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How to find pants that fit right

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For many women, finding pants that fit right takes a lot of work – sometimes so much so that it can be a very daunting task.

Because women have such varying body types, it can often seem like every pair you come across fits differently. The good news is that a little bit of knowledge about your own body and pants in general can go a long way toward easing the process. If you struggle with finding pants that fit right, you are most certainly not alone. Here’s a guide for finding pants that fit well and make you feel amazing:

Don’t be attached to a specific pant size

Any mental blocks you have about sizing should be the first thing to go when looking for pants. Because many brands cater to “vanity sizing,” their clothing will likely run much smaller than other brands. If you find a great pair of pants that are three sizes larger than what you typically wear, don’t refrain from buying them because of the number on the tag. That’s why it’s so important to know your measurements before shopping. Use them to find the right size, no matter how big or small it is.

Find a brand you love

Sizing isn’t the only thing that differs between brands. If you’ve spent a lot of time pants shopping, you’ve likely noticed that some brands offer trousers that fit perfectly around wider hips but are a little tight in thighs, while others cater to larger thighs and smaller waists. Because every woman carries weight differently, a pair of pants may fit one woman amazingly and another terribly – even if the ladies are similar in size. Be cognizant of the brands and styles that work well on you. Look through the pants you wear often to find what brand they are – you’ll almost always have an easier time finding new jeans and trousers from those brands than from others.

Audrey Trouser

Pay attention to the important aspects of the fit

When it comes to finding pants that fit perfectly, there are some aspects of the fit that matter more than others. The rise and hips on a pair of pants will typically matter the most, whereas tailors can easily alter pants that are too long or that gap around the waist. As far as rise goes, most women find that a mid-rise pair of jeans or trousers will look the most flattering, while pants with a low or high rise only work on very particular body shapes.

You should also keep in mind which leg styles work best on you. Boot-cut pants complement the majority of body types, so you may have more success looking for that style than slim-cut or wide-leg pants that could potentially be unflattering.

lola control jean

Opt for fabrics with stretch

No matter your size, looking for pants with small amounts of spandex is an easy way to get the right fit. It will allow them to stretch more easily around larger areas of your lower body, while still fitting closely to the smaller areas.

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Comments (4)

Karen Hunsinger

There need to be more plus petite items. All large women are not 5’9″. Unless we want knee length dresses there are hardly any longer dresses that will look good on us. I am 5’2″, a size 20-22 and I can wear an inseam of 26-28 so all the 36″ skirts are out.. I am older, had knee replacements and can’t wear heels anymore. If it doesn’t look good with flats I am SOL.

Monroe & Main

Hi, Karen. We can see how that would be frustrating. Thank you for letting us know. Our customer feedback is very important to us, and we’ll be sure to pass this information along to our team.
We do have a few skirts that might work for you currently. Try taking a look at our Crinkle-Border Skirt, Aztec Knit Skirt, Colorful Knit Skirt, Inca Skirt, Mesh Trim Skirt, or Tatiana Printed Skirt. We hope this helps for now!

Helen Ussery

I cannot find slacks that fit. I am a plus size but I have a fairly flat stomach. I carry most of my weight in my hips and backside. Except for one workout pant they are all very loose and baggy in front. Can u send your catalog and make any suggestions

Monroe and Main

Hi, Helen! Thanks for checking out our blog. To request a catalog, please go to this link:

Finding pants that fit just right can be extremely frustrating! Try starting off by taking your measurements so you have an idea of what to look for size-wise. If you need some assistance with that, follow this helpful guide:

We suggest checking out some of our most popular pants, such as our Audrey Trouser or Lola Jean. We hope this is helpful!

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Published on Jan 09 2018

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