15 November 2018Last updated


She wears the trousers

We show three Aquarius readers how to get the perfect pants for their body shape

Lindsay Judge
25 Aug 2015 | 04:00 pm

Vanessa Elley, 31

Originally from Panama, Vanessa is a lawyer by profession and mum to Owen, four, and Georgia, one. She has an athletic body shape, but after having two children she prefers to hide her tummy and upper thighs.

Vanessa Elley Style 1

Top, Dh129, H&M; Trousers, Dh195, River Island; Heels, Dh125, New Look

Looking great!

Vanessa’s long, slim legs mean she can pull off even the most unforgiving trousers, and she looks great in these printed white skinny pants. The straight-leg style makes her pins look as if they go on forever! We paired them with a black leather-look top that hides her tummy and gives her a rock-chick edge.

“I feel great in these trousers. They’re something I would choose to buy myself, and I love the leather-look top too!” - Vanessa

Vanessa Elley Style 2

Top, Dh299, River Island; Trousers, Dh295, Zara; Heels, Dh885, Ted Baker; Cuff, Dh59, H&M

Looking great!

As well as having an athletic shape, at 170cm Vanessa is also tall, which means she can pull off almost any style of trouser. These wide-leg pants with front pleats are perfect for her and the high-waisted style balances her proportions, giving her more of an hourglass shape. If you’re tall it’s important that your trouser hem is about 3mm from the floor so they don’t look too short or too long.

“I feel really high-fashion in these and they’re so comfortable and easy to move in.” - Vanessa

Not so great

Vanessa Elley - Not so great 

These cuffed trousers shorten Vanessa’s long legs and the low waist makes her body look out of proportion.

Tanya Tharakan, 35

Originally from India, Tanya works in the healthcare industry and is mum to sons Zac, four, and Marc, two. She is petite, so finds buying trousers a nightmare. She tends to stick to dresses, but would love to know what style of pants are right for her.

Tanya Tharakan Style 1

Top, Dh160, Oasis; Trousers, Dh149, H&M; Heels, Dh125, New Look

Looking great!

While wide-leg trousers are often best avoided by shorter women, there are ways to wear this on-trend style even if you are petite. Vertically striped pants lengthen Tanya’s legs and mean that instead of being drowned by the wide-leg look, she actually stands tall. We paired them with a contrasting yellow top that has been tucked in to give the illusion that Tanya’s legs are longer. The V-neck also helps 
to elongate her body.

“I would never have chosen these trousers in a million years but I feel so good in them. The lightweight fabric means they are great for this weather too!” - Tanya

Tanya Tharakan Style 2

Top, Dh635, Ted Baker; Trousers, Dh115, New Look; Heels, Dh665, Ted Baker

Looking great!

These paisley print trousers are the perfect length for Tanya’s height; sitting just above the ankle on her lower calf, when paired with a bright heel they make her legs look longer. The bold print distracts from Tanya’s thighs, which are one of her problem areas. As the fabric is very busy, it’s best to wear these pants with a simple top – this plain tucked-in blouse emphasises Tanya’s small waist, accentuating her hourglass shape.

“It’s amazing to find a pair of trousers that are the right length. I feel really comfortable and would definitely wear them with a bright pair of heels just like these.” - Tanya

Not so great

Tanya Tharakan - Not so great

These high-waisted skinny trousers are so wrong for Tanya. The length makes her legs look shorter and the pleated detail below the waistband exaggerates her hips and thighs, making her body look wider than it is.

Natalia Helueni, 41

Originally from Argentina, Natalia works as a sales manager and is mum to Sofia, five, and Gaia, three. She is a pear body shape, meaning her bottom half is often a bigger size than her top, so she finds it very difficult to buy trousers that fit well.

Natalia Helueni Style 1

Top, Dh350, Cos; Trousers, Dh195, Zara; Heels, Dh295, Zara; Necklace, Dh290, Cos

Looking great!

While her hips are quite wide, Natalia’s legs are very slim, meaning she can pull off a skinny trouser. The dark colour is flattering and, paired with a statement top and shoes, the attention is drawn away from her hips to other areas of her body.

“These trousers are not something I would have tried on for fear they were too skinny for me, so I’m pleasantly surprised by how great they look!” - Natalia

Natalia Helueni Style 2

Jacket, Dh360, Oasis; Top, Dh195, Zara; Trousers, Dh195, Zara; Heels, Dh349, Miss Selfridge; Necklace, Dh26, H&M

Looking great!

These pale pink, straight-leg trousers even out the curve of Natalia’s hips, while the stretch material makes them much more forgiving. We paired them with a nipped-in jacket, which highlights Natalia’s small waist. The super-high heels lengthen her legs and add a touch of glam.

“I love the way this look has been put together. The trousers are really comfortable and a great colour.” - Natalia

Not so great

Natalia Helueni - Not so great

These cuffed tapered trousers are totally wrong for Natalia’s shape. The busy print widens her hips and the cuffed ankles make her legs look shorter than they are.

Lindsay Judge

By Lindsay Judge

Group Fashion Editor