Nothing says summer like white pants! They’re fresh, sporty, youthful, and they go with everything, but many of us avoid them because we worry they’ll make us look fat. Is it all in our heads? The reality is, if you’re bottom heavy, white pants can make you look heavier than dark pants, unless you know which ones to buy and how to style them. Here are 7 ways not to look fat in white pants.
1. Choose a Thicker Pant
Thin white pants show every lump and bump, so go for a pair in a thicker fabric like denim or heavy cotton. This will also eliminate the problem of pant pocket linings showing through.
2. Go Up a Size
With white, every wrinkle, and crinkle shows. You don’t want to look stuffed into tight white pants, so I suggest you go up one size. No one will notice-promise.
3. Try a Flare Pant
Skinny white pants are harder to wear than boot cut or flares which can balance out heavy hips and thighs.
4. Stay away from “Busy” White Pants with a lot of “stuff” on them
If you want to look slim, wear a pair of white, flat front pants with no detail around your problem area, which for most women over 40 is the tummy. Drawstrings pleats, big belt loops, large pockets even zippers all add bulk where you don’t need it so be careful.
5. Shift the Focus to Your Face With a Colorful or Interesting Top
If you wear a colorful print or a bright, solid top with your plain white pants, your pants will fade into the background. Everyone will look at your top. Jewelry also works to draw the eye up towards your face.
6. Create a Slimming Silhouette
Contrary to popular belief, skinny white jeans can be slimming. Wear white on white to look tall, long and lean.
7. Mind Your Shoes
Wearing nude, metallic or white heels or flat shoes will make your legs appear longer. A pointy toe elongates more than a rounded toe. If you wear a dark or bright-colored shoe with white pants, you break that long, lean line, and you’ll look shorter and heavier.
- Don’t wear capris with bulky details such as elastic waistbands, big side pocket drawstrings, and large cuffs These all make you look frumpy unless you are very slim. (Heavy cargo capris with lots of detail add pounds
8. Wear Flesh Tone Panties
Flesh tone underwear gives you the most invisible coverage. Check yourself in a full-length mirror before you go out to be sure you don’t have any panty lines. The bulging flesh under white pants makes you look heavy.
*A side note on the importance of using a full-length mirror…… I swear this happened. A woman came to my garage sale wearing thin white pants. You could see her maxi pad through her pants from the rear view. I had to gently inform her of the problem. Not good.
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Do you like white pants in summer, or do you stay clear? Let me know.