All About Trousers

This entry was posted on January 10, 2012 under Dressing Guidelines. Written by:



Getting the right fit is always important.  Fortunately, trousers aren’t as complicated as jackets where you have to worry about making sure the sleeves fall straight from the shoulders.  Or, making sure the collar rests snugly against the back of the neck.  Still, we like to point out four common misconceptions when it comes to being the one who “wears the pants in the family.”

#1Flat front pants are only for the young and skinny.

This simply isn’t true. If you don’t have a 32-inch waist, baggy pleated pants can often make you look even heavier. Flat versus pleated really comes down to personal preference, not body type. And there’s no need to take sides. For example, you can have pleats on your suit pants but wear plain-front chinos on the weekend. Works for us.

 #2Flat front pants, no cuff. Pleated pants, cuff optional.

You hear this old canard all the time, and it just isn’t necessarily so. The traditional American preppy pant has always been plain front with cuffs (even on khakis). Flat front or pleated, all our trousers come unhemmed, so you can get exactly what you want.

 #3 – Short men should wear their pants longer.

Actually, the opposite is true: A full break will actually make a short man look even shorter. We find a slight to moderate break on trouser hems — regardless of a man’s height —to be more sophisticated anyway, as extra fabric flapping around the ankles simply looks sloppy. 

 #4 – Wear your trousers on your waist.

The increasing prevalence of jeans over the past few decades has confused many men about how their trousers are supposed to hang. While jeans are worn on the hips, dress pants should be worn above the hipbone on the waist. The short man looking to lengthen his leg line should look at where his pants begin, not where they end. Wear them a bit higher, but with a shorter break.

Lastly, a measuring tip. Get your inseam from your closet. Use a pair of trousers that breaks exactly where you like it, laid flat, and measure inches from the crotch seam to the bottom of one leg. Much better results than the awkwardness of measuring yourself.



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12 Comments to “All About Trousers”

  1. David Wheeler says:

    As a guy over 6′ you never talk about the rise in your slacks. Therefore, I have always purchased my slacks from vendors that identify specific regular versus long rise. How is a guy to know.

  2. LauraF says:

    Great question, David!

    All of our trousers are available with a standard rise; however, the rise is very generous and compares to many of our competitor’s long rise trousers.

    We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our items. I recommend trying our trousers to see if the rise works for you. If the trousers do not fit to your liking, you may certainly return them to us for an exchange or refund or the purchase price. For the convenience of our customers, we include a merchandise return form and return label in all our packages when shipped.

    If you have any additional questions, please let us know!

  3. Tom says:

    I used to get pants made in Italy from Paul Fredricks. They fit just fine. Lately some of the slacks from Paul Fredrick were switched to a Chinese vender and now they do not fit well. Why do you think that is? I’m sit of Chinese products that are not generous on the material. what is the deal with that? It is funny because the shirts from China are generous in the material.

  4. LauraH says:

    Thank you for your feedback, Tom! We are sorry to hear that you are not pleased with the fit of the trousers you recently received.

    The difference in fit that you are noticing is not because the trousers were made in China, but because we have recently changed the fit of our trousers. We were receiving many comments from our customers regarding our trousers being too baggy in the hip and thigh. We also were noticing a trend in the industry leaning more towards slimmer looking trousers. As a result, we changed the measurements to make our trousers less baggy in the hip and thigh area.

    You may certainly return the trousers to us for an exchange for a different size. Please use the return label that was included in your package to mail the trousers back to us. We will have your return processed and issue the exchange order as soon as your return is received.

    If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to email us at custserv@paulfredrick.com

  5. Jimmie says:

    Yea but guys with bigger thighs and hips are having a problem with them being too tight. I have ran into that problem with some of your suits I recently purchase

  6. David Chester says:

    I am a 42 waist and I purchased pants from you all and I am waiting to EXHALE!!They are too tight 44 are too big is there a waist alteration that you all provide? I want to order a couple of suits will I have trouble with the waist?

  7. Angela says:

    Sorry to hear that our waist sizes aren’t working for you David. Unfortunately we don’t offer a 43 size or waist alterations and I think you may run into the same problem with our suits. If you have a tailor that you use, perhaps you can order the size 44 and then have them taken in? In case you are not aware, you are able to return these trousers for a full credit of the purchase price. Please let us know if you have any questions about the returns process.

  8. Angela says:

    We are sorry to hear that Jimmie. We looked at your orders and we believe we know the trousers that you are referring to. We just recently switched our specifications slightly on these trousers. We apologize that this is not working for you. It was just a slight change so we are interested to see if these particular trousers are defective. Are you able to send these trousers back so that we can measure them? Do you have any of our pre-paid return labels? We will contact you directly to resolve this issue.

  9. i am a new online purchaser from Paul Fredrick and i just want
    to say i love the materials the fit the quality of your trousers.
    i just recently lost sixty pounds and i simply enjoy buying pants
    from your company.i mostly buy flat front for a slimmer look size
    46 waist which is always available in any style.slimming down from a 52 to a 46 waist was a blessing.i do admit that i would like to see more clothing made in the US but times have changed
    Chinese tailors are exceptional tailors especially the ones in Kowloon,Hong Kong

  10. LauraH says:

    Thank you, Demetrious. We are delighted to hear that you love our trousers!

    Congratulations on your weight loss. That is fantastic!

  11. Brian Pratt says:

    Recently promoted from a floor job to management. Jeans are now a thing of the past for work attire and dress trousers are now an everyday must. Followed your directions for measuring an inseam and really am confused. Measured my new store bought trousers and came up with a 31″ inseam, but in my jeans Iv’e always worn a 34″ did I measure correctly? Need to know before I place my order

  12. Angela says:

    Hi Brian,

    Jeans and trousers should not be compared for inseam length because the rise in jeans is cut differently and jeans tend to be worn longer. If you measured a 31 inseam, then this is the size you should use when ordering trousers. Please let us know if you need any additional help when placing your order. You can place another post here or contact us at 1-800-247-1417.

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