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MEN’S STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: Buying Nice Pants That Fit

February 13th, 2008 No Comments

MEN’S STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: Buying nice pants that fit

Guys, it’s time to divide and conquer.  I would never ask you to throw out your favorite old levis, but what I am suggesting is that you create a space (preferably hanging) for your out-of-the-house nice pants, and then a seperate drawer for your comfy (these-are-way-too-bagy-but-oh-so-soft) pants. This way you won’t get confused when getting dressed for the day.

Our goal is to get you in pants (jeans, chinos, trousers, slacks, cords, etc) that actually FIT! This will take trial-and-error shopping.  I know you would rather shoot off your pinky toe to avoid shopping, but it will pay off and you will look hot.

Here are some guidlilnes rules when looking for pants:

  1. NO PLEATS! Unless you’re a little overweight and actually need the room, NO PLEATS.
  2. Take at least 2 if not three sizes into the dressing room, have a friend help make the assesment as to which one fits best.
  3. You want something that fits flat across the front without any pulling from the zipper, hugs your butt ever so slightly, doesn’t pinch at your tummy, has a straight leg that comfortably fits around your thigh.
  4. The bottom should cover part of your shoe, not fall straight!
  5. Accept the possiblity that you might have to get them taken in to get the right fit. Even jeans, but it will be worth it to have pants that fit.
  6. Remember, the pants will shrink when you wash, but get really loose after a few wears.

Sounds basic, but no one’s doing it!

Places to find good pants:

  1. Barney’s (they have a selection of all different cuts and pricepoints)
  2. Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s
  3. Club Monaco (my fav)
  4. Banana Republic for basics
  5. Armani Exchange
  6. Theory (at department stores)
  7. John Varvatos
  8. Paul Smith
  9. Ted Baker

I encourage you not to look at brands but look at what fits you well.

For Denim and cords, go for a straight leg.  If you are without much curve, rock the skinny jeans, they make any outfit trendy.

Just remember, we’re moving away from the slouchy, towards the crisp look, so things need to fit right and be wrinkle and rip free.  This is not to say that the hipster look has left us, but that is a little more advanced.

Trouser colors: black, grey, light grey, khaki, white.  Also, try a pattern, or fine texture to mix it up.

As for denim, same rules apply.  Here are some brands I like for men:

  1. Citizen’s of Humanity
  2. Seven
  3. John Varvatos
  4. AG
  5. Mynk Hauteur (new and supposted to be really soft)
  6. Diesel
  7. Rock and Republic
  8. Gap, but I prefer Lucky

On the jeans, there should be no decoration, it’s back to plain, and True Religions are only for the guys still rocking cowboy shirts in California. So no designs, no rips, and the color should be medium to dark denim.  If you’re feeling hip, try white.