Fashion Advice: Pants For Those of Us with a Little Junk in Our Trunk

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Dear Budget Fashionista,

I have been trying to find pants that fit forever! Any advice for someone that is 5’ 10”, size 12 with long legs? I am also on a budget and too pear-shaped to wear “normal” pants. Help a girl with some junk in the trunk?

A: I have a bit of junk in my trunk (for those of you who are a bit lost—junk in the trunk means a big bottom) and at 5 ft 11 inches it’s also a problem finding them long enough. The best brand of pants that I’ve found is the curvy fit low rise flare pants in tall online at Unfortunately the pants are only available online—but they are specifically made for those whose waists are smaller than their bottoms and rarely cost more than $48.00 (usually they’re on sale for around $30).

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  • I’m 5’11”, and normally a size 10-12. ( I have a 1 year old little boy, and am a current 16, but I’ll be back!!)

    Victoria’s secret is great, as they offer a lot of fits, and long lengths. Since you have a bit in the rear, I’d try the Christy fit.
    I wear the Marisa, because they fit my (Lack of) waist. I don’t have hips, but I have a butt, and most pants cut into my waist, giving the dreaded Muffin Top.

    Also try Gap’s curvy cuts. If you order online, they even have Extra tall, at 39” inseam…Even too tall for me!

    Also, look for trouser cuts with a wide cuff at the bottom. I frequently pull out the cuff, Iron, and have an extra 1-2 inches on regular length pants, just enough to wear with flats.

  • I haven’t actually tried the results in real life, but helps you find the perfect jean.

    If they only did that for trousers too, we’d be in business.

  • missy

    Since I am a pear shape, I hate buying pants b/c they are alway sooo huge in the waist! Also,low rise does not work very good on pear shaped curves.I have found some great jeans from Old Navy called curvy boot cut. They are a reasonable price and fabulous fit! the only pair of jeans that I have really liked on my body.

  • Jennifer S. has my favorite jeans!!  I am 5’6” and have an athletic curvy body and some and these jeans hug my body wonderfully.  They have just a little bit of spandex so the stretch is perfect.  These jeans also won’t put a hole in your pocket because they are very inexpensive.  What a great find they were!

  • Katherine

    I am 5’5” and a size 8 in the hips and a size 4 in the waist. Banana Republic makes a curvy jean and dress pants, which fit great. The gap’s curvy jean is too young for me in my mid 30’s with the faded strip on the thigh and way to low. Ann Taylor now has a curvy fit, but I haven’t tried them on yet. Some Dockers and Liz Claiborne styles fit me a bit better, but not always. Though Liz’s styles are a bit old for me. Great topic for us curvy, forgotten women!

  • Andie

    I too have an unproportional bottom and I’ve found that skinny’s do wonders! They are so flatterring! At ZARA the stretch jeans are great and Topshop have great cuts for us curvies! Happy Shopping!