Consider Your Trouser Length

Consider Your Trouser Length

It’s important to consider the length of your trousers (or pants). Do you prefer a full-break, half-break or no-break?

Unfortunately many men buy a suit and never consider altering the length of their trousers. This means the suit looks to be ill-fitting and somewhat sloppy – with reams of material hanging around the ankles.

What do you need to consider?

Trouser length comes down to personal preference, however, the traditional length (quarter-break) is such that the crease at the rear of the trousers falls straight down with no-break, with a slight break on the front crease over the shoe.

The above image shows a no-break trouser length from the front. This gives the effect of elongating the length of a man’s legs, which can be especially effective for a shorter man. Many men prefer a slightly longer trouser length, instead opting for a half-break as shown in the image below.

Trouser Break

As a general rule-of-thumb, choosing a quarter-break or half-break will be suitable for most men (see left image below). Another trend is to have exaggerated short trousers so that the shoes are fully visible when standing upright (see right image below). Although this has been popular in Milan for many years, it has gained increasing popularity in other parts of the world.

Trouser Break vs Short

Although short trousers are acceptable in some situations, it may not be suitable for a suit worn in the workplace or for meetings with clients (in many countries). If you choose short trousers, consider having turn-ups (or cuffs) so that the trousers can easily be altered at a later date when this fashion fades.

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