The Perfect Fit: Suit Trousers

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We’re back here today with another entry in the Perfect Fit series as we continue the ongoing quest that is improving your menswear game.

If you caught the last entry in the series – how your sweater should fit – you’ll see that we’re stepping forward into dressier territory today with men’s suit trousers.

How should your suit trousers fit? It’s not all that easy to answer. But we’ll try our best anyway.

As you go about your day-to-day, odds are you’ll need to suit up eventually. When you do, make sure your men’s suit trousers look great.

Of course, a better fit leads to more versatility. Those same trousers can be worn with seasonal classics, like a suede bomber jacket or a rugged chambray shirt just as easily as they can with the matching suit jacket.

But, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Read on for how to get the perfect fit.

How should my suit trousers fit?

This is a broad question. The answer comes down to personal preference and body type.

There are certain rules to keep in mind as you shop around and try on tailored looks.

The general movement in the menswear world is toward slimmer silhouettes. That’s across all types of suiting. It applies whether you’re reaching for a year-round worsted wool suit or lightweight linen-blend suit for summer.

The same principle – that of a slimmer fit all-around – is certainly one you should keep in mind.

We’re not asking you to buy skintight men’s suit trousers. Think of a great-fitting pair of suit trousers like you might a classic pair of denim.

We’re ultimately going for a solid middle ground. It’s the suiting version of a slim-straight cut that skims, not clings.

If you’re starting with the basics, you’ll ideally want a minimal break (the area where your pant hem meets your shoes).

See this GQ feature for an example of what not to do.

Extra fabric around your ankles makes you look shorter and sloppier. A taller, longer silhouette with a minimal or half-break is the way to go.

Need to learn more about finding the right trouser length? EG definitely has you covered.

See how Mr. Ryan Reynolds nails the fit of his trousers in terms of break? That’s what we’re shooting for, folks.

The Perfect Fit: Suiting Trousers

We’re not all blessed with his handsome good looks, but it’s a style worth emulating.

For instance: Daniel Craig as James Bond favors a suit jacket and trousers with a minimal break and slim fit.

The Perfect Fit: Suiting Trousers

It’s certainly one option … if you’re blessed with secret agent-type good looks, that is.

The rest of us are better off with a more middle-of-the-road cut.

You’ll also want to ditch the excess fabric through the thigh and seat of your pants. Avoiding that extra bagginess contributes to a more flattering silhouette.

If you’re unsure of what the best fit might be for your frame, getting to know a great tailor is helpful. He or she can offer up helpful suggestions for your body type.

Think Of It This Way:

  • Look for slimmer-cut suit trousers with a minimal or half-break for style that’s both classic and current.
  • Excess fabric through the thigh and at your ankles is no good.

What To Avoid

When finding proper fit, beware of a few common pitfalls.

Buying quality goes that much further to ensuring a great fit. So – as with most menswear pick-ups – avoid budget brands that use poor fabric and will require extensive tailoring.

There are plenty of excellent menswear brands making top-notch, affordable men’s suit trousers.

It’s tough to go wrong with a staple brand like J. Crew. Consider the Ludlow suit trouser. It’s an excellent starting point in terms of quality and proper fit for the guy who needs a slimmer suit.

The Perfect Fit: Suiting Trousers

If you hit the squat rack frequently, the brand still has you covered. The Crosby suit trousers feature a more athletic cut.

The Perfect Fit: Suiting Trousers

Can’t get enough of Bonobos – like the brand’s Washed Chinos? They make plenty of stylish suiting trousers with a reliable fit, too. Remember, quality is key.

The road to a great fit doesn’t stop there.

Avoid men’s suit trousers that are either too tight or too baggy. The rockstar-skinny suiting look isn’t for everyone. Hardly anyone outside of runway model can pull off the ultra-skinny suit, one could argue.

Of course, buying a great pair of men’s suit trousers also starts with considering wearing occasions and the season itself.

For all-season wear, it’s tough to top classic worsted wool suiting trousers.

Fans of casual menswear tend to favor pieces like slim chinos or light wash denim in the spring and summer. But don’t rule out a four-season suit trouser.

Want to lighten your look when it gets hot out? A breathable suiting trouser featuring a cotton-linen blend – or even linen on its own – should serve you handsomely.

Think Of It This Way:

  • Reach for quality menswear brands that offer a variety of fit options for your body type.
  • Avoid overly skinny or overly baggy trousers while looking for versatile, four-season suiting trouser fabrics.

How Do I Style My Suit Trousers?

Herein lies the age-old question. The best part about a high-quality pair of men’s suit trousers is the versatility you get from ‘em.

Think of them like an extension of your favorite pair of chinos or slim corduroys. That means tailored looks – say, a classic navy blazer and a white Oxford – are fair game.

That also means that slightly more dressed-down looks – yes, even a stylish crewneck sweater and tough leather chukka boots – are good.

And if the trousers are cut well enough and made in a sharp colorway, swap out your blazer for something a little edgier – say, a black leather moto jacket and suede chukka boots.

Give it a go sometime – trust us.

Think Of It This Way:

  • suiting trousers look stylish with – or without – the matching jacket.
  • Go for combinations both edgier (the moto jacket) and more classic (a navy blazer and an Oxford).

Just the beginning

We’ve only barely begun to cover everything you need to know when buying a suit. But getting the fit of your men’s suit trousers spot-on is a big step.

It’s a process that takes practice – and probably a trip to the tailor. But once you know how you like your pants to fit and feel, it makes it easy to expand your suited wardrobe.

Great fit also opens the door for all sorts of styling combinations, from a suede bomber jacket to a seasonal blazer.

Practice makes perfect. Whether you’re an old pro at finding great suiting trousers or new to the game, we hope these tips come in handy.

How do you like your suit trousers to fit? Which brands do you prefer? What tips and tricks would you share?