Pick a flattering style and fit and you'll be wowed by the slimming, lengthening effect. The trouser genius at Loft, VP Devina Foley, runs down seven important points to shop by.
A wide waistband: One that's about two to three inches will anchor the pants and nix muffin top. You easily can-and should-have a tailor take in a waistband that gaps.
Mid or high rises: They create a smoother, more flattering silhouette. Leave the super-low- slung pants to Steven Tyler.
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A lower knee break: "The narrowest part of the pants should hit one to two inches below the knee," says Foley. "It makes the leg seem much longer."
Trim thighs: The fabric should skim your thigh (not hug or bag). Get this fit exactly right: It's the hardest spot to tailor, says Foley. Angled hip pockets help keep the area sleek.
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High slit pockets: Ones that are about two inches from the waistband and hit the highest point on the rear make your butt appear perkier.
A sleek rear: Women often size up to hide their butt-or down to show it off-but "pants that don't squeeze or drown you make you trimmer."
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The perfect length: Keep cropped pants modern by going no more than two inches above the ankle; slim, straight cuts should just cover it; trousers and bootcuts should be a half-inch off the floor in back.
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