5 Ways to up your pant game
In this editorial:
Y / Project jeans, Off White Trousers & Vintage Chanel Earrings all from Farfetch |
French Cuff Shirt by Anna Quan | ‘Love is a Drug’ T Shirt by Know Connections | Chunky cardigan by Mum’s Handmade
As many of us have blind spots for a certain rack in the department store, mine was definitely the pant section. In fact, I recently found myself in the realisation that I owned approximately 0 pants. Yes, yours truly could sustain an entire dissertation on the many injustices of this clothing item. For example, that pants refuse to fit both my waist and ass at the same time, or that cropped chinos will never look on me the way they do on Audrey Hepburn’s version of Sabrina.
But is it any wonder? The art of tailoring may well be a fundamental struggle of the human condition. With so much technicality that goes into a pant that can flatter those geometrically vague shapes, the legs, it’s no less than a freak accident if a pair of $60 chain store pants didn’t make your ass look like the dark side of the moon.
As I have mentally prepared myself to overcome my phobia and up my pant game this year, I invite you to join me in the same with the below pieces of wisdom.
1 Forget the trends
It’s a particular Beige Renegade conspiracy theory that trends are made up by a blind octopus in North Korea. His only role being to randomly throw darts at a wall of clothing styles, which ever style that is hit by the mollusc is deemed in-vogue that week. But seriously. There are no fashion police patrolling the streets for wide-leg wearing dissidents during skinny pant season. So if the trend doesn’t matter, what does? Refer to paragraphs below.
2 Know your style
Know this: finding the pant style that is perfect for you will change your life. If you have a skinny waist compared to your thighs, go for high waisted styles. If you have shapely thighs and carves like mine, try palazzo and straight legged pants that create clean lines. Flared cuts that are fitted on the thighs and roomy on the calf are almost ubiquitously slimming, like these amazing Y / Project button up jeans.
3 Find the perfect fit
Even the most seemingly insignificant details in tailoring can completely change the fit of a pant: the placement of the seam, the number of pleats, the way the legs taper (or not). So it goes without saying that no two pants will look the same on any shape, so don’t be so quick to dismiss a style as being not for you. It could just be that the fit is wrong. For this, I absolutely recommend trying on extensively and investing in something more premium. Mass produced chain store pieces are notoriously autocratic in their fits, so approach with caution.
4 Be bold
It somehow seems natural to place pants at the bottom of the wardrobe hierarchy. We often opt to wear a statement pieces on top, and something completely plain on the bottom. However, imagine the styling options that will be open to us if we occasionally switch this paradigm on its head. So instead, choose a bold statement pant, whether it’s a unique cut or a bold detail (like my Off White exaggerated cuff pants), and pare it back with something classic on top
5 When all else fails, get it altered
A wise friend once offered me a golden pieces of advice – get it altered. If you find a pant that you like, but the waist is slightly loose or the leg too long, buy it anyway, as you can simply have it altered to fit you better.
Location: Perth, Australia | Photography: Bloggers Boyfriend