Slimming jeans that will flatter your shape and create a svelte silhouette

Let these slimming jeans do the hard work for you.

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Not only do these slimming jeans work for any occasion, they can also work their magic on your figure, too – helping to sculpt, lift and enhance, no effort required.

Denim is an everyday staple, so it’s important to get that perfect fit. The best jeans (opens in new tab)are ones that last wash after wash, without any sag. Luckily, technology has come a long way and the high street is jam-packed full of styles that offer contouring as well as comfort.

Style is key, too, and it’s not just your classic skinny jean that can flatter your figure. Wide-leg jeans can help lengthen legs, while a bootcut or kick-flare can balance out hips and thighs. Cropped jeans are great for petites, while dark washes are flattering all-round. Everybody is different, so it’s all about choosing the right style for you.

How to get the perfect fitting slimming jeans

Unfortunately, sizes can vary from store to store, making shopping for slimming jeans even more stressful. It may sound obvious, but the best thing to do is to order multiple sizes and be prepared to do the returns. Experiment with different sizes, styles and washes, not just your usual go-to. You never know what new styles you might discover, so it’s a good idea to keep an open mind.

When trying on, make sure you put on a whole outfit to see how the jeans work with your favourite tops and shoes. You want your jeans to be versatile, so see how they look with trainers and heels as well as blouses and knitwear.

The best slimming jeans to buy now

slimming jeans: Levi's 311 jeans

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Best for quality

Specifications

RRP: £80
Fabrication: 60% cotton, 24% polyester, 12% viscose, 4% elastane
Sizes: 23-32 waist, 28-34 length. Also available in plus up to size 24
Shape: Skinny leg, mid rise
Best suited to: All shapes
Provides: Tummy slimming and bum lift

Reasons to buy

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Helps contour curves
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Retains shape after washing
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Super stretch for easy movement

Reasons to avoid

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Comes up a little big

A must-have from the denim pros, this pair features a tummy-slimming panel and stretch fabric, making them super comfy and easy to move around in.

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slimming jeans: M&S magic shaping jeans

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2. M&S Collection Magic Shaping High Waisted Straight Leg Jeans

Best for smoothing your tummy

Specifications

RRP: £39.50
Fabrication: 96% cotton, 4% elastane (exclusive of trimmings)
Sizes: 6-24
Shape: Straight leg, high waist
Best suited to: Apple shapes
Provides: No-gape waistband and smooths tummy

Reasons to buy

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Fits snugly around the waist and bum
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High stretch for added comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Can come up long

A hit with M&S customers (just check out the five-star reviews), these slimming jeans really do fit like a glove. They have a no-gape waistband, tummy-flattening technology and bi-stretch denim for extra comfort.

slimming jeans: Mint Velvet Houston jeans

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3. Mint Velvet Houston Slim Selvedge Jeans

Best for a relaxed fit

Specifications

RRP: £79
Fabrication: 98% cotton, 2% elastane
Sizes: 6-18
Shape: Slim fit, mid rise
Best suited to: All shapes
Provides: A flattering cut with a light stretch

Reasons to buy

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Subtle stretch
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Flattering straight hem

Reasons to avoid

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No slimming technology

A good alternative to skinnies, this slim-fit pair streamlines your shape with slimming technology, without being too figure-hugging. Turn up the hem for a cool finish on the ankles.

slimming jeans: Next jeans

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4. Next Lift, Slim And Shape Skinny Jeans

Best for different colours

Specifications

RRP: £45
Fabrication: 90% cotton, 6% elastomultiester, 4% elastane
Sizes: 6-22
Style: Skinny leg, high rise
Best suited to: All shapes
Provides: Hidden support

Reasons to buy

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True to size
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Smooths tummy

Reasons to avoid

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Can come up big

These jeans have a high waistband to contour, plus hidden support to sculpt your figure. They also come in an array of washes, from grey to royal blue.

slimming jeans: River Island jeans

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5. River Island Dark Blue High Rise Bootcut Jeans

Best for looking smart

Specifications

RRP: £40
Fabrication: 88% cotton, 4% elastane, 8% polyester
Sizes: 6-18
Shape: Bootcut, high rise
Best suited to: Pear shapes
Provides: A flattering cut

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable fit
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Flattering dark wash

Reasons to avoid

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No slimming technology

Bootcuts are back and they’re super flattering, too. Balancing out hips and thighs, they’re a great fit for pear shapes. Go for a darker wash to help slim.

slimming jeans: Very jeans

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6. V by Very Shaping Skinny Jean

Best for everyday wear

Specifications

RRP: £30
Fabrication: 83% cotton, 15% polyester, 2% elastane
Sizes: 8-20
Shape: Skinny fit, high waist
Best suited to: All Shapes
Provides: Lifts bum and sculpts tummy area

Reasons to buy

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Holds its shape
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Flattering silhouette

Reasons to avoid

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Can come up big 

Promising to hold their shape wear after wear, these skinny jeans have a deep waistband and cleverly placed seams to enhance shape. They have added lift for a peachy bum, too.

slimming jeans: Boden jeans

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7. Boden Belted Tapered Leg Jeans

Best for lounging

Specifications

RRP: £75
Fabrication: 100% cotton
Sizes: 6-22
Shape: Tapered leg, high rise
Best suited to: All shapes
Provides: A cinched-in waist

Reasons to buy

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Soft fabric for a comfy fit
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Built-in belt to cinch you in

Reasons to avoid

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No variation on leg length

With its built-in belt, these high waisted jeans (opens in new tab) are perfect for highlighting a waist. The tapered leg gives them a retro-style finish that flatters and, being 100% cotton, they’re super soft, too.

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.


She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.


With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.