Style Advice for the Bertha Trousers

The Bertha trousers, also known as the flared model, is a model that looks fantastic on nearly every body shape. Are you petite or are your legs a little on the short side? Yes? Then the Bertha trousers are perfect for you, given that they make your legs appear longer than they are. Are your legs already fairly long? Yes? Then these trousers will make you look even more slender. 

Find out here how to make these trousers really work for your body shapeAs icing on the cake, we’ll give you a few great styling tips!

Bertha for the A body type // pear shape

Trousers with a subtle bootcut or a slightly flared leg make your hips look more slender. By choosing dark fabric for the trousers and pairing them with an eye-catching top in a light or bright colour whether with a print or in a textured fabric, you can achieve the right balance between your hips and your upper body.

The long, straight corduroy wales make your legs look longer and more slender as a result. Go for a short top or tuck your top into the trousers.

A common complaint among pear-shaped figures is that the trousers don't have the right fit and gap at the waist. There’s too much fabric due to the significant size difference between your hips and waist. 

For that reason, you should opt for the trouser size based on the hip measurement and alter the waist measurement where necessary. How do you set to work? Find out here!

Sometimes the waistline of the trousers also sits lower at the back than it does at the front. The fabric at the back is too short because the seat is fuller. Find out to solve this issue here

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Bertha for the V body type // inverted triangle

Trousers with wider, flared legs provide a nice counterweight to broader shoulders. Go for a light or brightly coloured and somewhat textured fabric (corduroy) or a print (checked pattern) and combine this with a simple, understated top in a darker colour.  This will create an illusion of balance. That’s because by wearing a darker top you drawn attention away from your upper body, while giving the impression that your lower body is more substantial than it actually is.

A common complaint about this fit is that there is too much fabric at the seat of the trousers due to the actual seat being flatter. Find out how to alter the seat here

If your waist measurement is larger than your hip measurement, then base your size on the waist measurement and alter the hip measurement

If your waist measurement is smaller than your hip measurement, then base the size of your trousers on the hip measurement andalter the waist measurement

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Bertha for the I body type // slim rectangle

If you're a slim triangle, you can easily have fun playing with striking colours or inventive designs. What’s more, these trousers are ideal because they provide your body with a little more shape. Try adding a few extra details, like pockets or flaps on the trouser seat, for example. That will help add a little more volume in this area.

If your waist measurement is larger than your hip measurement, then base your size on the waist measurement and alter the hip measurement

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Bertha for the H body type // wide rectangle

You’re best off going for a straight leg if your happen to have a wide rectangle shape; that’s because this shape often lacks a well-defined waistline. Make sure the waistband fits nicely and isn’t too tight. That will help keep your stomach nicely tucked in.

A common complaint about the fit for wide rectangle shapes is that there is too much fabric in the seat area. Find out how to alter the seat here

If your waist measurement is larger than your hip measurement, then base your size on the waist measurement and alter the hip measurement

If your waist measurement is smaller than your hip measurement, then base the size of your trousers on the hip measurement and alter the waist measurement.

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Bertha for the 8 body type // hourglass 

Because your hips are a little higher, the wide cut of the waistband can do wonders for your figure. 

Don’t make the trouser legs too wide because what you’re going for is to create extra leg length. Choose a fabric with a fluid drape, but that also has enough structure; that way the fabric clings to your curves but doesn’t make them look overly full. Wearing a slightly longer top over the trousers is a good choice. You can combine this with a blazer so that your upper body doesn't look too short. 

If you have a rounder seat, then you might feel like the trousers aren’t high enough at the back. Lengthen the crotch length of the back to take care of this problem. Find out how to alter this here

It’s also possible that the hourglass might feel like the trousers overall aren’t high enough at the waist. That means the rise will also need to be altered for both front and back. See how to make this alteration here.

 

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Bertha for the O body type // apple

For this body shape, trousers with a straight, but not too wide leg, look best. Narrow the trouser legs a little if they're too flared for your size. That way you nicely even out the heavier middle with the rest of your body. Combine the trousers with the right kind of top. For example, go for a tank top or blouse that hangs loosely over the trousers. Definitely don’t tuck the top into your trousers! Do your best to create as much length as possible. That means avoiding too much contrast between the top and the trousers, and going for colours that are nearly the same shade. 

A nice combination for the top: wear an open cardigan or jacket with your top. For this piece you should feel free to choose a striking colour or print. Or vice versa: pick a cardigan or jacket in a dark colour and a striking colour for your blouse or tank top. This ‘darkens’ and straightens the sides of the body, drawing the focus inwards. 

A common fitting complaint: If your stomach is rounder, the trousers may sit too low or tight at the front, while they sit just fine at the back.That means the fabric isn’t wide or long enough at the front. Find out how to alter this here.

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Bertha for the X body type // neat hourglass

Trousers with a straight leg or a slightly flared bootcut look best, but the high waist will be too wide. This common fitting issue is a snap to fix. Just base the trouser size on the hip measurement and alter the waist measurement where necessary. Find out how to get started here.

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Styling Tips

1. Flared on heels
Pair these trousers with a nice, high heel. It won’t just make you look taller: it will make you look extra fashion-forward too! Is the 70s look really something for you? Then you should go for ankle boots with a chunky heel. Is the business look more what you're going for? Then you should try out a classic high heel with a pointed toe.

2. Flared goes laid back
Put on a laid back slouchy top or coarse-knit jumper and only tuck it in at the front. It’s not just laid back: it also makes the most of your figure. 

3. Flared goes classic
Create a classic look by pairing the Bertha trousers with a nice basic, for instance a blazer or a (white) blouse.

4. Flared goes seventies
If you totally want to bring back the 70s with your outfit, then flared trousers with a high waist are an absolute must. Wear the trousers with a loose-fitting blouse with trumpet sleeves or wear a close-fitting turtleneck top.You’ll need the 70s colours as well: brown, orange, purple, beige, ochre, etc. Pair the look with a sturdy pair of ankle boots with a chunky heel.Finish off the outfit with a knitted, loose or oversized jumper. 

 

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