Tailoring Tips for a Teenager

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  1. b9w4

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    I'm new to all this, so bear with me here...

    I'm 18 and headed off to college and internships and all of that nonsense. I have three slim-fit suits that I have acquired through high school. One is black with flat fronts and a peak lapel, the others I got for free through Men's Wearhouse. The MW suits are both pleated.

    All three jackets fit very well, but the pants all are way too long. The flat fronts were off-the-rack and have never seen a tailor. The MW suits were hemmed in-store but still look like they were made for someone much taller (not an easy feat, I'm 6'5").

    I'm definitely taking all three pairs of pants into a tailor, and I'm getting the flat front pants hemmed with little to no break. However I'm stumped as to what to do with the pleated pants. I'm leaning towards cuffs, but how should I ask for them? I think having no break in pants is a good look, but does it work with cuffs? Is it outdated to angle the cuff so it hits closer further down in the back and not as much in the front?

    Any advice is good advice at this point. Thanks, guys!
     


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    A slight break on the pants, cuffed or not, would be the desired result.
    Best of luck with your studies and welcome to Styleforum.
     


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    Considering his age I'd respectfullly disagree, Man of Lint. Girls that age tend to dickride trends harder than Nick Wooster, so perhaps have an interview suit with a little break, and the black for going out and no break? I think taking your height into account, that cuffs would be in order.

    As much as I enjoy timeless styling, sometimes it isn't appropriate for someone my age (19).
     


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    Well he did ask us what we recommend for his suit pants. Where in his post did you infer his needing the approval of teenage girls?
     
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    Some would say that cuffs are more at home on the pleated pants, although I think they look fine on flat fronts as well. Given your height, a 2" cuff would look pretty good. I say do it.

    Regarding break, I think a slight break is a good idea....no break can look "too short" if not done just right (and especially if you're tall). Cropped is another matter.

    Lastly, given your age, people might not believe that you are sartorially sophisticated enough to bend the "rules" on purpose. You're treading a fine line.
     


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    Thanks for the advice! I think I'll go with no break on the black suit, and cuffs with a little break on the other two. I'll post pictures when all is said and done.
     


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    Wrong, trousers without break look stupid and give the appearance that these are second hand trousers that scarcely fit you. A small break as Man of Lint suggests is the very least that you should have.
     


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    +1 - You don't want that.

    As far a the pleated pants go, I would never wear them (in an interview or going out). I think they're really old-fashioned IMO. I'm 20 and a junior in college.
     


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    The cuffs v. no-cuffs debate is likely moot because, if your pants have already been hemmed with no cuffs, they probably didn't leave enough fabric to add cuffs later. I tend to think taller guys should have some break in their pant legs.
     


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    I think there's enough material for for cuffs on the pants that have been hemmed already. There is a good 2 1/2 inches of fabric inside the leg under the hem and each pair of pants is at least an inch too long. I'm hearing to forego the no break option on the flat-fronts, which is probably smart because I don't want to look like I've outgrown my pants. Is it outdated to ask for a diagonal hem so that the front has less break on the shoe than the back?

    I actually like the pleats because I have a long torso and I think the higher waisted pleated look evens out my proportions. Also in my opinion its a classic look but that and five bucks might be worth a cup of coffee.
     


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    (Accidentally posted that last one twice)
     
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    :confused:

    Did you skip being 18?
     


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    I didn't skip being 18, I stopped being 18. Please do enjoy your teenage years. Fart, and it's over. It will be the last time in your life that no one expects anything from you. After that, it's all uphill amigo. :)
     
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    Well I have less than two weeks until I have to start growing up, and it will be the most glorious two weeks of my life so far :nodding:
     


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    Not to worry, you're going to love being in your 20's & 30's too ....it's when you hit 40. That is when it hits back.
    I wish you every success with your career. Make as much money as you can and save it. And be very careful around women who like you for your clothes. Many of them have alterior motives. They translate clothes into how much money you make or have and are perfectly willing to spend it for you.
    My birthday gift to you is a little wisdom:
    1) A person reveals their true nature to you in the first minutes / hours that you meet them
    2) Learn to qualify a woman before engaging in relations. The best ones will like you for who you are and not what you have.
    Happy Birthday in advance matey.
     
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