Do you know what styles of pants look best on your frame? I once wore whatever was current, not giving it much thought. I know now why certain styles look better and feel more comfortable on my body.
Since starting this blog five years ago, I have done many hours of research and had thousands of pictures taken. All that has taught me many things which allows me to share helpful tips and suggestions rather than just publishing pictures of my outfits.
The Anne Klein white jeans above and the BCBG bag are old from T.J.Maxx. The top is the Simple Comfort from Covered Perfectly. The flat sandals by Nine West are from last year. The belt is old from Chico's.
These jeans continue down to the top of the shoes without bunching. I prefer to give an illusion of a waistline with a hook belt worn low since I have a high thick waistline. You can see from the picture below that I always need to wear a low-slung belt with a slim-fitting tunic.
If you are like me, you want to know why something works for you, not just what pieces to wear. Many times I see something cute on a model but when I try it on it looks nothing like that on me. The proper fit and proportions can help us look our best in the clothes we are wearing and that always makes me feel more confident.
Many of you have commented that you can not wear heels anymore. If you wear flats with cropped pants and like me, have short, thick calves, your legs will look much shorter, and you will look much wider. To counter this visual effect, I wear slim-fitting straight leg long pants with flat sandals. If I wear ankle pants or any other style that ends higher on the leg, I will wear a nude higher heel or wedge heel shoe which visually lengthens my leg.
The tunic above is the Simple V from Covered Perfectly. The bag is by Calvin Klein, and the shoes are by Nine West, both from T.J.Maxx. I no longer have those jeans.
Think about continuing the color or tone in one unbroken line. Even though I got the one tone rule down, I did not get the fit right in the picture above. The boot cut pants were not a good combination because they bunched over the shoes. I need to wear this type of shoe with ankle pants that stop about an inch above the top of the shoe.
You have likely seen many young women wearing the style of black shoes above with a dress. Unless your legs are very long and thin from the knees to the ankles, you run the risk of appearing to have short fat legs when you break up the line of your legs as I did with the look above.
I thought I had rolled up that skirt to show enough of my leg but alas, I had not. To give my legs the right proportion with these shoes in a dress, I need to wear a mini skirt. (Not happening!)
This would have been a much better look if I had stayed with my long, lean, slim leg black pants which stop just above the top of my shoes.