Buying Pants: What You Need to Know
- Try bootcut pants (to balance your hips) paired with a two-inch waistband (to contain your stomach), says June Ambrose, author of Effortless Style.
- Forgo low-rise pants in favor of a rise that hits an inch or two below the navel. Gap’s Curvy Fit meets these criteria, says Berlin. Another option: New York & Company’s City Knit pants, which offer generous stretch in the hips.
- Steer clear of tab closures and belts, which add bulk, and slanted (diagonal) pockets, which accentuate hips.