What is the proper trouser length for men ?


What is the proper trouser length for men ?

Posted by imageandme in Style For Men 13 Oct 2013

How long you wear your trousers, is a matter of personal preference totally. For those in slightly more creative field or following very casual level of dressing formality at work, wearing your trousers 4 inches above your shoe can be your personal style statement.

For those in the more conservative or traditional industry, following business formal or business casual dressing, wearing the trouser at the right length is important for an overall balanced look.

Here is a guide:

Cuffed suit pants: should have a straight hem and should be long enough to sit on your shoe without a break. The cuff works better on tall men, on shorter men it creates bulk at the base and makes them appear shorter. The right width of the cuff is ideally between 1.5 inches to 2 inches wide.

correct length for men's trousers

Uncuffed pants: should be long enough to make a small break in the front crease. The hem line is sloped, longer at the back, to reveal only an inch above the shoe sole.

proper length for men's trousers

Jeans: should cover the shoelace and can go as far down till it is barely touching the ground at the back. It can break a couple of times but not too much to look bulky around the ankle.

Proper jeans length for men

Chinos: Also known as America’s official trouser, several men opt for chinos for business casual look.

*What’s the difference between chinos and khakis? Chinos are a pair of pants and Khaki is the colour.

The right length would be long enough to end in a few breaks above the shoe and should never show your socks when standing. Do keep in mind, chinos tend to give a very relaxed look and might not be suitable for all business settings.


Choosing the proper length and styles can make you look taller, shorter, lean and sharp, so do give your trousers a proper break.

Happy reading.