One of the main and obvious benefits of getting bespoke clothing is that you can customise everything to your liking. With trousers, this advantage, however, also comes with a big responsibility – selecting the right trouser length! It can literally make or break your look. But how long should they be, really?
The length of men’s trousers is determined by the so-called break – a point at the bottom of your leg where your trousers meet the shoe. Its position, and effectively the length of your trousers, will affect your overall appearance, so it’s worth paying attention to.
Crop your pants too short and your body may seem out of proportions. Make them too long and the fabric will start building up and may result in an untidy look.
Defining the proper length isn’t a matter of singling out the perfect length that works for everyone and on every occasion. Like most things in fashion, it’s subject to personal preference, style and body type.
You can, however, make an educated decision based on knowing the different pant breaks and choose one that’s right for you.
Here are the five most common ways for the trouser to break:
We hope the above explanation provided you with enough information to make a smart decision when you are getting your new tailored trousers. Even if you buy them off the rack, many stores, such as Zara, offer alteration service, often for a small additional fee that’s well worth it.
Overall, for suit trousers, at Patrick & Co we recommend opting for a quarter or half break to most men. If you are wearing chinos, those are best worn shorter, with ideally no break at all. It helps to accentuate the shape of the trousers and your style. In any case, be sure to always try them on with your shoes.