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Old 11-12-16, 06:28 PM
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Pants!

All right... oddballish question...

What are people doing for pants? Seems like everything that fits me at the waist is way too tight around the thighs.. What are the road bikers wearing given that fashion seems to have skinnnied up the pant legs and we build our thighs up?
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I used to work at Brooks Brothers and we sold a lot of the Elliott style pants to guys with developed thighs. If you don't get them too big or too long, pleated front pants needn't look sloppy. Men's Chino Pants, Khaki Pants & Jeans for Men | Brooks Brothers
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You mean while riding? I wear padded spandex tights...Oh, you mean off the bike. I m old, so trying to look fashionable just makes me look like I m trying too hard. I just rely on my chiselled underwear-model body to get by.
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I wear skirts.
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I wear kilts.
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I don't wear pants.
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I don't wear skinny jeans lol. Jeans loose enough in the waist to be comfortable and stay with up a belt fit my thighs ok. Not loosely but not constricting.
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I wear skirts.

I wear jeggings too ... they're stretchy.
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Lucky Jeans has a model with more room in the thighs and more severe taper the bottom. #410 I think. They call it athletic fit. Lucky's waist sizes are about 2-4 inches larger than nominal so beware to try them on. I take a 35 in waist in dress pants but a 31 or 32 at Lucky.
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A pair of jodhpurs?

I have a small waist, but because I ride a lot and have started to work out with squats, deadlifts, leg presses, my legs are starting to resemble those of a track cyclist, which I'm decidedly not. So, I go around in jeans that are too tight in the butt and thighs because I hate having a too-big waist size. I guess it is just the cyclist's dilemma.
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people are forgetting the conversion from Canadian measurements to American measurements. The OP is from Calgary.

I'm kidding of course.
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Hmmm I wonder if I could make johdpurs fashionable LOL

I may have to hit the Lucky store and see if they have they stock that "athletic" fit around here. At least I'd jeans that don't bind on the thighs. Not sure what to do for dressier stuff, don't think I want to find a time machine and go back 20 years to the era of pleated chinos....
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GAP has jeans with lycra woven in to them, giving them some noticeable stretch. For the thighs and glutes to fit comfortably for me, the waist is still an inch or so too big, but nothing too annoying or unmanageable with a belt. This is in their "Straight" cut - some of the others may be even more roomy, but it seems to me that that roominess generally leaves the lower leg too wide for my tastes.
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Hmmm I wonder if I could make johdpurs fashionable LOL

I may have to hit the Lucky store and see if they have they stock that "athletic" fit around here. At least I'd jeans that don't bind on the thighs. Not sure what to do for dressier stuff, don't think I want to find a time machine and go back 20 years to the era of pleated chinos....
Actually pleated chinos are always in style...IMO. Don't let some Millennial notion of fashion keep you from having clothes that are right for you.
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GAP has jeans with lycra woven in to them, giving them some noticeable stretch. For the thighs and glutes to fit comfortably for me, the waist is still an inch or so too big, but nothing too annoying or unmanageable with a belt. This is in their "Straight" cut - some of the others may be even more roomy, but it seems to me that that roominess generally leaves the lower leg too wide for my tastes.
Right. But that is why the Lucky 401s that I mentioned are appealing, tapered at the ankle.
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Right. But that is why the Lucky 401s that I mentioned are appealing, tapered at the ankle.
GAP goes the other way with the fit, too - the "Slim" cuts fit me as well, but the lower leg is a little too slender/trendy for me. Through the thighs they're fine, though (other than the aforementioned extra inch or so in the waist).
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How much bigger in the waist does a pair of pants you want have to be in order to be comfortable in the thighs? If it's just an inch, inch and a half, it's an easy alteration. If the store won't do it, your dry cleaners can. Better yet, if you want a good fit and don't care about the label, consider getting some custom tailored. You might be surprised how reasonable the prices can be; much lot of what you pay for in off-the-rack is just 'branding.'
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It's definitely an issue for dress pants. I've had to have several pairs altered to take in the waist and let out the seat.
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It's definitely an issue for dress pants. I've had to have several pairs altered to take in the waist and let out the seat.
But the good news is that dress pants allow you to do that.
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How much bigger in the waist does a pair of pants you want have to be in order to be comfortable in the thighs? If it's just an inch, inch and a half, it's an easy alteration. If the store won't do it, your dry cleaners can. Better yet, if you want a good fit and don't care about the label, consider getting some custom tailored. You might be surprised how reasonable the prices can be; much lot of what you pay for in off-the-rack is just 'branding.'
Most casual pants don't allow waist alterations. The waist band is continuous, and the rear seam doesn't extend up through the waistband.
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Most casual pants don't allow waist alterations. The waist band is continuous, and the rear seam doesn't extend up through the waistband.
You're right - I never noticed. Still, it's possible - but maybe more trouble than it's worth.
By the way, I checked it out - you can get made-to-measure jeans for the same price as Levis, it's just that they don't have clearance sales on them.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Lucky Jeans has a model with more room in the thighs and more severe taper the bottom. #410 I think. They call it athletic fit. Lucky's waist sizes are about 2-4 inches larger than nominal so beware to try them on. I take a 35 in waist in dress pants but a 31 or 32 at Lucky.
Weird, I wear lucky jeans and I'm a 32 with them and a 32 with just about every other brand I've worn. I think the style I get is 121 heritage slim. They are a bit tight across the tops of my thighs, but let's be honest... no one here is Andre Greipel where they simply can't find normal pants/jeans that will fit their massive guads.
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After some light googling, it's apparent that body builders spend a lot of time hand-wringing over this issue. Here's an example-

How to Buy Jeans for Men with Muscular Legs | Denim Buying Guide for the Well-Built Man

Everything in there is probably lightly coated with narcissism (Oh, I just can't shop for jeans in department stores, have I mentioned that I can leg-press a buffalo?), but it may be useful all the same.
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