We don't always see pants. When I was 5 years old, my commitment to skirts and dresses was once, when my mom forced me to wear pants (which, after all, were really adorable) for school, I chose an act of open disobedience. and decided to march to class in underwear instead of succumbing to the tyranny of pants.
But one day, a pair of pants caught my attention, and I decided to wear them to school, ignoring the “skirts only” rule. Sadly, this stint was only temporary, and I was suspended for a week. After making a fuss over the “no pants for girls” rule, the school changed its dress code, and everyone was allowed to wear them.
As I grew up, I was fascinated with the fit of pants . I had always known the value of my possessions, and often, my “Beyoncé booty” felt ignored in a summer dress or an A-line skirt. Working in a business where women expend too much energy trying to remove their curves is insane to me. All I wanted was to highlight my thin waist and bodacious back .
As a result, I avoided wearing pants for many years because I couldn’t find a pair that fit my proportion. (The gaping at the waist and the tightness at the hip was not just my style.)
But then came Nicolas Ghesquière. The designer’s F/W 05 collection for Balenciaga featured military pants wrapped around the hip that gently wrapped around the ankles, showcasing that kind of Parisian coolness that is both flirty and chic. I had to dive in, and in the process, I learned a few lessons. Keep scrolling to view them.
If you are blessed with a curved bottom and/or thick thighs, you are in luck. You kill it. But understand that this means that your choice of fabric is more important. Silk or lightweight linen options should not be too tight and are best lined. For lineless options, look for a tougher fabric. And most importantly, avoid over-stretching — it can make the pants look of poor quality.
Bigger is better. Don’t be afraid to rise one size. I never bought in my adult life my actual pants size. Usually, I rise two sizes because, honestly, these thighs need space to breathe. (I also secretly love it when the salesperson says, “They’re too big for you.”)
There isn't even a single pair of pants in my closet that hasn't been bathed and placed in my dry cleaner in the corner. Skip the super expensive tailors and just find someone willing to work on your shape. At the beginning of our relationship, my tailor asked, "Why don't you just buy clothes that fit you?" (I have since forgiven him.) The fact is that the larger size makes it possible to tailor the pants exactly to your body for the perfect fit. I always pull the waist and occasionally the legs. I also pulled out the hem to add some length. (Believe me — if the pants don't drag on the floor, I don't.) I personally love wearing my long trousers with heels so I'm taller.