The Break: How Long Is Your Pant?

If your pants/trousers are too short or long, it can create a nasty impression but that depends on the kind of message you want to send out. Proper hem length is critical to your pants looking right; I will recommend you take your time to understand how hem length affects your look.

To get this right, it is important you give your pant the proper break. The term ‘break’ refers to the point where your trouser falls on your shoe, creating a horizontal fabric crease on the front part. Most pants that you buy and wear (without your tailor’s touch) mostly have a break. A longer trouser will give you a deeper break while a shorter pant will give you a slight or no break.

When you are wearing a denim, this might not matter as much since you can always cuff or roll them up. There are different types of break; high, half, quarter or no break. No break is my ideal style. This style looks best with slim fitting trouser, refers to the cuff barely resting on the shoe and no fold on the pants fabric. Super tall and super short guys should tread with caution with no break.

It all boils down to your personal style preference but for a modern man, quarter or no break should be one of your ideal style, be it pants or.... chinos/khaki. I do have a grey suit with the ‘highwaters or flooding’ trouser length; this is when the pants barely touch the shoe. I wear this whenever I want to show off my socks. *winks*. This looks good on slim and athletic built men.

Too much break makes you look sloppy that is why full break is faulty to me. You can never see a guy in a fashion magazine with a full break on his pant. Most men think of getting the waist right but the break is important as well.

Thinking of how to take off those breaks on your pants? Your experienced tailor can do that. If you are not vocal, a tailor will alter to his taste that is why you need to communicate in the right word to your tailor. Don’t forget your shoes; put them into consideration when determining your trouser length.

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