Wearing Cropped Trousers

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated December 16, 2015)

Any woman can wear cropped trousers as long as she wears the right style for her body shape. Just by following this simple guide you can find the right type of trousers to achieve the best look.

It helps to know your body type in order to find the best fit for you. When it comes to wearing pants there are four different types of body shapes. With each shape there are styles of pants that you should look for and certain styles that you want to avoid.

  • Hourglass. You want to wear a straight leg with fabrics made out of lightweight wool or a blend that will skim over your body. You want to avoid wearing cropped trousers that are cut straight; they just don't seem to fit on a curvy shape. They give the appearance of being sloppy. Also avoid pants that have pockets on the side seam—the pockets never stay shut and give the illusion that the hips are bigger than they really are. A great look is to wear a button-down shirt that is opened at the neck and has the sleeves rolled up. This look gives the illusion of having an even smaller waist.
  • Bigger Stomach. If you have a bigger stomach then you want to wear cropped trousers that have a flat front and a wide waist band. The wide waist band helps to hold your stomach in. You also want to have the pants taper in slightly. This can help keep your body from appearing to be big all over. Try wearing your trousers with a blouse or tunic that covers the tummy. Just be sure that you don't tuck your blouse in and you want to stay away from waistbands that gather in.
  • Straight Figures. Look for full-cut pants that have pleats and that narrow down towards the hem. Pants that have pockets are a real plus as it will make the hips look fuller. Try to avoid pants without any hip accents, as the accents help to define the hips. Wear the pants with blouses or sweaters that have wide necklines or blouses that are tucked in. This will broaden the shoulders and gives an illusion of having a smaller waist, giving more shape to the body.
  • Full Hip and Thighs. Wearing cropped trousers with this shape is a little bit trickier than with other body shapes. You want to look for pants that have a flat front that skims the body. Things in pants that you want to avoid would be pleats, pants with high waists, and pants that are tight around the legs. Always wear a jacket that is longer than the hips.

Just remember that the shirt needs to compliment the trousers to have the "put together" look.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


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