Fashion October 11th, 2016

Denim That Flatters: Finding The Best Jeans For Your Body Type

To be completely honest, I had minor writer’s block when it came to discussing denim. Since becoming a mom, it’s been difficult to find jeans that fit properly and comfortably. Even at this moment, just the thought of jean shopping with a crying, fussy baby puts me in an instant state of fatigue with a side of nausea. Thus the writer’s block. But after many exhausting shopping excursions and many body types later, I’ve gathered a few tips and tricks that could be helpful in your jean search!

The first thing that always pops into my head when I’m looking for a great jean is — Oprah! Yes, Oprah! Do you remember the 2009 Jean Intervention episode with Stacy London? That episode is still so clear in my mind to this day. In case you missed it, here are the key takeaways:

1.) The most important part of the jean is the rise.
2.) No puckering, pulling or extra in the rise is allowed.
3.) Give yourself the illusion of short torso, long leg.
4.) Jeans should not be vacuum-sealed to your skin.
5.) The fit should be most comfortable in the booty, hip and thigh.

Now, before we break it down by what style works best for your body, let’s outline body silhouettes. There are many variations to body types, but these I find the most simple to understand and identify:

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Still unsure which body type is yours? Detailed below are more complete descriptions to help you narrow it down. And not stopping there, I’ve also provided you ideal fits for your shape, as well as some suggested styles to try, so you can feel great and look denim amazing!

The Triangle

Your hips are larger than your bust and you have a defined waist. Your arms and shoulders are also proportionately slim. You first gain weight in your bottom half followed by your tummy.

The Ideal Fit
Look for bottoms that will minimize your lower half like dark colors and minimal embellishments or whiskers. Boot cut, trouser, or relaxed fit jeans that fall straight from the widest part of your hip will look most flattering. NYDJ and Lysse are two exemplary denim brands for this specific body type.

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The Inverted Triangle

Your bottom half is smaller than your top. There is little definition between your waist and hips, and you can identify with a flat bottom and hips, as well as a straight and squared shoulder line. You have a tendency to gain weight in your tummy and upper body, however, your legs are your best asset.

The Ideal Fit
Choose a bottom that will enhance your lower body to balance your upper body. Boot cut, slightly flared, or trouser cut jeans are most ideal. Whiskering at the hips, rips at the thighs and flap-pockets or embellished pockets will add curves to your lower half. Take a look at the wide offerings by Rock Revival and Joe’s Jeans to help rock this look.

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The Hourglass

Your bust and hips are equal in width and you have a defined waist. Your upper body is proportionate in length to your lower half that is equally balanced in weight.

The Ideal Fit
Lucky you! Hourglass shapes can wear most any style of jean. High, mid, or low-rise and boot cut, straight leg, skinny jeans are all for you. Since you can have the pick of the litter, try a classic brand, such as Levi’s, or a more fashion-forward line like AG Adriano Goldschmied.

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The Rectangle

Your hips and bust are balanced and your waist in not very defined. You tend to gain weight in your torso first, then your upper thighs and arms.

The Ideal Fit
Look for bottoms that add curves to your lower half while creating an hourglass effect. Details like whiskering, embellished pockets and flap pockets are ideal. Also, choose pants with a wide waistband with a low to mid rise and boot cut or flared legs. Jag Jeans and Free People will quickly become your go-to favorites.

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The Diamond

Your hips are wider than your bust and shoulders and you have a full midsection. You tend to gain weight in your stomach, back, hips and booty. Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your frame. You carry some weight in your upper legs.

The Ideal Fit
Look for bottoms that lengthen your lower half. Choose pants that are dark in color with simple back and hip pockets. Pant legs should fall straight from the widest part of your hip. Boot cut or trouser cut jeans are ideal, and NYDJ offers some of the best styles in the biz.

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The Round

You are heavier on the upper part of your body (waist, bust, shoulders). Your belly/waist is larger than the rest of your body. Your hips are smaller than the upper part of your body, but your legs are your best asset.

The Ideal Fit
De-emphasize your midsection and create a more defined waist. Boot cut or wide-leg jeans with a midrise help to balance your tummy and add curves to your lower half. Make sure the midrise hits across the belly, not above or below it. Again, check out NYDJ and Jag Jeans for that go-to look.

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