockets do flare. I doubt thats his normal stance.....
     
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    I have the same issues as you personally, but dont have big thighs. If I move up in waist size then my pants bunch up with a belt. when I go smaller in waist its 'firm' fitting around my hips so I get custom.
     
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    Pleats can help with the waist/seat/thigh sizing issue. They can be done tastefully and if the pants are part of a suit, the jacket will cover the pleats anyways. These days people are told that pleats are the work of the devil but they do serve a purpose.
     
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    its plain and simple the pockets stick out because the pant is too tight.
    it is rather silly to wear trousers bunched up under the belt when the
    waist can be altered smaller by itself.
     
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    at the same time I dont want to be wearing a size larger pant either too look like McHammer from back in the day.

    Off the rack is tough for me personally if I go up in size to accomodate the pockets not to flare (if I was to stand like him) then I have baggy pants. So its a tough call go bigger to get rid of the pocket flare (if one was to stand like him) or go smaller to get the flare or just go custom.

    Yes though his pockets do flare alot I did his stand last night and I dont flare mcuh at all for off the rack pants like his. He will need custom I say.....
     

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