Personal Outfit Style

5 Ways to up your pant game

5 Ways to up your pant game

In this editorial:
Y / Project jeans, Off White Trousers & Vintage Chanel Earrings all from Farfetch |
French Cuff Shirt by Anna Quan | ‘Love is a Drug’ T Shirt by Know Connections | Chunky cardigan by Mum’s Handmade

As many of us have blind spots for a certain rack in the department store, mine was definitely the pant section. In fact, I recently found myself in the realisation that I owned approximately 0 pants. Yes, yours truly could sustain an entire dissertation on the many injustices of this clothing item. For example, that pants refuse to fit both my waist and ass at the same time, or that cropped chinos will never look on me the way they do on Audrey Hepburn’s version of Sabrina.

But is it any wonder? The art of tailoring may well be a fundamental struggle of the human condition. With so much technicality that goes into a pant that can flatter those geometrically vague shapes, the legs, it’s no less than a freak accident if a pair of $60 chain store pants didn’t make your ass look like the dark side of the moon.

As I have mentally prepared myself to overcome my phobia and up my pant game this year, I invite you to join me in the same with the below pieces of wisdom.

1 Forget the trends

It’s a particular Beige Renegade conspiracy theory that trends are made up by a blind octopus in North Korea. His only role being to randomly throw darts at a wall of clothing styles, which ever style that is hit by the mollusc is deemed in-vogue that week. But seriously. There are no fashion police patrolling the streets for wide-leg wearing dissidents during skinny pant season. So if the trend doesn’t matter, what does? Refer to paragraphs below.

2 Know your style

Know this: finding the pant style that is perfect for you will change your life. If you have a skinny waist compared to your thighs, go for high waisted styles. If you have shapely thighs and carves like mine, try palazzo and straight legged pants that create clean lines. Flared cuts that are fitted on the thighs and roomy on the calf are almost ubiquitously slimming, like these amazing Y / Project button up jeans.

3 Find the perfect fit

Even the most seemingly insignificant details in tailoring can completely change the fit of a pant: the placement of the seam, the number of pleats, the way the legs taper (or not). So it goes without saying that no two pants will look the same on any shape, so don’t be so quick to dismiss a style as being not for you. It could just be that the fit is wrong. For this, I absolutely recommend trying on extensively and investing in something more premium. Mass produced chain store pieces are notoriously autocratic in their fits, so approach with caution.

4 Be bold

It somehow seems natural to place pants at the bottom of the wardrobe hierarchy. We often opt to wear a statement pieces on top, and something completely plain on the bottom. However, imagine the styling options that will be open to us if we occasionally switch this paradigm on its head. So instead, choose a bold statement pant, whether it’s a unique cut or a bold detail (like my Off White exaggerated cuff pants), and pare it back with something classic on top

5 When all else fails, get it altered

A wise friend once offered me a golden pieces of advice – get it altered. If you find a pant that you like, but the waist is slightly loose or the leg too long, buy it anyway, as you can simply have it altered to fit you better.

Location: Perth, Australia | Photography: Bloggers Boyfriend

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  • Ewa Macherowska
    28 May 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Love your style!

  • Ene ijato
    29 May 2017 at 9:55 am

    These images are perfect, I have a pair of statement pants I’ve never used or noticed enough to care about styling it, this post has solved both dilemmas. Beautifully written as usual.

  • Judith
    29 May 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Great advice Jiawa and stunning editorial photos as always! You look beautiful! Totally agree with you on forgetting the trends or at least consciously agreeing to wear something because you like it and it suits you. Great prompt on getting pieces altered too, you’ve just reminded me I have pants that need to be tweaked! Judith xx

  • Avellia
    29 May 2017 at 6:16 pm

    enjoy reading your post
    and love ur look as well..

    Mrs. Aa

  • Kim
    29 May 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Love this little guide! and girl, your shots are awesome!

  • Anya Dryagina
    29 May 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Fantastic outfit! I really like this shirt!

  • Simone
    30 May 2017 at 3:06 am

    I’m all with you when it comes to know your style. It’s important to pick the best fit. You look stunning in your outfits! Lots of love from Switzerland

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box
    Instagram: littleglitterybox

  • venswifestyle
    30 May 2017 at 3:20 am

    What can I say ? AMAZING !!!

  • Nora
    30 May 2017 at 6:07 am

    Love these tips! I rarely ever look to buy pants because I always have to get them altered haha. Gorgeous looks though babe!

  • Ileana
    30 May 2017 at 7:36 am

    Love these! I always have problems finding the perfect fit… so, Im still looking for that brand that gets me 😀


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  • Rachel Holliday
    30 May 2017 at 10:51 am

    You look absolutely incredible! I love these turned up pants on you and the Anna Quan shirt is such a modern classic. I seriously own very few pairs of pants & I agree that fit is key!

    Rachel xx

  • Shivangi
    30 May 2017 at 11:45 am

    wow wow wow!! I love those pants!! <3 You look absolutely stunning! Glad to have found your blog! Love your style!! Have a great weekend!!

  • Shivangi
    30 May 2017 at 1:59 pm

    All of these pants are so unique

  • Manon Dijkhuizen
    30 May 2017 at 4:59 pm

    You look absolutely stunning! x

  • Maggie Dallospedale
    30 May 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Hi sweetie
    So cool selection. I like these pants
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  • Monica . Mes Voyages à Paris
    30 May 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Woww!! I love this kind of pants!!
    Mónica Sors

  • Pauline Gareau
    30 May 2017 at 8:32 pm

    STUNNING !!!!

  • Meri Wild
    30 May 2017 at 9:26 pm

    You look aweseome! <3

  • Shloka
    30 May 2017 at 9:52 pm

    All fabulous tips to accompany amazing outfits! I think we underestimate how awesome pants are even in the summer cause of how chic they look!


  • Amy Arnold
    31 May 2017 at 3:00 am

    Such a cool street style look. I love it!

    Amy Ann
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  • Jenny Tsang
    31 May 2017 at 7:26 am

    Love love love the pants! Always great style. 😉

    xoxo Jenny

  • Jill
    31 May 2017 at 7:33 am

    Knowing your style is so important! Love this chic look on you!

    Doused In Pink

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    31 May 2017 at 8:34 am

    Great tips!

    And I love the pants and the entire outfit! You look fabulous!

  • heather noire
    1 June 2017 at 8:46 am

    Your so right! Some trends are too much and not always nice as a classic look :)

  • Wynne
    2 June 2017 at 12:14 am

    you’ve got great style! and great tips as well, I needed this. <3

  • Radi
    2 June 2017 at 11:40 am

    Amazing style tips and your pant game is so on point. This look is so high fashion.

  • Dolce Nina
    3 June 2017 at 1:02 am

    Stunning! xoxo

  • Sabina
    3 June 2017 at 4:18 am

    What a gorgeous way to style pants! I love how you made the classic look stand out – stunning!

    Sabina | I’ve Got Sunshine

  • Dealman
    4 June 2017 at 10:20 pm

    This is such a all pics beautiful and love ur look as well..

  • Fashionelja
    6 June 2017 at 2:23 am

    Perfect, stylish and so cute combo!


  • Annabelle
    6 June 2017 at 2:38 am

    These tips are so useful! Great post!

    x Annabelle

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