Finding The Perfect Fitting Pants



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So when we’re talking pants here we are not talking about your underpants (panties or knickers, whatever you call them).  We are referring to the best style of trousers for your body shape!

Pants can be challenging for many women to find.
Finding the perfect pair of trousers is like finding a needle in a haystack,
So let's get some perspective and a tape measure. 

How To Measure

We are all essentially the same: a waist, belly, hips, thighs and legs. The easiest way to measure for slacks is to put on a pair of your favorite slacks, then measure the following: 

Rise: the seam of the crotch to the waistband. The rise is too high if it goes up beyond your natural waistline and pulls out or away. Even high waist pants should not pull away from your body. 

Waist or waistband: where you want the pants to sit. 
Hips: measure the widest part.
Inseam: is of the least concern because hemming is the easiest of alterations. 

Keep in mind that if you don't like your pants to bind around the thighs, don't necessarily go up a size, look for a style where the pant legs are cut looser at the thigh. 

If you put on 2 different styles of trousers in the same brand, one a slim leg and one a straight leg, the slim leg will feel smaller than the straight leg The reason being that patterns are cut for the leg starting at the thigh line down. 


Pockets are the focal point of your backside, so remember where there is detail your eyes will automatically go, so think carefully about what is on the pockets and where the pockets land.


How To Fit Pants For Your Body Type



Rectangular Body Types

If you’re rectangular look for some pants that have interesting pockets for both the front and back or an interesting waistband. Also a leg that has a curve such as a boot cut or bell-bottoms will give the appearance of curves.

Bottom Heavy Body Types

Pear shape of bottom heavy women will want to offset their hips by wearing straight legged of slightly flared slacks. The composition of a straight or flair or leg will give the appearance of a smaller derrière. 

There should be little to no details on the hips. Wear a simple waistband and consider having no pockets.

Top-heavy Body Types

Apple shape or top-heavy women should look for flared or wider leg trousers to give the appearance of symmetry of their top and bottom half. Details on the hips of the slacks are good unless you have a bit of a tummy.

Curvy Body Types

Hour glass or curvy women should consider clean simple lines.  Look for ones that fit just below the natural waistline for a better fit. Most women in this category have a very difficult time finding slacks that fit because of their waist to hip ratio.


Fashion Tips


 It is difficult to gage, but usually slacks with 3% or more Elastane, Lycra and Spandex will stretch out in about 1 hour of wear. They can stretch up to full size larger. These fibers can make clothing more comfortable and less restricting but they can also make it challenging to choose the right size.

When trying on pants with stretch in them, choose ones that are snug versus to just right. You may have some whiskers, but they should go away after about an hour of wear.


What is Whiskering?

 Whiskering refers to the wrinkles created by fabric pulling around the crotch point, hip and thigh area. 

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Whiskering Occurs With:

·         Incorrect Fit: Fabric pulls across a body part when the fit is too tight. Or when the rise is too long or too short. Or when the cut is too straight. Or when the pocket linings get in the way. 

·         Overly Stretchy Fabric: Woven fabric with too much stretch is prone to whiskering, despite the fit. There is something about the way stretchy fabric drapes and clings that causes it to pull in an area that doesn’t look or feel too tight at all. 


Shapewear Your New Best Friend

Shapewear Your New Best Friend

Body Shapers Your New Best Friend

Body Shapers are also known as “body slimmers” or “shapewear” are the essentials very woman needs.

Shapewear is one of the most clever fashion quick-fix tools ever invented. What I love about shapewear is that it is a temporarily eliminates your worries about how you look in a fitted dress. I believe that every gal should own at least one or two shapewear in her wardrobe. The right shapewear can give you curves on all the right places by slimming down the lumps and bumps as well as lifting and accentuating the parts that need more “oomph”

Body Slimmers today are more versatile and comfortable because most of them are made of Spandex. Spandex is a fabric that “compresses” your body as well as letting it breathe and move around.

Body shapers can give you the extra boost of confidence for when you want to look trim and slim in fitted clothes. They smooth out the lumps and bumps, which is a huge plus if you have a muffin top or extra weight carrying around the hips and thighs, without cutting off your blood circulation!

Why Body Shapers Are the Best

Shapewear rocks because it

  • Makes your figure look sleek and sexy
  • Smoothes out those lumps and bumps around the tummy, hips and thighs for better fitting skirts and jeans
  • Eliminates panty lines
  • Shapes and lifts your bottom
  • Banishes bloated stomach

What Shapewear to Invest in?

It depends on your needs- if you carry some extra weight then it’s natural to buy shapewear in various styles for your daily activities and other special occasions.

That means make sure the undergarment has a reasonable percentage of Lycra. It’s a fabric that makes clothes stretch and comfortable. So look for at least 10% of Lycra.


Buying the Right style for your Needs

You want to make sure to select the right style that will cover you needs.

What do I want it to do for me?

What part of my body figure do I want to enhance or camouflage?


If you want something to really hold you in, choose compression based shapewear. It’s made of Lycra (Spandex) and Latex. It provides full firming support.

If you need something basic that will smooth out your legs then choose hosiery shapewear. This light body shaper is made of a light hosiery fabric such as nylon/cotton mixed with Lycra.


Various Types of Body shapers

 Shapewear Slip


This is great for wearing underneath your dresses and skirts. It slims your torso, hips and thighs.

You can find slips in tank and skirt styles, so you can decide if you want to slim your upper or lower body only.


Full Body Slip

This shapewear is a must if you want to smooth out the bumps and achieve an overall slimmer figure in a light or clingy dress.

Keep the neckline of the dress in mind!!This is available in a strapless body style also.



Pant Girdles

These tuck in the lumps from your waist and down, depending on if you select the shorts or full leg style. They're super convenient and a practical choice for your legs to move around in, whether you're wearing a dress or a pair of jeans


Panty girdles are excellent in tucking that extra flab around the hips, butt and thighs when you need it - fast. Compared to the old days, women’s girdles have today become more refined and not least comfortable.





You can wear pantyhose and tights shapewear with your skirts and dresses, and also with your shorts if you don't mind creating a layered look. They're made to be worn as hosiery so they aren't obtrusive in design. Hosiery shapewear is made of a light hosiery fabric such as nylon/cotton mixed with Lycra.




Full Body Shaper

It works as a suit and targets your whole body - reducing, shaping and toning all around. You can find full body shapers in various sleeve styles (eg. sleeveless, 3/4) If you're smaller on top and big on the bottom (Pear shape) simply purchase a full body shaper that allows you to choose your own bra.




Waist Cincher

Waist cinchers trim your waist only. Good for plump tummys and for targeting muffin tops. Wear it to create that sexy burlesque look - and because your tummy gets narrower in a waist cincher, it will create and emphasize curves on top and bottom.

Compression Shapewear

It's a 'heavy-duty' shaper that uplifts the bust line and effectively trims down your waistline and hips. Depending on your needs, a compression shapewear can also help lift your butt. It really gives you the curves on all the right places!


Plus Size Shapewear

Body shapers made for the full figure woman - wearing size 12 or greater in clothes.


Buying the Right Style for your Needs

You want to make sure to select the right style that will cover your needs. So before hitting the shops ask you these questions:

  • "What do I want it to do for me?"
  • "What part of my body figure do I want to enhance or camouflage?

For example if you want something to really hold you in, choose compression based shapewear. It's made of Lycra (Spandex) and Latex (and of course the usually nylon and/or cotton fabric). It works as a compressor, providing full firming support. Or if you need something basic that will smooth out your legs in a skirt then go for hosiery shapewear. Such light body shaper is made of a light hosiery fabric such as nylon/cotton mixed with Lycra

Get the Right Size

Avoid buying body shapers in a smaller size just so you can be tightened enough or to achieve a better result.  Instead, select your correct size based on your body  measurements using the sizing chart provided for each product at the store. If your measurements are in the limit of two sizes select the biggest one.

Tighter doesn't mean it will control you more. They're already made to fit snug. Too-tight shapewear can reduce the comfort and make it excruciating to wear. Not to mention that it can create extra flab around the edges. However, if a shapewear is a little too big, it won't give the maximum effect so you will notice that it doesn't pull in as much as described.


Women’s shapewear is available in a variety of styles to serve every body part on your body. Whether you need something to define your waist, complement a strapless dress or just give your body an instant “tuck”  you can find something that will suit your needs.

 So let’s take a moment to acknowledge the real MVP in life…Shapewear, because it allows for real life photoshop!!



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Sun This Week Newspaper Article

Eagan boutique celebrates 10 years
Indulge Boutique, 1095 Diffley Road, Eagan, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Partners Michelle Doucette and Laurie Nierengarten opened the shop in 2007 with a vision of empowering women through fashion. Their clothes are travel-friendly and need no dry cleaning or ironing.

“We cater to styles and cuts – business, casual, leisure and activewear – that suit the 40-plus woman in sizes 2 to 18,” said Doucette. “We feature everything from dresses appropriate for the office to cute shirts to go with yoga pants.”

The boutique is open eight days each month and by appointment. Its current sale runs March 30 to April 6. Hours are 12-8 p.m. weekdays and 12-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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March 27, 2017

Michelle Doucette and Laurie Nierengarten didn’t set out to become the Twin Cities’ best-kept fashion secret when they launched Indulge Boutique. They simply had a vision of empowering women through fashion. Now their Eagan women’s clothing boutique, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is the undisputed style mecca for thousands of 40-plus-year-old women who crave higher end, exclusive pieces often chosen specifically for them.

Feeling the love, eight days a month

Customers think of going to Indulge Boutique as a reason to celebrate. It’s only open eight days each month, from the first Thursday through the following Thursday. And there are never more than four to six items of any design in its constantly changing inventory.

“We bring in about 500 to 600 new products each month. Our merchandise changes every day that we’re open,” confirms Doucette. “A lot of our lines are exclusive to us here in the Twin Cities or in the state. We also work with designers to custom design our own pieces, which makes them even more exclusive. And if we are only selling up to six of them, there’s a sense of urgency among our customers.

Doucette and Nierengarten, who are the boutique’s only staff, are known for bringing in unique prints and styles. “We’re also known for clothes that are travel-friendly: washable and wearable,” comments Nierengarten. “We try not to take anything that’s not pack-and-go. No dry cleaning. No ironing. And our products last.”

Just because a style is trendy doesn’t mean it’s right for this clientele. “Contemporary clothes normally fit teens to women in their mid-20s. We’re not offering what other retailers carry. We cater to styles and cuts – business, casual, leisure and activewear – that suit the 40-plus woman in sizes 2 to 18,” says Doucette. “We feature everything from dresses appropriate for the office to cute shirts to go with yoga pants.”

Where everybody knows your name

The partners know most Indulge Boutique returning customers by name, clothing sizes and their style preferences. “About 80 percent of our sales are to a loyal group of consistent customers. These are women who budget for us once a month. Our clientele has expanded mostly by word of mouth. At first, some women don’t want to tell their friends about us. But once we know you, we’ll tell you if a friend or co-worker already bought the same thing. This comes back to knowing each customer personally,” says Nierengarten.

Try this idea on for size

Doucette and Nierengarten, who met while working together on a fundraising committee, both have a retail fashion background. Soon after, they formed the partnership. When they first opened, their mailing list consisted of only friends and family. “We rented a hotel conference room for a three-day event, using makeshift dressing rooms, to test the concept,” Doucette recalls. “Now we have more than 3,000 people on our mailing list, 10,000 people on our Facebook page, and we average 200 customers each month.”

“We both had young kids. That’s why opening one week a month fit with our schedule,” adds Nierengarten. “Now when people ask if we want to open more often, the answer is no because we’ve found that the personal ‘everyone knows everyone’ atmosphere works. Plus, we like the idea that, for 10 years, it has just been the two of us. We’ve maintained our image and our style.”

The partners’ tastes are very different, but they manage to combine fun with sophistication. Doucette dresses up her denim and likes solids. Nierengarten prefers prints and dresses. “But we both have to love a product or we don’t order it. And we always try it on before it comes into the store to confirm it fits a real woman,” says Nierengarten.

Empowering women through fashion

This tag line suits the women’s philosophy. “When you put on something that fits well, it is empowering,” says Doucette. “We are known for our honesty. People appreciate if we tell them something is too tight or not their color. It’s why people trust us so much that we’ve almost become personal shoppers for many of our customers. We always have people in mind when we go to market. And 99.9 percent of the time we’re correct.”

Adds Nierengarten, “We know which outfits fit curvy women, when you need to go a size up or down for a good fit. We also guarantee our products.”

The partners also host workshops on everything from developing wardrobe basics to how to wear the latest trend or which shoes to pair with an outfit. And while they don’t do coupons, they will offer discount promotions tied to local charities.

The doors are never completely closed

If Indulge Boutique’s schedule doesn’t work for someone, the partners are happy to open the doors at another time. “That’s why we give out our cell numbers. It doesn’t matter if you find something or not,” Nierengarten insists. “Most women can be in and out in 30 minutes. If they are regulars, we have things ready for them by the time they get there. Our customers appreciate not having to go from store to store. We even have husbands call us to find the perfect gift. They love that we know their wives. We even gift wrap!”

When Indulge Boutique opens, it’s an event. “We keep things fun. And after 10 years, we’re still excited to meet the next customer who walks through our door!”

Learn more about Indulge Boutique by visiting

Don't turn a "Cold Shoulder" to this fashion trend.

The shoulder is the only part of a woman's body that doesn't age. They don't make us feel fat. Thin or curvy, tall or short anyone can wear the Cold Shoulder doesn't discriminate.


  Cold Shoulder tops are also called Open or Split shoulder tops. Cold shoulder dresses and tops have a cut out right around the shoulder, and therefore the shoulders are bare, and because they are exposed it is easier to give someone the "literal" cold shoulder!

  Cold Shoulder garments are this year's silhouette. Everyone's shoulders look great. What a beautiful part of the body to show off. This style is a modest route to sexy, it is subtle and versatile. It appeals to women of all ages, and works for both day and night. This Cold Shoulder style has been embraced by women because it is feminine and universally flattering. It appears this style/trend will be around for the next few seasons.


How to Wear The Cold Shoulder

  • Keep the cut clean, A cold shoulder top means a top which is scalloped at the shoulders. Since you have a cut or slit in your top, keep the look classy by keeping the neckline, hemline neat and clean.
  • Keep the bra strap. Luckily the cold shoulder trend lends itself well to your everyday bra styles. Bra friendly...we love that!!!
  • Choose what you love. Pick a style that makes you feel great, from sleeves that almost drape open to the elbow, to small cutouts on the shoulder and collar bones.

The Only Rule: The colder the shoulder, the less cleavage should be shown.

Add some flair to a casual style by pairing a cold shoulder top with jeans or shorts.

Try a printed cold shoulder dress that can be complemented by a pair of strappy sandals for the perfect relaxed laid back summer look.

Wear the Cold Shoulder with a skirt, short or maxi in length. Flared pants and heels also looks great.  Don't forget a fun pair of printed pants or shorts will work well too!

We learned at an early age that it isn't very nice to give "the cold shoulder" to anyone, but fashion trends for Spring 2017 are giving you permission to give the Cold Shoulder to everyone you know!