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.


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.


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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