Hi, I've found several similar threads, but I'm not sure any answer my particular question. For background, I am a 42L with a 33 inch waist, but with fairly thick legs and butt that have required me to buy pants with 34-35 inch waists (to give me enough room in the legs and seat) and then have them taken in. In short, I have a lot of suit separates and I hate "slim fit" pants. The consensus seems to be that 2 inches is about the most one would want to reduce a pant's waistline before throwing off the drape and merging the back pockets, but does this still hold for a person with a larger rear? I can visualize that the " V " taken out of the back seam might not extend as far down the pant for someone with a larger butt as it might for someone with a smaller one, but would this be enough to permit me to remove a third inch from the waistline (and allow me to buy suits off the rack)? Thanks for the help!