How to choose a great pair of pants

By: Tessa W. Adachi


There is no woman who doesn't love a pair of pants which flatters her figure. Pants which fit properly can make you look great, but if you have pants which are too tight they can draw attention to areas you would rather have go unnoticed. There can be creases, bulging and the zipper may slide partially open - all of which makes the wearer appear to be overweight. A well fitting pair of pants can cover up imperfections and lend an attractive silhouette to the wearer. Everyone wants to look their best; part of this is getting clothes which fit properly.
Before shopping for a new pair of pants, take careful and accurate measurements. This way, you'll be able to shop for the right size from the get-go. Take a look at this chart to find your size from your measurements; the measurements are given in both inches and centimetres to help you in online clothes shopping.
Size | Waist | Hips
10 (S) | 70cm (27 inches) | 97cm (38 inches)
12 (S) | 75cm (29 inches) | 102cm (40 inches)
14 (M) | 80cm (31 inches) | 107cm (42 inches)
16 (M) | 85cm (33 inches) | 112cm (44 inches)
18 (L) | 90cm (35 inches) | 117cm (46 inches)
20 (L) | 95cm (37 inches) | 122 cm (48inches)
22 (XL) | 100cm (39 inches) | 127 cm (50 inches)
24 (XL) | 105 cm (41 inches) | 132 cm (52 inches)
26 (2XL) | 110 cm (43 inches) | 137 cm (54 inches)
28 (2XL) | 115 cm (45 inches) | 142 cm (56 inches)
30 (3XL) | 120 cm (47 inches) | 147 cm (58 inches)
When you use the chart, always select pants that fit the larger of your waist or hips. For example if you have a 95cm waist and 127cm hips you will need to choose size 22. Regardless of whether the pants fit the waist or not, if they don't fit through the hips, your derriere will tug the pant leg upward causing the legs to become too short, forming creases or opening the zipper.
When you take hip measurements make sure you take it at the widest point. If the tops of the thighs are wider than the hips use the widest point to get a good fit. Some companies create their own sizing chart and you need to use their measurements. These are the traditional sizing.
The next step is to take a measurement of your inseam. Your pant legs should be long enough to touch the top of your shoe, but not so long that you will step on them. If you have an inseam of less than 29 inches (75 centimetres), then petite sizes are where you should be searching. If you have an inseam which is longer, then regular sizes are for you - you can always have them re-hemmed if needed. If you have an inseam which is longer than 32 inches (82 centimetres), then tall sizes are what you need.
A gathered waist emphasizes weight so stick with straight pants to disguise a large hip and waist but use a longer jacket length to hide it. In an effort to hide their extra weight, some women select baggy or loose fitting pants. These actually make the person wearing them look larger. Short-legged women can use tiny vertical stripes to make their legs look longer and give the illusion of height. A wide belled bottom actually is best for the longer legged woman.
When you use your exact measurements to purchase pants, you'll find that you have better luck finding the right fit to flatter your figure. Just make certain that you take the measurements in your normal relaxed mode. These are only for you to see, so if you suck in your stomach and attempt to make them as small as possible, you defeat the purpose and won't get a good fit and that's the reason you want the measurements.

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Author: Tessa W. Adachi offers more on the topic of plus size fashion on her website where you can find fashion advice and great looking plus size clothing.

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