Buying Pants: What You Need to Know
Your questions about finding flattering trousers, answered.
- To create the longest possible line, pants should be an inch from the floor, with the hem breaking over the instep.
- One option is to buy two pairs of the same pants and hem one for heels and the other for flats, but you can fudge a happy medium by wearing the same pair of pants with flats and up to a two-inch kitten heel―but no higher, suggests Allison Berlin, founder of the New York fashion-consulting firm Style Made Simple.
- When switching from heels to flats, a quick fix is Zakkerz ($29, zakkerz.com), which secure rolled-up cuffs using magnets.