The Most Slimming Jeans for Your Body Type
With so many denim styles out there—skinny, straight, wide-leg, girlfriend, boyfriend, and everything in between—it can be difficult pinpointing the exact silhouette that works best for you. While chances are that few styles could work, uncovering the one find that fits you like a glove is a sartorial victory in our eyes. Knowing what looks great on your figure will ultimately make shopping that much easier.
To help you uncover the most flattering jeans, we tapped Chloe Lonsdale, founder and creative director of M.i.h Jeans, to dish on the most slimming jeans for every body shape. Whether you are tall and long or petite and curvy, there is sure to be a denim style in here that will flatter your figure and keep you feeling 100% confident in your own skin.
Keep scrolling to find your true-blue style, and shop our picks for every body type, too!
The Perfect Style: high-rise slim jeans
"Hourglass shapes should draw attention to the smallest part of their bodies, their waist, with a high-rise jean with minimal stretch. Opt for a wash with subtle highlights that will slim and flatter your shape," Lonsdale says.
The Perfect Style: a vintage-cut high-rise with a tapered leg
"Boyish figures can create more shape in a vintage-cut denim with a high rise and tapered leg in nonstretch denim. This style looks great in pale, washed-out blues that feel really authentic," Lonsdale told us.
The Perfect Style: a '70s-inspired kick flare
"A kick flare looks great on all body types, but they are particularly flattering for curvy shapes," says Lonsdale. "The flare should begin from above the knee to balance out larger hips and bottoms. Look for a high-rise that will slim and flatten the tummy. Worn with heels, the flare is leg-elongating, almost completely transformative. Everyone should own a pair."
The Perfect Style: flared jeans with fit technology
"A flared leg balances out curvy hips, evening out proportions," Lonsdale advises. "Look for denim with fit technology—they'll work harder for your shape, holding in lumps and bumps and smoothing you out in all the right places. They will also keep their shape wear after wear. Dark washes like a deep indigo or black are always the most flattering."
The Perfect Style: cropped, straight-leg jeans
"For petite shapes, I would recommend a cropped, straight fit-jean with a slightly fluted hem opening, the perfect amount of kick to flatter all body shapes," says Lonsdale.
The Perfect Style: cropped kick flares
"Long, tall shapes have the ability to pull off pretty much anything, which is why I would suggest a cropped kick flare with a ripped scallop edge, one of the key denim shapes for S/S 16. They are the denim girl’s dream jean," Lonsdale said.
Which denim style works best for your body type? Let us know in the comments below!
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This post has been updated by Lauren Eggertsen.