Ankle length pants…..well fitting pair with a touch of Lycra in a basic color and cropped just above the ankle are currently the trending look. But the million dollar question is HOW to wear ankle length pants and do they good look on me?!? Even though ankle length pants look trendy, it is not actually that easy to pull it off. You can make your cropped pants work provided you know how to style them appropriately. Ankle length pants can be figure flattering, and they can be worn by both tall and petite women. The good news is these pants are extremely versatile effortlessly blending with almost any body type. While petite women can look taller, the taller one will look balanced. Even these pants can make you look graceful when styled casually. Here are my tips on wearing ankle pants:
1. Make sure they are tapered, tailored and run along your leg line.
2. If you you have really short legs, always add a wedge heel. That will help to elongate your body.
3. Think about proportions. They cut off at your ankle, which will give the appearance of shortening your leg and they look unflattering on those that already have a shorter leg. AVOID your pant hitting you at the widest part of your calf.
4. Consider your shape. If you are curvy or pear shaped, it is best to wear a pant that falls straight from the thigh. If you have a slim or athletic build, get a pant that hugs and tapers all the way down. This will give you more curves! When in doubt, the best shape for all body types is a straight leg.
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Occasionally we do something right with our lifestyles and lose a few pounds, a couple of dress sizes and reshape our bodies. But now you have a new body to dress. How do you do that? I have seen many ladies take large size dressing down to their smaller size without success. You may see them out and about in their clothes that may still fit somewhat around one part of the body but do not fit well, hang baggily or are dated. Some ladies hang on to clothes like security blankets. You worked hard to get here, it is time to show off that weight loss. It is time to emphasize your gains as well as your losses. First of all, pick one body part you have worked hard to improve and emphasize it. Do you have great arms from lifting weights? A sleeveless blouse would be a great addition to your wardrobe.
Remember to keep a close eye on proportion. One thing I have discovered is that if you are petite, you can look even thinner if the proportion is right. Wide legged pants call for a sleeker top. Blousey top calls for a pencil like or straight skirt, or narrower pants.
Definitely shop for or tailor basics you need to replace first. One thing I see thinner people do a lot is to keep wearing their old jeans. That stiff fabric makes them look a lot heavier than they really are. Invest in either getting them tailored to fit you or buy a new pair. The same thing is true with suits. If you really love the one you have, and it is not dated, get it tailored.
Do not forget the foundation garments. When you lost weight, did “the girls” get smaller too? A new bra is a must. If “the girls” are up where they should be, then your waist will look more narrow.
Tailored items make everyone look thinner. When we are heavier we tend to wear a lot more stretch fabrics that will stretch and hang oddly as we lose weight. It is time to ditch them. Tailored clothes present a more professional image with the additional seaming and pressed creases. Tailored pieces allow straight lines where you want them to be, and you will look more polished overall. So congratulations on the weight loss – now dress with confidence!
Wearing shorts can be tricky. Some ladies do not like wearing shorts because they feel like they are showing too much skin. Wearing shorts can be the most practical choice some days, especially when you feel like you do not have anything to wear. However, there is a huge difference between wearing shorts that will make you look classy and wearing cut off short shorts. Obviously you do not want to be showing off half your butt. My suggestion is to wear neutral colored shorts, because they never goes out of style. Stay away from denim and go for a more tailored look. Shorts can even be professional if they are clean cut and the right length, much like a pair of dress pants. They can be very comfortable if you have them in a breathable fabric. Wear shorts that are mid thigh to keep it a little more conservative. If you have to constantly keep pulling your shorts down, then they are too short. Another thought is to style your shorts up! Collect tailored shorts that come in cute colors. For spring, light pastel colors are the best, such as lavender, light pink, yellow, and shades of blue. Finish up the professional look with a collared shirt, or a plain fitted V-neck that is tucked in. Wear a belt to keep those cute shorts in place and to have a crisp look. Shoes that are best with shorts are nude flats or a wedge shoe. This will give some length and height to your legs, especially if you are on the short side. Adding a blazer gives you a dressier touch. With these tricks you can put together an outfit that will beat the heat, while you stay cute and classy.
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If you have a petite frame, have you ever felt like most clothes of the rack just do not fit you? Well, it is not your imagination. Standard retailers make their clothes for a taller than average shopper. So if you are short, you know that means you are short on options (pun intended) when it comes to finding clothes. I have some basics tips for you to make the shopping experience more productive. First, make sure your clothes fit perfectly. A too long sleeve will emphasize your lack of stature. So if you are petite, expect to have all your clothing tailored to fit your unique size. Secondly, wear more neutrals and more muted colors. We tend to associate bright colors with children, neutrals with grown ups. Another tip is to steer clear of clothes with volume. Too much fabric will overwhelm your small frame, and make you look even smaller. Finally, wear more structured clothing. A structured jacket will make you look more professional than layers of knits. A shirt with a collar, tailored trousers, a simple, elegant shift dress all go to making you look more mature. I truly believe you can wear almost anything, as long as it is the right proportion to your petite frame. You just have to pay particular attention to where things fall on your body.