I always try to include some helpful styling information in each blog post, so I am grateful when followers ask specific questions. “Susan, I have short 29″/fat legs (true, might as well admit it!). What are your thoughts on wearing pants with cuffs? I have been wearing them, but wondering if that hurts/helps my issue. (I wear a size 12 pant, but find most pants have legs so tight, that I have recently bought the Boyfriend Jean, which turns out to not be very loose on my fat legs.) Maybe a post about cuffs would help others too. I notice yours are never cuffed. Thank you! Love your blog!”
Cuffs will shorten your legs visually because they add another horizontal line on your body. I also have a twenty-nine-inch inseam and thick legs, so I never wear a cuffed pant. A dark color fuller leg pant that is straight and smooth without grabbing any part of your legs on the way down to the top of your foot will always be our best choices. Wearing shoes the color of your skin or the color or tone of your pants would also help to elongate and take the emphasis away from your legs. That is why I only carry the basic straight designed pants in my webshop here. You can wear them on all but the coldest days.
More tips about pant legs for new followers: The wider the pant leg, the longer the pant should be. For example, palazzo pants should almost touch the floor. Cropped pants should stop at the most narrow part of your leg. When you wear short ankle boots, wear ankle pants that don’t bunch up on the boot top or long bootcut pants that stop on the top of the foot. In the summer, I do wear straight leg (not skinny) ankle pants because they are cooler.
In this casual Friday look, I am wearing a polka-dot print Portofino blouse and a classic style gray chain bag both from Express. The short cardigan sweater is from Chico’s last year as are the straight leg black jeans. I often wear these jeans with loafer type or other low heeled shoes so I had them hemmed to touch the top of my foot. The rainy day shoes have a good tread on the sole and they are by Calvin Klein a couple of years ago.
Have a great weekend!