New Pants DOs and DON’Ts

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Winter is just around the corner (oh summer, why must you desert us?). Tights are always a great way to transition from warmer to colder weather, but could I interest you in a new style of pants? The high-waisted, pleated pant! You’re going to have to trust me on this one.

I know, I know. It sounds incredibly unflattering but it’s worth the fashion risk. Everyone’s wearing them in Europe. I haven’t seen these pants in the States (and I’ve searched!) but trust me, they’ll make their way across the pond, so be prepared. Here’s are the DOs and DON’Ts of the look:

DO try your regular pant size and one size smaller. This style is baggy in the front. You don’t want to end up with a pouch or worse, a bulge right there! So don’t be afraid to go a little smaller.

DO wear a fitted top. You DON’T want to be wide all over.

DO tuck in your shirt to look skinnier.

DO make sure the length works with your height. If you’re tall you can pull of a mid-calf pant, but if you’re on the shorter side (like me at 5’4”) buy ankle-length.

If you buy ankle-length DO make sure they are skinny at the bottom.

DO buy them in a neutral color.

DO make sure your top really enhances your waist (This is the most important thing to remember).

DO roll them up for a more casual look.

DO pair them with skinny belts.

DON’T try this look if you have a wider derriere.

DON’T buy them if they’re too tight on the back. It’s not your size. Put the pants down and move on. Either the next store will have a pair just for you, or the next season will bring you better looks.

Here are some good and bad examples of how to work this look.

Bottom line: keep the pants from looking like mom jeans by mixing them with fun accessories and prints.

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