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How to choose the best trousers for your bodyshape.

best trousers for your bodyshape Article by Fabafterfifty

Many of us find that our bodyshape changes in our 50s and beyond, and nothing can be more frustrating than shopping for trousers that flatter and fit – and ensure we look fabulous after 50 and not frumpy! The good news is that there are so many styles to choose from, so everyone should be able to find a trouser style that is just right for you.

The secret of successful trouser shopping is getting to grips with the style that suits your shape. Get to grips with that and, the next time you find yourself hunting for womens trousers at Bonmarche, you may actually enjoy yourself.

Straight leg – for all shapes Hooray – straight legs suit any body type. With a uniform width from thigh to hem, these create a straight line down the leg, so can be worn if you’re tall or petite, large or slim. They disguise big hips and thighs, yet create more substance for slim Jims with less rear padding. Trousers that taper even slightly at the ankle should be avoided by those who want to reduce the appearance of their hips.

Wide leg – for fuller figures and bigger bottoms If you struggle with a burgeoning bottom, wide leg trousers could become your new best friend. They fall straight from hip to hem – in soft, floaty fabrics they move smoothly and have a clever camouflage effect. Fastenings at the back and side can help to minimise bigger hips, creating a more slender silhouette.

Boot cut – for pear shapes and longer legs Boot cuts feature a traditional straight fit over the waist and hips and flare slightly at the hem. They are pretty good for most body types, providing the same perks as straight legs, by slimming down your profile and complementing your curves. Long legs suit boot cuts perfectly, particularly if worn over ankle boots. If you have shorter legs, don some heels to create a bit of length.

Skinny leg – for slim legs and petite builds It’s bad news for larger ladies I’m afraid – skinny drainpipes should remain the preserve of those with svelte proportions. Lumps and bumps on curvaceous figures will be maximised by too-tight trousers, whereas tall or petite slim-thighed things can carry them off with style.

Hipsters – for boyish figures and short waists Hipsters make a short waist look longer, but make short legs look shorter. With a smaller crotch length, bottoms appear smaller in hipsters. If you’re a pear – beware – hipsters can accentuate your curves because the waistband sits on the widest part of your hips.

Styles for all body types over 50

Cropped trousers – for all body types Regardless of your shape, search online for cropped trousers for women and you can’t go wrong, providing you choose the right length for your body type. Ensure that trousers crop at the narrowest part on your calf, otherwise they will emphasise the wrong part of your leg and make it appear beefier than it is. Ankle length cropped trousers are great for women with heavy legs, while tall girls should steer clear – you’ll look as though you’ve outgrown your trousers. Shorter legged ladies should avoid trousers with cuffs and pockets, as these will shorten legs further. Thin ankled, slim legged ladies should sport a cropped trouser that fits closer to the leg.

Leg lengthening – for short legs A pair of slightly narrow, over-long trousers paired with heels can work wonders for short legs.

Choose flattering, well-cut trousers that complement your shape and you’ll look and feel great.

There is no excuse for not looking stylish and fabulous over 50 !


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  1. Sam

    January 14, 2013

    Fantastic, this is so helpful

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