How to Get a Good Fit in Womens Dress Slacks from Waist to Hem

Womens dress slacks offer a prototype for measuring the fit of your pants. When ordering online, I often order two sizes in the same color. It’s worth the return postage to to try on garments in the comfort of my home. The alternative is driving from store to store, desperately hoping to find something I want that fits and is affordable.

Here are some tips for fitting your slacks:

  • Sit in the pants. Do not sit on gingerly on the edge of a bench in a fitting room. Some cubicles no longer have a seat, and that’s a real detriment. Sit down squarely. Make sure the fabric of the womens dress slacks does not bind, or feel tight, anywhere – waist, crotch, and upper legs.

  • Visually, womens dress slacks should appear to hang from the waist.

    Avoid horizontal lines.For casual womens pants and jeans with pockets on the back, be sure to look in a mirror that gives a full rear view.

    Any horizontal line emphasizes the width of the body at that place. Do you want to draw eyes across the breadth of your behind?

    The waist should be a circle around your body, parallel to floor. The waist tends to dip lower across tummy if one is overweight.

    If your stomach creates a pooched-out front, try single or double-pleated front classic womens dress slacks. If nothing can be done, cover this with a tunic blouse and/or long jacket. Consider finding a seamstress who can custom-tailor womens dress slacks, if your budget allows it. One or two good-fitting work pants in a quality fabric will last for many years. I take good care of my dry-cleaning only work garments by removing them as soon as I come home from the office.

  • Length: You should not be able to see top of your shoes when you walk in womens dress slacks, but the hem should not drag on the floor at the heel of the shoe.

    This rule is slightly different for slim-legged casual slacks. It is acceptable to see the toe of your pointy-toed cowboy boots.

    The inseam is the length of the pant from the seam that extended inside the leg, from the crotch to the hem. When purchasing womens pants online, knowing your inseam is essential.

  • Fabrics: Avoid fabrics that will radiate wrinkles from the crotch of the slacks when you stand. This is called binding, and it means the pants are too right. A touch of Dacron, polyester, silk, or Spandex will prevent cotton and linen from wrinkling. Spandex and other stretch fibers have the added benefit of enhancing the trouser fit.

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