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Is it better to take in pants or let them out if you in between sizes?

JeffsWood

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I am blessed with strong legs and a strong butt. We are not talking Bo Jackson, but I still have a slight problem when buying pants as my waist tends to be proportionally smaller then my hips, and thighs (nothing too extreme though - about one pant size difference). I am about to buy some more pants, and I am wondering if I should go for a size that fits well everywhere, but has some pulling across my hips - and have these pants let out in the area that pulls, or go the next size up which fits my butt and have the waist taken in an 1" ?
 

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Fit the butt/seat and thigh, then take in the waist. It's a much smaller and cheaper operation.
 

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Best to fit your largest area and then reduce. where needed. Most trousers have little or no outlets to work with in letting out the seat and crotch.

Exception is when you are built the opposite of OP. No butt and slender thigh. Fit the seat and let out the waist.
 

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Thanks this is what I have been doing (taking pants in an inch)
 

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Originally Posted by lee_44106
Fit the butt/seat and thigh, then take in the waist. It's a much smaller and cheaper operation.

Yup!

Regards.
 

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Originally Posted by lee_44106
Fit the butt/seat and thigh, then take in the waist. It's a much smaller and cheaper operation.
I agree. During my cycling years I ran into this problem often. Taking the waist in is much easier, and also cheaper.
 

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I've found myself in both situations...but perhaps it is because I am after a slim fit. Depending on the brand, I sometimes have to size down 1 to get the fit I want in the thighs/legs and I am by no means skinny. Thin, yes, but I do play soccer (football so as not to offend the 'cross the ponders) so I don't have twigs for legs.

Anyways, I usually let the seat out and waist about 1" and have not had a problem.

In other brands, I have to get the crotch and sometimes waist taken in to slim up the upper leg.

I think it all depends on the fit you are going for and your body type. Also I think it depends on the fabric used. Wool can go either way. Cotton can be trickier I think, especially if it's been washed/treated in any way. Corduroy I think would be best to be taken in rather than let out.
 

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Originally Posted by lee_44106
Fit the butt/seat and thigh, then take in the waist. It's a much smaller and cheaper operation.

True. I'm in the same boat. Get them to fit your ass and legs and the waist is a simple operation.
 

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I'm pretty much in the same boat Jeff. When buying trousers whenever I find some that fit well in the seat and thigh, the waist has to come in 1" or so. I did once try the opposite with a pair of trousers that fit well on the waist and were good in the seat but tight across the thighs...didn't work very well as there was so little extra fabric to let out along the leg seams.
 

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