Trousers- a quick guide to which styles flatter certain body shape features

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Following on from my post on wearing skirts to flatter body shape features, this week’s will focus on trousers /pants as once again, it’s an area that many of my clients ask me questions about. Just like my previous post, I’ll try and keep it quite simple so that hopefully it will serve as a quick reference guide when you are out shopping. Ok, so here goes!

1. Boot-cut pants

Perfect for:

  • balancing out broad shoulders
  • balancing out wide hips and thighs
  • a flat bottom (this style tends to be fitted in the backside region)
  • long torsos
  • many body shapes!

2. Wide-legged pants

Perfect for:

  • concealing a full mid-section
  • creating an elongating effect-will make you look taller
  • hiding a large bottom
  • apple and pear body shapes

3. High-waisted /straight pants

Perfect for:

  • tall and straight body shapes
  • defining a slim tummy
  • a flat bottom
  • to suck in a slight muffin top
  • long-waisted torsos

4. Cigarette pants

Perfect for:

  • petite frames
  • short frames (cut usually hits just below the ankle)
  • wearing with looser tops to hide tummy ( especially if you’re not a really  petite frame)
  • low waisted torsos (pants often sit on hips)

5. Cropped pants

Perfect for:

  • longer legged frames
  • wearing with heels
  • note- shop for longer style capris, avoid the styles that cut you off at the widest part of the leg!
  • hour glass frames (slight flare can really highlight your existing curves)

6. Biker/utility pants

Perfect for:

  • petite frames
  • boyish frames
  • adding more shape to the leg and bum areas
  • creating necessary bulk


Ok, so that’s all for now. Now, I’m fully aware that there are many other styles of pants out there and other body shape issues to cover so , rest assured , I’ll be coming back to this topic at a later date. Any questions or comments? Need help shopping for the ideal trousers? Give me a call or drop me a line- I’d love to help.

In the meantime, happy styling :)

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