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Tapered Chinos for Bigger Thighs?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by deedni, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. deedni

    deedni Member

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    I did a search for this topic but wasn't able to find much specific information or recommendations.

    Due to squatting and working out, I have developed a bit larger thighs over time. Specifically, I measure a 33" waist with 22.5" mid thigh and 25.5" upper thigh. Additionally, I have a pretty big butt at 39" (measured around widest area and around pubic bone).

    I am wondering if there are any recommendations for flat-front chinos that have a larger seat area but still taper, especially post-knee. My problem is that I often have to size up to accommodate my seat area or buy relaxed fits that tend to be much too wide after the thighs for my taste; I prefer a more modern fitting. An obvious solution would be to buy some chinos that fit where it needs to and then get it tapered by a tailor, but I was wondering if there were any suggestions before I take that route. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. alexSF

    alexSF Senior member

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    Wood Wood Eland Chinos should be ok for you.
     
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    I have a similar build. Someday you will realize that pegged pants are for people built different than you. Pegged pants are really not a great look for gentlemen with larger feet and seat such as myself. Far better that your pants taper from your waist/seat accommodation to a width that accommodates the length of your longest shoe that you would expect to wear with your pants. For example, my dress shoes tend to be longer than my boat shoes and penny moccasins, therefore, I sport a longer cuff with my dress, lounge suit, and odd trousers that might possibly be worn with any dress shoe or boot. But, my more casual odd pants, khakis, and chinos have a somewhat shorter hem or cuff, since my boat shoes and moccasins are shorter.

    This is another reason why I do not wear dress shoes, even in suede with highly tapered trousers like jeans, so that I do not suffer from Clown Feet Syndrome. The effect is even worse with pegged pinstripe trousers.

    Your tailor can work the flat front pants so that they fit smoothly and sleekly, but you may find a trouser hem width that is harmonious with the size of your feet/shoes to be somewhat wider than the current fashion. But, then being stylish is not nearly the same as being fashionable.

     
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  5. cwh812

    cwh812 Senior member

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    +1, the Rudy fit/cut. Take a look on their website.
     
  6. JayJay

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    Good post. I'm built similarly, and therefore also have my suit and dress pant leg openings cut to accommodate my sleeker dress shoes, while my casual pants are tapered for my casual shoes which are less sleek, even blobby. I never wear my tapered casual pants with my dress shoes because to my eye it's not a good combination.
     
  7. DocHolliday

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    Big thighs + too much taper = ice cream cone
     
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  8. deedni

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    I really appreciate the replies. I do not have particularly large feet, so a smaller leg opening is not really an issue. And Doc, I do agree that there is a danger of having an ice cream cone shape, which I would like to avoid. At the same time, relaxed fits usually make me look boxy. I believe there must be a medium between the two extremes.

    The Epaulet Rudy Cut is exactly the kind of pant I am looking for. Is there anything in this style that is cotton rather than wool? It would be nice to have some chinos that can be worn a bit more casually as well, as I usually wear wool pants in slightly more business/formal settings.
     
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    Is there any way to find Epaulet pants for sale or a bit cheaper? $200 is slightly out of my price range (23 yr old recently out of college). Could definitely do closer to like $100 a pair...
     
  11. Jeff Costello

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    I think I have the same problem, and it's the reason why I've lately been moving away from wearing particularly tapered pants (think of fashionably tailored-fit, slim chinos), and just wearing full-cut (but appropriate to my waist and length size) ones. I've been working out a lot more lately, and my thighs are especially large in comparison to my lower legs. It doesn't help that, despite not being overweight at 6'3/4" (read: six feet, three quarters of an inch) and 160 lbs, I have a relatively large posterior that sticks out, against the proportion of my thinner legs. Sharply tapered pants would only accentuate this.
     
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  12. Jay687

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    I think Jcrew chinos are have pretty roomy thighs and a nice taper (depending on the fit you choose).

    Here is a measurement chart for the Urban Slim Fit:

    http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii72/albertbolt/urbanslimfit19488.png

    I wear 29 waist (sized roughly 31" which falls just above my hips, pretty standard rise IMO, not too low) and the 24" thigh is spot on. I have 22" thighs and definitely feel 2" of fabric when pinching. I'm not sure, but I believe they measure the thigh at 1" below the crotch. That might be more "upper" thigh though.

    If you went with the 31 waist, which measures 33.25", then you'd have 25.25" thigh, depending on where that falls on you, that could be too small, or perfect (if it falls somewhere between your 22.5" mid thigh and 25.5" upper thigh). Additionally, their hip measurement should fit as well at 41.25".

    They have some other fits that don't taper as much (if at all), regular and classic, and you could get these tapered.

    Regardless, as others said, it's important that you flatter your body shape. No reason to go with a crazy taper if it'll make your feet look large or hips/butt oversized.

    They are also decently priced and the quality is good. Not all Jcrew clothing is worth the money, but I think they do a good job with their chinos.
     
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    I have big quads and my chino of choice is from rugby. I have like 5 pairs and a few from Jcrew...both are good but rugby fits better
     
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    I find J.Crew chinos to be too wide in the thighs for me. BB Milano is my chino of choice, they fit me very well.
     
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    Basketball and weight lifting for years. 33-34" waist and 24" thighs. Buy for your ass and thighs, have the waist taken in. JCrew Classic cut will work, but they do suffer from a bit of diaper ass. Black fleece (BB3 works for me, take the waist in)...wait for online sales.

    Get epaulets if you can tolerate less pants. Save up for the nicer stuff...you'll wear it more, for longer and like it.
     
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    delete extra post please
     
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  18. Jay687

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    On the diaper ass front... the thing I've realized recently about J.Crew pants is that the waist is cut at a fairly steep angle. I think most pants are higher in the front than in the back, but it's definitely a large drop on J.Crew stuff. So, just pull the pants up in the back, but keep them down in the front (avoid them riding up your crotch) and you'll alleviate the diaper ass. YMMV.
     
  19. deedni

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    This has been my experience with J Crew pants as well. Before weightlifting, the urban slim fit looked great. Now, the urban fit and to a lesser degree the classic cut give me "diaper ass". The pants look good in my thighs and rest of my leg, but something about how the butt is cut makes my already big butt look even bigger...

    I think I'll try to get out to the small sometime this week and check out the suggestions: Rugby and J Crew seem to be the options for a mall setting.

    I also am really intrigued by Epaulet and would consider buying a pair as they seem like they would last a really long time. Anyone have any preferences for material in the Rudy line?
     
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    PRL Bradford and Preston
     
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