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Narrow waist, large thighs: what are my options for trousers?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Howfener, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Howfener

    Howfener Active Member

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    Hi all,

    Today was going to be a big day for me: I was going to buy my first sport coat. To my horror, however, when looking in the full-length mirror at the shop I realised that my trousers just don't fit at all well. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a new jacket when I had to keep tucking my shirt into my waistband and hoisting my trousers up from around my arse.

    My problem is that too much squatting has made my thighs and arse disproportionately larger than my waist. This becomes a problem when buying trousers off the rack. My only decent pair of trousers are a RTW pair with a 34" waist to fit over my thighs, but this means they just won't stay up. Thus my trousers look like hell because they don't hang properly and I have to keep pulling them up, and my shirt won't stay in because my waistband has about 3" to spare.

    What are my options? I'm hesitant to get the trousers waisted because such a dramatic change might make the silhouette look ridiculous. More pertinently, it tightens the fabric across my crotch making my junk more visible.

    Am I going to have to suck it up and pay for MTM trousers? Or are there brands which cater to people with this problem?

    Here are the trousers shortly after I pulled them up to my waist. I seriously had to censor my crotch because the fabric becomes so tight that everything is on show. (Please ignore my shirt hanging out. As I said, it's another annoying consequence of the problem.)

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  2. manofstyle

    manofstyle Senior member

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    Go bespoke, I mean how many pairs of light grey trousers do you need?

    For most other occasions, chinos are inexpensive. I find that American brands are roomier in the thigh. I buy chinos in all colours from J Crew, I am a 30 waist with largish thighs.
     


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    [​IMG]

    In all seriousness, I once had a pair of Faconnable chinos that were very full in the leg but flat front as well.
     


  4. oroy38

    oroy38 Senior member

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    Quick fix:
    Buy pleated pants. The pleats will give extra fullness throughout the thigh and hang better than flat fronts would on your legs. And no, pleats actually don't look that bad! They just gotta fit right.

    Or go bespoke.
     


  5. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    If you avoid slim legged pants [cigarrete type] I think you'd be fine.

    31 inch waist? Which I guess means you're buying 32?
     


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    TintoTerra Senior member

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    Get a pair of these. Only in grey.

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  7. Howfener

    Howfener Active Member

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    Hmm some good ideas so far guys. I'm not sure about pleats given that I'm only 22, I think flat-front trousers look more appropriate for my age.

    I've been quoted MTM trousers starting at £195. Is this reasonable? I certainly can't afford that at the moment, though could save up for them over a few weeks if they would be a good investment.

    If you avoid slim legged pants [cigarrete type] I think you'd be fine.

    31 inch waist? Which I guess means you're buying 32?


    34 waist because 32 won't fit over my thighs and arse. I can fit my fist between my waist and the waistband but, when I'm sat down, can't pinch any extra material on the thighs.
     


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    drop Well-Known Member

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    I feel your pain. I've spent a lot of time and money buying size 34 (or 36) trousers and having my tailor take in the waist. Now I'm slowly replacing all of 'em with MTM, and the results are much better.

    Perhaps you could try internet MTM, if local options are too spendy?
     


  9. usctrojans31

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    I think if you do front and back pleats, it will be okay. That's still age appropriate and should help drape better than a truly flat front.
     


  10. oroy38

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    Hmm some good ideas so far guys. I'm not sure about pleats given that I'm only 22, I think flat-front trousers look more appropriate for my age.


    Flat front trousers that squeeze your junk are hardly "appropriate" regardless of your age. Doesn't matter how old you are, if they fit, then they fit.
     


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    I also have a similar body structure. I typically will buy my slacks in a larger waist size. The larger the waist size the larger the leg openings.

    Then it off to the tailor to adjust the waist. This has been been the best workaround.
     


  12. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Those legs don't look out of porportion. I know some brands make very skinny legs but not all brands do. The biggest point of thighs are only 4cm smaller then my waist. I can't fit skinny legs but otherwise I'm fine.

    FWIW Italian pants are sized on your hip/butt area. So at least it's easier to figure out that part of the question.
     


  13. manofstyle

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    I've been quoted MTM trousers starting at £195. Is this reasonable? I certainly can't afford that at the moment, though could save up for them over a few weeks if they would be a good investment

    A local tailor should be charging £150 upwards for a pair of trousers in a basic fabric, MTM at £195 sounds expensive.

    You could also drop your bodyfat a bit, I'm not calling you fat, but the thighs are one of the obvious places where bodyfat initially falls away, in my experience anyway.
     


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    I'm not sure about pleats given that I'm only 22, I think flat-front trousers look more appropriate for my age.

    Bull. Shit.

    If you want trousers to hang properly, what about braces/suspenders? Extra room in the waist=no problem.
     


  15. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    You could also drop your bodyfat a bit, I'm not calling you fat, but the thighs are one of the obvious places where bodyfat initially falls away, in my experience anyway.

    Did you actually read his post?

    too much squatting

    ^ I don't think fat is the problem.
     


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