Your trousers are the anchor of your ensemble. It’s important to choose the right fit. Classic fit trousers can be pleated or flat front and they are characterized by a more generous fit. Relaxed in the thighs and straight through the knees, a classic fit is timeless and supersedes trends and fashion. You can’t go wrong with classic fit trousers.
Classic fit trousers waistband should be neither too baggy nor too tight. Pockets should lay flat upon the hip, not pull apart. If pockets expand, a larger size waistband is necessary. For the perfect fit, two fingers should fit between the waistband and the hips on both sides when not wearing a belt.
Although it is a matter of preference, classic trousers traditionally break once before the top of the shoe. In the back, the hemline should halfway cover the sole of the shoe. In the front, it should be just slightly higher, so that the tops of the shoes are covered.
Classic fit trousers are more generous around the thighs, tapering slightly throughout the leg to the hemline.
The cut of the tailored trouser has a slightly shorter rise and less fabric. It’s purpose is to slim down the classic fit, providing a more streamlined appearance but is not as snugly fitting as the slim fit trousers. Tailored fit can be considered the bridge between classic and slim fit trousers.
Along with the classic fit, the tailored fit waistband is just above the hips and should button comfortably without being too tight. Trousers should not need a belt to stay in place but two fingers should comfortably fit between skin and waistband on either side of the hips.
The hem of the tailored fit has the option of a full or half break, also called a medium break. The bottom of the pant leg touches the shoe and slightly creases (or breaks) just above.
Tailored fit trousers are more tapered throughout the leg to the hemline to provide a more streamlined appearance without being quite as snug as the slim fit trouser.