• Kookie Muhretti

Comfy V's Formal: Back to work series - Trousers

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

I love trousers! Skinny, tapered, joggers, wide leg, tailored I love them, especially jeans. But I'm really fussy about them. They have to have a look and a feel to them that makes me look the way I want to feel in them or it just doesn't work. Do you ever feel like that? For instance, if I'm feeling edgy I'll wear black slim-fit trousers that suck me in and make me feel tall. For comfort, however, I reach for my sage green chinos. Story: Recently I received a clothing order that contained a pair of cropped polka dot culottes. When they came I thought 'ok, interesting' until I tried them on which was a hell fecking NO NO! The non-stretch waistband cut just above my untoned tummy and the flowy fabric hung over it like I was pregnant. I felt like no shapewear in the world not even Kim's Skims (even though I want them) could have tamed that beast of a belly, and to be fair would I want to wear shapewear all the time? I think not! Well, these trousers are safely back with their maker in one piece. When it comes to trousers though, there are things you have to look out for, especially if you have a tummy.

Fabrication: Light, loose fabrics are great especially for the summer and on dresses but will not hide a tummy in trousers. Especially if you turn to the side. I always believe you should feel comfortable in your clothes, so if your hands or your bag are in front of your tummy all day, you're not comfortable. If you want to wear a looser fabric, think about the whole outfit. In this case, you have three ways to do it: make the bottoms sit quietly as in a darker shade such as a navy or deeper blue with no pattern and let your top do all the talking. I would go for something loose maybe cropped that sits on or just below the waistband or a blouse that has interesting details on it. It should be colourful or patterned and maybe even Bardot or one shoulder just to draw the attention upwards and topping it off with statement jewellery as a distraction. Or flip it and let your top sit quietly whilst your bottoms sing in a pattern, pleat and/or colours. For a third idea, you could wear the same colour or print top to bottom making it look like a jumpsuit. To finish all looks, wear a belt to look fully put together and intentional, rather than by mistake.

Waistbands: Waistbands are a funny thing, they can either flatter or fatten you depending on where they sit and how they are shaped.

Types of waistbands: elasticated, non-elasticated, paper bag, partial elasticated, side zip, front button. For example, I can't stand elasticated waists, they don't sit right on me and I tend to feel like I'm fiddling all day. If I have to do elasticated I go for a partially elasticated waist because I know it will hold me well on my front but also in the back and not gape! This is something that needs to be considered if you have a plentiful derriere, your trousers need to be able to hold you in at the front as well as cover your rear end comfortably. That's why the fabric is important along with the type of band. If on the other hand, you have more of a tummy, the band and rise are important as muffin-tops were never a good look unless you were eating a blueberry muffin. Again the whole outfit needs to be considered when purchasing trousers as you'll wear it in different ways with different tops. Consider how you want to look, what you want to emphasise and choose the waistband that will give you that look.

Rise: Have you ever bought a pair of trousers in a hurry, got home and wondered why it's ill-fitting on the waist? Chances are you've bought the wrong rise!

Low rise - In my twenties, low-rise was my go-to with a crop top and g-string that would show when I sat down. Yep, that was the noughties style for me. Destiny's Child, Jennifer Lopez, Amerie they were my style icons when I was more adventurous and had a flatter tummy.

Now, after a baby with new curves, I'm between a Mid-rise and High-rise. Learning to adapt and change with your body is not only important it is healthy for your mind. Continuing to fit into what no longer works for your body only brings about unnecessary upset. If I tried to wear Low rise not only would I feel pregnant with a mini muffin-top I'd also feel incredibly self-conscious.

Here's what to know about rises - High rise is great for curvy women, it will hold you in at your smallest part (waist), fit nicely on your hips and give you a flattering shape. Good for tummies too. Mid-rise (most common) sits between your waist and hips, great with a shirt especially when tucked and blouson. Ok for tummies but watch out for muffins especially with fitted tops. Low-rise, perfect for washboard tummies, with or without curves and also pregnant mums. Don't be afraid to try something different.

Legs: Different types of leg styles are great for different looks. Although for a time everything seemed to be skinny fit, if you look around now you can find more of a variety.

Wide Leg, Palazzo, Cropped, Skinny, Straight, Bootcut, Cigarette Balloon, Culottes Tapered etc.

Again it is so important to switch up your style if you've always worn skinny jeans maybe try a straight leg or even tapered. If you love skirts palazzo are a great alternative as they look like skirts because of the amount of fabric it contains. If skinny isn't your style but you like a baggy look, try balloon shape. You'll certainly surprise yourself and you'll open up your horizon to more opportunities.

Well, that's it girlies, your quick short guide to trousers and because we have more time, we can really think about how we want to look and at the same time be a little more choosy. Take your time to choose well, think about your style, your look and choose styles that reflect you and your body, not others. Have fun choosing!

Love, Kookie x

Kookie Muhretti