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  How to Buy Dress Pants 

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A well-dressed man needs men's dress pants, and this buying guide will give you the tips you need to find the men's dress pants that are perfect for your life and your style. Once you know the details to look for, you'll be able to choose the perfect pair, even when you are online shopping.

Details of  Men's Dress Pants:

  • Pleated front or flat-front: Pleats work well if you have larger thighs or if you carry extra weight low on your torso. One or two pleats can give a classic look to dress pants, but they can be too much on a slim man. This style requires a cuff. Flat front pants flatter men with slim builds. If you have larger thighs, this style may not accommodate your size.
  • With or without cuffs: Cuffs are flattering on tall, lanky men, and pleated pants need the weight
    of a cuff to hold the pleat in place. Shorter men will look taller without cuffs, and cuffs are not necessary when wearing flat-front pants. If pants have cuffs when you buy them, a tailor can't take them out without dramatically changing the pants. Men's pants purchased without cuffs
    can have cuffs added by a tailor, if you'd like.

  • Slash or slit pockets: Most slacks have angled pockets on the sides (also known as slash pockets), but there are slight variations on the back pockets. Dress pants rarely have patch pockets, and instead you'll see slit pockets more often. The slit pockets may or may not have a button closure, and sometimes only one pocket has a button. If the back pockets aren't described, be sure to look at the picture.

  • Slim fit or wide leg: It's not just a matter of fashion; different styles work better on different body types. Slender men will want to choose slim-fitting slacks, so they won't look like they're borrowing clothes from Dad. Men who are larger on top -- either with a belly or a muscular
    chest -- will want to choose wide-leg pants to balance their upper and lower halves.

  • Lined or not: Some pants -- usually made from wool -- have a lining,often from the waist to the knees. If you prefer the feeling of the silky lining fabric to the feeling of wool, look for lined pants. Lining also helps pants retain their shape.

Men's Dress Pant Tips:

  1. Hem your pants. Many men's dress pants come un-hemmed, so you'll need to have a tailor add a hem. Additionally, your tailor can add a break, which changes how the pants hit the top of your shoes.
  2. Get a perfect fit. A tailor can add a cuff, which you'll want if your pants have a pleated front. He or she can also bring up the crotch if it hangs too low and take in the waist. Men with athletic builds will want to buy pants that fit in the seat and have the waist taken in.
  3. Always hang up your dress pants. Use either a clamp hanger and hang the pants by their waistband or cuffs or use a fold-over hanger with a wide bar, preferably with rubber of some other type of padding. Remember to empty your pockets and line up the seams before you use either type of hanger.

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