Finding a fabulous pair of trousers shouldn't be so difficult, should it? When it comes to such a simple wardrobe staple we should be spoilt for choice. Straight, flared, wide legged, cropped, surely there should be a pair of trousers to suit every shape and size? Well it seems that isn't the case.
Over the last four years we have conducted two surveys around fashion, fit, and style. Each time one answer comes back the same. A staggering 93% of women can't get a smart pair of trousers that fits them!
1. Tailored trousers are still largely cut to a "male" or "athletic" form. What this means is they are based on a body that does not have curves. The waist and the hip measurements are not dissimilar and the leg shape assumes a straight line so there is no distinction between thighs and calves.
2. Women wear their trousers in a way that contours the body, so if any of the proportions are wrong the trousers will fit badly everywhere.. A bad fit around the calves will have a knock on effect around the thighs. And so on.
3. The rise. You see this term everywhere when shopping for trousers and jeans. High rise, low rise, mid rise. But what is it? Rise is the distance of the middle of the crotch seam (that's between your legs) to the top of the waistband. It varies in inches and is the most difficult place to get a perfect fit. Not only does the total rise need to fit, the proportion between the front rise and back rise needs to be right.
(Proof that even celebrities can get it wrong. Image: Pinterest).
Finding a pair of trousers that fit and flatter can be tricky (okay, often impossible). However, to give yourself the best chance of finding the right pair for you, here are a few things to consider.
1. Find a brand that has the perfect rise for you - this is by far the most difficult thing to alter on trousers so get this right first and foremost. This will mean the trousers sit perfectly on your waist and hips where you want them. The front rise will not have "cats whiskers" and the back rise will not be pulling up between your bottom or sagging down too low.
2. Accept that if you are buying off the peg, you will need to have your trousers altered. Always buy bigger and have the trousers taken in rather than buy them small and hope there is enough seam allowance to let the trousers out.
3. Buy a fabric that suits your lifestyle. If you are wearing the trousers regularly then make sure they are made of washable, resilient fabric - recycled polyester, viscose, cupro or cotton. If they are for special occasions opt for a superfine wool or velvet. Most of all make sure the fabric feels good as well as looking good.
Obviously, another option is to buy your trousers made to measure. Most women in the UK think made to measure will take too long and cost too much. But our trousers start at £200. This is about £30-40 more expensive than a similar pair from someone like Me&Em, and slightly cheaper than a pair from somewhere like The Fold.
A pair of trousers from Distinctively Me will not need altering, they will be in a style and cut that suits your shape and your lifestyle - cigarette, straight, kick flare or wide leg, and you can decide on the details like a front or side fastening, a plain or pleated front. And it goes without saying that a made to measure pair of women's trousers will be in a fabric and colour of your choice. Green velvet, navy wool, burgundy leather. The options are endless!
It takes about 2 weeks to have your trousers made. This is from the initial consultation, where you will try on our samples to get the best style for you. We will take your measurements and you will choose your fabric. We then ask you to revisit us 7-10 days later for the first fit, and this is often all we need. From here you can come back and try them on and take them with you or else we can send them to you.
When it comes to time and effort, is this really any more inconvenient than having to go online or get to the shops, try on endless pairs or buy multiple sizes online. Then either packing them up to send back or taking them back. Or heading to the dry cleaners to be altered and then having to pick them up?
A recent customer summed it up,
"I have never spent £200 on a pair of trousers before, but when I looked in my wardrobe and saw the 5 pairs that I never wear, I realised I had probably spent more than £200. Now I have a pair I love and wear all the time".
If you think now is the time to buy a perfectly fitting pair of trousers then we'd love to see you at one of our free consultations. Please get in touch to book in and we look forward to seeing you soon.