Trousers to Suit Your Body Shape

January 12, 2011

Ask The Stylist, Daily Digest

Trousers to Suit Your Body Shape

By Ann-Marie Proudfoot

Céline “Five Perfect Trousers” Capsule Collection

The launch of Céline capsule trousers collection has caused quite a bit of excitement. The range is designed to suit several body types and will be a stable part of their collection each season with just an update of the fabrics. See the Céline “Five Perfect Trousers” Capsule Collection for yourself in the gallery below.

At the helm of the Celine design house, Phoebe Philo is known for her excellent tailoring, couple this with Celine’s signature minimalistic styling and you have a timeless pair of trousers.

Unfortunately we all can’t run out and buy a designer pair of trousers for €400 a pop, so here are some tips on how to find the perfect pair of trousers for your body type on the high street.

Which trousers suit my body shape?

Like jeans, trousers can be a really hard item to get right, as they don’t allow for too much error. With a dress or a skirt you can usually disguise the fact that it may not fit perfectly, but with trousers are not as forgiving.

Here are the five main body types; if you are a combination of body types, then incorporate a tip from each body shape and be sure to try on the styles to get the best match for your shape.

Trousers for Apple Shapes

Our sweet apple shaped gal is best suited to a flat front style with a deep waistband. The goal here is to balance your physique, so avoid trousers clinging to your bum or thighs.

This is not to say you can’t wear the all important skinnies but wide legged trousers are big this season, so why not embrace them too. The nautical theme will always be a staple for spring, so here’s a great pair a great pair with gold button detail from ASOS (1, pictured).

Trousers for Pear Shapes

If you have a pear shaped physique, your main gripe will be trying to slim down your thighs and hips. Your trousers need to be wide enough on the leg to skim over these areas. Avoid side pockets and go for flat fronted styles. Also wear trouser hemlines to the floor in order to create a longer length for your silhouette.  How about indulging in a little flower power this season with these palazzos from River Island?

If the 70’s isn’t really your thing, here is another great pair from Warehouse (2, pictured ).

Trousers for Hourglass Shapes

‘The dress’ is the hourglass figures killer piece, but when it come to trousers it can be difficult for an hourglass to find a pair that suit. You should look for trousers in drapey or soft fabrics; this will ensure that they are not too clingy. With your small waist, a tie option can accentuate it.  These velvet tie waist from ASOS will follow your curves and flow over your hips and thigh area (3 pictured).

Trousers for Petite Shapes

For the more petite lady you need to make sure the cuff of your trousers doesn’t skim the floor as this will just draw the eye down instead of up. Instead, trousers that cuff at or taper in at the ankle, work best.

If you are wearing full length trousers,  just be sure they are sitting at least 1cm from the floor – this will make your legs seem longer. I love these military trousers from Free People, they would be just perfect on a petite.

If you prefer a less casual trouser, then this suede pleated style front from ASOS can be dressed up or down.

Trousers for Slim Athletic Shapes

With a slim athletic body, a lot of trouser styles suit you because trousers style hang well on your athletic shape.  You have the advantage here to really go for the current trend of the peg leg harem. They will give you a curvier figure with the addition of the gathering and pockets. Where some may be hesitant to add the extra fabric,  you should jump right in there!  Here’s a really lovely black pair from Warehouse.

So with trousers playing centre stage for SS11, you can park the bottle of tan and bronzer for a while and keep those milky whites under cover with a pair of this season’s must-haves!

P.S. If you’re still not sure of what style is best suited to you, then drop us a line and we will try to help.


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5 Responses to “Trousers to Suit Your Body Shape”

  1. marydelia1 Says:

    Love this website! I think Paul Galvin should blog fashion too!


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