Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Building a Bombshell Wardrobe Part 4- Trousers

Trousers, made famous by Katherine Hepburn (a Bombshell in spirit), offer polish, comfort and flattery to the buxom body in a way no other article of clothing can. The trouser pant can easily change personalities from business casual and low key to ramped up glamour for a special night out. When they fit, they look fabulous. When they don't...well, that's another story entirely.

I commend Lane Bryant for identifying the need to design a variety of trouser cuts to fit a variety of shapes. Just because we're curvy doesn't mean we're curvy in the same spots. LB has created 5 different cuts of trousers, all of which come in petite, average and tall as well as a variety of colors including black, gray and brown.

Of the five trouser cuts offered by Lane Bryant, the Lexington pant is the most universally flattering. Every woman looks fantastic in a long, lean line from waist to toe, and these pants help create that illusion of height and length. Sitting at the waist, the pant flows straight down from hip to ankle, skimming easily over the thighs and flaring out slightly at the ankle. The flare is what keeps the silhouette modern and fresh, and balances out a fuller hip or broad shoulders.

For the Bombshell who is on the taller side or who carries what height she does have on the leg (instead of the torso), the Chelsea cut is a great alternative to the Lexington. Chelsea offers a much wider leg, which does a beautiful job of creating the illusion of a smaller waist. It's also very dramatic and classically modern, with a nod to old Hollywood (Katherine would most assuredly have approved).

Trousers are a wardrobe staple, items that will be worn frequently. With that in mind, look for a pair made from a durable fabric that will hold up to laundering. In addition, you will be amazed at what a difference a tailor can make in giving the absolute best fit possible. Very few Bombshells will be able to walk into a store, pull a pair of trousers off the rack and find a perfect fit. Factor the cost of simple tailoring into your budget as you shop..

I've shown you a few of my favorite dress pants - now it's your turn. Where have you found great-fitting trousers?

Product Details:
Lexington pant - $44.50; Chelsea pant - $49.50. Both available in stores and online,

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