How to choose the perfect pair of jeans for your body type
There’s something about shopping for jeans that strikes fear into the hearts of us all. The feeling of overwhelm and hopelessness while you battle a mountain of denim in your change room; comparing countless brands, styles, denim blends, colour wash variations and more. Few shopping acts are less enjoyable!
However, shopping for jeans doesn’t have to be a denim disaster. We’re here to help. So, how do you find that perfect pair? Whether you’re curvy, slim, tall or petite, we’ve got nine denim jean styling commandments thou shalt live and shop by.
9 tips to finding the perfect pair of denim jeans for your shape
1. Buy once, buy well
Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Designer denim is no different. When you’re looking for the perfect pair of jeans, you’re investing in a premium product which simply can’t be matched by cheaper brands. The biggest difference when it comes to designer versus budget, is the fit. Quality denim is made from a thicker weave, making sure it sculpts, hold its shape and look great on every angle; both while you’re wearing them and after many washes. Cheaper denim goes saggy very quickly, fades and deteriorates after a few washes. Along with quality fabric, stitching, construction and being a better fit, designer denim labels often come in a range of authentic washes that are hand crafted. This sort of attention to detail cannot be replicated in mass produced, cheaper labels. So, if you’re going to spend the time and effort searching for the best pair of jeans for your body, why not invest a little more and have a product that will serve you for years to come; in style, comfort, fit and much more. Some designer denim brands to look out for include Paige, FRAME, Neuw, Sass & Bide, J Brand and 7 for all Mankind.
2. Get some stretch
There will always be a place in our wardrobes for an authentic pair of cotton jeans with no stretch. But let’s face it, stretchy denim is universally flattering, no matter your shape or size. And if it gives you confidence when you step out the door, we’re all for it. The key to comfort is the rise, so get that right, and you’re already winning. When we say stretch, we don’t mean jeggings, ladies. Step away from the jeggings, immediately.
3. Higher rise for hourglass figures
If you’re main concern is weight around the midsection, opt for a higher rise. High-rise jeans suit curvy women with an hourglass or pear-shaped frame, working exceptionally well to balance your silhouette. High-rise jeans also flatter those with longer mid-sections. Having a long torso doesn’t mean you’re necessarily tall, and a higher rise in the jean will make your legs appear longer, accentuate your natural waistline and draw attention to the right places.
4. Pockets that flatter where it matters
We love pockets. Plain pockets set straight have the effect of flattening and concealing a larger, rounder derriere. Curved pockets set on an angle that tilt outward add shape and curve to those with a butt as flat as a pancake. Taking a look at the rear-view should be one of the first things you look at when styling jeans; get this right and you’ll ensure you’re showing off your best ass…ets.
If you have a petite build, opt for a cropped pair of jeans in a dark or indigo wash to elongate your legs. If you’re blessed with legs that reach the ceiling, rather than be left with a jean that’s awkwardly sitting above your ankle, choose a cropped style on purpose. Luckily, there are more cropped options than ever on the high street – cropped skinny, cropped boyfriend, cropped flare – the options are endless. Pair with loafers if you’ve already got the height or stilettos for contrast and elevation.
6. Low-rise for long legs
Balance your frame by opting for a low-rise jean if you have long legs. If you have a shorter midsection than most, a hip-hugging pair of jeans will make your profile appear in more even proportions. Just ensure low-rise still firmly hugs the hips and doesn’t slip down your backside or gape at the curve in your lower back.
7. Boyfriend cut for athletic builds
Boyfriend jeans offer a more relaxed style hat pulls together practicality and chic. Look for a straight cut with a slight taper at the leg, with generous wriggle room around the thighs and butt. A great style for those with more athletic builds who want to add some volume to their figure. Pair with a tucked in crisp white shirt and a killer pair of pumps.
8. Bootcut is back
Bootcut jeans are back and better than ever. Pay close attention to the rise; you want these sitting mid-high just under the belly button. A bootcut with a higher rise and darker wash gives the illusion of length through the leg and draws attention away from the thighs. Today’s bootcut is more sophisticated and elegant than previous seasons, so don’t be quick to disregard this accommodating style. Flared jeans are also a great option for women who are petite with curves, elongating your legs and adding length to your overall frame.
9. Don’t judge a jean by its cover
Lastly and most importantly; always consider fit before trend. Try, try and try some more. Often it’s the fit you least expect that you fall in love with. Don’t be stuck on a particular brand or style or size, try on as many different pairs of jeans that you have time for.
Denim jeans: such a simple wardrobe staple and yet such a frustrating item to purchase. The good news is there are styles to suit us all; you just have to spend some time finding the perfect pair for you.
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