Are My Pants Too Tight? Here’s Some Style Solutions

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Ways to put together outfits when your pants too tight

Are My Pants Too Tight? Here’s Some Style Solutions

It can’t just be me to put on your clothes and find that the pants seem too tight. It’s not like you always want to just throw them out. Maybe your weight is fluctuating a tidge. Or maybe the pants shrunk a little in the wash. Either way, it might be great to figure out some way to style around the issue.

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Quote of the day: “Count your blessings! Things can always get better and could always be worse.” Donald Neviaser

I know the idea of putting on your clothes and finding that our pants are too tight can seem frustrating. Back when I was younger, it would depress me for days! But lately, I’m trying to give myself grace and put the episode into perspective.

So when I took these pink pants off the hanger and discovered they felt a tad tighter than what I’m usually comfortable wearing, I figured, I’d share some ideas with you.

Wear a Long Topper

Adding a long topper to cover when pants too tight

My first thought when I put on these pants was to add a topper that would cover my tush. Just like I talked about in the Fall 2019 trends post, the longer cardigans are very modern. However, since this is still summer, I figured a light weight kimono would work just as perfectly.

If you haven’t tried the kimono trend, I’ve showcased many different ways to wear them just this summer. To me, they are a perfect lightweight topper for women of any age.

Add a Tunic

Pink pants too tight so wear a tunic

Of course, the easiest thing to do would be to style a tunic over the pants. Since the pants seem too tight, then think of them as leggings instead of jeans.

I know most of the time we think of leggings and tunics as winter wear, yet there are many versions that would work for the warmer weather too. Like this tunic I found at a second hand store.

Take the Focus off the Pants that are Too Tight

Putting the focus on your top

One of my favorite tricks with anything is putting the focus somewhere else. So for this look, I pulled out a bright jacket and sequin tank top.

Hopefully I was successful in drawing your attention up to the upper half of my body. You could also do this trick with a huge, statement necklace like Iris Apfel tends to do. I mean almost every photo you see of Iris, the focus is on her glasses and accessories. You almost don’t notice her clothing. So see, the trick works!

For Winter, Layer

Winter version for when pants too tight

Sure, it may not be winter right now, but you could also save these pants that are too tight for that season. For me, it seems much easier to layer over tight pieces in the winter to camouflage the fit.

While you may not think of pink as a winter color, just remember that every color is seasonless. Even if the pants aren’t really heavy, maybe with all the other layers involved, it will keep you warm enough.

Change your perspective about pants that are too tight

Last but not least, sometimes I imagine that our issues are more in our head than anything. Just like when we styled our outfits for the theme of unexpected. It may be something we aren’t used to wearing, yet no one else realizes that. And I have a feeling, even though I thought these pants felt too tight, no one else concentrated on that fact. Well, at least the fashion police didn’t stop and arrest me, LOL!

It reminds me of when we were walking around NYC just two weeks ago. JoAnne and I noticed many women in tighter clothing than what we usually wear. But what if that woman had just lost 50 pounds and was very proud of her new body? Or maybe she had just finished her cancer treatments and was celebrating being alive?

As a self proclaimed, “fix it girl”, I do usually try to figure out how pieces can work before giving up on them. Just like I’ve been posting on Instagram on Fridays lately. So was this post helpful?

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

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