I’ve always been a dress girl. Part of it is because I have feminine style and part of it is because I live in Florida and dresses are cooler and part of it is because I’m lazy and dresses are one-and-done, but I think the main reason, if I’m being honest, is that pants are hard. At least for me, they are. And for almost everyone I work with/talk to/hear from.
It’s hard to find the right fit. Between waist and rise and inseam and fabric and color and allll the other details, the right pair with the right fit is something of a unicorn. In other words, it’s rare.
I need to stop using trendy expressions when I don’t truly understand the meaning. I pretty much do it solely to drive my teenage daughters crazy. 🙂
Anyway, my point is, as I’ve said many times before, that pants are hard.
And now that it’s mid-2021 and we are all facing the prospect of shedding our stretchy leggings and comfy sweats in favor of some real clothes, pants are suddenly relevant again.
Fortunately, while many of us were at home, struggling with online shopping, companies were busy working on technology to make the process less frustrating and more foolproof. Here, 5 companies that have developed tools and technology that aim to find you the perfect fit in a pair of pants, guaranteed.
All of the companies mentioned here can be found in my catalog of the best pants!
Measure & Made
The most budget-friendly and low-tech of the bunch, Measure & Made uses their FitLogic body typing system to help you zero in on your best cut and size. You start by identifying your shape.
These body types loosely correspond with the body type system that I use. Roughly, FItLogic 1 corresponds with a Style Dial Blue, FitLogic 2 corresponds with a Style Dial Red/Purple, and FitLogic 3 corresponds with a Style Dial Orange/Green.
Prices range from $29.95 for a top to $79.95 for jeans.
Sene Studio focuses on hip, well-fitting custom bottoms, including jeans and pants. They feature 2 styles of jeans (straight and skinny) and 2 styles of pants, so fewer options than the others, but each of the options is beautiful and very contemporary. They also offer a blazer in their signature FlexTech fabric.
Every item is laser cut and made to fit when you order them, and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. Alterations are covered, if necessary, and you can return the item for any reason within the 60-day window.
You can choose your custom rise and custom length before answering some questions to get your custom size, and then save your information on the site for future orders.
Ever skinny jeans, $149 Ever straight jeans, $165 FlexTech Blazer, $430 Melrose FlexTech pants, $165
Sumissura is essentially a one-stop resource for an entire custom wardrobe. Endless fabric options allow you to create your dream wardrobe, with everything from tops to suits to dresses to coats. This is a great option for a professional woman who is hard to fit, because you can have custom suits, blouses, dresses, skirts, even coats and jackets, made. This brand also offers the most statement options, including special fabrics and updated silhouettes, whereas the other brands cater more to women looking for classic and staple pieces.
Prices are also very reasonable, ranging from $65 for a button-down to $259 for a tuxedo jacket. There is also a fabric samples service so you can get a look at the material before you order. The measurements requested are simple and can be performed by a friend, and the company offers a Perfect Fit Guarantee.
Green velvet suit, $249 Black floral blouse, $65 Grey and black dress, $109 Blue velvet pants, $89
Make Your Own Jeans
Make Your Own Jeans features denim, leather, and even celebrity-inspired pieces as well as suits, shirts, and pretty much everything besides formalwear and non-leather dresses. The site seems to focus on men, but women can find a wide and deep assortment in the denim and leather categories. There is also a vast array of add-ons, from tummy control to something called Brazilian style and even maternity options. Fabric swatches and ready-to-wear options are also available. One of the coolest things offered by this site is the Clone service, which allows you to have a copy made of a coveted designer item.
Boyfriend jeans, $69 White jeans, $69 Leather dress, $180
Red Thread is the most fit-focused and high-tech of the options, It also features the most edited selection, with an assortment of pants, plus a tee,, a black dress, and a snap jacket. You start by choosing a color, and customizing your length, and then submit measurements and two photos. Their technology has the ability to scan those photos and give you an exact fit. Crazy, right?
Prices range from $58 for a tee to $158 for the dress.
Wide leg pants, $128 Black dress, $158 Snap jacket, $148 Tee, $58
I hope that you enjoyed this rundown of some of the best custom-sourced to buy the perfect pants! Which of these companies looks most intriguing to you.
My beautiful friend and Ageless Style Program member Julie used to hide your beautiful, proportional shape with long shapeless tunics. Instead of flattering her shape, they hid it, adding pounds and making her appear shorter.
Try a tuck, or a shorter shirt, today. If you don’t like it, you can always change. 🙂
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Question of the Week
This week’s question comes from Karen, who writes: “I have gained weight and at 65 the weight isn’t coming off as fast as I’d like. I have a lot of pieces, but most do not look good on me and I am very self-conscious wearing clothes that don’t quite fit. Also, i really have no fashion sense and have no idea what goes together.”
My answer? Don’t wait until you’ve lost the weight. A weight transition is a perfect time to start a capsule wardrobe. Using my Fashion Essentials Over 40 Wardrobe Guide, start reclaiming your style by doing the following.
- Buy a collection of essentials in your current size at budget-friendly prices. You will have an easier time reaching your goals if you are wearing clothes that fit and make you feel your best.
- Add flair to these simple staple pieces with your own fun jewelry, scarves, shoes, and bags.
- Make sure your grooming is polished and as pretty as possible. You see your face every time you look in the mirror, so taking extra care with your hair, skin, makeup, and nails is essential.
By buying clothes that fit you right now (rather than waiting until later), accessorizing to add interest and bring your personal style into your outfits, and polishing your portrait with beautiful hair and makeup, you will look and feel your best during your weight loss transition, and you’ll find that the weight comes off more easily.