Q. My pants fit everywhere but at the waist, where they gape
Because gaping usually results from having fuller hips and a slim waist, the key is to find low-rise pants that start at the hips (so you don’t have to worry about fitting both waist and hips) or that have a “contoured waistband that is slightly higher in the back than in the front,” says Lisa Converse, vice president of design for White House Black Market.
Go to a tailor. “He should be able to make affordable adjustments,” says Gregg Andrews, a fashion director with Nordstrom.
Another trick: Isabelt ($17 to $20, isabelt.com), which cinches the waist the way a regular belt does but lies flat and undetectable under tops.