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Women’s Denim Style Guide – Find the Perfect Jeans for Your Body Shape

By April 29, 2021No Comments

A good pair of jeans is essential for any wardrobe. The problem is that it can be overwhelming to find the best-fitting jeans, especially for your body type. I’m here to get rid of the overwhelm and help you find the perfect denim jeans, as well as where to shop for them! 

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This post is for anyone who:

  • Struggles to find the right jeans for their body shape
  • Wants to learn more about different denim styles and fits
  • Struggles to find good quality jeans

Type of Jean Fits

We’re all familiar with the various jean fits and styles available to us. For the purpose of this post, I will be focusing on the 6 most common denim fits such as Skinny, Straight, Wide Leg, Relaxed (Boyfriend), Bootcut and Flare. Below, you’ll find detailed descriptions of each jean fit to help you make more informed purchasing decisions going forward.

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Skinny Jeans

  • Body-hugging
  • Fits snuggly through the hip, thigh and hem
  • Pencil silhouette
  • Made with stretch for comfortability and flattering fit

Straight Jeans

  • Clean lines – perfect to wear from day to night
  • Straight from the hip and thigh to hem
  • Relaxed fit through hip and thigh
  • Some styles have a taper
  • A great alternative to skinny jeans

Wide Leg Jeans

  • Loose and comfortable fit in comparison to other jeans
  • Available in straighter cuts or can get wider from the knee to hem

Relaxed – Boyfriend Jeans

  • Loose fit jeans
  • Straight in the hip and thigh
  • Baggy cut that sits low on the hips
  • Available in a slim fit, an alternative to the classic boyfriend style

Bootcut Jeans

  • Slim in the hip and thighs, widens below the knee
  • Flared at the hem

Flared Jeans

  • Similar cut to boyfriend jeans – fitted at hips and thigh
  • Wider flare from the knee down
  • Available in cropped kick flare styles to wide flare cropped jeans
  • Flare styles vary from narrow to wide bell bottom styles for a slight seventies take.

The Right Jean Fit For Your Body Shape

I’m here to let you know that no matter your body shape, you can look great in a pair of jeans. It’s just about knowing what styles work for you and make you look AND feel good. The main body shapes we’ll touch on are hourglass, inverted triangle, pear, rectangle, oval and diamond.

Keep reading to discover what jean fits are right for you and tips on what to look out for when purchasing a new pair of denim jeans.

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Hourglass Shape

Known as the perfect body shape which means the options are unlimited when it comes to selecting the right pair of jeans. If you have an hourglass figure, you most likely have a balanced body and vertical body shape with a well-defined waist. Contour and accentuate your beautiful figure with stretch denim in straight leg, high waist and gently flared styles like bootcut jeans.

Straight leg jeans would be the #1 choice as they elongate your silhouette and are a versatile option if you’re looking to get the most wear out of your jeans.

Triangle/Pear Shape

Pear-shaped women typically have fuller thighs and a full rounded bottom. You most likely have a balanced body or short-legged vertical body shape.

Low rise pants are the best option when it comes to jean rises (see below) to avoid gaping at the waist. If you’re not a big fan of low rise jeans, then opt for a contoured waistband as this will also alleviate waist gapping issues. Choose bootleg and/or flared jeans to balance out your hips and skim your silhouette.

Opt for darker denim washes to create the illusion of slimmer legs, while using accessories and design to draw attention to your upper body.

Inverted Triangle Shape

You most likely have narrow hips with a well-defined waist, a long-legged vertical body shape and proportionally slim legs. Essentially, you want to create the illusion of an hourglass body shape by balancing your lower body to your upper body.

You have a number of options when it comes to choosing the right jean styles such as wide leg, relaxed fit (boyfriend jeans) and flared jeans. A fuller leg line will balance your shape and create curves in the right places. 

Rectangle Shape

A rectangle body shape will most likely have a balanced body or long-legged vertical body shape, with a flat bottom and undefined waist.

Also known as a straight or boyish figure, this body shape can wear many jean fit styles. If you are on the slender side, your main style aim would be to add curves by creating an illusion of a waist.

Straight fit (from hip to knees, with a slight flare at the hem) to gently flared jeans are your best option. To create curves, select a contoured waistband with a mid-rise.

Oval Shape

Also known as an apple shape, the waistline is typically rounded and undefined, with wide hips and full upper thighs. You may also have a full bottom or a flat bottom.

The best jean fit for an apple body shape would be straight jeans. If you’re conscious about your midsection, opt for a high rise for coverage and support. Gently flared jeans are also a good option to create balance on your bottom half.

Diamond Shape

Similar to the above, a diamond body shape has an undefined waist, round and high stomach. You may also have a full bottom or flat bottom.

Your main style aims are to create the illusion of a longer, inverted triangle body shape. Go for the same denim and jean styles as mentioned above for apple body shapes.

The Go-To Denim Brands For Your Next Pair of Jeans

Finding the perfect jeans can be tricky especially if you aren’t familiar with a lot of brands. Lucky for you, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite denim jean brands for women. Purse-friendly with extended sizes too!

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Levi’s

The iconic brand and its worldly recognised denim. You might even have a pair of Levi 501’s sitting around in your wardrobe which has become a wardrobe staple for many women over the years. Recently, the Ribcage Straight Jean has been receiving a lot of praise, especially from the curvy ladies. It’s made with a high rise and button fly to help define your waist and sits right at the ankle, allowing a versatile look.

Agolde

A premium denim label, reinventing denim while taking inspiration from the classics. They’ve also got a handy fit guide for the many styles they stock.

Gap

A great option if you’re looking for classic, trendy and comfortable jeans at an accessible price point. Sizes start from UK size 2-24, available in petite or tall lengths.

Boyish Jeans

A sustainable women’s denim label with a core focus on quality, fit and authentic washes. Each collection is inspired by vintage silhouettes, with a modern and fresh update. Although a slightly higher price point compared to the likes of Gap, it is still an attainable option for many. I particularly love how they highlight the positive impact of each jean on their product pages, which you can find here for example. So, you can rest assured that you’ll look good in your new pair of jeans without the environmental impact. A win-win!

Everlane provides ethically sourced clothing and is transparent about its processes, without compromising quality. They’re your go-to for comfortable, stretch denim available in 4 classic styles and fits – The Cheeky Jean, The Way Jean, The Authentic Stretch Jean and The Curvy Jean

Hobbs London

Surprisingly Hobbs stock a range of figure-flattering jeans particularly for anyone who loves a good pair of skinny and slim fit jeans. The Gia Sculpting Jean, for example, is designed to sculpt and hug your figure. High rise and made from a soft stretch-denim, they’re perfect for your off duty wardrobe or for an evening of dining and wining. They’re also available in Petite!

Lindex is a Swedish fashion company, offering affordable fashion for the style-savvy and conscious woman. Their ‘Better Denim’ collection of jeans are made from sustainable materials, using cleaner dying processes. As someone who owns a pair, I can honestly say that the jean fits are perfect and incredibly gentle on the skin as they are made from cotton.

Good American is challenging industry norms by delivering a collection that is 100% inclusive with sizes ranging from 00-24. Styles are featured on models of different sizes to help you select the perfect fit. If you have a curvy shape, honestly check out Good American – you won’t regret it.

Mark and Spencer 

If you struggle with gaping at the waist, the Magic Shaping High Waisted Straight-Leg Jeans are a great option for the perfect fit around your waistband. Made with bi-stretch denim, you’re guaranteed comfort and holding. They’re also available in short lengths for petite frames.

Calvin Klein Plus

The CKJ Plus Size range is designed to suit all shapes, with sizes available up to W44. Jeans are made with cotton stretch fabric for supreme comfort and are true to size. If you’re not ready to let go of skinny jeans just yet, then you’ll want to take a look at the collection.

H&M

If you’re on a budget but are still looking for a good pair of jeans for everyday wear, H&M have a selection of denim in various fits and styles, depending on what you want. Whether it’s a classic cut or trendy pair, you’re bound to find something that suits you. The H&M+ collection is also available which offers extended sizes up to 30!

DL1961 is a family-owned denim brand, with sustainability at its core. You can read their story, here. Their mission is to create the perfect fitting jeans, with an extensive collection that includes skinny, straight, relaxed and bootcut fits.

DL1961 also offers an inclusive range, catering to the curvy woman with a selection of styles that are constructed with innovative techniques and processes.

The ‘Instasculpt’ jean, for example, “smooths, lifts, and conforms to your body through the waist, seat and thigh without losing shape for the perfect fit every day.” It also features a contouring waistband that hugs your body and moves with it.

Madewell – Based on reviews I’ve read, Madewell jeans are meant to “fit like a dream!.” As well as making great jeans, Madewell allows their customers to easily style their new denim by offering timeless and effortless pieces such as tees, “keep-forever bags”, jewellery and shoes. The website also offers a cool denim guide – you simply select a size and see how it looks like on a model who has the same body shape as you. You can view the collection, here.

Joe’s Jeans is a go-to brand for jeans specifically tailored to pear and hourglass shapes. A contouring waistband on their jeans means they fit well on the waist with no gaping. However, be careful when purchasing as they can be quite long so if you’re petite this might be something to think about.

AYR for jeans that keep their shape even after several wears and washes. AYR, which stands for ‘All Year Round,’ offer as many as 50 size combinations in their denim range, between waist and inseam. With an extensive size and inseam range, you’re bound to find the perfect jeans for your body type AND height.

So there you have it! A simple denim style guide you can follow to select your new favourite pair of jeans. I just want to mention that the tips above are suggestions relating specifically to different body types.

Of course, if something doesn’t work for you and you feel you’ve had better experiences with other styles and fits, then that’s okay too. Wear what makes you feel good and comfortable!

Let me know if you purchase a pair of jeans from the above suggestions – I’d love to hear about your experience! Feel free to also drop any questions below in the comment section or get in touch, here.  

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