Proper Pant Length | A Guide To Men’s Pant Breaks
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What is the proper pant length for suit pants or trousers? How long suit pants should be is matter of discussion when it comes to the rules of style. Ultimately, however, the length of one’s pants – or how much or little break one’s pants have – is a personal style choice and very much a matter of personal preference, aesthetics and body type.
In this video, I discuss the four of the most common pant breaks – no break, slight break, medium break and full break – and hemlines you’re likely to see as well as some guidance on choosing what pant length is right for you and your personal style.
N.B. The "full break" shown in the video isn't a perfect representation of a true full break. Because of my body type, I don't roll with a wide enough trouser for a pure example of this – the back of the pants should be closer to the ground – but it is the best example I have in my own personal wardrobe.
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Well done, Brian! I hope filming this inspired you to make more. I know how time consuming it is, especially for a perfectionist like you! Keep it up 👊🏼
The Modest Man thanks, my friend. Learning to let go!
As a larger man, I must admit that my favorite type of break is
Lunch Break. 🙂
Hahahaha good one
God you made me snort loud
Sad that so many offices are going more casual. I wish I could wear a suit everyday and not feel overdressed.
Dude, honestly, if they say you’re “overdressed,” then shame on them. If anything, it’s better to be/feel overdressed than to under dress… That’s when you look odd and out of place.
I say to hell with how people dress now, I dress as I like, and that means, dressed up, elegant. Let the plebs look like wannabe homeless.
Let other people dress with no style or taste or class. Life is too short to look like crap.
@He Spoke Style Why not go for a more casual suit, seems like a great opportunity to bring in some lighter tones 😉
RealityHurts923 IKR!, we wish it was like the 1960s and before where people normally wear suites and had class
thanks, my suit I just got needs to have pants tailored, I am leaning toward full break, good video sir
Depends on your body type as much as your personal style. Glad this was helpful!
Thank you! This was really helpful!
You got it, James.
I always wear a slight break . It’s a crisp look I feel
Hmm.. Interesting take on going with the house style of bespoke tailoring. Great video, Brian. Looking forward to seeing more!
Gentleman Within thanks, Khoi. IMO when you’re talking about a legendary tailor, you should want what that tailor is legendary for. In the case of Edward Sexton, that’s a strong shoulder and particular trouser length.
Glad to have you back Brian, Keep em coming
Thanks, William. More on the way. Tune in on Thursday!
Brian, you are a man of greatness and we owe a debt of gratitude to you for your fine video and wise council. Full Break Thank you
Haha, you’re much too kind. Thanks for the comment.
For the medium break look, I think that’s an Allen Edmonds McAllister shoe. Are you using shoe trees in your shoes? Because I find them not in good shape. Just my observation.
When I see suit or tuexdo dragging on the floor I want to scream.
I really appreciate this video. I kind of wish that I would’ve found it before I purchased my current suit (that I’m wearing). Oh well, now I know for next time.
Any top tailor worth his money can taper your trousers and sleeves within an hour or two.
Cheers. Glad you found us anyway!
Like your channel and content, looking forward to see more new videos of u 😉
Adau Chan thanks so much! New video out today at noon!
Thanks! Today I went suit shopping with my father, and I was as useful as a toddler at the auto mechanics. My dad hadnt bought a suit in at least 2 decades. Times have changed! Good to know this stuff
Great video! Thank you for posting. I am a dress designer and don’t do menswear but this helped me with hemming some pants. Super helpful!
I’ve been doing #1 more and more – especially with slim fit jeans/pants
If it fits your body type, that’s the right way to go.
thanks brian, how would you address pant breaks with boots? same?
Good question. A big area to pay attention to is your leg opening. One thing I can’t really stand is young dudes with super tapered suit pants trying to rock a pair of chelseas where the pant leg gets bunched up. Important to have something the boot can fit through. Depending on the boot, you’re going to have a little more break than with a pair of lace up shoes or loafers.
No breaks, makes me too conscious. Reminds me when I used to get pick on about my puddle jumper looks as a kid. Lol!
You got it!
@He Spoke Style thank u!
Well, the problem with no break and having that “puddle jumper” look is that your pants probably weren’t tapered. In order to pull off the no-break look, your pants have a have a taper to them.
Just being able to define “pants break” will put you ahead of most of the men out there. Walk into a typical office building and prepare to cringe as you look around! Great video Brian!
@Ron Thompson “too”
@He Spoke Style said so well. ..it’s horrible how many people, men, don’t properly set the hem and break on thier trousers. From to short, to disgustingly long, dragging and horribly bunched up…. of course I also see way to many who don’t tailor the fit to begin with through out the whole trouser. Kinda makes one wonder any more. You pay good money for a good pair of trousers, and you have no pride in their proper fit.
loved this video Brian! Very informative, particularly the part about embracing the style of a well known tailoring house!