Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Trousers: where should waisband lay?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ligament, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. Ligament

    Ligament Active Member

    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Dear Fellows,

    Where should the waistband on a pair of dress trousers lay in relation to the body?

    I tend to favor having them at or just above my umbilicus, generally known as the "natural waist."

    I have a long torso, short legs. I am 6 feet tall with a 30.25 inch inseam. I find that having the trousers at or just above my umbilicus makes my legs appear longer and torso shorter.

    I always wear my pleated trousers this way. At times, I wonder whether I should wear my unpleated trousers in this fashion as they do not drape as nicely, however the leg lengthening effect usually convinces me to wear them high.

    I also wonder whether it is ever optimal to wear dress trousers at the hips as opposed to natural waist? I think jeans and chinos are best suited for this.

    Regards.
     


  2. Horace

    Horace Senior member

    Messages:
    1,447
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    I suggest wearing them at your natural waist, if they are cut for such wearing.  A pleated trouser esp. looks elegant in this manner.  And this hip trouser fashion is rather vulgar, I think.  Only Levi 501's should be worn low.  Keep up the tradition.
     


  3. Ligament

    Ligament Active Member

    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004


  4. soccemel

    soccemel Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Location:
    NYC
    I think it completely depends on your build. I happen to have a rather long torso compared to my leg length and am rather broad through the shoulders and hips. I am 5'11" but only use a 30 inch inseam even on pants about an inch above my hipbones. I would look like an oompaloompa with my waistband pulled up that high.
     


  5. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

    Messages:
    1,674
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2004
    my rule of thumb is waist band should come just underneath or half way of belly button.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by