What Kind of Pants Make My Butt Look Bigger?

A lighter wash will help you build up a small backside.

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The junk in your trunk may be missing in action, but that doesn't mean the whole world's gotta know. The right pants can turn the tables on a booty deficit; heaping a whole lot of love on even the teeniest bum. With a little strategic styling, you can give droopy drawers the permanent boot.

Pockets

Believe it or not, the right kind of pockets can make up for what you lack out back. Flap-style pockets are the key to beefing up an itty-bitty booty, adding some much-needed bulk where you need it most. Look for three-dimensional flap or button-style pockets that sit pretty high on your bum and are spaced pretty far apart. The high pockets are key -- there's no point in creating the illusion of a great butt only to have low-slung pockets bring the whole thing crashing down. A flat pocket can also work, just make sure you find pants with a back yoke, horizontal stitching or some other eye-catching pocket detail to give the butt a more bubble-icious appearance.

Fit

You may think baggy pants are the way to go when your butt is a no show, but nothing could be further from the truth. Loose and shapeless will only hang off your backside, giving you a lackluster rear view. Ideally, you want pants that are form-fitting or even a bit tight. If you are thin all over, a straight or tapered leg are both good options, but if you are bigger up top than you are on the bottom, you'll want to balance things out with a flared leg or boot cut-style pant.

The Details

If you're doing denim, a lighter wash will draw attention to the booty, while darker washes tend to minimize curves. If you want to get a little funky, pants that are a bit lighter or distressed in the bum, hip and thigh will make it appear fuller than a more uniform wash. And if you're doing denim, feel free to go as wild as you want with pocket baubles or crazy stitching -- you want to create a bit of a scene to distract from your small butt, not allow your denim to disappear into the background.

Stretch is Your Friend

A stretchy material will hold its shape longer than a pant that doesn't stretch, and will be much less likely to start sagging after an hour or two of wear. Look for a pant with either spandex or lycra and make sure the pants are soft and have plenty of give. When you have a flat or nonexistent backside, a stiff fabric will give you an unflattering case of billboard booty.

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