Fashion: Jeans 101: The Dos and Don’t of Finding the Perfect Jeans for Your Shape

A snuggly sweater. A genuine compliment. The first bite of your favorite dessert. There are just some things that feel really good. Another one: Finding a pair of perfectly fitting jeans. Which, if we’re being honest, is a lot easier said than done. Until now, that is. That’s because we’re breaking down the dos and don’t of finding the best denim fit for your body shape, whether you’re gorgeously curvy or beautifully curve-free. Once you’ve found the best style for your body, drop your personal stylist a note so she can add them to your next Style Edit.


If you’re an hourglass

(i.e. your hips and bust are proportionate, with a clearly defined waist)

Do: Choose a pair that rises higher in the back than the front, which provides full coverage for your curves.

Don’t: Go for full-on skinny jeans. Pick a pair with a tapered leg, featuring more relaxed thighs and not-so-narrow ankles.

Do: Search for a curved and contoured waistband, which will adapt to your small waistline and cut down on gapping.

Your no-fail denim fit: Anything high-rise (your tiny waist will thank you).


If you’re pear-shaped

(i.e. your hips are larger than your bust)

Do: Look for denim that hits right at the hip or belly button instead of low-rise styles, which can accentuate your bottom half.

Don’t: Opt for styles that are super-slim on the bottom, as this draws the eye up and emphasizes your widest point.

Do: Try a jean with fuller legs to help balance out your curves and create the illusion of an hourglass figure.

Don’t: Go for ultra-stretchy jeans, which can lose their shape and cause gaping at the waist. Instead, stick with a stiffer fabric that holds you in and slims.

Your no-fail denim fit: Slightly flared jeans that perfect your proportions.


If you’re rectangular

(i.e. your hips and bust are proportionate, with no clearly defined waist)

Do: Create your own curves with bootcut or flared styles.

Don’t: Avoid embellishments. In fact, feel free to play around with everything from distressing and side zippers to moto detailing, all of which will draw the eye to your legs and help create the illusion of fullness.

Do: Explore all your options—a boyish, rectangular figure can look great in everything from high-rise skinnies to deconstructed boyfriend jeans.

Your no-fail denim fit: Wide-leg or flared jeans, which add volume to your straight-up-and-down figure.


If you’re apple-shaped

(i.e. your waist is larger than your hips and bust)

Do: Go for moderate-rise denim that hits mid-waist or slightly below your belly button, helping to camouflage your tummy.

Don’t: Search for high-rise fits, which can accentuate your stomach rather than flatter your figure.

Do: Stick with dark, clean washes and sturdy fabrics—both of which are instantly slimming.

Don’t: Opt for embellishments, big pockets, or pleats around your waist, which draws the eye to your midsection.

Your no-fail denim fit: Straight-leg or bootcut jeans, which create a lean line from waist to hem.

Still have questions about which of our denim styles and fits are best for your body shape? Chat with your personal stylist today (right after you order that Style Edit, of course!).