Grayson

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5'9" with a 32" inseam. I never thought my legs were long for my size until I gave some suits to my brother-in-law, who is the same height and weight as me... the suits looked completely different on him.

Of note - I modeled clothing in my 20's, though technically I'm a few inches short of a typical model's frame. The extra leg length gives the illusion I'm much taller in photos... until I'm standing next to someone anyway!
 

10gallonhat

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hey everyone. Today i went shopping and looking for pants. The guy who was helping me thought i wore something like 29/30 but i told him i wore 32/30. What is strange about this was he was around 6'0 or so and told me he wore 29/30.... I would estimate he is 6'0 and 150lbs. I'm 5'8 and 162lbs. How in the world does he wear 29/30 and i wear 32/30.
He wears a 29 because he's skinnier than you are, and he wears the same length because he probably wears his pants too short and you wear them too long.

So far, I've got the shortest, at 5' 6" and ~26". I never have to worry about inseam length when buying pants.
Where are you buying pants with a 26"?
 

Benjamin E.

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Where are you buying pants with a 26"?
Nowhere; they simply don't exist. I probably should have said I don't have to worry about them being too short. I actually prefer to get them long so I have extra fabric for repairs and alterations and such. I turned a regular pair of trousers into fishtails that way.
 

dcjacobson

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6' 4", 36" inseam on a long-rise.

Here's a related question for the tailor's: Why do we go by inseam and not out-seam?
I bought some flannels from JAB (don't get started; for the price they were quite well made), and JAB goes by out-seam.

Good luck,
Don
 

mikel

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Purposely bumping an old thread to share news of a new article we just published about this very topic.


I assume most here would lean toward agreeing with the standard Ask Andy position being:
Here at Ask Andy, we believe a trouser hem should cover the shoe and that the socks should not be shown when one walks. rule that a trouser hem should cover the shoe and that the socks should not be shown when one walks.
However, I'm curious if our younger members toy with wearing a no-break length trouser, or even something more 'high-water' from time to time, if the situation calls for it.

Thoughts?
 

Fading Fast

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6'1" and 32.5"-33" inseam is perfect. But as noted above, inseam is not really driven by height, it's all about leg length and where your waist is / where you "sit" your pants (high or low on your waist).
 

Troones

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Purposely bumping an old thread to share news of a new article we just published about this very topic.


I assume most here would lean toward agreeing with the standard Ask Andy position being:


However, I'm curious if our younger members toy with wearing a no-break length trouser, or even something more 'high-water' from time to time, if the situation calls for it.

Thoughts?
I agree with Andy which is why all my new trousers from now on will be 30" inseam rather than the 29" I've been wearing. Looking at yourself in a mirror and walking/going about your daily business are two different things entirely. The 29" looks right while standing, but when I walk, I can feel my pant cuffs get caught up in my shoe laces, and when walking past a mirror, I glance at myself and can see some sock.

I'd much rather have a bit too much break rather than what's going on now with most of my trousers.
 

eagle2250

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Although I doubt that I qualify as one of our younger members, I will tell you that I suscribe to the AAAC standard and try to go about with my trouser hems just brushing the tops of my shoes. Standing at 72"s with a 30.5" inseam, the wife generally hems my pant legs at 31", which results in a bit of a break in the crease(s). ;)
 

Mathematicus

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However, I'm curious if our younger members toy with wearing a no-break length trouser, or even something more 'high-water' from time to time, if the situation calls for it.

Thoughts?
Never crossed my mind (I'm 28).

What I find particularly outrageous about this "style" is that it is often described as "Italian style". As an Italian citizen, I can assure that no serious tailor in Italy would hem your trousers with no break; more importantly, they would never let you out of their workshop with trousers which do not touch the back of the shoe, 1cm above the heel.

This look, which I personally loathe more than pineapple on pizza, seems instead the only way British tailors are able to hem trousers. Since I live in UK I have resigned to have trousers hemmed by my wife (even if this means longer turnaround), as every alteration tailor I met was adamant in making silly short hems.

(For the records, I'm 5'9'' and my trousers need to be 32'' (with slanted hem) in length)
 

mikel

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Never crossed my mind (I'm 28).
Appreciate you providing your pov!
which I personally loathe more than pineapple on pizza
Have to agree with you here. I love pineapple, but never on pizza. Plus, we Italians would likely get our nationality stripped from us if we at a pizza with pineapple on it :pic12337:
 

TKI67

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I was once 6’ but am now, at age 70, 5’10”. Since high school I’ve had a 29” inseam and worn my trousers with no break. This leads me to conclude that my settlement has occurred in my hips and spine.

I’m ok with ham and pineapple on my pizza but prefer plain cheese.
 

fishertw

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While I'm 5'11'', I have gained in girth over the past 20 years. I used to wear a 34 at times in length when I was a 30-32 waist. Now with a 39 waist, I'm barely a 31. I have no particular insight for this except that it seems to be true with me.
 

Peak and Pine

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I would imagine folks here are about as excited to read my stats as I am to read their's, but for the record...

I am not sure of my inseam.
Honest.
I yank on a new pair of pants, stand in front of a full-length mirror, sideways and in stocking feet, holding a yard stick to the floor while rolling up the bottoms until they are 2 1/4' from the floor, then mark. This is a personal measurement. It ensures when shod that the pant, no matter what the rise or fabric, will always fall at the same precise point, pant after pant, which is with a slight break. Quite slight. About half the time, after drawing the horizontal line at the mark, I will mark up 1/2" at the front and down 1/2" at the rear, to create a slanted cuff.
 

Peak and Pine

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And might I point out to our Italian and Italian-American friends that you lost the patent on pizza sometime back, around the time this country was discovered (Columbus or Mussolini, I get my Italians mixed up) and might have kept it longer if you'd spelled it correctly and since peetsa has been in the public domain few have been made tastier than with ham and pineapple, the True Hawaiian. Columbus would have loved it, munching away while making the trains run on time.
 

Dhaller

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Depending on the brand, I kind of oscillate between 32/32 and 32/34.

I'm 6'1".

I hope you're going to plot all these responses and crunch a best fit to get an equation.

Serious trousers (like those from suits, and dress trousers generally) I always have tailored anyway, so I imagine those are "true inseam", but I don't really know that exact number (and I'm too lazy to check right now... apologies!)

Off course, one must be wary of "vanity" sizing; I see this in jeans a lot (where I usually have a 34" inseam). I kind of have a private ambition to never allow my waist size to exceed my inseam, so I tend to "prefer" thinking "32/34" than "32/32".

DH