HOW-TO FIND THE PERFECT JEANS FOR YOUR BODY TYPE: Closet tips from a stylist
How to Find the Perfect Jeans for You
The perfect jeans are a staple of anyone’s wardrobe and should be both comfortable and flattering. With your unique body shape and sense of style, it can be hard to find a pair that’s just right. Luckily, there’s a flattering cut for every figure whether you’re male or female, and also a right way to approach shopping for your perfect jeans.
Complementing Female Figures
Wear tapered ankle jeans if you’ve got an apple shape.If your upper body is curvier than your lower body, opt for tapered ankle or skinny jeans. These styles accentuate thin legs.
- As another option, you can pair skinny jeans with a flowy top to create balance.
- Wear low-rise jeans if you’re slimmer and want to create curve, and wear high-rise jeans if you’re a curvier apple shape.
Go with skinny flares if you’ve got an hourglass figure.If your bust and hips are similar in diameter and you’ve got a more narrow waist, skinny flare jeans will hug your curves, accentuate your shape, and add a sense of balance.
- High rise skinny flares will start right at the narrowest part of your waistline, which will enhance your slim middle.
- Get jeans with medium-sized back pockets to best complement your backside.
Get stretch denim with long inseams if you’re pear shaped.If you’re more curvy on the bottom than the top, get stretchy jeans with long inseams to give yourself a sleek silhouette and to seemingly elongate your legs.
- Opt for either bootcut or wide flares to create balance.
- Eliminate your muffin top with high rises.
Create curves with flares if you have an athletic shape.When you have a toned, athletic body, it looks great to add some curve to your thighs and backside. Try wearing a pair of flair jeans or bootcut jeans to create a nice silhouette and bring out your subtle curves.
Wear boyfriend or bell-bottom jeans if you have a boyish, supermodel-like shape.A slimmer-fitting boyfriend jean will look great on those with longer legs and straighter hips. Flared or bell-bottom jeans also enhance this body type, especially if you have a small backside.
- Longer inseams will give you a sleek, clean look.
Wear low-rise jeans to balance out long legs.If you’ve got longer legs and want to create balance with the upper half of your body, wearing low rises will create the illusion of a longer torso. To show off your long legs, do the opposite and wear high rises instead.
Elongate petite legs with high-waisted super skinny jeans.Super skinny jeans will accentuate your tiny figure while the high-waist will create the illusion of length. Avoid wearing baggy jeans; they will drown out and cover up your small frame.
- Try pairing your jeans with a heeled wedge to make your legs look even longer.
Flattering Male Body Types
Wear straight leg low-rises if you’re slimmer.If overall, you have leaner muscles, a flatter chest, and are relatively narrow, then straight leg low rises will give you the perfect amount of roominess.
- Wide leg or baggy jeans will look too loose.
- High rises may make your backside look flat.
Try slim fit, straight leg, or bootcut if you have an athletic build.Men with a slim waist, muscular legs, and a muscular backside look best in any of these styles with a low rise.
- Baggy jeans will hide your muscular legs.
- Relaxed fit jeans will make your lower half look bigger than your upper half.
Go for a relaxed fit with a wider leg if you’re muscular.Stocky men who frequent the gym fit relaxed fit with large deep pockets best. This jean style is just the right amount of snug, and does a good job of accentuating muscular legs without looking too tight.
- Bootcut jeans will make you look wider than you actually are.
- Skinny jeans will be extremely tight on your legs and backside.
Wear loose and relaxed jeans if you have wide hips or a large waist.If you’re a little wider around your hips or your midsection, loose or relaxed fit jeans will create balance by adding some volume to the lower half of your body.
- Avoid skinny jeans and low-rise jeans.
Shopping for Jeans
Try each pair of jeans on before you consider buying them.Different designers size their jeans in different ways, which means that your size may fluctuate between brands. Moreover, every designer has a different idea about how styles should look. One pair of flare jeans may only flare out a little, while another pair from a separate designer may flare out a great deal.
Pick out a range of brands and styles to take into the dressing room.Try on as much as you can and study yourself in the dressing room mirror to get a thorough idea of what reflects your personal style and flatters you most.
Find a brand that fits your body well.After trying on jeans from several brands, determine which fit you the best. If you love the way one pair fits, you can buy several styles or washes from that designer.
- Take note of what size fits you well so you can from that brand in the future.
Pick washes and details that match the jean’s purpose.Think about where you normally like to go and what you normally want to do. Are you more active in your jeans? Do you only wear jeans with a pair of ankle boots and a fancy top? Do you constantly alternate between dressing up and dressing down your jeans? Consider where you wear your jeans and what you typically do while you’re wearing them to decide which styles to gravitate towards.
- If you’re a female beach bum then you might get a lot of use out of a pair of light wash distressed jeans.
- If you’re a man who goes to a lot of nice dinners out, you might benefit from getting some dark wash jeans that you can dress up with a blazer, tie, and a nice belt.
Move around the dressing room with the jeans on.Get a good feeling for how comfortable the jeans would be if you did everyday activities while wearing them.
- Walk around.
- Jump up and down.
- Sit down.
- Bend over.
Check the price tag.Some brands cost more than others. Know your budget before you shop, and pay attention to the price tag on a pair of jeans before you try them on and get too attached.
QuestionI have slim hips and hardly any butt but thick legs. Help please as most jeans don't fit over my upper legs.
Fashion StylistFashion StylistExpert AnswerFind a great pair of jeans you love and get them in a size too big. Then, take them to a trusted tailor and have them fit to your body.Thanks!
QuestionI have thin legs but a big waist. Jeans are always baggy in the legs, even skinny jeans. What style would fit me?
Fashion StylistFashion StylistExpert AnswerFind a great pair of skinny jeans you love and find a size that fits your waist. Take them to a trusted tailor and have them fit to your legs. You can always make a pair of jeans smaller but you normally cannot make them bigger.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do they mean by the yolk on your back side of jeans?
Fashion StylistFashion StylistExpert AnswerThe yoke is a design term referring to a line that is usually found at the top of pants. In this case, it's normally on the backside of denim. Yokes serve an aesthetic purpose rather than a functional one.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I know my jeans size?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJeans should always feel as comfortable as a second skin. Some brands run small, while other might be true to size or run large. It depends on the brand's marketing and customers. Unfortunately, this means you should always try jeans on before buying them (or make sure you can get easily refunded if you decide to buy and try at home).Thanks!
QuestionHow do you wear jeans that don't have belt loops?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you want to wear a pair of jeans that don't have belt loops, then don't wear a belt with them. If you're most comfortable wearing belts with your jeans, then make sure to only purchase jeans that have belt loops.Thanks!
QuestionIf I were to go shopping, why are most jeans straight rather than regular or loose fit?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou might be seeing slim-fitting jeans (skinny, straight leg, etc.) a little more frequently than loose styles because they can be a little more popular and trendy. Looser, more relaxed fits are definitely out there, you may just have to try looking in clothing stores that are a bit less trend-focused.Thanks!
QuestionMy height is around 5'3, and I have no curves. What type of jeans and what shades should I wear?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAlways wear high waisted jeans to give the illusion of curves. Wear bright colors, because dark colors hide curves while light colors show them off.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I find most jeans either too tight and uncomfortable or unattractively baggy?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA lot of people struggle with this; when you're trying on jeans and aren't having any luck, it's usually because you either don't like the way it looks or the way it feels. If you like the way slimmer jeans look but feel more comfortable in loose jeans, aim for somewhere in the middle. Since it seems like you like the cut of the slimmer ones, try that cut/style on, but a size or two bigger.Thanks!
QuestionI would say I am pear shape but my "fluffy" knees are hard to minimize. Is there a jean style you would suggest?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFlare or straight legged jeans usually look amazing on pear shaped women. Flare jeans tend to flare at about the knee, and tend to minimize the shape of them.Thanks!
- Consider getting your jeans tailored if the bottom hem is too long.
- Remember that whatever pair of jeans you love, you should get. Regardless of your body type, get the style, wash, and size of jeans that make you feel the most comfortable and happy.
- Try on jeans while wearing the shoes you plan on wearing most often with your jeans, whether that means tennis shoes, heels, or another type of shoe.
- Shop in stores you feel most comfortable in, whether that means a big department store or a stylish little boutique.
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