Let’s start with the theory.
Trousers look best on tall, slim leggy women. However this body shape looks great in just about anything. Trousers have the effect of outlining the bottom, stomach, thighs and legs. A skirt on the other hand can be more easily designed to hide figure faults. So what can we do about choosing trousers if we are not tall, slim or long legged? What if we are curvy, overweight or have relatively short legs?
The rules are that we should follow when choosing trousers
- vertical lines
- plain, deeper colours
- darted shapes rather than gathered type waists
However in addition there are other issues to consider
- the length
- the width
- the style
I will go through the main body types and suggest trouser shapes that will flatter
Straight body line
If your body shape is very straight, without a defined waist, trousers will generally look good because straightness goes with trousers. Here a bootcut leg balances out the broader shoulders. In order to minimise width at the shoulders consider what to wear on top. A sleeveless blouse will often work quite well. To create a waist wear a contrasting top and a belt. But overall this is the body shape that looks good in trousers.
If you are very slim, or petit, you will look better in trousers that are to scale. The model is wearing skinny jeans which look good on anyone who is smaller than average. Even if your legs are not so slim a slim fitting trouser leg will make them look slimmer. On this straight body waist definition is created by a curved jacket shape, horizontal lines to make the bust look more shaped and a toning colour palette and high heels to make the figure look longer. The relatively wide shoulders on this model are disguised by the lines of the collarless lapels.
Shaped body line
If your top half is petit but your hips and thighs are heavier, with a defined waist, you will probably suit tapered leg trousers. If you wear wider legged trousers you will look like an inverted triangle. As this model has a relatively long torso a higher waisted pair could be worn to elongate the leg. The model is wearing relatively short trouers which seems “wrong” but here the overall colour palette elongates the whole body (with high heels too). Showing a bit of ankle makes the eye think the legs are long, and a long line jacket disguises the thighs.
If you shaped but larger than average, carrying extra weight, then look for more width and length in the trouser leg. The wider leg balances out the wider hips. Also wearing a similar toned top will lengthen the body. Here the model has chosen larger accessories such as the bag, the high, chunky heels and the trim on her cardigan is showy, getting the scale right.