Nothing says summer like white pants! They’re fresh, sporty and they go with everything. Too bad, so many of us avoid them because we worried they’ll make us look us look fat. Is it all in our heads?
The reality is, if you’re bottom heavy, white pants can make you look a little heavier than dark pants, unless you know which ones to buy and how to style them. Here’s a look at how not to look fat in white pants.
1. Choose a Thicker Pant
White pants show every lump and bump, so make sure yours are thick enough to hide flaws. Choose a pair in a 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 skintight white pants, so I suggest you go up one size. No one will notice, I promise, and the right fit will actually elongate your shape.
3. Switch Skinny for Straight Leg
Skinny white pants are harder to wear than boot cut or flares which can balance out heavy hips and thighs. Straight leg jeans are trending at the moment and are also a good way to look more balanced if you are not a fan of flares.
4. Stay away from “Busy” White Pants
Minimalism is the key to looking fabulous in white pants, so keep it simple. If your tummy is a concern, choose white flat front pants with no detail at the waist to look slimmer. Pleats, big belt loops, drawstring waists, large side pockets, and front zippers all add bulk where you don’t need it, so avoid these.
5. Wear a Statement 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 all white to look tall, long and lean. To keep a monochromatic outfit from looking boring, be sure to vary fabrics, textures and slightly different shades of white. Mix it up.
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.
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. Bulging flesh under white pants makes you look heavy. I recommend Vanishing Edge panties by Soma. They are excellent for eliminating panty lines.
*A side note on the importance of using a full-length mirror…… I swear this happened. An older 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.
Do you like white pants in summer, or do you stay clear? Let me know.