How to fit pants and jeans

Well fitting Pants and Jeans; a possibility!

So are you frustrated with ill-fitting pants yet? Before you buy another pair of pants or jeans that sag in the butt, pucker at the pockets and/or fetter around the waist read this guide that will give you the basic know-how of how to choose either that great fitting pair of dress pants or jeans. If you follow these simple steps you will never have to settle for that uncomfortable and unflattering look ever again.

Waist:

 

The waist of your pants should be at your natural waistline. A well-fitting waist will allow you to breathe and will feel comfortable. The side pockets should not pull or pucker.

Lots of men make the mistake of wearing their pants under their ‘gut'. In general a man's body doesn't have hips (which were created to hold up pants).

With other words a man's waist is usually bigger than his hips and unless the suspenders come back into fashion (hopefully not) it's the belts job to hold up the pants. If pants are the proper size they will feel and look right.

 

Rise:

The proper rise of a pair of pants is crucial, it makes or breaks them. Two tests you will need to perform when trying on pants. (Before buying them)

#1 The Bend-over test: After you have them on, bend over and touch your toes (well as close as you can get). It's the ride-down factor you're looking for. If the back waist pulls down you do not want those pants.

#2 The sit-down test: Sitting down will move the stress points to a different spot. The crotch of the pants should not sag and crumple up in baggy folds in your lap. Neither should they bind or be tight. When you sit the hips spread and this test will also show if the pants are too tight in the thighs or upper legs.

Beware:

~Low Rise Pants and jeans are a no-no for the big man. Even though low rise jeans are fashionable and quite popular with young people they do nothing for the bigger physique. Unfortunately when pants are not the right length in the rise the plumber butt is too often an uncomfortable and possibly an embarrassing by-product.

Drape:

This means that pants should not be too tight and show horizontal lines or bulges across the front under the zipper, back seat area and at the side pockets. There should be enough "looseness" starting at just under the waist all the way down so that the pant fabric can actually hang.

The big man also benefits from the front pressed in crease as that is a vertical line which elongates the legs.

Beware:

~Pleats take away from the clean and simple lines. Pleats will pull open if pants are even the slightest bit too tight and they tend to make a big man look heavier. Pleats on a tall slender man will just give extra fabric and create a baggy non-crisp look.

Length:

The most common pant length and the desired length is for the pants to be almost to the floor at about 3/8"/1cm above and have a slight single break (crease of fabric) at the front or top of the shoe.

Beware:

~The slouchy messy drag on the ground look is not a good look for anyone because it gives the illusion of shorter legs. Make sure the pant length is not so short though that one can see your socks when you walk.

Now that you went through this guide you know what to look for when shopping for pants or jeans next time.

A quick recap: too much fabric will sag and bag which can make you look sloppy, too little fabric will emphasize girth and show off bulging and puckering pockets.

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Jack 4 years ago

How do you take in a man's JEAN waist size ? I'm at the point where I wear the in-between-size,38W little too tight,40W the other way,a little too big.I need a 39W. HELP ! Thank you Jack


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Drillsetc.com , thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

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Drillsetc.com 4 years ago

Excellent tips .... too often end buying the wrong size and have to go back to the store.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

love2dogs, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

Love your avatar pic.

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love2dogs 5 years ago from NH

Zsuzsy,

This hub was very helpful. I hame such a hard time finding jeans that don't gap in the back of the waist.

Thanks


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Glen619, glad to have been of help. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for the visit Ethel.

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Very useful. Some great tips

Hey I clicked funny by mistake as useful had disappeared. Sorry


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

U Neek, love that name, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

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U Neek 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Great hub with very useful information.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

RTalloni glad you came by to take a look and thanks for commenting.

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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Hope this good advice is heeded by many! Great info. Thanks on behalf of civilized society!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Shareitt, glad to be of help. Keep hunting and you will find the right type of jeans for yourself.

thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

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shareitt 6 years ago

funny, i have the prob of tiny waist big hips so jeans are a pain...thanks for your info i'm still looking for the right pair however you have given me hope :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Chris, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

Taking in the waist of pants for 'shapely booty' packed ladies is not much different. The excess fabric will probably need to be taken in in more then one location by either deepening the excisting darts or creating them. It takes only a few minutes but it's well worth when the pants fit nicely at the waist and don't gape.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Ah right what about us women with the big or shapely booty(lol)? That's always been my pet peeve; waist is big but the booty either fits or is tight. Been going with the low waisted type for awhile because it seems to sit well on me haha. Good hub.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for taking a look and for commenting Ladyvenus.

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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Paula, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

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Paula Andrea, MA 7 years ago from www.mode of cosmic therapy.com

Such needed and applicable advice. thanks for the expertise.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Marisa! Extra bulges that most of us really do not want or need... Always glad when you come over for a visit.

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Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

I agree with what you say about pleats. I have no idea why they were ever invented. They look dreadful on women's pants too.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Sandikraft! I'm glad that the hub was of some help. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting. regards Zsuzsy


Sandikraft 7 years ago

This was very helpful. I have been shopping with my teenage son who is looking for slacks for a school dance. He is "husky" and knowing what ot avoid and what to look for is very helpful. Thanks!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for taking a look. My nephew was absolutely thrilled with his birthday gift. Thanks again for that great suggestion.

Take care Zsuzsy


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

Thanks for this informative hub Zsuzsy.

BTW, I just noticed today that I made a sell on Amazon and I´m sure it was you, thanks a lot. Did your nephew like it? ;)

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