How Can a Pair of Men's Dress Pants Be Altered, and What Is It Going to Cost Me?
As with dress shirts, a man's trousers should be altered to fit the individual as well as possible. It's important to know how exactly your slacks can be tailored to fit your shape and size. Otherwise, you might discard a pair of pants that are too tight.
Or, for example, you might be too concerned with buying pants that are the right length when you should be paying attention to the seat and rise, as these are much harder to fix.
What Aspects of Dress Pants Can Be Changed?
The first post I ever wrote for this site – The #1 Most Important Fashion Tip for Short Men – you know how easy and cheap it is to get your pants hemmed. Most guys understand that their slacks can and should be adjusted to the proper length.
But do you know what else can be adjusted? This graphic explains what's possible and how much you'll have to spend:
With any alterations, the most important thing is your tailor. Be sure to find an experienced tailor who you can trust. If you are in need of the “basic” alterations – hemming pants for length or taking in the waist – your dry cleaner can probably help. If you need anything more advanced, definitely go to a real tailor.
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