I was recently sitting at the train station awaiting the arrival of my train to London. I’d done the obligatory check of my email and texts and was sitting patiently sipping my coffee. My eyes cast around and I happened to notice that every man waiting for the train had ill-fitting trousers on. There was one gent in particular that caught my attention. He was impeccably dressed – a lovely overcoat, good quality shoes, the fabric of his trousers looked to be of a very good standard, but they were too-long. It totally spoiled his look. As I glanced around, all the men’s trousers were either too long, too short, too worn, too baggy or too tight.
The ideal pair of trousers should have a single break on the front of the shoe and the back of the trouser should end where the shoe leather meets the heel of the shoe. Any shorter and too much leg will be exposed, any longer and they will crease around the shoe looking unattractive. Trousers that are too long often then become worn at the hem – another image breaker.
The fashion for tighter leg trousers means that the above does not work – the trouser needs to be slightly shorter as the width of the hem is not enough to break over the shoe. Depending on the width of the hem, either half a break or no break at all. Beware of them being too short as this just looks ridiculous and can also spoil a man’s image. Too tight is pretty repulsive too, it’s similar to a woman wearing a top that it too tight – nobody knows where to look!
Men do not have as many style choices as women, so it is paramount to pay attention to the details. Good cloth will make all the difference, so go for the best you can afford – if you are aiming to make a good impression, this will really set you apart.
Key things to bear in mind when choosing trousers:
- A good fit at the waist – too tight or too loose are just as bad as each other – too big and it looks like you have borrowed your Dad’s trousers! It will also mean that your shirt will not stay tucked in, adding to your untidiness.
- Consider the fit of the leg – if you are fuller figured, a straight or looser leg will be best, if you are slimmer a slim fit will work well
- The hem – do you have long legs? If so a turn-up is fine, if not, just a plain hem will work
- Don’t fill your pockets – it spoils the line of your trousers
- Do keep them clean – regular washing or dry-cleaning to keep them sharp
The key is good fit – there is no excuse for the leg length being incorrect – every high street has an alteration shop and it is worth an extra few pounds to create a more polished appearance.
Lyn Bromley MFIPI, ACMA – Managing Director, First Impressions Lyn Bromley is Managing Director of First Impressions Training Ltd and a Master of The Federation of Image Professionals International. (FIPI) She is also Director of Regional Events at FIPI and a leader of Achiever’s Academy for Women. Please contact us if you would like to know more about our programmes, bespoke training and workshops or one-to-one coaching. First Impressions have a network of over 150 consultants working across the UK and in 20 countries around the world– to find one in your area visit the website and take a look at the consultant map. Telephone: +44 (0)1926 623038 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.firstimpressions.uk.com