Men's Pants Buying Guide
|For a gift for that man in your life, or if you're looking for pants for yourself, you might need some suggestions to help you on your way to a great pair of britches. A few things to remember: your budget is important. It's very easy to spend a few hundred dollars on tastefully ripped jeans that will last six months before disintegrating, and if that's your thing, then by all means go for it. But when considering a budget, remember that most pants are around $40, but obviously, there are less expensive and more expensive pairs--it just depends on what you need and what you can spend. ||
When buying pants, always try them on; you want to make sure that they will fit, and just think of new pants like preparing for a long trip--you want to pack your junk well! With men's pants, there are a lot of styles available to you, and it really depends on your personal taste!
What Are the Basic Types?
Pleated Dress Pants
- Very attractive and stylish.
- Surprisingly, these pants make most men look thinner--when the waist fits.
- Like their pleated brethren, wool and cotton never fail.
- Work with most shirts and sweaters.
- Slightly less formal and very versatile.
- A warm season look.
- Looks good with almost everything.
- Skip the sneakers and opt for loafer.
- Not for the fashion-conscious, but great for the utilitarian.
- If you overload your pockets, you'll look like too bulky.
- Skip these at the office and only wear on weekends.
- Footwear options: boots or sneaks.
Slightly Less Common Trousers
- You may want to buy pants for the gym. Consider: workout pants ,sweat pants ,exercise pants .
- Scrubs should be worn only by doctors. Even if you are a big fan of Grey's Anatomy , you can't get away with these.
- Elastic waists are easy to fit. Just make sure they're the right length.
- And Remember, these pants are only for the gym or relaxing at home. They are not to be worn on dates or to work.
- If you know your waist and inseam measurement, you should be able to tell which size S-M-L-XL to pick.
Tips on Fit and Sizing
Most men's pants are sized with two numbers: waist and inseam measurement, in that order.
- Measure your waist by wrapping a tape measure around your torso wherever you want your pants to fall. Keep a finger or two between the tape measure and you, so that you have a bit of breathing room and space to tuck your shirt in.
- If you're going the classic and respectable route, measure at your proper waist, where your body creases when you lean to the side. Tip: find your belly button. That's your waist level.
- Younger and trendier men often wear their pants lower, along their hips. This is a riskier way to go, as you may show off parts of yourself intended for private use, but if it's really where you want your pants to fall, use that measurement.
- A smart man will never leave his gut hanging out over his pants. Don't give in to pride and insist that you wear the same size jean you wore in college--let go of your delusions and buy pants that fit.
- Measure your inseam by taking a tape measure up your leg (or letting someone else do it) and running it to where you want the crotch of your pants to lie. That height is your inseam. Make sure to measure along your leg and directly perpendicular to the floor on up.
- If you're squeamish or wimpy about being measured, take the pair of pants that fit you best and measure the inseam (and waist) there. It's just the seam that runs on the inside of the leg.
- Better to purchase pants that are a little too long, rather than a little too short. A tailor can shorten anything, but said tailor can make very few things longer.
- You should end up with dimensions, in inches, that look something like 30x32. That is your pant size.
- To get fancier, if you want to calculate the rise of your pants, it's the distance from the crotch to the waist. It will dictate how high your pants sit. Many pants will come in low- ,medium- and high-rise options. If your pants are above your waist, that's high rise, at your waist is medium and below your waist is low rise.
The rare exception of casual pant will be sized S -M -L -XL . Usually this type of sizing is only used for casual pants like sweatpants or hiking pants . If you know your waist and inseam measurement, you should be able to tell which size S-M-L-XL to pick.
- Pant bottoms should hit your shoes and "break" once. This means that they should crease slightly (due to their manly length) once before terminating on top of your lovely shoe.
- You should never be able to see your socks peeking out of your pant leg when standing. If you can, your pants are too short and you've got those "flood waters" you were teased about in grade school.
- Your pants should look good on you. Look in a mirror . Try to find a 3-way mirror and check yourself from a few angles.
- When buying pants, check for comfort . Sit in them. Walk in them. Still feel good? Good.
- If they are too long, take them to a tailor.
- Make sure pants coordinate with the clothes already hanging in your closet. Your pants should work with your belts ,shoes , and shirts .
- How do you want to keep your pants up? You can have suspenders or you can have a belt. You cannot have both.
- Your shoes and belt should complement your pants. Black goes with everything except navy (denim isn't navy) and brown .Brown goes with brown ,khaki , and navy .
- Your socks should be in the color scheme of your pants, not your shoes.
- Cuffs are a mature and polished look. Cuff length should never exceed an inch and a half.
- Straight legs always look good and flatter the most heights and builds. Skinny guys can get away with tapered legs .Flared pants only work on jeans--and only on tall guys. Baggy pants are rarely a good idea unless you have your own rap label.
- Are you happy in them? That counts. Is your girlfriend or boyfriend happy when you wear them? That counts too.
- Want to know more? Read the Men's Guide To Getting Dressed.
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FR: Mode Homme