How to Know What Style of Jeans to Wear

Flatter your body with the right jeans.

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The key to looking great in your jeans is knowing what style to buy for your body type. Skinny jeans may look hot on your best friend, but the style may not suit your shape, or vice versa. When choosing the most flattering jeans, shop according to your figure, rather than for what's in style or the latest trend. The right jeans style and cut can make all of the difference between looking frumpy or fabulous.


Avoid low-cut jeans if you have a bit of a tummy, as they can create an unflattering silhouette. Choose jeans featuring a medium rise and a waistband that falls just below your belly button, so that the denim material gently holds in your problem area.


Wear classic, wide-legged jeans if you have a curvy hourglass figure. Slip into the trouser-style denim, which will hug your curves in all the right places and avoid adding bulk. Avoid tapered jeans if you have wide hips, as the overall look will appear unbalanced.


Choose denim featuring a dark rinse if you are plus size, as the deeper color will have a slimming effect. Stick with form-fitting straight-leg or boot-cut jeans for the most flattering look.


Flatter a boyish figure by creating the illusion of curves with the right jeans. Pick a pair of jeans featuring a moderate rise and a slightly flared leg to create a curvier appearance. Go for jeans featuring back pockets, which can help fill out a flat derriere.


Enhance your petite frame by choosing boot-cut jeans that will visually elongate the length of your legs when worn with heels. Pick denim pants that are form-fitting throughout the backside and thighs so you don't overwhelm your small build with excess fabric.

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