Many men, especially those who dress business casual to work every day, don’t wear pants that actually fit properly. Simply look around you in any public place, and you’re sure to see men in pants with a too-long rise and a baggy fit. And this is certainly not the most flattering look. So when you shop for pants, take the time to try them on, and look for these four important things: rise, drape, length, and break.
The “rise” of your pants basically refers to the groin area. In recent years, men have commonly started to wear jeans with a low rise. For a sophisticated and well-fitted look, you must look for pants with a rise that actually lays close to your anatomical crotch. Anything that hangs down or sags simply looks unpolished. Also noteworthy is the fact that if there is too little fabric in the rise, the pants will be quite uncomfortable. There should be just enough fabric in the rise of your pants that it shows contour without being tight. Make sure that when you try on pants, you sit down and stand up again to make sure the rise fits properly.
When trying on dress pants, check to make sure that there are no visible horizontal lines around your hips, thighs and backside. If there are, the pants are too tight and the fabric is not able to drape correctly. And trust me, too tight pants are something you should avoid when determining what to wear to an interview or on a date. What you want is a nice, long and smooth interrupted line from your hips to your toes. And as an extra tip- a shoe with a slightly pointed toe can help you appear even longer and leaner, as it extends this vertical line.
I’ve placed these two factors together, because they really go hand in hand. In order to determine the right length for your pants, you must also consider the break. “Break” is the effect that occurs when the bottom of your pants gather at the top of your shoes and create a horizontal crease.