I always try to include 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 size 12 pants, 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 to your body. I also have a twenty-nine-inch inseam and thick legs, so I never wear cuffed pants. A dark color fuller leg pant that is straight and smooth without grabbing any part of the legs on the way down to the top of your foot will always be the best choice. Wearing shoes, the color of your skin, or your pants’ tone would also help to elongate your legs.
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. I do wear straight leg (not skinny) ankle pants in the summer because they are cooler.
I am wearing a polka-dot print Portofino blouse and a classic style gray chain bag, both from Express, in this casual Friday look. 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.