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pants fit


Nov 23, 2007
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Since it seems that getting a good "fit" with clothing in general often involves giving the illusion of accentuating more "positive" aspects of a person's build while minimizing the more "negative" aspects of a person's build (for example a somewhat "baggy" look would make a heavy person look even heavier, whereas on a skinny person it probably won't look as bad), I have the following question. How does this relate to the fit of a pair of pants, especially concerning the "rise" in a pair of pants, and where the legs of the pants break?

Specifically I have a build that is unfortunately longer in the trunk and shorter in the legs. So with this is mind would a pair of pants with a short "rise" (say 8-9")accentuate the shorter proportion of my legs? And therefore I would probably want pants with a longer rise (say more like 10-11")? Mind you I don't like pants with say a 12" or higher rise. Makes me look like Fred Mertz from "I Love Lucy"...

And though I tend to like the look of pants that don't reach the shoe, should I probably avoid this look for the same reason?



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Apr 27, 2008
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What you call "fit" is what I think of as styling.

To me, proper "fit" is ultimately concerned with having no folds or pulls or tight spots or overly excess parts of fabric. So you can have something that fits but with the wrong styling, and it'll still look wrong.

A longer rise will make your legs look longer. Cuffs are generally accepted to shorten the legs, and so will pants that don't reach the shoe.

So I'd suggest getting a pair of pants with a higher rise, no cuffs, and just a slight break.


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Mar 15, 2006
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Pretty classic example of why people opt for consultations. No pictures, little sense of your style or proportions. Let's assume you tuck your shirt in. Aluan gives advice that probably will work to a point. The rise issue would better be described as wear pants at the natural waist and avoid excess fabric below the crotch. Stick to straight leg pants. Also, slim fit (relative to your legs) probably would help.

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