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The Best Denim Picks For Your Body Shape: Part I

April 4, 2012

Denim can be tricky to fit your body type! Whether you’re long and lean or curvy all over, finding the right pair of jeans can be a difficult task. Check out the best styles for your shape.

Body Type: Full Hips and Thighs

Jean Frustration: Do you exercise a lot and have big thighs? Hate when you find jeans to fit over your legs then the waist is too big?

Jean Solution No. 1: Flat-Front Flares

The best style for those with full hips and thighs is a flare. These are built to accommodate curves and the wide leg at the bottom balances out the proportion. Keep things lean by choosing a style that billows out below the knee for a straight line from the tummy to thighs. A flat-front, slightly high waist and slim pockets prevent any extra bulk.

Jean Solution No. 2: Dark-Wash, Floor-Skimming Flares

A dark wash is super-flattering because it hides any lumps and bumps. To flatter the hips, choose a style that is ultra-simple, minus any bells and whistles that can attract unwanted attention to certain areas. The extra length adds height, too.

Jean Solution No. 3: Distressed, ’70s-Style Flares

If you want to go for a faded wash, look for distressed styles that have whiskered details right across the hips to draw the eye in. This pair also has an exaggerated bell cuff that makes your bottom look narrow. Pair with a sweet floral shirt for a flirty take on one of spring’s hottest trends: the ’70s.

Body Type: Hourglass

Jean Frustration: Do you find that most jeans cut off at the torso in the wrong spot? Do you feel that this makes you look shorter than you really are?

Jean Solution No. 1: High-Waisted Trousers 

It may seem counterintuitive, but jeans that hit above a natural waist (look for a pretty high rise, like 9″ to 13″) make hourglass shapes look even more defined, as they cinch in a tummy and accentuate curves. This pair has an extra high rise that tucks everything in for a gentle corseted effect.

Jean Solution No. 2: High-Waisted and Cropped

A slightly cropped style accentuates an hourglass’ curves even further, like this pair, which hits right at the ankle. Add a  tucked-in striped top adds emphasis to the slimmest part of your body.


Jean Solution No. 3: High-Waisted Skinnies

This type of jean has a contoured waistband (it appears cut on an angle when the jeans lie flat), which hugs the tummy close to prevent any gapping.

Body Type: Curvy

Jean Frustration: All curves are not created equal and not all curves are in the same exact places!

Jean Solution No. 1: Faded Boot Cuts

Boot cut is the best style for this body type because the clean lines and a straight fit throughout the leg streamline everything. Look for pairs that have at least two percent spandex for just a little stretch, and a low rise so they don’t cut into a tummy. These have fading throughout the knees, highlighting the narrowest part of the silhouette.

Jean Solution No. 2: Distressed Boot Cuts

Artful distressing, like whisker details and fading across the hips make for a slimmer shape,  as the lighter details fade into the darker material that acts as camouflage.

Jean Solution No. 3: Long Boot Cut

Floor-skimming styles create the illusion of height (especially when you add heels!), which slims a shape. This pair has a slight flare at the bottom (avoid super-tapered legs) that eliminates any appearance of top-heaviness.


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