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How to find the best pair of pants for your body type

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

How to.... Achieve pants perfection

Khakis and skinnies and flares, oh my! Choosing the right style of pants for your body type can be frustrating. You want something that flatters, but that also camouflages flaws and adds versatility to your wardrobe.
Variety of jeans on hangers

If you’re stumped on what bottoms to buy this fall, we put together a guide that should point you in the right direction.

If you’re petite

Finding pants that fit when you’re petite isn’t easy. You want to avoid a look that overwhelms, and you also want to find something proportionate to your smaller shape. One of the best options out there for anyone with a shorter stature is super-skinny jeans or cords because they give the illusion of more height. Go for a colored pair to give yourself even more of a long and lean look.

Our pants pick: Old Navy Pop-Color Rockstar cords in Saucy Red ($34). The super-stretchy, ultra-cute skinny style is great for petite shapes and the pop of color is perfect for fall, and for adding the illusion of longer legs.

If you’re long and lean

Long legs? Straight leg pants are great for legs that go on for miles. You can also get away with boot cut styles that highlight the length of your legs (a great asset), but just remember to make sure the hem of your pants falls to the bottom of your heel. Look for brands that make a 36” inseam for a perfect fit.

Our pants pick: Citizens of Humanity Ava straight leg jean ($161). Pair these dark wash straight leg jeans with riding boots and a graphic sweater for a classic and comfy fall look.

If you’re plus size

Go for a wide leg hem to balance you out. Creases and vertical stripes will create a long, lean look and give the illusion of a more streamlined shape. A pair of flat-front tailored wide leg trousers is also flattering on a plus size shape.

Our pants pick: Ralph Lauren matte jersey wide leg pant with flowing leg for an ultra-flattering fit ($145). Add patterned pumps, fitted black tee and bold cardigan for a simple yet stylish at-work look.

If you’re boy shaped

Being lean and minus any curves means you need pants that give the illusion of shape. One of the best ways to do that is with styles that have a nipped waist. High-waisted looks also work well with a tucked in button-up blouse or fitted tank under a cropped jacket.

Our pants pick: ASOS high waist pants with button detail ($34.40). These slim, high-waisted pants flatter a slim, boy-shaped build. Pair with a fitted, patterned tank and on trend ankle booties for an easy-wearing fall ensemble.

If you’re curvy

An hourglass shape needs a pair of pants that will accentuate a smaller waist but has some give through the hips and thighs to balance out your curves. A pair of wide-leg tailored trousers with a slight flare through the leg is a stylish yet comfortable choice, while flared jeans can balance curvy hips.

Our pants pick: Style&co. stretch wide leg pants ($28) for their comfy yet flattering fit. Pair with crisp white shirt and faded denim jacket for an edgier take on office-wear. Add platform pumps and a bold clutch for evening.

More fashion how tos

How to style your wardrobe for fall fashion
How to dress denim up or down
How to rock colored denim

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