Shopping for a new suit (or even jeans or chinos)? You might want to consider what type of break fits the style you’re going for. If you don’t know what a break is, no worries; we’re here to explain! The break is defined as the fold/creasing of the fabric above the bottom front of the pant leg where it hits your shoe. The more it hits your shoe (the longer the pant leg is) the more of a break there is, and the less it hits your shoe (the shorter the pant leg is) the less of a break there is. Pretty simple right? Now let’s look at the pros and cons to each.
No break: This style ends at the ankles, giving your pants no opportunity to touch a shoe (meaning it will not crease or fold because it has nothing to knock into). This look is best for those with a slim or shorter build, or those going for a more modern, European, or youthful look.
Medium break: This style just hits the shoe, and can feature a cuff or plain bottom. This is the most common and conservative used break, a happy medium, usually seen on business men.
Full break: This style features a longer length and significant pooling of fabric atop a shoe. It is featured on wide-leg trousers and dates back to a Jazz age look. Most commonly, you’d find this look on an older man, or a pleated pant.who is trying to hide extra weight, or someone who is going for a vintage look.