White pants for every shape and size
February 9, 2011

Shopping for white pants shouldn’t be like a trip to the dentist. Anyone can wear them, but finding a pair that is flattering can often be painful. We’ve broken down the best white pants on the market into the styles that work best for each woman.

Use this as your fitting room guide, but make sure you work them out before you take them home. Peruse for pinching and puckering. Sit down, and see how they crease at the crotch. Take a look at the side view and see if they flatter your stomach. Look behind and check out how they hug your bum. Stand under the light and see how the fabric looks on your hips and thighs.

Curvy  to Plus Size– Boot Cut and Flared Leg

Look for stretchy fabrics in the boot cut and flared leg styles: this detail at the bottom will take the eye away from a thicker mid section. You’ll always want the fabric in your fuller areas to be a little looser, but make sure there isn’t extra space between the waistline and your back.  And beware of see-through fabrics– if you’re going for linen, check to see that the holes aren’t too open.

On sale at ShapeFX.com, the Push-up Boot-Cut Jeans for only $29-$34

For curvier women with thicker thighs and hips, try the ShapeFX Push-up Boot-Cut Jeans. The stretchy fabric moves with you, not against you, and the push-up construction lifts and shapes your behind. The boot cut also slenderizes and balances fuller hips and thighs. Also check out Paige Denim’s Lou Lou pant below in the “Tall” section. Big Booty? ShapeFX Butt-Lifter Linen Pant $69.00

Petite — Cropped Jeggings

Cropped Skinny Trouser Jeans for petite women, $59.50 at Gap

Go for a cropped skinny: the jegging look has a lengthening effect. Try the Cropped Skinny Trouser Jeans from Gap and add a pair of heels or boots for more length. But if you’re petite and a little heavier, avoid the skinny styles that cut off at the ankle as they can add weight. In this case, go for a boot cut or flared leg that will balance you out. Similarly, if you’re petite and skinny don’t go for the baggy look unless you’re going to stretch it out with some high heels. For another style, try the Wide Leg Trouser Jeans from Gap.

Another great petite style from Gap, the Wide Leg Trouser Jeans for $69.50

Tall — Trousers & Cigarette

Paige Denim's Lou Lou White Stretch Destruction pant, a 35 inch inseam!

Tall women do have lot’s of options, but please keep the length long: there’s nothing worse than a tall, statuesque woman who looks like she’s waiting for a flood. Always go for at least a 34 inch inseam. If you’re tall and skinny try the classic cigarette or a skinny jean with a little flare, like Paige Denim’s Lou Lou White Strech Destruction pant. (What’s the difference between skinny, cigarette and straight leg styles?) This will lengthen and flatter your slim figure, but make sure the fabric hugs your thighs and butt.

Or if you’re tall and curvy, go for a boot cut or wide leg trouser. You’ve got the height to pull off a wide leg trouser that really flares throughout, like the DOJO pant from Seven for all Mankind. Don’t be afraid of high waists either. (Unfortunately, to get the inseam a tall girl needs, you’re most likely going to shell out a pretty penny. Most of the high end brands like Seven, Rock and Republic, Joe’s etc. carry longer inseams)

A great inseam (34 in.) in the trouser style...the DOJO Pant from Seven for All Mankind

Middle of the Road–Pretty much anything!

You’re not too tall, but not petite. You’re not curvy but you’re not a zero. You’re lucky! Step into any bargain boutique and you can probably find something that fits and flatters your figure. However, the same rules apply. If you have a heavier mid-section go for a boot-cut, or if you’re slimmer up there go for a tight skinny. To play around with some sexy trends, try the SL8 White Stretch Pyramid Studded Jeans or Ripped Mid-Rise Skinnies at Forever 21.

If you didn’t find what you’re looking for up there, check out the other options below. Also head to your chain stores like Gap, Banana Republic and Express because they have both petite and tall options available.


Eddie Bauer Curvy Fit Boot Cut Stretch Jeans…only $14.99!

Modern Boot Cut Jeans for Tall and Plus Size women

Stretch denim jeggings for curves!


Forever21 Stretchy Denim Capri $17.80

Feeling bold? Try some ripped skinny capri’s

Michael Kors Cropped Ankle Jean in white


Wide leg pants from Joie with a 34 in. inseam, only $49.99

Genetic Denim Boot Leg pants with a 34 in. inseam, only $56 on BlueFly

Check out this forum just for tall women, complete with links to clothes for tall women in the USA.