What is it about finding the perfect pair of pants that feels like winning the lottery? There are just so many variables: Are they the right length? Are they comfortable? Are they flattering? That’s why we’ve removed guesswork for you with this guide to the best styles for every frame.

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If You’re Petite...Try Straight-Legged Crops

We’re not talking capris, but these should hit ever so slightly higher than your ankle. The result is a flattering silhouette that makes you look taller than you are. Keep in mind that finding a pair off the rack that hits just right is tricky. Your best bet is to get a tailor you love and let him or her work some magic.

Get the look: Banana Republic ($88); J.Crew ($110); Theory ($255)

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If You’re Tall...Try Culottes

Real talk: If you’re taller than, like, 5’9”, finding pants that are long enough and don’t look awkward is a struggle. That’s the beauty of culottes—they’re supposed to be short. So skip trying to find a pair that reaches the ground and embrace a shorter length. Oh, and major plus: These guys look just as great with heels and tall boots as they do with sneakers and sandals.

Get the look: Zara ($40); Everlane ($68); Vince ($195)

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If You’re Apple-Shaped...Try High-Rise Skinny Pants

Apple-shaped gals are typically slim through the legs so show 'em off in a pair of skinnies in any number of fabrics, from denim to leather. The higher rise should hit the smallest part of your torso and smooth your entire midsection. Balance the tightness of your bottoms with a flowy top or open jacket. 

Get the look: Express ($69); River Island ($65); Ellos ($199)

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If You’re Pear-Shaped...Try Wide-Legged Trousers

The key here is to balance your hips with volume at your ankles. Wide-legged trousers create a long, flattering line and disperse attention proportionately throughout your lower body. Also look for pairs that sit higher on your waist, since that’s your narrowest part.

Get the look: Calvin Klein ($90); 1.State ($99); Elizabeth and James ($295)

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If You’re an Hourglass...Try Flares

Va-va-voom. Flaunt your proportional shape in a pair of figure-hugging flares. Maximize the style’s leg-lengthening effect by pairing them with heeled boots. And bonus points for tucking in your top to show off your small waist.

Get the look: ADPT ($81); Lauren Ralph Lauren ($115); J Brand ($228)

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If You’re Boyish...Try a Paperbag Waist

Ladies who are more straight up and down can create the illusion of curves with pants that have a dramatic waistline (and even pleats). This will fill out your hips and draw the eye toward your nipped midsection.

Get the look: Missguided ($40); ASOS ($52); A.L.C. ($395)

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