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Excerpt From Part II: Beauty Reflected

The Advantages of Trousers


It has been said that the only constant in life is change, and thus began our never-ending struggle to prevent or accept it. I suppose working in the ever-evolving world of fashion has made it a little easier for me to accept. On countless occasions I have marveled at how dramatically a new outfit or a fresh hairstyle can alter a woman’s appearance and skyrocket her level of confidence.

With that said, I have also learned that there is a homegrown comfort in classic elements that remain constant. It’s a little like that love-worn hoodie stashed in the back of the closet that would probably horrify the makeover gurus of the reality TV world but makes the perfect companion on the rainiest of days.

Armed with this nostalgic style philosophy that some would deem reckless, I began flipping through the style reports only to discover that it was time to pay homage to an old favorite. A little more sophisticated than the hoodie, but a classic nonetheless. And might I add wearable?

An elegant, simple trouser evokes a sigh of relief from both fashion experts and novices alike. It provides a welcome shift from an industry exhausted by the cyclical trends of skinny jeans, harem pants, and tricky jumpsuits.

Perhaps the most appreciated element of this style is the wearability factor. Full figures benefit from the clean lines of the pant-leg as it smooths over full hips and thighs. At the same time, the fit-and-flare trousers accentuate lean hips and dramatically lengthen the leg line.

So, how do you wear this minimalist style and get the look of fuss-free glamour?

Balancing Act. Wearing an outfit that has volume on both the top and bottom will add width to your appearance. To avoid unwanted bulk, wide-leg trousers and flared pants are best balanced with sleek, fitted tops. Fail-safe options include tailored blouses, V-necks, wrap styles, and fitted tees. Stay cozy in the cooler months and minimize the fabric bulk by selecting fine-gauge knit tops to wear with this trouser style.

Vertical Height. The width of a wide-leg or flared pant can detract from your height. This is a common problem encountered by petite women. A simple solution is to visually balance the width of the pant leg with a pair of heels. Even a kitten heel at minimum will ...