Look Better in Dress Pants

Wearing pants sounds pretty simple, right? The thing is, many of us are getting it wrong. Very wrong. Although I don’t want to move into the “trendy” skinny pant zone, we should review some things you may not realize are aging you or even adding the illusion of an extra 10 pounds.

1. Skip the low rise.

Give a medium rise pant a try. Don’t wear the pants at your naval and don’t wear them hanging out over your hip bones either . If a pant fits in the waist and the rise, it will be somewhere in the middle and you will instantly notice how much more tailored they appear if the pants are sitting in the right spot.

2. Let go of the cuff.

A cuff is not mandatory. For one thing, the larger the cuff the shorter your legs appear. Losing the cuff altogether will instantly create the illusion of leg length.

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3. Break some rules.

Try “no break” at the shoe with your next pair of dress slacks. In other words, no bunching of fabric on the top of your shoe. It should slide right over the shoe but not show your ankle.

4. Belt loops are made for belts.

Please wear a belt if you have belt loops. That’s all I can say about that.

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5. Avoid the pleat like the plague.

Pleats may be your go-to as you think a flat front pant will create the side “pocket-pull” issue. The fact is, if the slanted side pocket is pulling, the pants are too small in the hip or seat area. If you ask around, you may start to realize that for one thing, pleated pants are dated and they actually make you look larger than you are. If you increase the size of the pant but try a flat front, you may be surprised at how much thinner you appear. Now I realize if you up the size of your pant, the waist may then be too large. Two options here. You can either have the waist taken in by a local tailor or you could give a custom pant a try.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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