What needs to be discussed on pants and shorts cannot be exhausted in a day’s piece, but we’ll discuss the ones we can and talk about the rest next time.
Men mostly wear regular pants these days. Except you are a banker or you have a dress code at your workplace that requires you to wear suit every day, you’ll agree with me when I say it hardly crosses your mind to wear suit. No matter what you wear however, regular pants will come up in what you wear as often as anyone can imagine. If this is so, you have to wear it right. For pants, the best way to wear it right is keeping it simple, like I always say.
In this piece, we shall discuss important aspects of your pants you should take cognizance of in order to have the perfect pant that serves and suits you.
The world used to wear pants with flat fronts only, until designers crazy about having something new, or improving on the existing ones introduced pleated pants. Pleats have been existing as far back as 1470, not on pants though, but on gowns, especially the ones worn by priests.
The pleated pants had its fair share of reign, but suddenly the fashion-aware utterly creative minds that have evolved over the years ended its reign. Although there are still pleated pants here and there, but the number of men who wear it has reduced drastically over the years; more men who still do will stop today too.
Pleats just add extra fabric and bulk to your midsection. They draw unwelcome attention to that area. Come on, ladies may want to know what the bulge is all about, not knowing it’s just fabric your pleats have gathered there.
A fashion critic once said, “Men in pleated pants look like they’re retaining water. Pleats create a little more roominess below the waist, which only encourages you to put too much stuff in your pockets and look even bulkier.”
Plain flat-front pant will always look more sophisticated and cleaner than a pleated pant. Most men know it today though, but there are still many men who don’t. Flat-fronts give a slimming effect that looks good even on slightly overweight folks.
I believe a little more mind have been rid of pleats, so let’s talk about other important aspects of casual pants.
The length of your pant is very important, well except you are Muslim cleric whose pants shouldn’t touch the ground. The pants should cover the top of your shoe when you’re standing, but make sure there is no excess fabric pooling around the ankles, while you also make sure there’s no overexposure of sock. This way, the pants look neat and smart.
For dress pants however, the hems should be slightly angled, so that the front of the pants is a smidge shorter than the back. Remember you just want the front to land just on or above your shoe, and you want the back of the hem to just touch the top of the heel of your shoes. In other words, your pants should cover the entire back of your shoe, except the heel.
Buying pants? Note that most good quality dress pants are going to have unfinished bottoms. Ensure a nice clean hem with no cuff. Cuffs generally belong to pleated pants, and you already promised me you’ll never wear them again :) Pants without cuffs look a little cleaner, a little more modern, and honestly, a little more sophisticated.
The waist of your pants is equally important. It should fit comfortably, not super tight or snug (two fingers should fit into the waistband easily after you put the pants on).
Your pants importantly, should sit at the right level on your waist. Guys don’t know where to wear their pants. Some have them pulled up to the sky and others have them so low they look like a gangster. Dress pants must fit on your true waist or higher, there are no two ways to it. This means when you try them on, the waistband should fit above the hip bone, but not touching the belly button. Dress pants should never be worn low. Jeans should be worn low slung on the hip bone, but not so low your pubes, or the tattered boxers you’ve refused to change despite my advice show.
The rise and seat are also very important. The rise is the distance between the top button to your scrotum or penis, whichever one is lower. A long rise looks bad on everyone though, but make sure you don’t cut it too short there is no room down there.
The seat refers to your bum-bum, like my nieces and nephews call it. The seat should fit so that you can tell you have a butt, yet stop short of being so tight that the pants accentuate your butt crack. Sadly for me though, it always looks as if I have no butt, no matter how fitting the pant is… sobs.