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Pants Panic

You: I’m a young mom with my mother’s body. What should I look for in a pair of pants to make me look modern, hip and cool?

Nancy: First of all, it’s not just about the pants. It’s the overall style and, most important, it’s the attitude. Flip that collar up, don those wedges (or at least start out your day in them), employ your diva sunglasses as a headband – treat everyday like it is a “skinny day.” You are not your mother, yet.

If you think your curvy figure is making you look matronly in trousers, zoom in on a mid-rise, wider, somewhat flared leg and wide-waist band pant. A side-zip is optimal, but there are flattering front-zip pants out there. You don’t want trousers that hug your waist; it will only accentuate your bottom half. Opt for a mid-rise instead. Look for tops that are ruched (gathered in the middle) and stop at the top of your trousers, making your waist look tiny.

Where to find this magic pant? Get yourself to Ann Taylor Loft and ask for the “Julie” version. It is made for curvy girls and the price is right. Also, check out the Donna Degnan wraparound, wide waistband trouser (at Tootsies).

Christopher Blue and Tahari offer knockout jeans in a mid-rise (available at Nordstrom). Also, Citizens of Humanity jeans (Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) boast a higher rise this year — a good fit if you are over 5’4” (otherwise they will hit you at your waist and you will feel like an extra from “Saturday Night Fever”).

When shopping, follow the “Nancy” rule: “If it doesn’t make you feel pretty, you don’t love it and it isn’t fabulous, it doesn’t go in your closet.” Nothing is ever “just OK.” You deserve only the best. Don’t compromise.

Nancy Klompus, owner of Buy Request, is a 25-year vet of luxury retail and a D-FW wardrobe consultant/stylist who specializes in ramping up what you’ve already got. Got a fashion question? Send it to Nancy at: editorial@dallaschild.com