The fact that women get to wear the pants these days doesn’t mean it’s easy! For men, it’s pretty simple (Yeah, we’re a little jealous of that.) For women, though, wearing pants can be tricky. (Maybe not as tricky as skirts, but that’s beside the point.) With all the different rises, lengths, and cuts available, the world of women’s pants can be difficult to navigate – but it can also be an adventurous one! Once you understand the options out there along with the pros and cons of each, you’ll be able to rock your next pants purchase and make certain to choose the perfect pair!
What’s the Rise?
When referring to pants, the word “rise” refers to the length between the top of a pant to the bottom of the zipper. A high-waisted pant, for instance, typically comes to above the belly button. In case you’re thinking this rise became obsolete decades ago, we have a news flash for you: high-rise pants are actually trending right now! But that’s not to say that low-rise pants are considered passe; they’re still quite popular. Typically, low-rise pants rest on your hip bones, just above the pubic area. Between the two extremes, you have mid-rise pants, which generally come to just below the belly button. Fully supporting your hips, this rise is considered business appropriate as well as flattering on a variety of body types. When it comes to the top you pair with your pants, rise becomes a major consideration.
So Many Lengths
Perhaps even more important than the rise of your pants is their length. Pants that are too long can appear sloppy, while pants that are too short can make your outfit look too choppy or disjointed. A huge rule of thumb when it comes to full-length pants is to carefully evaluate the length based on the shoes you plan to wear with them. If you’re wearing heels, the hem of standard-length pants should come about a half inch off the ground, just high enough so they don’t touch the ground. If you’re wearing flats, the pants should do the same thing; stop just short of touching the floor.
Also referred to as ankle-length or flood-length pants, crop pants are the right length when they stop at your ankle bone, allowing your entire shoe to be visible. Ideally, ankle pants should be tapered at the ankle with a slim leg overall. Perfect for showcasing a pretty pair of flats or extending the leg line when paired with heels, crop pants can make a great style statement, especially during the warmer months.
Arguably more casual than stylish, capri pants and shorts can also be considered to be distinctive lengths of pants. Whereas shorts hit above the knees, capri pants typically hit below the knees. Because they cut off around mid-calf, capri pants create an awkward leg line, making them far from acceptable in elite style circles.
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Penny Pincher Boutique
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