In my Monday post, “Neglected Wardrobe Areas – Part Two,” I wrote about my issues with finding pants that fit well and are flattering on my figure. In the comments to that post, I not only received lots of suggestions for finding pants (many thanks!), I also learned that many of you also struggle in the pants arena. Consequently, I decided to devote today’s useful links post to sharing resources to help us deal with these (usually) essential garments that can be troubling to find, wear, and love.
Pants are Tricky, But Online Resources Abound!
In this post, I share some links on the following topics:
- Proper pants fit
- Finding pants and jeans that fit
- The proper length for various types of pants (and tops to wear with pants)
- How to wear those tricky cropped trousers we see pretty much everywhere these days (for those who dare!)
I enjoyed revisiting some of these resources and learned some new tips to guide me on my upcoming pants shopping excursion (I’m still gearing up for that one!). I hope you find some useful nuggets of information among the links below!
Basic Information on Pants and Jeans
This first link comes from style expert extraordinaire, Imogen Lamport. According to Imogen, pants are the hardest garment for most women to fit (I don’t feel so bad now…). The most common fit issues involve the rise, which is the seam that runs from the front to the back between your legs. Imogen shares specific advice on how pants should fit, as well as the types of pants that work best for various body types (if you’re unsure of your body type, be sure to check out Imogen’s comprehensive guide).
This guide is courtesy of TLC and includes an excellent video on the first page from Stacy London and Clinton Kelly of “What Not to Wear” fame. While the article is good in its own right, the video is the best part! In a short two-minute video, Stacy and Clinton outline their basic tips to finding the perfect jeans. Well worth a watch! The actual article covers finding the best pants cut, the leg style that looks best on you, and issues related to pants rise.
This post delves into challenges that are specific to finding jeans. Topics covered include pocket placement, jeans styles, color, and designer denim. The author also covers how to find the proper rise and length for you. Lots of images are included to illustrate key points.
Issues of Length…
Sally McGraw of Already Pretty receives lots of reader requests for topics to cover on her popular blog. In this classic post, Sally addresses the tricky issue of the proper length for pants and jeans. Using many helpful images, Sally covers how long pants and jeans should be when worn with both flats and heels. Since I see many women, even those who are very petite, wearing pants that are too short, I wish more people would heed Sally’s wonderful advice!
One blog that I haven’t featured yet in my useful links posts is You Look Fab. The author, Angie, is a seasoned fashion professional who offers useful advice on many style-related topics. Although I’ve significantly pared down the fashion blogs I read (to avoid too much shopping temptation!), You Look Fab remains on my must-read list.
In this “oldie but goodie” post, Angie discusses the proper length for tops worn over pants. This is particularly important for those of us with bottom-heavy figures (Angie calls us “pretty pears”). If you aren’t happy with your pants outfits, it’s worth considering how the length of your tops (if you don’t tuck them in) might be impacting the equation.
Speaking of Angie from “You Look Fab,” she is interviewed in this article on the Style by Karen blog. This comprehensive post covers length and fit issues for many types of bottom garments, from jeans to cropped pants to walking shorts. The issue of “perfect pant length” (PPL for short) is a passionate topic for Angie and she lays out her best tips in response to Karen’s questions. Not only is this post chock full of sage advice, there are many photos included to solidify Angie’s excellent points.
When You Have Larger Thighs…
2017 Update… I was recently informed that one of the links above was broken and given the proper link so I could make the correction. At that time, I was also advised of a few great posts to help women with larger and/or more muscular legs find good-fitting jeans and pants. Check out there informative articles on a great new blog called My Casual Style:
- Tips and Ideas for Jeans for Big Thighs and Small Waist
- 6 Fashion Tips for Women with Big Thighs
- Flattering Pants for Big Thighs: 8 Best Ideas
Those Tricky Cropped Pants!
For many years, whether or not capri pants are flattering has been a polarizing issue in the style world. However, this past year, the stores have been so jam-packed with ankle-length pants that it’s been difficult to find almost any other styles! Many of us have decided to avoid all types of cropped pants outright, but some may want to dip their toes in the water.
If you’re in the latter category, check out this guest post written by Imogen Lamport for Fabulous After 40. Imogen even addresses the types of tops and shoes one should pair with capris. If you follow Imogen’s tips (as always, wonderfully illustrated with colorful images), you’ll have a much better chance of successfully navigating the tricky waters surrounding cropped trousers.
Do You Have Anything to Add?
Okay, enough about pants for now! As usual, I welcome your comments, as well as links to other useful resources related to finding pants and jeans. If I keep the nerve, I’ll be venturing out to the shops to try on pants and jeans over the weekend. Please send some positive vibes my way… Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!