Why the crotch of your trousers wears out and how to prevent it
– by Clare Sheng
Have you noticed that clothes seem to wear out a lot faster than they used to? Quite often, a new pair of trousers can wear out in the bottom after only a few months.
Are garments just not made like they’re used to, or are there other reasons behind it?
We break down the reasons why your trousers keep wearing thin at the crotch, how you can prevent it from happening, and how it can be fixed.
So why is the crotch of your trousers wearing out so fast?
These are some of the reasons:
- Muscular thighs – ie you have one of those body shapes where the thighs of your legs rub together when you are walking.
- The trousers are too tight – this is more common than you think. The current trend dictates that men should wear their trousers very slim fitting. This may look great in photos and when you are standing, but it adds stress to the hip area and can cause damage to the fabric very quickly
- The fabric is too thin – Finer fabrics such as super 120s and even super 160s are extremely soft fabrics. They are expensive, drape beautifully on the body, and feel wonderfully soft against the skin. However, this fabric will wear out much faster than a super 100 or a synthetic blend.
However, don’t be discouraged. Here are some things you can do to slow down the wear and tear.
- Add a saddle – a saddle is a piece of silky fabric, cut in a triangular shape and attached to the inside seat of the trousers. Adding a large saddle will help to absorb moisture, and reduce wear of the woollen fabric. This will help to prolong the life of the trousers crotch.
- Get the right fit – the “rise” is one of the most important fits on a pair of trousers. This is the seam that runs from the centre of the waistband, down and around to your zipper. The “rise” needs to fit comfortably around your seat. If it is too short, the trousers will ride up into your bottom. Not only is this uncomfortable, but the fabric will also wear out quickly.
- Take it easy – A lot of men don’t realise that tailored suits should not be worn while doing vigorous activities. For example, going out for a night on the town, getting on that mechanical bull, or even just cleaning under the desk can cause an accidental rip.
- Air it out – Moisture and bacteria from the body can make the fabric brittle over time and become damaged more easily. At the end of the night, hang up your suit and trousers in a well-ventilated area so they have a chance to dry properly and return to the original shape.
For those trousers that are already worn out in the crutch, they could still be saved! Just bring it along to your local tailor, and have the crutch mended or even replaced. They will patch an extra piece of fabric under the damaged area and make it nice and strong again.
Make sure you buy good quality garments, look after it well, and it will last the distance.