How to pick the most flattering jeans for your body shape

A good pair of flattering jeans can work wonders for your shape - and confidence.

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Shopping for a pair of brilliantly fitting, flattering jeans is tricky business. So, what’s the secret to finding the best jeans for your shape?

How to choose the most flattering jeans for your shape

If you normally leave a jeans-based shopping trip with a heavy heart and a vow to drop the pounds, you’re not alone, but changing your mindset can make for a more pleasant experience.

When shopping for any clothes, it’s important to firstly seek out pieces that you're excited to wear and that will seamlessly slot into your existing wardrobe. The latter is easy when it comes to versatile denim jeans.

Next, consider if your new purchase will accentuate the parts of yourself that you love, as the more flattering your jeans, the more likely you are to reach for them. The final part is understanding the styling tips and tricks that will help you hide the bits you’re not so fond of – and that’s where we come in.

Read on for our round-up of the most flattering jeans on the market, broken down by body type – you're welcome!

Flattering jeans to shop now

Flattering jeans: Levi's 501 crop jeans

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1. Levi's 501 Crop Jeans


RRP: £95
Sizes: Waist 23-32, leg 26-30

Levi’s iconic 501 straight-leg jeans have spurned a thousand copies – and for good reason. The stomach-flattening, high-waist, rigid denim and slim legs work together in tandem to create a really flattering silhouette. Wear yours in darker denim for dressier occasions and choose light and colour-pop washes for a more laid-back feel.

flattering jeans: gap mid rise boyfriend jeans

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2. Gap Mid Rise Boyfriend Jeans

Best flattering jeans for rectangle body shapes and athletic frames

RRP: £49.95
Sizes: 4-24

If you have an athletic or boyish figure and you want to create the illusion of a curvier frame, try a pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans. The low-slung waist will not only draw attention to your toned stomach, but leave your bum looking perkier. As they're not tight along the legs, they'll add volume to your hips and thighs, too.

flattering jeans: Cos Organic Cotton Tapered Leg Jeans

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3. Cos Organic Cotton Tapered Leg Jeans

Best flattering jeans for pear shapes

RRP: £69
Sizes: 24-32

If you don't feel 100% comfortable accentuating your figure in super-skinny jeans, a tapered-leg cigarette style is a great option. The fitted leg will balance out your curves, while the denim fabric skims over any lumps and bumps.

flattering jeans: M&S Collection High Waisted Super Skinny Jeans

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4. M&S Collection High Waisted Super Skinny Jeans

Best flattering jeans for hourglass figures

RRP: £19.50
Sizes: 6-24

If you've been blessed with a curvy figure, high-rise jeans will accentuate your smaller waist, while a skinny fit emphasises your fabulous hips. Look out for a pair with hidden support panels to make you feel extra fabulous.

flattering jeans: wrangler wild west jeans

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5. Wrangler Wild West Jeans

Best flattering jeans for apple shapes

RRP: £65
Sizes: Waist 24-32, length 32-34

If you're apple-shaped, then a straight-legged pair of slimming jeans is the perfect fit to flatter your figure. The fuss-free shape will show off your assets without being too clingy. A low-rise fit is a good choice if you don't want to draw attention to your middle.

flattering jeans: Frame le high flare jeans

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6. FRAME Le High Flare Jeans

Best flattering jeans for tall frames

RRP: £190
Sizes: 24-32

If you've got long legs, flaunt them! A high-rise pair of jeans will emphasise your lengthy pins, while wearing a flare adds proportion and curve to your body. If you are looking to shorten your appearance, try a low-rise style instead. 

flattering jeans: mango culotte jeans

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7. Mango Culotte High Waist Jeans

Best flattering jeans for petites

RRP: £29.99
Sizes: 4-18

As a petite woman, you're often told to “lengthen” your legs with the jeans you wear, but we say embrace your shape with cropped or cuffed ankles. Skinny and straight-leg styles will highlight and hone your frame, while a slightly cropped wide leg gives you the opportunity to show off your shoes. Win-win.

Jess Beech

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. 

She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!

Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress. 

The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.