July 31st, 2012 / posted by paularath

Perfect proportion from Piazza Sempione, Fall 2012

For the past few seasons fashion has been all about the dress. For fall, 2012, however, designers are showing a plethora of pants.

Proportion, of course, is the key to finding pants that flatter. It’s not easy to find the perfect pants for our body type, so I thought it might be time to revisit some pants pointers. It’s important to try plenty of different styles for both comfort and style. As with jeans, even the most subtle difference can make all the difference. And remember, your alteration person can be your best friend!

Here are my thoughts on how to look slimmer and trimmer in pants.

Roomy legs and cuffs help balance big thighs or hips; Ralph Lauren Fall, 2012

1.IF YOU HAVE FULL THIGHS

  • A flared leg will help camouflage those thighs, simply skimming past them
  • Vertical lines such as pinstripes or a front pleat can lengthen the look of your leg
  • Lining will help keep your pants from clinging to your thighs

 

2. IF YOU HAVE BIG HIPS

  • A pant with a cuff is great for those with pear-shaped figures
  • Opt for roomy legs to give you a longer line
  • Look for stretch fabrics that hold their shape
  • Watch out for pockets that may add bulk; look for small pockets on the seams for a sleeker look

My all-time favorite pant - the Audrey from Piazza Sempione, Fall, 2012

3. IF YOU ARE PETITE

  • Shop for petite sizes, as the proportion will likely be better for you
  • Fitted legs can flatter you and help you look taller
  • Choose full-length pants over cropped pants, which can make legs look shorter
  • A small cuff can be okay but watch out for deep cuffs

A flat front can take the eye away from a tummy, Ralph Lauren, Fall 2012

4. IF YOU HAVE A TUMMY

  • The waistband is key; choose a thick band with a tab for support
  • A medium rise lengthens the torso so the middle seems leaner
  • Minimize bulk with a  flat front style or one with an off-center closure
  • Make sure the crotch is not too tight; camel toe is not a pretty sight

Some styles are just never going to be flattering. Dramatic, yes. Exotic, maybe. Statement-making, of yeah. But flattering? Nope.

Chloe, Fall 2012.

– Paula Rath

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