The last time I wore pants I was crucified, and rightly so. I looked shocking and it put me off trying pants ever again. BUT here is the deal, I need pants. It is winter in Australia, I am freezing cold, and I am sick of shoving my fat thighs into tights which only gives me a massive muffin top and then pulling the tights up every few minutes so the crotch isn’t at my knees. Can you tell this has been bugging me a little? 

The Dilemma

My problem comes down to a few key points:

  • I am very short, only 155cm, so most pants are not designed for me. The crotch to waist/hips length is always too big. If it was just that the pants are always long and need to be taken up then I would be fine.
  • I have an hourglass body shape. Most people think that Hourglass or Curvy means plus size. This is not true. Hourglass is a body SHAPE, not a size. It actually translates to having the same bust and hips measurement, with a significantly smaller waist. This is what I have.
  • I have saddle bags. My upper thighs are considerably disproportionate to my body frame and the rest of my legs.

Combine those three key problems and you have one bloody tough body to find pants for. I have tried most styles and find that the only real style of pants I manage to find that look ok are always very boring business suit pants, or way too casual pants. Being in the business I am in, I need to find fashionable pants suitable for events, meetings and that actually look good!

Help Me

This is where I need you. Considering all of the above points, I want your help in picking a pant shape that would suit me. I have picked out an array of pants that have caught my eye thanks to colour or pattern (or I have just tried to guess what shape would suit me), but the actual cut and style is what confuses me. Can you help me pick some pants?

The Pants

Ideally I would like pants that can be worn with heels or flats, but being short I know flats are not really an option.

ASOS PETITE Jet Pocket Pants

Cropped pants by ASOS PETITE. Featuring a slim cut with a mid-rise, a wide waistband, concealed closure, seam detailing and twin jet pockets to the reverse. Designed in a tailored fit and cropped length. This garment is also available in our main collection.

USA $33.14 from ASOS

ASOS Collection Soft Peg Pants With Pleat Detail

These pants by ASOS Collection have been crafted from a soft touch fabric. The details include: a fitted waistband with a button closure, extended belt loops, twin size pockets, stitched fold pleats to the leg with a tapered cut and an ankle grazing length. The pants have been cut with a peg leg fit.

USA $41.43 from ASOS

Diane von Furstenberg Naples Pants

These straight-leg print DVF pants feature slant hip pockets and pleating at the front. Hook-and-eye closure. * 9″” rise. 33″” inseam. * 13″” leg opening. * Fabrication: Twill sateen. * 100% rayon. * Dry clean. * Imported. – Buds Small Coral

USA $199.50 from Shopbop

Theory Yadie B Vamp Pants

Wide-leg Theory pants are a versatile wardrobe staple. 4-pocket design. Hook-and-eye closures and zip fly. Fabric: Lightweight suiting. 100% polyester. Dry clean. Made in the USA. MEASUREMENTS Rise: 8in / 20cm Inseam: 38in / 96.5cm Leg opening: 20in / 51cm – Black

USA $255 from Shopbop


Tibi Nadia Wide Leg Pants

These wide-leg, print silk pants feature pleats at the front and at the back. Slant hip pockets and welt back pockets. Hook-and-eye closure at hidden side zip. * 13″” rise. 34″” inseam. * 34″” leg opening. * Fabrication: Silk crepe. * Shell: 100% silk. * Trim: 100% polyester. * Dry clean. * Made in the USA. – Pecan Multi

USA $287 from Shopbop

rag & bone Wide Leg Silk Pants Womens Lemon Curry

A cool color defines flowing silk pants, softly pleated below the waist to enhance the wide-leg silhouette.A cool geometric print covers flowing silk pants, softly pleated below the waist to enhance the wide-leg silhouette

USA $189 from Nordstrom

Classiques Entier ‘Malin’ Pleated & Cuffed Ankle Pants Womens Pink Fuschia

A vivid pink hue updates workday pants styled with a double-pleat front and tapered legs ending in cuffed hems.A vivid pink hue updates workday pants styled with a double-pleat front and tapered legs ending in cuffed hems

USA $83.90 from Nordstrom

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Wide Leg Pants (Petite) Webster Navy

A notch detail at the back waist adds a tailored touch to easy stretch-twill pants cut with a slightly wider leg.A notch detail at the back waist adds a tailored touch to easy stretch-twill pants cut with a slightly wider leg.

USA $72.90 from Nordstrom


Ark & Co Grasshoppers on the Green Pants

Sometimes you like to show off your record low score, but today youd prefer simply to be the golf cart passenger, and enjoy a grasshopper to go along with your kelly green trousers, as you offer the players advice! In a flattering, classic fit, these creased pants front pockets are the perfect place in which to store extra tees when flailing clubs send some flying. Paired with the rolled-up sleeves of a checkered Oxford, the thick heels of wingtips, and a neat belt threaded through these slacks loops, your sense of style is one that will be as refreshing as your minty drink, both on the course and off!

USA $67.99 from Modcloth

Vionnet Cotton-twill tapered pants

Neon-pink cotton-twill- High-rise, tapered- Belt loops, pleat detail, side slant pockets, zip-fastenings cuffs, fully lined- Concealed hook, button and zip fastening at front- 58% viscose, 42% cotton; lining: 100% cupro

USA $452.59 from Net-a-Porter




LAPIDUS VINTAGE Casual pants Mid Rise Button closing No pockets Darts No appliquees Flannel Solid colour Boot-cut Woven 90% Wool, 10% Cashmere

USA $750 from YOOX


STELLA MCCARTNEY Dress pants Flare & wide-leg Mid Rise Hook-and-bar, zipper Multipockets No appliquees Wool voile Solid colour Woven 100% Wool

USA $515 from YOOX


CELINE Casual pants

CELINE Casual pants Straight leg cut Mid Rise Belt loops Hook-and-bar, zipper Multipockets Leather applications Frills Contrasting stripe Gabardine Solid colour Woven 61% Wool, 39% Polyamid, Lambskin

USA $435 from YOOX

Which style do you think would suit my body shape? And how would you style them? Is there a style of pant I haven’t included? Let me know by commenting below!

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