A Case for Well-Fitted Pants

One of the easiest style mistakes to correct is wearing pants that fit well and compliment your body. Baggy or loose pants not only make you look shorter, but also unpolished and sloppy. On the other hand, wearing pants that are too tight can make your upper body look way larger in comparison to your lower body. The key is balance. The perfect fitting pants can make you look taller, like you hit the gym, and effortlessly stylish.

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Loose pants don't do anything for you

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Fitted pants look much better

When deciding on how tight your jeans should be, you have to work with your body type. Your body type can tell you if you can pull off “slim” or even “skinny” jeans or if you’re better off with a straight pair. The rule is easy, the slimmer you are, the slimmer you can go. If you’re an average build, stick to slim. If you are on the bigger side, stick to “slim-straight”. Men rarely need to go into the “straight” or “relaxed” territory unless they are really big. When I say really big, I’m talking about Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock big.

Not convinced? Below are some examples of what an ill-fitted pair of jeans can do to you vs what a well-fitted pair can do for you. I broke down the advice by body type, if you don't know your body type, check out THIS POST.

Trapezoid

Trapezoids should stick to slim fits in pants since a slim leg compliments the rest of their shape and looks modern.

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Oval

It's important for Ovals not go too skinny their pants since it will make their upper body look really big in comparison to their lower body. Create balance by going for slim or slim-straight. Don't go too baggy or it will make you look wider than you are.

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Triangle

Stick to slim or slim-straight depending on how big your upper body is. Baggy pants will make you look much wider and shorter than you are.

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Inverted Triangle

Inverted Triangles hit the gym a lot, so it's easy to think you need relaxed fit pants, but you don't. Show off your body with fitted jeans, but go for "athletic" fits which are slim and give you more room in the thighs.

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Rectangle

Guys on the slimmer side should not wear baggy pants. Not only does it not look modern, but the loose clothing can make your head look smaller than the rest of your body. Work with your body and wear pants that fit well. You don't need to go "skinny", but at least stick to "slm".

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Length Matters

Another tip on making sure your pants fit well is to make sure they are the proper length. Having jeans or chinos that slouch at the bottom due to excess fabric is going to make it look like your pants are too long for you, hence making you look short. Getting your pants adjusted to the right length is called getting them “hemmed”. Hemming is a very common alteration tailors do and is usually in the $10 to $20 range and is worth it. Lots of department stores have in-house tailors that can do it for you so you don’t have to go searching for a tailor elsewhere.

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Well Fitted Pants Instantly Make You Look Taller

Waist Height Also Matters

Last, but not least, wear your pants at the right length. Wearing your pants too low on your waist will make your legs look short and your upper body look unproportionately long. Wearing them at the right length will balance out your body.

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Pants Too Big Don't Do Anything For You

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Well Fitted Pants Instantly Make You Look Taller

Next time you get a new pair of jeans, chino or dress pants, keep this advice in mind and you’ll be looking effortlessly stylish.