Finding the right pair of jeans that fits your body can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Before you go shopping for jeans, it is important to understand your body type and what cuts and styles are going to be most flattering. Otherwise, trying on jeans can be overwhelming and exhausting when there are so many options to choose from. So, if you’re trying to avoid those dressing room woes, take a look at our denim guide for different body types. We’ll outline which styles look best on each shape and brands that you should be on the lookout for next time you go jean shopping so that you can find your perfect pair!
CurvyFor a curvy shape, a mid or high rise jean will complement your figure the best. We adore this Curves 360 Skinny Jean from NYDJ because it sits higher on the waist to show off your natural curves while slimming the legs with a narrow tapered bottom. Generally, NYDJ jeans will stretch so they recommend ordering one size down. The Joe’s Honey Curvy Bootcut was made to flatter a curvy figure. The silhouette of a slim boot is great for leg lengthening and a dark wash is clean, classic, and has a slimming effect. Joe’s is a great brand because their denim is made with a stretchy cotton so your jeans won’t feel stiff. If you don’t like the look of a slim boot, the Honey Curvy also comes in a skinny jean and a regular bootcut.
PlusWe love the look of a cropped skinny jean paired with a heel because it elongates the legs letting you flaunt your assets. The striping detail on the sides along with the uneven raw hem makes these Reese Ankle Jeans from KUT From The Kloth a contemporary and stylish piece. A full-figured lady should look for mid to high rise jeans like these for maximum comfort. When done right, boyfriend jeans can be your best friend. You don’t want to choose a pair that’s so baggy that it hides your figure, but you do want some give in the calves for cuffing and for comfort. These Flex-ellent Boyfriend Jeans are amazing because they still give your legs some definition without being skin tight. The faded wash and light distressing creates a laid-back look ideal for a casual lunch dates with friends.
TallFor all you ladies over 5’ 9”, look for an inseam of around 34 to 36 inches. The Forever Karlie Skinny Jeans from Frame was made with the tall girl in mind having an inseam of 36 inches. A black denim is also nice because it can be dressed up or down depending on how you style them.Hudson is a brand to keep an eye out for if you’re a long-limbed lady. Their Signature Bootcut is a mid-rise jean with a 34-inch inseam and button-flap pockets for an extra lift in your back side. If you prefer a different cut, they also have a 34-inch skinny jean in a dark and black wash. Hudson runs fairly true to size but if they feel slightly tight in the fitting room, they will stretch out with wear.
PetiteThe DL1961 Margaux Instasculpt is an ankle skinny jean with a 28-inch inseam. DLs are one of our favorite brands because they don’t bag, sag, or give so the way they fit in the store is the way they’ll fit after hours of wear. If you don’t want to go into petite sizing, finding an ankle cut or a cropped denim is a great alternative.For people with a smaller shape, you don’t want to be swimming in your jeans. Moreover, a high rise can sometimes sit too far up on your stomach if you have a shorter torso which can be uncomfortable and unflattering. Go for a mid-to-low rise skinny jean like these Wit and Wisdom Ankle Skimmer Jeans. They’re under $80 too!
StraightIf you’re looking to emphasize your shape, a high rise skinny jean slims the waist and accentuates the hips giving the appearance of a curvier figure. These Articles of Society High Waist Crop Skinnys are an easy-to-wear medium wash jean with a trendy un-hemmed bottom, and they’re under $100!A good tip to follow if you’re looking to give that booty a little lift, smaller back pockets that are higher up on the jean give the appearance of a larger rear. The J Brand Maria Skinny Jeans are a high waist skinny that does just that! They also come in washes ranging from light to dark.