I want a pair of trousers in my SWAP. But I have a funny relationship to trousers. They are comfortable and practical. Jeans are my first choice for the weekend, and certainly when walking or cycling I would never wear a skirt. For a relaxed, off duty look, they are just the job with a comfortable jumper or T-shirt. I have a very nice navy jump suit I got in the Topshop sale. I sometimes wear this for evening events – and accessorised it makes me look tall and slim. But overall, when I want to look my best, I choose a dress, or skirt.
So for work I generally wear a skirt or dress, usually with a jacket. I do not posses a trouser suit and while I do occasionally wear trousers for work, they are not my “go to” garments. I only have four or five (casual) pairs, compared to 15 skirts and say 10 dresses. I just prefer a dress or a skirt, which I feel is more flattering on me. The reason for this is that, like many women, my legs are not particularly long. I feel shorter and stumpier in trousers than I do in a skirt.
In my SWAP 2014 I made a pair of 1960s trousers. This style is fairly high fitting, with a defined waist, a side zip and is cut narrow to the ankle. I am wearing them with ballet flats in the same colour. I think this look is OK, it’s just not my very best look. Even standing side ways you can see my big bottom and fuller thighs. Trousers just can’t help emphasising the hips.
Without a doubt trousers look best on women with long straight legs, a high or flattish bottom, and slim ankles. In my view they flatter a slightly masculine physique and a straight body line. Women with a more curved body shape have to work a bit harder to find trousers that fit and flatter. This is mainly because we really need the waist emphasis that a dress or belted skirt gives us.
Let’s have a look at the trouser styles we might recommend for a curved body shape.
- softer lines
- softer fabrics or fabrics including elastane
- unpressed pleats
- tapered trousers
- flat front trousers
- paper bag or high-waisted trousers
- shorts/pedal pushers (which have the advantage of ending at a more flattering point)
- jeans with a looser fit
- long flowing palazzo pants
If you have a straighter body shape and slim hips then trousers may well be a first choice. Here is our straight bodyline Princess in a nice pair of trousers. Her slim hips and long legs mean that she generally looks great in trousers.
Women with a straight body shape can try
- tailored looks
- firmer wovens
- slim legged, straight trousers
- trouser suits
- pressed pleats
- well-defined pockets
Trousers are the reason I started sewing. Getting jeans with a good fit on the hips without an enormous, yawning, gaping waist, made my teenage years somewhat miserable. However just making trousers that fit doesn’t always mean that they are flattering. For the SWAP I am therefore considering.
- a good pair of jeans (although I have two or three perfectly acceptable pairs from NYDJ)
- a second pair of the Simplicity 6087 trousers but in a different colour
- a pair of perfectly fitting tailored trousers
- high-waisted trousers
- a jumpsuit
- a pair of tailored shorts
- adapting my curvy pencil skirt to make a trouser pattern.