Have you ever put on a pair of pants with a different pair of shoes and the outfit didn’t look right?
Finding the most flattering pant length can be difficult for a number of reasons:-
- There are many different styles of pants.
- We might want to wear our pants with different shoes.
- Different shoes usually require different lengths.
- Mass produced pants do not take into consideration that we all have different leg lengths.
- Hem your pants according to the shoe you are going to wear most often.
- If you love a pair of pants and know you want to wear them with both heels and flats then you may consider buying 2 pairs the same.
- When trying on pants make sure the length is long enough because you can’t add length.
- The most flattering pant length needs to follow the Goldilocks Principle and be “just right” for the style of pants and the shoes.
- Taking your pants to a dress maker can make a difference.
Most Flattering Length – What About Pant Length?
The guide to pant length:-
- Trousers / Straight Legs suit a hemline that sits on the top of the foot halfway between your toes and heel.
- Wide Leg / Flared Pants should not cover the entire front of the foot or shoe. There needs to be some toe and heel showing. If you wear these pants too long you will risk damaging the bottom of the pants on the ground and the possibility of having your pants get caught in your shoes.
- Skinny Pants will bunch over the top of your the foot if they are too long. The hem needs to sit on the top of the foot and bottom of the ankle.
- Ankle Pants are usually tapered and are best with a hem that shows the entire top of the feet and the ankle.
- Cropped or Cargo pants can be most unflattering if the length and width are not appropriate. These pants can make you look shorter or wider depending on where you place your hemline. If you have are short, have shorter legs or are petite then stopping your hemline under the knee will be the most flattering. For those who have are taller or have longer legs then mid calf can work well. However you need to ensure that the hemline stops above or below the widest part of your calf.
REMEMBER: Your personality style and preferences will always be a determining factor in what and how you wear your clothing. These are guidelines that can assist in determining why something is or is not working for you.
A long waist means that your upper body is longer than your lower half. You have a longer body and shorter legs. When dressing you are aiming to create an illusion of a shorter upper body. Let’s look at ways to dress to achieve a balanced look.
Have fun and experiment with these tips to create a look you want.
‘To belt or not to belt’ is a question many of my clients ask me.
Some women are short waisted and others may be long waisted. Whether you have a defined or undefined waist is another factor to be considered when dressing your waist. None of this is dependent on your size. The answer to this depends on your body shape and body proportions. Body shape is determined by your skeletal structure and how your shoulders, waist and hips relate to each other. Not all body shapes look great wearing belts as some people have a less defined waist and are more straight up and down.
How to determine if you are short waisted- Being short waisted means you do not have a lot of space between the top of your hip bone & the bottom of your rib cage. Your natural waist sits fairly close to your under bust area.
Let’s look at how to dress a defined short waist and how the type of belt and colour can affect the look.
A narrow belt works well for a short waist because it doesn’t take up as much space as a wider belt and will make you look more balanced. A wide belt may feel uncomfortable and definitely not be as flattering as a narrow one.
Tucking your tops in can sometimes create a cut off look and make your waist appear shorter than it is, especially if you wear a belt in a contrasting colour.
Wearing your top out and belting over the top creates a waist focus while giving the illusion of lengthening your torso.
- A belt in a contrasting colour will draw more attention to your waist area.
- A belt in a colour that coordinates with your outfit will provide waist detail without being a focus.
- A curved hip belt can also lengthen your torso. Remember when you wear a belt in a contrasting colour this creates a focus point.
- Wearing an outfit in one colour with the same coloured belt will create a taller and slimmer look.
Have fun playing with how to wear your belts to create the look that works for you.
DID YOU KNOW
First Impression are formed very quickly based on our appearance, behaviour & communication in the following way:-
55% – how you look
38% – how you sound (tone, accent & vocabulary)
7% – what you say
We meet people all the time in our daily lives. Reading these statistics makes you realise how important our image is in all areas of our lives – personal, social & professional.
Two important questions to ask yourself are:-