We've all been there, right? Desperately hoping those trousers are going to go up over your thighs. And, crossing our fingers and every other part of our body that they'll even go over the hips. Then that euphoric moment when they do get up to your waist only to find a huge gap flapping around at the back. The changing room struggles are real.
So, let me break down my 5 tippity tip top tips to help you find trousers that will actually fit you. Saving you all that hassle and stress on your next shopping trip.
Getting to know your body shape
If you know what body shape you have, this is already going to make trousers shopping soooo much easier. There are 5 body shapes:
Pear (wider hips than shoulders, with heavier thighs)
Apple (Round all over with a soft stomach and slightly sloped shoulders)
Hourglass (hips and shoulder line are equal with a definite waist)
Inverted Triangle (Shoulders are wider than hips, usually have a large bust)
Straight (hips and shoulders are in line but no waist)
Different cuts and styles of trousers will fit and work better on each body shape. So, Pears want to look for trousers with a low rise and a wider leg. This will fit more smoothly over the heavier portion of your body. As the hips and thighs are a wider area, you want to keep everything nice and smooth. Look for a side zip and flat-front trousers, with no pockets or pleats. It's best to avoid tapered trousers or elasticated waists as this can add too much bulk. When it comes to jeans look for a bootcut.
Apple shapes can choose an elasticated or drawstring waist. You also want to look for flat-fronted trousers. Or, something that will hang straight from the thigh. A good fitting straight leg fit can work well.
Hourglasses, oh you have my sympathy. All that junk in the trunk and a tiny waist makes for a big struggle when it comes to trousers! Again, you want to keep everything smooth over the hips so trousers with a side zip are great. As we want to be able to emphasise the waist, high rise trousers work beautifully but you do have the issue of the gaping waistband. Find trousers in a more relaxed fit, like a Mom or Boyfriend cut. This way you could get try sizing down. This will help the waist fit nicely but the trousers still fit around your hips and thighs. Alternatively, look for trousers with belt loops and cinch in any slight gaping with a belt.
Now, Inverted Triangle shapes should have an easier time of it. As you have narrower hips you should be able to find trousers that fit around the legs and waist. The cut that will work best on you is either, bootcut, slim or straight. If you do have a larger bust avoid anything with a high rise or high waisted. This will shorten the length of the waist and create a "bust on legs" effect. You definitely want to avoid wide-legged trousers as these will swamp your slim hips.
Then onto our Straight shapes. Again, you will have an easier time with trouser shopping and most style will suit you. Definitely try bootcut or straight cut as these styles will work well. As you don't have a defined waist, I'd steer clear of high waisted trousers.
I strongly recommend buying trousers that are sized in measurements rather than your 10's, 12's, mediums, etc. This way you've got a much better chance of finding the perfect size. So, get to know your waist, hips and leg length measurements.
To measure your waist, place a measuring tape just above the belly button and breathe out slightly (or just don't suck in, You want an accurate measurement!) Next, place the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips. This should be near the widest part of your buttocks. Now measure your inside leg length to find the inseam length you need. If you have someone to help you, they can measure from the crotch down to the hem. If not, use a pair of trousers that are a good length on you. Lay them on the floor and measure from the crotch to the hem.
You can use these measurements to choose trousers that are sold with the waist and leg length measurement. Or, use these against a shop's size guide (just check on their website).
Choose quality investment pieces
I know how tempting it can be to pop into your local high street shop and grab a pair of trousers for £20. But, you're not going to get a good quality product that fits you properly. This type of fast fashion is churning out the same old trousers with no consideration for people's actual sizes. You're going to have a much better chance if you go to a more upmarket shop or boutique. You may pay a little more dollar but for a lot more quality.
A shop like this may even offer fitting services and tailoring services to ensure you get the best fit possible. It's all about investing in a really great pair of trousers that are going to fit you beautifully and last you a long time. Think about the cost per wear of anything you buy. The initial cost may seem a little high but if you divide that by the amount of wear you'll get from something, it will seem and be worth it. Trust me! I hope you use these tips next time you head out to buy a new pair of trousers. It's all about finding the styles and garments that work with you, not against you!
I hope you use these tips next time you head out to buy a new pair of trousers. It's all about finding the styles and garments that work with you, not against you!
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