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How to Properly Fit Pants

What makes a well fitted pair of pants?

For most women, comfort is key, so that means “the looser the better”. For most men, as long as they can get away with something that looks “good enough” they are happy to wear what “feels right” off the rack.

It’s no wonder that there is a lack of consensus on what look right and what does the wearer no favours. So, to help you better know what to look for we’ve produced two videos – one for men, and one for women – covering three problem areas when it comes to great-looking pants. 

Check out our how to guide on what to look out for when fitting trousers below.

Men's Trousers

  • Waist: The general rule here is to ensure you have enough room for two fingers – not too tight but not too loose that it requires a belt.
  • Seat: Avoid anything where the crotch is too long or short. Very important when you’re sitting down for long periods!
  • Length: Preferences here can vary, however it depends on the type of shoes and the. A clean, “no-break” trouser is great for a conservative look. A shorter break is more suited to boots or those looking for a more fashion-forward look.

Women's Trousers

With personal and editorial stylist, Kerrie Carucci.

  • Waist: A well-fitted waistband should be sitting nice and flush towards the back of the body without any puckering. You should be able to fit two fingers in the waistband for comfort.
  • Length: For wide-leg pants, the length should sit above the shoe line. If you are predominantly wearing heels, the length should be altered to fit that height.
  • Front: Focus on how the trousers are fitted through the back. In the front it should sit comfortably without any pulling.

Follow Kerrie on Instagram for more personal styling tips.

So there you have it, three simple tips for getting your pants fitting just right!

If you think your pants or trousers could do with a little fix-up, our expert team at The Fitting Room can alter your garment to exactly how it should be worn for your body shape. We can also provide you with practical fitting advice for longer-lasting garments. You can also download our complete guide to fitting jackets, trousers and shirts. 

If you would like to find out more or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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