For years now, putting on a pair of pants with a low rise was like putting a tourniquet on a balloon; voila, instant muffin top, even on a thin body. Our blood flow was further constricted by the squeeze the “skinny jeans” put on our thighs.
Talbots Spring 2011
It doesn’t take a diet to lose a muffin top and look thinner instantly; just getting into the right pair of pants can do it.
The wide leg pant with a higher rise was a standout at the recent Fashion Week for good reason. It’s flattering to almost all figure types. If you’re thinking of updating your wardrobe for spring, a wide legged pant would be a great item to start with.
Fit: The pant should touch the body at the hip then drop straight down to the hem. This is what makes them so slimming.
Rise: Don’t pull out your old hi-waists that cut through the middle of the body, they look dated.
The new waist hits about an inch or so below the navel. This gives breathing room and you’ll look thinner than in a waistband that hits at the navel.
Left: Talbot’s, Heritage Fit Lindsey wide leg pants $69
Shoes: These pants look best when there is hardly any space between the hem and the ground, this means committing to what shoes (or at least what heel height) you are going to wear. If you have them tailored to wear with a 3 inch pump, they’re going to look sloppy with ballet flats.
Tip: For pants that you know you’ll be reaching for time after time, consider buying 2 pairs and having one hemmed for heels and one for flats.
Hem: Take the shoes you’re planning to wear to the tailor and have the pants hemmed to about ½ inch up from the ground.
Break: This is how the pant hems falls onto the top of the foot. When hemming trousers, a good tailor will make the front a scant ¼ inch shorter than the back so the break looks cleaner.
Leg width: Average leg openings for the wider legs are about 11 inches measured on the half. They’ll go up or down from there depending on the design. The taller you are, the wider the leg you’ll be able to carry successfully.
Right: New York & Co, The 7th Avenue Flare Pant – Average $49.95