As part of my personal wardrobe challenge, I found myself one day in a fun pair of black and white tweed pants that I hadn’t been wearing because I thought they’d be too tight. They weren’t, actually, and with a bright top and black faux leather jacket – created a fun look. But I felt chunky in the outfit, and it took me a while to figure out why. Then I did the Taper Test … and you an do it too.
In front of a full-length mirror, grasp a handful of the fabric a few inches below your fanny and pull gently back, away from your body. As you do so, the leg width will gradually narrow — the way it would look if it were tapered. You’ll probably find that your leg looks longer and slimmer with less width in the pant leg. See how much trimmer my left side looks in the photo below? The difference is subtle, but significant. That’s the clue to hustle over to your tailor or alterations person and have the side seams (from hip to hem) sewn a bit deeper to finalize this flattering look.
You can do the same thing with a pencil skirt, of course. I remember demonstrating that effect in a large workshop of business women when one attendee spoke up from the back of the room, “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard! If you think I’m going around all day holding the back of my skirt … ”
Hopefully you “get it” a bit more clearly than she did!