Of all clothing items, why is it shopping for pants feels like the hardest? Ugh. Between finding the right size to fit your body and the right style to fit your personality, it can sometimes feel like an all-day job to get a pair of plus size pants that are “good enough” to buy. Wouldn’t it be great if those pants actually made you smile, too? At Lands’ End, we believe that “good enough” just isn’t, well, good enough. That’s why we go out of our way to offer a variety of pants for a variety of plus size bodies in all shapes and sizes. Keep reading for a few frequently asked questions that will help you find the right pants for your body type and never settle for “good enough” again.
Of course not. Thankfully, there’s a lot of variety for plus size pants when it comes to cuts, fits, styles and rises. The con of having so many options? Finding your perfect fit can take longer than expected. Knowing your body shape and what styles and cuts generally work best for it can give you a leg up when it comes to narrowing down your options.
Although there are quite a few body shape categories out there the most common amongst plus size women tend to be pear shape, hourglass, apple or a variation of these three. Pear shaped women are wider on the bottom than on top, which includes a fuller backside and thighs. Women are considered to have hourglass figures if they are curvy and their bust and hip measurements are roughly the same with a smaller, easily defined waist. And an apple tends to carry most of her weight up top, with her hips being the widest part of her body, fairly equal measurements all the way around and longer, thinner legs.
Identifying your personal body shape is a great place to start when you’re trying to determine what style of clothing is right for you. What pants work on a pear or hourglass figure may not work for an apple and vice versa. The objective of shopping to your body shape is to make the clothes work for you by enhancing the assets you love about your body and drawing attention away from the aspects you don’t.
If you have a pear shaped body then you would appreciate a straight-legged pant that is looser through the thighs and gives the illusion of longer, leaner legs by creating a straight line from hip to ankle. Since pears tend to have fuller backsides a pull-on plus size pant with stretch may offer more comfort and versatility for those long days where you just don’t have time to feel uncomfortable.
Like pears, straight-legged pants are always a good choice for a full-figured hourglass. Since an hourglass woman (and pear alike) has wider hips in general wearing pants that go all the way to the ankle – or beyond – is the best way to give the illusion of longer legs.
An apple shaped woman wants to give the illusion of curves. Do this by wearing smooth, hip hugging slim leg pants that are fitted from the waist to the ankle paired with a flowy tunic top or chic belted cardigan that can help define your waistline. Plus size high-waisted straight leg jeans are also a great choice for an apple woman looking to balance out proportions and draw the eye away from her middle.
Contrary to what you think you know, petite vs. tall actually refers to the measurement of your inseam (the inside of your leg) and not the number in your waistband. Generally speaking petite pants have an inseam measurement of 23-31. At landsend.com you can find a variety of women’s plus size petite pants in various cuts and styles because we think making clothes for everybody regardless of weight or height (or shape) is the only sensible thing to do.
Although wearing dark colors and solids on curvier bottom halves of bodies is recommended, nothing is off limits as long as you know how to balance out your look. If you’re going to wear a vibrant pattern on bottom then pair it with a classic solid dark color like black or dark gray to even out your look.
Don’t waste another minute stressing over what plus size pants are going to be “good enough.” Brush up on dressing your best self this season and never settle when shopping again.