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Why are my suit pants so long?

Written by Jeanne Foley February 28, 2020

Did your pants arrive and they fit great but you have a few extra inches of fabric at the bottom? Great! We did that on purpose so you can have your pants hemmed to your unique leg length and shoe style. 

The key to nailing the right pant length is to go to a tailor and have the pants tacked while wearing the dress shoes you intend to wear on the day of your prom or other event. If you are on the shorter side, no "break" is recommended as it will make your legs look longer. If you are very tall, a slight break can still look sharp and will give you a little extra length to prevent your pants from hiking up too much when you are sitting or walking.

The "break" is the fold or bend above the cuff of the pant created when the fabric of the pant is longer than your actual leg. A pant line breaks or kinks near your shin when the cuff meets your shoe. The current trend in slim fitting suiting is to have little to no break for a really crisp, clean finish.

At the tailor, make sure you stand up tall. Once the pants are pinned, ask if you can sit down and walk a few steps. Make sure you like the way the pants look while standing still, walking and sitting. A typical pant hemming alteration should cost anywhere from $7-$15, depending on your location. 

Have more questions about how to properly hem your prom suit pants? Ask us at! 

About the Author

Jeanne Foley - The Groomsman Suit

Jeanne Foley is the co-founder of The Groomsman Suit. From the moment she could hold a needle and thread, Jeanne was making clothing and prom dresses for herself and her friends. Day to day, Jeanne leads product design and development for TGS. Her focus on high quality fabrics, construction and components, and meticulous attention to detail are evident in every TGS suit.