“Why do you wear jeans so often?” It’s all about the fabric. Denim fabric holds you in, smooths you out and is substantial enough to accentuate the shape without showing all the jiggles under it.
These size 6 Mandie jeans are by Bandolino from Belk.com. The shirt was from Chico’s last year. The sweater is old. Similar in my online shop here. The bag is a couple of years old by Dooney & Bourke. The loafers are by Nine West last year.
It is better to have three pairs of altered pants that fit you like they were made for you, than a whole closet full of losers. When I buy dress pants or summer pants made from lighter weight materials, I always go up in size, sometimes two and then have them altered. The lightweight fabrics look much better when they are a dark color and just skim the leg all the way to the top of your foot. I accept the fact that I will need to get most of my pants altered to fit me properly.
These pants are size 2 by NYDJ, and they are the Sheri Slim fit. (You can see that the number size means nothing.) The jacket is old from White House|Black Market. The silk scarf is a few years old. The shoes are by Paul Green.
Pants sometimes hug my knees and calves, but that is what happens when your hips and waist are straight, and your lower legs are curvy. I mostly wear a size four, but I have never been able to put on a pair of skinny jeans. The styles I wear most often have straight legs. I tend to look more substantial all over when I wear wide leg pants, flares or bootcut pants. The proportion is off when I wear those pants because they need to be worn with a short, close-fitting top. I am much more comfortable NOT showing off my ample bust and thick waist.
These are the straight leg pants from my site in a size small here. They are made from lightweight comfortable crepe material, and they have a simple elastic waist. The top is the three-quarter sleeve scoop neck top in a size medium made from the same crepe material also on my site here. The denim jacket is by Levi’s. The shoes are by Louise et Cie.
When I can find a pair of jeans that start a slight flare a bit above the knee, I buy them. Most begin to flare below the knee, and that just won’t do. Fabrics such as linen and silk don’t work for me. If I wore them, they would have to be fully lined.
The white ankle pants above are a size 6 in a lightweight cotton twill fabric from Fabrizio Gianni. The top is by Clara Sunwoo from My Fair Lady. The sandals are a few years old from Vince Camuto. Fit, fabric, and color are the things I take into consideration when buying pants. I hope this post helps you to discover which pants will work best for you.