The right trouser length for suit trousers – rules, useful tips and tricks

  • Author Leonie Riek
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  • Published 19. Apr 2023

Finding a suit that fits perfectly can sometimes be a real challenge.

As your outfit is always the first thing somebody notices about you, a good cut and the right fit are particularly important.

It doesn’t actually matter who sees you in your business outfit, a business partner, your colleagues or other people. A suit jacket with a modern cut, clean and well-polished footwear, a shirt in a matching colour and the suit trousers should always result in an overall well-balanced look.

Your basic measurements are particularly important, i.e.:

  • Leg length

  • Foot width

  • Seat circumference

  • Stomach circumference

If you want to wear suit trousers that are a perfect fit, it is vital to take your measurements.


  • normal sizes (40 – 74, even numbers)

  • high-waisted trousers (47 – 79, uneven numbers)

  • short sizes (23 – 34, all numbers)

  • slim sizes (88 – 114, even numbers, from size 90 upwards in steps of four)

Buying a tailor-made suit jacket and trousers is certainly the best way to ensure a good fit, but this is not an affordable option for everyone.

You will therefore also look modern and fashionable in a ready-to-wear suit with matching trousers from bugatti – provided you know what size you need! You don’t need to know your measurements down to the last millimetre. However, if you know that you have very long legs and are generally quite slim, there is no point in looking at anything in size 23 – 34; you should look in the size range 88 – 114.

The fit of the suit trousers is also extremely important for a well-balanced overall look. Your trousers should start at your waist, rather than sit on your hips. If the trousers sit on your hips, the crotch area moves to further down, which is not exactly a flattering look. Wearing a pair of suit trousers that starts at the waist elongates you visually and makes your silhouette look better proportioned, and therefore flatters your figure.

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Many people also have one leg that is shorter than the other, which can be caused by a slightly tilted pelvis. Again, a good tailor will measure the inside and outside leg length on both legs to get measurements that are as exact as possible.

The right way to accessorise for a fashionable look

When you wear a business suit, for example, you should preferably always opt for slightly longer socks (or even knee highs). If you wear a pair of ordinary, shorter socks, you might unwillingly show a flash of naked ankle when you sit down! This is considered an absolute fashion faux pas when in the suit wearing world!

Choosing a pair of usually plain socks in the right colour is also decisive when it comes to making a good impression. The shade of the trousers plays an important role here. You should always choose socks that are one shade darker than the trousers – that is the rule of thumb.

Colourful or even patterned socks are also extremely trendy right now. Cleverly combined, they can be a truly eye-catching accessory. However, your look should match your personality. Make the wrong choice, and you can easily look dressed up or disguised.

Together, the smart belt, the matching shirt, the well-chosen tie and of course the suit jacket should always make an overall well-balanced impression. Find out for yourself which accessories are the right ones to perfect your look. bugatti sells a wide choice of accessories.

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