Finding the perfect pair of pants for your body type is like winning a lottery. There are just so many variables, and you have to worry; Are they the right length? Are they comfortable? Are they flattering? That’s why we’ve removed guesswork for you with this guide to the best styles for every frame.
If you’re petite…try straight-legged crops
We’re not talking capris, but these should hit ever so slightly higher than your ankle. The result is a flattering silhouette that makes you look taller than you are.
If you’re tall…try culottes
If you’re taller than, like, 5’9”, finding pants that are long enough and don’t look awkward is a struggle. That’s the beauty of culottes… they’re supposed to be short. So skip trying to find a pair that reaches the ground and embrace a shorter length.
If you’re apple-shaped…try high-rise skinny pants
Apple-shaped ladies are typically slim through the legs so show ’em off in a pair of skinnies in any number of fabrics, from denim to leather. The higher rise should hit the smallest part of your torso and smooth your entire midsection.
If you’re pear-shaped…try wide-legged trousers
The key here is to balance your hips with volume at your ankles. Wide-legged trousers create a long, flattering line and disperse attention proportionately throughout your lower body. Also look for pairs that sit higher on your waist, since that’s your narrowest part.
If you’re an hourglass…try flares
Flaunt your proportional shape in a pair of figure-hugging flares. Maximize the style’s leg-lengthening effect by pairing them with heeled boots. And bonus points for tucking in your top to show off your small waist.
If you’re boyish…try a paper bag waist
Ladies who are more straight up and down can create the illusion of curves with pants that have a dramatic waistline (and even pleats). This will fill out your hips and draw the eye toward your nipped midsection.