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I'm a size 16 at the moment. I gained weight following surgery, and I'm trying buy struggling to lose it.
I'm pear shaped/hourglass, massive arse and hips, small on top (tiny boobs). I've been wearing boot cut jeans, because anything else looks awful - skinny and straight give me 'parsnip' legs and just highlight my large arse.
Bur I caught a look at myself today and I was definitely looking "mumsy".
I’m sure you’ll get loads of suggestions but I have recently found Gap to be reasonable for jeans. Also Wallis. The bootcut ones from Gap weren’t ridiculously tight over the thigh, which is a problem I have when buying trousers or jeans.
I feel your pain, I’m VERY pear shaped and boot cut were really flattering on me but they look so mumsy now. I look like a carrot in skinny jeans unless I’m wearing big chunky boots. Straight leg or anything like that just look daft too. I can’t wear anything with pockets, cigarette trousers etc
I’ve no advice im afraid, just watching with interest.
But i love my bootcut,slowly realising they have been out since i got lost having kids 6 years ago.. But they suit me so much and Next do a great sculpting pair that i only bought recently..
Dont give up, you will find the right pair, you just have to tell yourself you are going into one or two shops only (otherwise it's too overwhelming) and just try whatever looks good. You will find them eventually.
I'm pear-shaped and when feeling especially large of arse, I like wearing something longer over jeans - for example a longline cardie, open at the front, over a layered long vest and shorter top. This minimises the parsnip effect. I have a black longline (almost knee-length) hoodie cardigan from H&M that's great for this, and doesn't feel mumsy (though who can say?... I just wear what feels good)
I like "relaxed" skinnies or straight slim leg jeans –Gap, Next and M&S usually, also Boden if feeling flush.
Also shoes help I think - at the moment I'm wearing chunky snow boots, in summer I like chunky trainers or sandals. I think they work better with my pear proportions than little petite shoes IYSWIM.