Black Pants for Every Body Type
Show off those legs with these crisp, flared trousers. “They're what I buy for my tall clients,” says Noelle Cellini, Chicago-based personal stylist and founder of the Style Academy, an online style school. “When you have long limbs, you can pull off details like high necks, wide lapels, and full sleeves—and these pants can be worn with almost anything.”
Try: Unfortunately, the Ann Taylor Tall High Waist Flare Trousers are no longer available. A similar pair of pants can be found here.
Other options: Express Studio Stretch Slim-Leg Columnist Pants, $70, express.com. Theory Custom Max in Edition, $295, bloomingdales.com.
A trim cropped cut won't overpower a small frame. “And the vertical creases down the front make legs look longer,” says Randi Packard, New York City–based market editor and brand consultant. “They also have compression fabric, so they're slimming all over.”
Try: Unfortunately, the NYDJ Ankle Pants are no longer available. A similar pant can be found here.
Other options: Ann Taylor Petite Devin Everyday Ankle Pants, $80, anntaylor.com. J. Crew Petite Matte Crepe Trouser, $110, jcrew.com.
If You Have…Full Hips and Thighs
“You want a cut that falls straight down from the widest point of the thigh—this makes curves look less wide,” says Bridgette Raes, New York City–based personal stylist and author of Style Rx. The slight bootcut is effortless, yet structured.
Try: White House | Black Market Curvy Premium Bi-Stretch Slim Pants, $79, whitehouseblackmarket.com.
Other options: Boss Tulea Bootcut Stretch Wool Trousers, $275, nordstrom.com. Elie Tahari Nova Stretch Pants, $168, saksfifthavenue.com.
If You're…Plus Size With Curves
Wide-leg styles are made for plus-size bodies. “This pair skims curves, nips the waist, and gives that look of the longest legs ever,” says blogger Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista. The dramatic silhouette makes even the most basic top look trendy.
Try: Unfortunately, the Lane Bryant pants are no longer available. A similar style can be found here.
If You Have a…Tummy
A classic straight-leg plays well with your entire closet, and the flat-front design also sits nicely on the waist for extra midsection support. “It’s best to avoid pleats and baggy cuts that may draw attention to your midriff,” says Minnie Romanovich, stylist for Keaton Row, a personal styling service.
Try: J.Crew Campbell Trousers in Bi-Stretch Cotton, $98, jcrew.com.
Other options: Alice + Olivia Stacey Slim Pants, $242, aliceandolivia.com.
If You’re…Plus Size With a Tummy
This not-too-fitted skinny hugs in just the right places, smoothing out lumps and bumps through the midsection and thighs. “They are made of a cool material—a thick, scuba-like blend of cotton and polyamide,” says Denee. “You can wear them at night with a fun top, or pair them with a suit jacket for work.”
Try: Eloquii Kady Fit SRL pants, $80, eloquii.com.
Other options: Lane Bryant Sophie Pants, $70, lanebryant.com. Vince Camuto Seam Details Pants (Plus), $99, nordstrom.com.