If you’re someone who likes to wear pants, but think that a pair of dress pants are outdated or boring, you’re missing out on a great way to add versatility to your look.
There are so many cute & fun ways to wear dress pants, the possibilities are endless! Here’s a few inspirational images to spark your creativity.
Have I peaked your interest re: dress pants yet?
But before you go searching for a pair, I want to make sure you know exactly what details to look for, when searching for the perfect pair.
Detail #1: The Overall Fit
The best way to tell if a pair of pants fit well is to be sure there is no pulling or puckering on the front or back panels of the pants. You should be able to fit 2 fingers in your waist band comfortably. The perfect pair of pants should skim your body closely with out being too tight, uncomfortable or baggy.
Detail #2: The Fit In The Legs
This is definitely one of the most important detail to look out for. A great pair of pants, are well fitted through your thighs, and then slowly start to create a straight, bootcut or flare silhouette just below the knee. If you don’t have great fit through your thighs, your legs will have no silhouette definition and you’ll end up looking frumpy.
Detail #3: The Front & Back pockets
Personally, I don’t think front side pockets are necessary on women’s dress pants. Nine times out of ten, they pucker and alter your silhouette near your hip area. And since we rarely use our side pockets anyway, it makes no sense to compromise the appearance of your body shape for a feature you don’t even need. Since so many dress pants are created with side front pockets, you’ll most likely need to go to a tailor and get the pocket sewn shut and the pocket lining cut out.
As far as back pockets go, again it would be better if there weren’t any, but I know those aren’t always easy to find, so look for a sleek slit pocket as the better option.
Detail #4: The Waistband
Your waistband shouldn’t be too wide or too bulky, or it will make it really hard to find tops that sit smoothly over it. It should also sit right at, or slightly below/above your belly button.
Detail #5: The Fabric
The fabric content, weight and drape of your pants also makes a difference. If the fabric is too tight, it may add some bulkiness to your shape. If the fabric is too thin, it will probably be unforgiving and show any lumps, bumps or panty lines. The goal is to find something that is about mid-weight with good drape, and a little lycra in it.
How many of the details above were you already looking for when shopping for pants? Did any of them surprise you? And here’s a better question, which detail do you think would make the biggest difference for your body shape?