Trouser Length: Getting It Right

When it comes to men's fashion, there are few things more important than getting the fit right. The right - or wrong - fit can have a significant impact on the way you look in your clothes, and adds to your overall personal style. The right fit will make you look and feel great, and help you to project confidence to the world. Unfortunately, some seem to neglect trouser length and think of it as being somehow less important; we assure you, it is not. As York bespoke tailors, we often tailor trouser hems that are that bit too long, as getting the length right can make a world of difference. In fact, even the most minor adjustments to trouser legs can have a dramatic effect on your overall look, and will help you to stand out in the crowd.

The modern suit trouser is the ultimate staple of menswear, but wearing it also comes with some clearly set-out rules, especially regarding fit. Unlike more casual offerings, there is generally an acceptable standard created within the suit world that defines when a suit fits correctly, and when it does not.

Guidelines for traditional tailoring clearly state one break at the front of the trousers, and one at the back. Hems should brush the top of a man's heel, so that the trouser drapes adequately whilst maintaining shape.

However, tailoring evolves with time, and many modern labels are producing more contemporary styles that feature skinnier, shorter legs, making the old rules far less relevant in the grand scheme of these. Besides, aren't rules made to be broken?

Modern slim-legged trouser suits are tailored to sit a little higher on the shoe to suit the slimmer hem; this is simply because the material will bunch at a shorter length. The standard rules of draping no longer apply here, so a smaller half-break, or simply no break, is the ideal solution to bring a suit up-to-date. This is a perfect look for spring/summer, but you may wish to go for more traditional tailoring during the colder months.

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Bespoke tailoring is the perfect way to ensure you have the ideal fit and length, no matter which style of trousers you decide to go for. Contact bespoke Yorkshire tailors Mullen and Mullen today to find out what we can do for you.