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Most fashion sources will tell you that wearing a flare or a boot cut jean are the only ways to show off your hourglass shape -- and they're totally wrong. There are many other styles you curvy girls can sport. The secret is in how you wear them.
This is what you need to know about your figure and jeans. A low-waisted pair might be more comfortable and will show off the curves around your waist better in a fitted top. If you're soft in the middle a low rise (but one that doesn't cause a muffin top) will produce less obvious love handles when you sit down. A high or mid waist will make your torso look shorter. Dark jeans will make you look slimmer and jeans with Lycra or Spandex in them are your best friend. You can never go wrong by adding heels to your look if you're a petite hourglass.
Plenty of hourglass women have embraced skinny jeans. And there's no reason why you can't either. Try this: black skinnies tucked into knee-high high-heeled boots. The heel on the boots and the black leather with black denim will make your legs look longer, which balances out your hips and backside. You want that. If you want to minimize curves and look skinnier all around, wear a slouchy V-neck T that goes past your hips. If you want to show those curves off, wear a fitted top or tuck the front end of your T into the front end of your jeans and leave the rest hanging out.
Flare and Boot Cut
These are the cream of the crop for an hourglass, but if you don't do it right, it can turn into a fashion disaster. If you're going to go flare, you've got to put on some heels, otherwise they'll make your legs look shorter than they are. The hem of your pants needs to be no shorter than an inch off the ground. Boot cut jeans can be rolled up and worn with high heels or left down and worn with flats. Try wearing each pair with a fitted top and a cropped fitted blazer. Keep the waist low and add a belt to emphasize your hips and make your waist look smaller.
There is one mantra with wide leg: heels, heels, heels. A tapered, mid or high waist is very chic and 70s, but don't try it unless you've got an ultra flat tummy. Otherwise, stick to skinnies and boot cuts. Wearing your wide leg with a vest or a simple button down top is tres chic.
Don't let your skinny jeans scrunch and pool for inches at the bottom of your feet. Your legs will look shorter. Whiskering on jeans has to be subtle or it makes you look wider than you are and looks cheap. Don't wear denim without stretch; you won't be able to move in them and the fit will probably not be great. Don't get jeans with extra detail on the rear end or the hips; it'll only make them look bigger. Avoid bleach on the thigh are if your legs are big.