Fashion Advice: Pants Tailoring Tips for Men

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Q: When I bring my dress pants to the tailor to alter the length, I’m used to asking for a cuff and a full break. Is this still the way to go or am I behind the times?

A: You can never go wrong with a full break. As a rule of thumb, the pant leg should “break” at the front of the shoe and approach the top of the heel at the back. Cuffs add additional weight to help pants drape well. Make sure your tailor adds an additional 1/4 inch to the length. Pants, even they are dry cleaned, tend to shrink a bit.