Choosing the Right Style for Your Body Shape
A good pair of jeans can be one of the more versatile articles of clothing in your entire closet. You can bum around the house with a t-shirt, change into a fun top to go shopping with girlfriends, and add a blazer for a nice dinner out with your significant other, all without ever changing out of your jeans.
But if they are the wrong style for your body shape, you'll look sloppy and dumpy instead of sassy and stylish. How do you know which pair works for you? Simply follow this guide, and you can't go wrong!
The hem line should hit the bottom of the ankle. If you plan to only wear them with a heel, which will help to minimize the look of wide hips even more, the hemline can go as low as the floor when standing flat-footed.
Boyish Figure. Someone with a rectangular body style has the opposite problem as someone who is pear shaped. To add the illusion of curves, choose cigarette or tapered jeans. Because they are slender at the calves, they make the hips look wider and add curve to flat bottoms.
Short Legs. Both tapered and flared jeans will add to the stockiness of short legs. To give the illusion of height, choose a pair of high-waisted trouser jeans. The very straight vertical lines create a slimming, lengthening look. To add even more length, have the hemline hit the floor when standing flat-footed and wear heels.
Also, cuffing jeans is very trendy right now, but should be avoided by those with short legs. If you must cuff, choose a pair long enough to still hit the bottom of your ankle once cuffed, and don't have the cuff any longer than an inch.
Big Bottom. The wrong pair of jeans on someone with a big bottom will make Jennifer Lopez look small. The biggest culprit is pockets. Pockets that are small, too high or close together, or decorated can make a large back end look hippo-like. Having no pockets at all draws attention to the very area you're trying to camouflage. Instead, choose a pair of jeans that have wide, long pockets that rest wide and low on your bottom.
Vertical seams, both on the pockets and down the back of the jeans, also help to create length instead of width. The jeans should also be a low rise cut to shorten the back end, and should flare at the ankles to help create balance.
Big Belly. If you have a big belly, choose a pair of high-waisted jeans to help create a smooth plane over the entire stomach. Just be careful not to have the jeans go above the belly button. While button-fly or regular zip-up jeans are fine, don't choose jeans that tie, have pleats or an elastic waistband, or are decorated in front. These things will just bring attention to the belly bulge.
Body shapes and what to wear
Choosing the most flattering hemline for your body type