Point Break: A Lesson on Pant Length

Whether you’re a svelte gentleman or stocky one, finding the right pants can sometimes be a journey. Most people consider the fit in the waist before they worry about the length of the pant. There’s good reason to; it’s much easier to have tailors in Philadelphia shorten pants than it is to have them readjust the entire fit. There’s another factor to consider though: How much to break your pants


Break: A Menswear term describing the length of pants; how the bottom of the pant rests against the shoe.


A few years ago, breaks reached a breaking point. Almost overnight, men began opting to hem their pant legs higher and higher to keep up with the latest fashions in menswear. Baggy pants all but disappeared, giving way to their inverse style– no break.


Now with different styles of length, and different connotations to each. In this blog, we’re going to break down the styles.


  • No Break- None. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Your pants and your shoes have only been briefly introduced from time to time; they’re barely even acquaintances. This style is fashion-forward. If you’re going for the European look or keeping up with the latest trends, this is the look for you.
  • Slight Break- fashionable but not flashy. Your pants and your shoes know each other and spend a good amount of time together when you aren’t sitting. This style is very acceptable right now and tends to look good on almost everyone. A safe bet for everything outside of the boardroom.
  • Medium Break- Classic and conservative. Your pants and your shoes are more than acquainted they’re best friends, spending time together all day. This style is mature and appropriate for men that seek a timeless look, uninfluenced by modern aesthetics.
  • The Full Break- less classic, more classical. This look left men’s fashion around the time the talkies started. Your shoes and pants are so close with one another we can’t tell where one ends, and the other begins. This style is only for those that seek a completely different style or those looking to recreate the roaring twenties look.


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