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Question re. pants fit/leg and body shape

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by poseidon, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. poseidon

    poseidon Member

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    Feb 23, 2009
    Hello esteemed friends:

    I was hoping that all the experts and masters of tailoring and fit here could enlighten me as to what fit should I request when having them made. I have a long natural waist (distance from navel to crotch), and by extension rather short legs :(...which is compounded from the soccer and skiing that I used to do, which means I have a rather prominent behind and thicker legs in comparison to my upperbody. I would like to try to create the illusions of a slimmer silouhette and try to elongate my legs if possible...I believe that shorter pants with little break is one way to do that? But what about the fit, taper, and height of waist? should i opt for pants which are more tapered/slim or fuller in length? and should pants sit at the natural waist or slightly lower?

    Also, because I have a natural waist, there is some distance from the beginning of my inseam/crotch to the bottom of my jacket, is there anyway to remedy that?

    Thanks so much again for all your help, my knowledge and love of clothes would have gone no where without the help and advice of this forum!


  2. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Distinguished Member

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    Mar 15, 2006
    This is the sort of issue for which people hire image consultants.

    Without pictures (which likely would show problems not mentioned) and knowing whether the issue is limited to suits, only some vague advice can be given:
    No cuffs, little or no break
    Pants at the natural waist
    Pants legs wide enough to fit comfortably and not prematurely wear out, but no looser than necessary
    The rise long enough to fit comfortably and not wrinkle at the crotch, but no longer than necessary.
    Usually non-black pants that are darker than the upper-body clothing
    Jackets that just cover the behind

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