How To Pack It: Dress Pants

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Fold the bottom of the pants about one-third of the way up.

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And then fold that over again up to the waist.

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That's it! Seriously.

Continuing our popular How To Pack It series with: dress pants. And just a quick note. Although I’m using the term “dress pants” for this post, the way we’re showing you how to fold dress pants to pack in a suitcase (or carry-on) can be applied to jeans, chinos, or any other kind of trousers you can think of!

Use the slideshow for our step-by-step guide and read on for answers to some commonly asked questions.

how to fold dress pants in suitcase carry on

| FIVE SIMPLE STEPS | There’s really not much to it. Browse the slideshow for the full play by play. | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Why not fold in quarters instead of thirds? Won’t it save space?

Good question. You certainly can fold in quarters instead of thirds, but by adding an extra fold in there, you’re adding an extra crease to remove once you get to your destination.

Is it possible to pack in such a way so the pants don’t wrinkle?

As we mentioned before, you can attempt to lessen the amount of wrinkling by placing the garment in a sealable plastic bag after folding it. However, it’s still going to require some ironing/steaming once you get to your destination. I recommend investing in a travel steamer.

How long does it take fold with this method?

Less than a minute.

I need to pack shirts and a blazer too – how do I do that?

We’ve got a guides! And here they are: How to Fold a Blazer and How to Fold a Dress Shirt.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • tomas

    Great Tips, have been a lifesaver (stylesaver?) in my short business trips between Lisbon and Madrid!Keep up the good advice

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much, Tomas! Appreciate the support.

  • Scott Beale

    what useless advice. “hurr just fold along the crease”

    Yeah if it worked like that why would I need to look up this article in the first place??

    • Brian Sacawa

      Sorry you feel that way, my man. We make the point in the section labeled, “Is it possible to pack in such a way so the pants don’t wrinkle?”, that there’s really no way to achieve this without any wrinkles at all. You might try not packing your bag so tightly or rolling your pants instead of folding them. If you build a better mousetrap, please let us know.