How Should Dress Pants Fit?

How Should Dress Pants Fit?

One important thing to know is that you should never compare dress pants to your favorite pair of jeans. They aren't meant to fit the same way.


Dress pants and suit pants are designed to sit up a little higher on the waist than your causal pants or denim, and they often fit a little more snug around the waist. When checking the waist fit, it is a good idea to wear a dress shirt that fits you well. (read the guide on how a dress shirt should fit).

If the waist is too loose, but the rest feels comfortable and fits you right, let a tailor take in your waist. You can also try wearing a belt if it's only a little too big. If the waist is too tight, you will need a larger size. However, if everything else fits fine except for the waist, there is always the option for you to let out the waist by a tailor. 


An easy way to tell if the seat is right is when you can tell that you have a complete set of glutes, but we shouldn't be able to see the line, if you know what I mean ;)

Unlike a slim pair of causal pants or denim, the seat of a suit, thighs, and hips of a dress pant should not bunch up, or cause the fabric to pull. If your pant pockets are bulging or if you can see the classic wedgie, the seat is definitely too tight. You can very easily test to see if the seat fits simply by sitting down. Make sure you have enough room to sit down in any position without having the urge to constantly pull your pants. 


If you have ever bought suit pants you probably know that they come unfinished on the bottoms. This is where your personal preference comes to play. Some people - the ones with a very traditional style in particular, usually prefer a full break 

Sometimes suit pants will come without a designated inseam length, with the expectation you’ll have them tailored to the perfect suit pant length. If your pant size has a second number, that’s the inseam length—literally the length of the inner seam of your pant legs. (Whoa.)

This is where your personal preference comes into play. Some people, particularly those with a very traditional style, prefer a big “break” (break is the way the fabric rests and folds on the top of the shoe). Some break is fine, but if you want a modern look, wear your pants with no break. For a “no break” look, the fabric should just touch the top of your shoe without folding.