how to get pants to fit properly?
October 12, 2013 11:33 AM Subscribe
Almost every pair of pants I've ever worn has had the same problems, except one pair I found in a thrift shop a couple of years ago. I'm starting to wonder whether my proportions are just outside the range served by most stores: should I be shopping at some sort of specialty store for the misshapen? I'll give my measurements and describe my fit problems inside. I'd appreciate any advice on how exactly I'm deviating from manufacturers' expectations and what I can do to wear normal clothes. Minor alterations are within my budget; made-to-measure and bespoke are not.
posted by d. z. wang to clothing, beauty, & fashion (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My measurements are 31" waist, 42" hips, and thighs tapering from 26" at the top to 18" just above the knee. I'm looking for your bog-standard pair of woolen trousers.
Almost every pair of pants I've ever worn has had the same problems. They are too tight around the thighs and butt, they are too loose around the waist, and they deform in a vaguely obscene way when I sit: the waistband pulls down and bows out in the back, and the crotch tents forward into this big beak. This is after I get a tailor to take in the waist. I've tried pleated and double-pleated, long rise, "relaxed fit," belts and suspenders. Nothing seems to help.
The one pair of pants that ever fit me well, I found in a thrift shop for $20. Unfortunately, the waistband said "Giorgio Armani," and the internet assures me that this is a brand I cannot afford to buy new.
Someone once noted that my waist-to-hip ratio is about .75, which is much closer to a woman's proportions than a man's. I wouldn't be opposed to wearing women's pants, if they were fairly unisex looking. Is this an option? I prefer a very staid appearance, and perceptible cross-dressing would not work for me. (Also, they would have to be not of terrible quality: all of my female friends' pants have no pockets or useless pockets, not even a half-lining, completely unfinished waistbands, and bad fabric.)