How To Wear Trousers

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Legs. They’re funny old things. We’ve all got them and yet, perhaps because they sit below our line of vision, or maybe because they’re generally a bit weird looking, we tend to neglect them.

Take frequent gym goers for instance, "neglecting to train your legs is the most common mistake made by 'cover model' look-seeking gym guys." says Esquire’s personal trainer Harry Jameson, "you’ll end up looking top heavy with chicken legs".  The fact is, like it or not, your legs account for at least half of your body (unless you’re Nicolas Sarkozy, then it’s more like a third) and they deserve your full attention.

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Walk down any street in the UK, dip your eyes a few millimeters and you’ll see first hand how much British men struggle to get to grips with their legs. Trousers shouldn’t be so difficult to get right, and yet so many get them so wrong. From men with roomy hips wearing painfully skinny jeans, to skinny men wearing deeply unflattering straight-legged Mum jeans, to business types wearing suit trousers which bunch at the bottom and fray at the heel – there’s a bad trouser epidemic sweeping the nation, and it’s about time we all got inoculated. 

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Here’s your first dose.

 

1 | Know your body
The key to buying good trousers, whatever the style, is to understand your body shape. Look in the mirror and assess yourself honestly. If you have large hips you should opt for a slightly roomier leg. Skinny legs? A weightier fabric and a higher waist will help add volume. Thick calves? Opt for a tapered style.

 

2 | Consult a tailor
A good way to get an idea of what you should be wearing is to visit a tailor and ask him which cuts will work best on your frame. Firstly they need to be cut so that they sit on the waist and not fall round the hips. From ours: "Cutting is crucial throughout. The trousers need to be cut with shape to avoid excess cloth where you don’t want it (like below the seat). They need to be in balance too or again they hang badly, collapsing either front or back. Again this is in the cutting.

"And they need to be well constructed to keep them in shape; a good waistband canvas so tha the band remains stiff; re-inforced pocket mouths so these don’t droop. And clean well tacked fly. Bascially cut make and fit all need to be good."

 

3 | Embrace a higher waist
As a general rule, your trousers should sit just above your hips - the closer they are to this point the more flatteringly they will hang over your bum and flow down the leg. This is particularly true for those with wider hips – straight frames can get away with wearing their trousers a little lower. And just to clarify, this isn’t Simon Cowell in maternity pant territory; look instead to the way Alain Delon wore his slacks in 1960’s Plein Soleil for inspiration.

 

4 | Let go of your belt
It sounds silly but before buying ensure that your trousers stay up without the use of a belt. Though belts are commonplace these days, a good pair of trousers should in fact sit flush against your waist and stay in place without aid. If your weight fluctuates opt for trousers with side adjusters.

 

5 | Get on board with a taper
Shape-wise, slim should never equate to tight. Whatever size you are, your trousers should sit around half a centimeter away from your skin, and should feature a slight taper that follows the natural line of your leg – stretches in fabric around the groin, bum or thigh must be avoided.
 

6 | Get a good length
Your trousers should also sit, without bunching, at the same level as the highest lace of your shoe, or higher if you prefer a cropped style. You don’t want any excess material hanging down at the back as this will result in unsightly fraying and your legs look much shorter than they actually are.

 

7 | Put fabrics first
Good fabrics can make all the difference. Something crease-resistant (cotton with a touch of elastine is a great option for summer), slightly weightier than usual and with natural give will allow for all manner of sins.

 

8 | Pay attention to hue
What’s more, be aware that dark shades are suitable for all while paler colours only work on slimmer frames. Sad but true.
 

9 | Knees up!
Next, pull up your trousers a few inches when you sit down otherwise you’ll be lumbered with irritating knee indentations in the fabric that never go away.

10 | Cut out creases
And finally, for the love of God use an iron.

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