The Curvy Girl's Guide to Finding Pants That Fit Flawlessly

by Shiona Turini

Pants and I have not always seen eye to eye. When I was about 5 years old, my commitment to skirts and dresses was such that once, when my mother tried to force me into a pair of pants (that were, in hindsight, totally adorable) for school, I opted for an act of open defiance and decided to march to class in my underwear instead of give in to the tyranny of trousers. 

However, somewhere along the way, I was seduced. And, in (another) act of defiance, had a beautiful pair of high-waisted, wide-leg pants made, ignoring my private school's strict "skirts only" rule. My love affair was pretty short-lived. I was suspended for a week. After making a ruckus over women's rights, the school changed its rules, and once everyone could wear them, I could no longer see the appeal. 

As an adult, my fascination became all about fit. I’ve always known the value of my assets, and so often my "Beyoncé booty" felt ignored in a summer dress or an A-line skirt. Working in a business where women expend so much energy trying to exercise away their curves was insane to me; all I wanted was to highlight my thin waist and bodacious behind. But the fit was too often problematic. 

As a result, for years I avoided wearing trousers because I could never find a pair that worked with my proportions. Gapping at the waist and tightness at the hips does not a good look make. 

But then Nicolas Ghesquière happened. The designer's F/W 05 collection for Balenciaga had hip-hugging military trousers that pooled languidly around the ankles, exuding that type of Parisian coolness that’s both sexy and chic. I had to dive in, and in the process, I learned a few lessons.   

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What tricks do you use to find the perfect pair of pants? Share your tips in the comments!

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