I’ve finally begun to reach the point where I’m taking pants in to my tailor to be tapered and have the seat taken in. While it might be easier for me to just buy new pants that have the fit I want off the rack, it’s cheaper and just as effective to get my older stuff tailored properly.
My first pair that needed a more refined cut was these pair of Dockers (the band says they’re a D3 “Premium” in a “classic fit” and made mostly of synthetic fibers. Say what you will (and you can’t tell from these pictures), but I loved the material and they hold their crease like a charm.
But as you can see, they’re entirely too baggy and relaxed. They needed the works: a hem of about two inches, tapered leg and thigh and the seat taken in quite a bit.
Here’s the results, with a before and after side-by-side photo:
World of difference, right? While I know some folks love the super-slim fit look, That’s not really the style that fits my body the best (can you say beer gut?), so I settled for a more “straight-leg” look that’s tapered down and gets rid of the excessive fabric. Obviously, the hem job got rid of the stacking, too.
This gives you a better idea of how taking in the seat can improve the look dramatically. I know some people think that if they wear their clothes baggy that it hides their weight, but the truth is that the excess fabric makes things look worse.
All in all, the hem and taper cost $30. I’m pretty sure I paid around $20 for the pants, so I’m happy with the outcome and fit at that total price point.
If you can pay the cash for a pair of pants that you know has a great fit off the bat, then go for it. But don’t ignore the idea of getting something cheaper and having a tailor fix them into something much nicer.