How to pick the most flattering jeans for your body shape

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  • Shopping for a brilliantly fitting, flattering pair of jeans is tricky business.

    So, what’s the secret to finding 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 best jeans on the market, broken down by body type – you’re welcome!

    How to choose the most flattering jeans for your shape

    Best for all body shapes

    Levi’s 501 Crop Jeans, £90

    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.

    Best jeans for rectangle body shapes and athletic frames

    AND/OR Venice Beach Boyfriend Jeans, £89, John Lewis

    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-fit 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.

    Best jeans for pear shapes

    Cigarette Style Jeans by Topshop Boutique, £55

    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.

    Best for hourglass figures

    Rag & Bone Nina High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans, £240

    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.

    Best jeans for apple shapes

    Wrangler Wild West Jeans, £65

    If you’re apple-shaped, then a straight-legged pair of 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.

    Best jeans for tall frames

    Free People Just Float On Flare Jeans, £70

    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. We’ll style these jeans with a white blouse and brown wedges for an effortless daytime look, and glam them up with a chiffon top and some peep-toes for an evening out.

    Best jeans for petites

    Petite Wide Leg Cropped Utility Jean, £79.50, Banana Republic

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

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