Pants Style Tips

Find the right style of pants for you! Whether you’re pear shaped, petite, or athletic, people come in all shapes and sizes and pants do too! We put together for you to know how to put a crease in your pants, or to know which rise is best for your.

Learn How to Put a Crease in Your Pants

Learn How to Put a Crease in Your Pants

If you’re wearing men’s slacks, ironing a crease into your pants can be the added final touch to a sharper look. But not everyone is familiar with how to properly iron a crease. So here are some tips to get you started in the right direction:

  • Use steam. So make sure the water well on your iron is properly filled.
  • Use the right ironing temperature. Different fabrics need different temperatures. So read the ironing instructions on the tag. It will tell you the proper temperature to use. You can also use the settings on your iron to match the right temperature with the right fabric. If the tag says don’t iron, don’t iron!
  • Fold the pants in half so that the pant legs are on top of each other. Make sure that when you fold that the seams (the bulky part on the sides of your pants) match up and are directly over each other.
  • Iron one leg at a time. From the pocket area to the cuffs, iron the pants in a circular motion and pay particular attention to the edges. Keep the iron moving in order to avoid scorching the pants.

Caring for your Pants

Caring for your Pants

Once you’ve bought and worn the pants, it’s time to clean them. This is usually the trickiest part of owning any pair of pants. In caring for your pants, you should always carefully read and follow the instructions written on the tag of your pants. These instructions are written with the specific needs of the garment’s fabric and design in mind. So heed them! But to help make sure you always get it right, here are some general tips to keep in mind when taking care for your pants:

  • For pants made of wool or other delicate fabrics it is probably best to have it dry-cleaned, unless the care label says it’s okay to not do so. It may seem like such a hassle, but you’ve already invested in these pants by buying them. So why not put in that extra effort to be able to wear them as long as possible?
  • For pants made of cottons, chinos, khakis and other synthetic fabrics it’s usually alright to just throw them in the washing machine. Some ironing may be required, so read the label’s instructions.
  • For your denim jeans, always wash them inside out in order to help maintain the color and minimize staining. Washing it seldom can also help to keep the pant intact and true to size.

Pairing your Jeans with Shoes for the Right Occasion

Pairing your Jeans with Shoes for the Right Occasion

The comfort and versatility of jeans make them a staple item in any wardrobe. As long as you are wearing the right kind of shoes, any pair of jeans can be dressed up or dressed down. There are just a few things to keep in mind. Dark-washed jeans are usually more appropriate for formal environments like the office or dinner at a nice restaurant. Lighter washed jeans are best for more casual day-to-day events like a trip to the mall. But it’s choosing the right pair of shoes to go with your jeans that make the outfit.

For men, these are some things to consider when deciding what shoes to pair with your jeans.

 

  • For more formal occasions, try pairing a nice pair of darkly colored jeans with a solid pair of leather shoes or loafers. The thing to keep in mind is to stay away from shoes with a white or lightly colored sole when dressing for more formal occasions.
  • For your day-to-day activities, your favorite pair of sneakers paired with your most comfortable jeans is usually all you need to create that relaxed everyday look.
  • For women, keep these tips in mind when deciding what to wear.

  • For a night out on the town, heels are the only way to go. Usually the strappier the better.
  • For the office, try pairing your jeans with closed-toed pair of heels. For comfort, avoid wearing heels that are too high. A really nice pair flats go well with jeans when going for a more business casual feel.

Which Cut is Best for You?

Which Cut is Best for You?

In order to realize which kind of pants look best on you, you first have to know what kind of cut works well for you. The difference between women’s bootcut jeans and a straight-leg pant can often be subtle but crucial to finding the perfect pair of pants. To make finding the best pant cut for you, here is a list of the most common types:

  • Straight-leg: These are pants that have a straight, narrow leg from the waist down
  • Boot-cut: These are pants that fit like a straight-leg pant from the knee up but are cut wider at the ankle in order to comfortably fit over a pair of shoes.
  • Tapered: These are pants that have a really slim ankle and that fit tighter as the leg goes down.
  • Flared: These are pants are narrow and slim from waist to knee then widen from knee to ankle. If the flare is particularly wide, the pants are called bell-bottoms.

Which Rise is Best for You

Which Rise is Best for You

One important element of the fit and style of a pair of pants is the “rise”, which is the distance from the top of the waistband down to the central point where the two legs meet at the top. It essentially determines where the waistband falls and where the pants sit on the body. Different rises can create a very different look and silhouette of the body, so it is definitely a factor to consider.

  • Ultra-Low-Rise – This style is mainly found in women’s jeans, and sits extremely low on the hips, as the rise measurement could be as low as 3-4 inches. This style should be worn with caution! It elongates the torso which can be very flattering, but it also leaves the entire midsection exposed which is more appropriate for a slender body type.
  • Low rise – These sit just above the hip bones with a rise of around 8 inches and can be found for both men and women. This is typically comfortable for men to wear as they are less constricting. They are very popular among women, especially in women’s boot-cut jeans. They should be worn with care as they can accentuate the hips (whether small or large). They elongate the torso, however, which normally creates a flattering figure.
  • Mid Rise – This is an average rise length of around 12 inches, so pants fall near the belly button. These are best for a casual look and are ideal for people with concerns about their midsection as it holds it in and doesn’t accentuate the stomach by leaving it exposed or sitting right above it.
  • High rise – This is mainly a style for women’s pants and has definitely been growing in the fashion world. High-waisted pants have an average 14 inch rise, and fall around the waist, the tiniest part of the midsection above the belly button, which is great because it draws attention to this area. However it also can accentuate the size of the hips, so it’s important to have a good fit. Dark colors, adding a belt, choosing a wide leg opening, and tucking in a looser shirt are all great ways of distracting from the hip section and pulling off this high-fashion style.

Wearing Pants with Belts

Wearing Pants with Belts

A belt can be useful for both practical reasons (tightening and securing the waistband) or for fashionable reasons. The number of belt styles available is a little intimidating, so if you’re having trouble deciding which belt to wear and when to wear it, here are some simple suggestions.

  • Men: If your pants have visible belt loops, you should be wearing a belt, especially in a business or professional situation. In these fancier occasions, stick with leather or another nice looking material. For casual days, you can wear leather or another basic material. If you’re wearing black or brown pants, your belt should be black or brown, respectively. With pants in other colors, choose whichever one complements it best. Your belt should ideally match your shoes. When it comes to a belt buckle, stick with simple and sleek when wearing nice pants; you can get a little more creative with jeans depending on how much attention you want to draw to it.
  • Women: Belts can be worn anywhere on the torso to cinch a flowy top or dress, but if your intention is to wear it as an accessory to your pants, utilize the belt loops. Wearing a belt with high-waisted pants or high-rise jeans will emphasize the slimmest part of your waist for a very flattering look. A belt on low-rise pants will elongate your torso for a slimming effect as well. If you’re on the shorter side, a thinner belt is better since it won’t overwhelm you. If you’re taller, you can get away with a wider option since you have more room to work with.

Matching Socks and Pants

Matching Socks and Pants

It seems like a petty detail in the bigger fashion picture, but your choice in socks can really make or break your outfit. It’s a choice that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but if you don’t even know where to start when you open your sock drawer, here are some simple guidelines to follow to make sure you match appropriately.

  • Socks with a Suit: There are debates as to whether socks should match your shoes or your pants. Ideally, these should be in the same color family (blacks or browns), so you should be able to pick socks that complement both items. If they differ greatly in the shade, match with your pants so that they blend in and create a solid line. If you incorporate other colors into your outfit, you can choose a subtle design (such as argyle) that includes these colors as well, but the background of the sock should be darker and match your pants.
  • Everyday socks: For the everyday occasions when you’re wearing jeans or casual pants, it’s ideal to match your pants. If this doesn’t work, you should at least match your socks to some part of your outfit. With jeans, you can get away with dark blue or a shade that matches your shoes. With khaki trousers, aim for a dark tan or brown shade. When in doubt, choose brown or black, but whatever you do, say no to white!
  • Socks for the Gym: This is essentially the only time that white socks are acceptable, but aim for the low cut ankle socks. If you want to put in some extra effort, pick socks that have logos or any decorations in the same color as your shorts.

Best Jeans for Petites

Best Jeans for Petites

There are two main types of petite women. The first group is women with average frames and a height of 5’4″ and under; the second group is smaller framed women with a height between 5’4 and 5’9″. Both kinds of petite women may have a hard time finding a well-fitted pair of jeans. Most petite women would like to avoid looking like a little girl, looking wider, or looking too short.

Here are some basic tips to help you find the perfect fit jeans:

  • Choose your jeans style wisely. Straight-fit jeans are the best flattering style for the vertically challenged. Stay away from wide-leg, bootcut or flare style jeans.
  • Avoid any excessive details on your jeans, like pockets or pleats, as they will add width and make you look shorter.
  • If you are a petite woman with a larger frame and want to look slimmer, try dark-colored denim. This will visually elongate your silhouette.
  • Look for proportion in your petite jeans. Belt loops, rivets and buttons shouldn’t stand out but should be the same size as those for the regular jeans. Smaller stitches and well-balanced spacing between the seams are also the key elements of the high-quality petite jeans.

If you are searching for denim with some patterns, such as a particular wash or distress marks, make sure that the pattern is made to fit petite jeans and is readable on your jeans.

Best Pants for Pear Shaped Women

Best Pants for Pear Shaped Women

Giorgio Armani once said: “Accentuate your best features and disguise what you are not so happy with. Choose outfits that fit and make you look comfortable rather than those that are up-to-the-minute.”

Determining your body type is the key factor to helping you visualize a certain silhouette and then creating an illusion of a well balanced figure.

The balancing goal for a pear shaped figure should be bringing attention to the top half of the body and making the bottom area look slimmer. Here are the pants styles advices which will be helpful for all bottom-heavy body shapes:

  • Bootleg pants are the must-have items for all pear shaped women. This cut definitely makes your thighs and hips look thinner. A low rise or extra low rise minimizes the appearance of large hips with a small waist. Dark colors (black, dark brown or dark blue) and high heel shoes will visually elongate your figure even more.
  • Go for wide-leg pants. The extra room around the legs accommodates your curvier hips without creating any tightness. It also camouflages thick thighs.
  • Avoid pants or jeans with side pockets as they will only make you look wider.
  • Be minimalist. Draw attention away from a heavy bottom by choosing pants that are free of any type of decoration such as pleats, beadwork, prints, embellishments or even drawstrings. Don’t get lazy and hem your pants to create a leg-lengthening effect.

Best Pants for Athletic Build

Best Pants for Athletic Build

A typical athletic build person is someone with toned arms and legs muscles and who has low body fat. However, people with an athletic build have their fit challenges which can be only addressed properly with a help of the certain pants styles.

  • If you are a skinny woman and would like to add more curves to your body, choose flared leg bottoms. Fitted legs might be unflattering for the thin bodies.
  • Slim men should consider flat-front dress pants, casual pants and corduroys.
  • If you are the owner of strong, muscled legs as a result of biking, wear wide leg or relaxed fit pants. These pants are fitted straight at the hip, which means that they can disguise thicker legs. Avoid hip hugger styles if you have full thighs.
  • Avoid high-waisted, pleated pants with narrow ankle openings. These pants are an all -time failure, even a gorgeous Greek goddess, Aphrodite couldn’t look good in them.
  • For petite athletic build figures, you want to look for jeans with a little stretch or that fit well in the thigh area. Try bootcut or straight pants in order to create an illusion of long lines. With straight jeans aim for a pair that is a size bigger than you usually get, then have the waist taken in.