If you have an occasion that requires a bit more polish than blue jeans can offer, chances are that you'll reach for a skirt or a dress. But what if we told you we could change your mind? Hear us out—a sleek pair of pants can instantly elevate your look to classic status, not to mention that they're fashion girl–approved. (Proof: Almost all of the best street style looks this year feature pants over skirts.) Think about it; a fitted pair of trousers can act like a blank canvas for a number of different looks. Feel like pairing it with sneakers and a tee? You'll still look chic. Want to wear them with your new white heels? You're all set for the street style paparazzi.
The key to making this turnkey piece work for every need is to make sure your pants look as sleek and perfectly tailored as possible—and that means knowing more than just your waist size. To help you figure out which cut will work best for your body, we broke down the markers for four different shapes. And because we're ever so helpful, we went ahead and found your perfect fit with some help from Ann Taylor.
Want to know which pants you should try based on your body type? Get ready to give your skirt the boot.
A triangle figure is determined if your hips are wider than your upper body—specifically your shoulders. We recommend ankle pants, (the Kate fit from Ann Taylor is super flattering) as a way to provide top-to-bottom balance; the vertical stripes here will also help give an illusion of a slimmer lower half (if that's something you'd like to accomplish). To echo the pinstripes, we recommend pairing these with your favorite white heels.
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You know you have an inverted triangle figure if your shoulders are wider than your hips. So when shopping for pants, it's all about that balancing act. To counteract the wideness up top, opt for wide-leg bottoms that will streamline your silhouette, like the Marina pant from Ann Taylor. Pair them with a tee and sneakers, or play them up with statement shoes.
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While the hourglass figure seems to be the most obvious, it's defined by having similar measurements between your shoulders and your hips, while your waist is slightly narrower, which creates that hourglass shape.
To accentuate this shape, opt for a proportioned-silhouette pant, like the Ann fit from Ann Taylor, that are streamlined and have a small kick flare at the leg opening. We recommend pairing your new favorite trousers with a pair of heels and a deconstructed cotton blouse.
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An athletic figure is marked by an even distribution of measurements between your shoulders, waist, and hips. Because your figure allows for playing with dimensions and prints, why not bring attention to your toned legs with a statement-making pair of pants? The Devin fit from Ann Taylor is perfect for this body shape because it sits lower on the waist, allowing for a more structured silhouette. We could totally see these paired with a ruffled white button-down; it's the ideal amount of feminine and fun.
Which pant silhouette will you be trying? Tell us in the comments below.