Highly e-mailed me this question:
I’m at a loss when it comes to fitting pants … My main problem is the horizontal pulling/creasing you get across the top of the thighs/pelvis. I have trouble finding any pants, but especially jeans, which fit sleekly across the pelvis/thighs. Often I put that down to the fact that my thighs are somewhat larger than my hips. Anyway, I assumed that that was a sign of ill-fit, but now I’m noticing that pants seem to do that on everyone.
What’s going on here, Sal? How much stress/crease is too much? Is my quest for sleek-fitting pants hopeless, not because pants are mass-produced, but because they’re supposed to do that? I get the feeling that I might have internalised one of my mother’s bizarre clothes-buying rules which no one else cares about…
I think it’s possible that Highly’s mom and my mom had a conference, because I have been thinking THE SAME THING. Witness the two images up top. These are professional models, so naturally slender people, fitted by (we must assume) professional stylists for product shots on a huge national website. Are their pants completely free of crotch creases? They are not.
Here is a photo of actress Halle Berry in a pair of slim jeans. Are her pants completely free of crotch creases? They are not.
If you look around at pants worn by human beings, you will notice that just about all of them pull a bit across the pelvis. Doesn’t matter what style the pants are or what size the human being is, pants will pull. Especially if they’ve been worn for longer than five minutes and in anything other than a standing position. A few creases near the crotch, fly, and waistband area do not constitute a pants-emergency.
That said, there are levels of pull. If your pants crease up a bit after you’ve worn them, if the creases are relatively light, and if the pants themselves feel comfortable, you’re in the clear. If your pants remain creased long after you’ve removed them from your body, if the creases are large and deep, and if the pulling across your pelvis makes them feel tight or uncomfortable, you might consider a different style or size. Pants that pull so severely that the fly flap pulls away to expose the zipper beneath are too tight. Pants that pull so severely that you can feel them creating a horizontal pull-line beneath your buttocks are too tight. Pants that pull so severely that they squeeze your insides or push your midsection out over their waistband are too tight. But a little creasing? Totally normal.
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