A good butt depends on three things: DNA, hard work at the gym, and wearing the right pants. And while you can’t change what you were born with, and sculpting your glutes can take longer than you might like, you can transform your rear end for the better (by at least 33.33%) as quickly as you can buy a new pair of jeans or chinos.
The secret to a stellar bum? Great fit coupled with proportional—and minimal—back pockets.
“You want a pant that is cut well for the hips, and has a well-fitting rise,” says stylist Lily Hetzler. “If it’s too baggy or dropped more than an inch under your junk, that means it’s probably sagging in the butt.”
Our advice: Go for a slim-straight tapered fit, and resist the urge to sag your pants too much. On the question of pocket size, Hetzler says your pockets “shouldn’t be so small that they look tiny in comparison to your butt, but they also shouldn’t extend down onto your thigh or practically touch in the back.” If you’re still not sure how to proceed, bring an honest and stylish friend with you while you shop.
Here are ten pairs to help you get started:
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