Find the Right Jeans for Your Body

Trying to find the perfect pair of jeans? Well, you've come to the right place! We've all encountered the too-tight jeans, the too-short jeans and even the saggy-butt jeans, but your blue-jeans blues are about to be over.

For many women, a pair of jeans is the apparel to avoid when trying to hide or disguise a figure flaw. But the fact is that the right jeans with the right fit can not only shave 10 pounds from your figure, but can also give the appearance that your butt is higher, your legs longer and your hips narrower. And did we mention the fact that we love that certain something that's simultaneously gritty, chic and just plain hip about the right denims? The most important thing to know about shopping for jeans: Honor your shape and you won't go wrong.

If you have a wider waist:


Try Levi's Ultimate Boot Cut.

Okay, we all know and love our Levi's, a.k.a. the "denim authorities," masters of the boot-cut universe. This silhouette seriously balances your proportions, by the way. You can pair those qualities with what we can only call a magically contouring waistband for a style to die for. It's longer, leaner and perfectly proportioned.

Price: $85- $180, depending on the wash

Available: Levis.com

If you're curvy all over:

Try True Religion in Joey.

True Religion has a remarkably flattering cut, which seems to work wonders for everyone, but especially curvy gals. It's all about the ingenious seam placement, along with precise pocket positioning and a just-right flare at the knee. All these factors balance the cut, creating an elongated hourglass for an outstanding smooth and lengthening overall fit.

Price: Joey Medium Vintage Wash, $172

Available: TrueReligionBrandJeans.com

If you have full hips:

Try Salt Works Denim in Orchard Street.

We love this style because the distinctly shaped, almost hexagonal pockets and dropped "V" waistline elongate your body, and the side seams are pulled forward, causing the hips to look discernibly slimmer. In addition, Salt Works doesn't make pockets symmetrical, but conforms them to the curves of the body. This gives an "uplifted" appearance, which flatters the entire silhouette.

Price: $125

Available: SWjeans.com

If you have full hips:

Try James Jeans in James Crane Distressed.

Who knew the placement of tiny things like stitches could make such a difference? The creators of James Jeans did. Their design literally draws the eye upward. When you wear them, your overall form will appear lifted. The advantageously placed darker rinse of denim on the inner thigh area makes thighs appear markedly smaller.

Price: $146

Available: CoutureCandy.com

If you have a generous behind:

Try Generra Second Skin Jeans in Slub.

Nobody wants a good behind to go away, but wouldn't you want an instant lift? If you want your jeans to add shape to your backside, you'll love this style, which features delicate Swarovski crystal glimmering at the hip. The polyurethane mix, which allows the material to curve along the body, coupled with the high pocket placement on the rear, especially enhances the nether region, while leaving enough movement for a non-constraining, relaxed yet really sexy fit.

Price: $155

Available: Barneys.com



More slimming tips:

  • Go for darker denim. Darker-colored denim gives an overall slimming appearance to the body. Also, if you match the "tone" of your shoe or boot with your jeans, you'll look slimmer. This doesn't mean you have to wear dark blue boots with dark blue Levi's—it just suggests you wear boots that are the same depth of darkness as your pants.
  • Look for the right fade. "A fading look or wash that's slightly lighter in the center and darker on the outer regions of the leg will create a slimming illusion," says Melissa Ladines, a Levi's denim specialist.
  • Wear heels. Wearing even one-inch heels will further the impression of a longer, leaner you.
  • Choose pockets wisely. Pocket size is crucial. Rule of thumb: Pockets should be proportioned to the size of your jeans, so the larger the jeans, the larger the pockets. Small pockets on large jeans accentuate size.
  • It matters where the seams are. Side seams that are pulled forward are critical for a slimmer appearance, says Victoria Allen, head designer at Salt Works. The eye follows the vertical line of the seam, and "by pulling the seam in toward the front of the body, all the styling details move as well, thereby making you appear narrower."
  • Long flares make legs appear longer. Jean length that spans almost to the bottom of your shoe will give you the appearance of a longer leg and a more streamlined stature.
  • Don't wear too small a size. "Don't try to pretend that you're a size 27 when you're really a 29," says Boni Joi, an iVillage.com fashion expert. If you hate the higher number, she advises to simply rip off the tag. If you can't do a proper squat-thrust in your jeans without your butt popping out, your belly bulging over or your knees bursting through the fabric, those jeans are simply too tight.
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