Fashion trends come and go. But if there’s any universal rule about a proper pair of men’s trousers, it’s that they should fit well. Today’s skinny jeans and “slim fits” might seem like fashion fads to some, but behind these cuts are a very real interest in well-fitting pants. The only question is, when are your suit pants too tight? In this post, we'll walk you through some common fitting issues that can lead to tight trousers and what you can do to prevent them.
Trouser Fitting: When is “Snug” Too Snug?
With this trouser fitting guide, we’ll explore the difference between snug trousers and pants that simply don’t fit.
It’s a simple question, but the answers seem to vary from person to person. If you’re used to loose fitting suit pants, then a proper trouser fit might feel too snug at first. If you’re used to slim cut, anything “straight cut” or loose-fitting may feel wrong.
"Too Tight" Checklist
It might be a matter of personal preference to some, but there are a few keys to figuring out whether your trousers are too tight or not:
- Comfort. Comfort can be a fickle thing. Some people are comfortable wearing pants that are a size too big for their legs. But true fit should always be comfortable, even if it’s a little more snug than you’re used to. If your pants feel tight at first, give them a few wears to see if you simply needed to adjust your expectations. If not, it could be the pants.
- Restriction of movement. There should be none. If your pants feel a little snug but allow you the full freedom of movement you’d expect, it’s a sign that you’re simply used to a looser fit. If the pants are so tight that they do restrict basic movement like stretching your legs, they might be too tight.
- Length. If your trousers don’t make it all the way to the bottom of your ankle, there’s a good chance you’ve gone a size too small. If anything, you’ll want a pair of pants that will have a little more fabric at the top of your shoe, as you can easily fold them over for a cuffed look (or simply have them hemmed).
As important as the above information might be, it doesn’t tell you a thing if you haven’t already tried the pants on. Here’s what to do if you’re currently in the market for a pair of pants and don’t want to buy them too tight.
Getting The Right Fit
As a baseline for the right fitting suit pants, you should try on your best-fitting pair of pants and check all of the measurements you can find. How big is the waist? The length of the inseam? Once you have these numbers, think about the areas that might need some adjustment.
With these numbers and adjustments in mind, you should have all the info you need to go from suit pants that are too tight to just right.
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