Women’s Bottoms Buying Guide
Women’s Bottoms 101
Types of Women’s Bottoms
Women’s Casual Pants
Women’s Casual Shorts
Women’s Denim Shorts
Women’s Dress Pants
Women’s Dress Shorts
Jean Styles for Women
Women’s Bottoms Buying Tips:
• Choose bottoms that highlight your best features
• Know your body measurements to help speed your search
• Choose the rise you feel most comfortable wearing
• Avoid trendy looks that limit your options to create different outfits
• Jeans in solid colours blend with more items in your wardrobe
Women’s Bottoms Features
Flare Cut +
The flare cut applies to more than just jeans. These pants are tailored at the waist, then expand down the knee, and slightly cover the shoes. This style is a good look for dress pants and adding heels can highly complement the cut. A flare cut is also recommended for business casual attire.
Pockets differ for all pants, but are traditional on jeans, casual pants, and casual shorts. Dress pants and dress shorts look more professional and feminine without pockets. Cargo pants are especially designed to feature several multi-purpose pockets. Leggings do not have pockets and wouldn’t look flattering due to the stretchy, thin material. Slit pockets are often found on dress bottoms and look appealing on any form-fitting bottoms like pencil skirts. Faux pockets, which are not functional, are often added for detail.
Straight Cut +
Dress pants, casual pants, and jeans can feature the straight cut style. They start at the crotch and run down to the ankles in a parallel fashion. A pair of heels can compliment the simplicity of the style. They emphasize long legs and camouflage bulges. Roll the cuffs up one or two times for a stylish way to reveal the tops of your shoes or heels.
Stretchy pants hug all of your curves throughout your legs and can showcase your shapeliness. They’re versatile enough for business casual and informal wear when combined with different tops. You should avoid these pants if you do not feel comfortable showing off your legs or stomach. The stretch allows flexibility and comfort.
Wide Leg +
Wide legged pants are relaxed on the thighs and wide from the crotch to the feet. The fit is supposed to be loose, except at the hips or waist. High waist and wide leg can balance nicely and accentuate a small waist. High heels look best with this style to give some lift between the leg cuff and the floor. These are comfortable pants that can be worn in formal settings.
Zippers and Buttons +
Zippers and buttons are supposed to be simple, functional features on women’s clothing. Invisible zippers are discrete and complement all skirts where the closure is in the back or hip. Metal zippers are appropriate for jeans because of their durability. Buttons should serve as a functional closure at the top of zippers or as a full button closure on jeans. Sometimes buttons can be a fashion detail but rarely on bottoms since they tend to protrude.
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Care and Cleaning Tips:
• Put denim in the dryer for a short time only to preserve shape
• Fold the end of maxi skirts over the top of the hanger to prevent stretching and tearing
• Wash leggings inside out and lay them flat to dry
• Wash new denim items alone
• Avoid filling your pockets to prevent misshaping and fading
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