The Perfect Jeans

Every pair of jeans isn't suited for every woman. When shopping for jeans, you first need to know your body type and then find the best jeans to flatter your assets.

What's your body type?

1Pear

Pear-shaped figures have wide hips and thighs, along with a narrower upper body. The goal when you dress is to balance out your figure and divert the attention away from your lower half.

Relaxed fit jeans are your best bet. These jeans offer a bit of extra room in the hips and thighs -- exactly where you need it -- without being too baggy. Dark wash, straight-leg and bootcut jeans all work for this body type. We love 7 for All Mankind Kimmie curvy bootcut jeans, $109 from 7 for All Mankind. Steer clear of light wash jeans, skinny silhouettes and small rear pockets -- they'll make your bottom half look even larger than it is.

Pear


2Wedge

The opposite of the pear, the wedge (or inverted triangle) figure has broad shoulders and often a large chest, partnered with slim hips and thighs. The goal when you dress is to balance out your upper and lower body.

Flared jeans and wide leg trouser jeans are fantastic choices for a wedge-shaped body, drawing attention away from your broad shoulders. We love AG Jeans The Mia Coppola flared jeans, $198 at AG Jeans. Cuffed boyfriend jeans in a light wash or distressed style are a casual, trendy option for wedge-shaped figures because they add a little volume to your lower body. Avoid skinny jeans, as well as halter tops or voluminous sleeves.

Wedge


3Rectangular

Rectangular or ruler-shaped figures are straight up and down without a defined waist. The goal when you dress is to create the illusion of curves.

Start with low-rise jeans to create the illusion of a defined waistline. This is essential for your straight figure. Skinny jeans in a light wash are a terrific selection for rectangle-shaded figures because they make your hips and thighs look thicker than they are. We love Mother The Looker low-rise skinny jeans, $195 at Net-a-porter. Wide-legged trouser jeans (as long as they aren't high-waisted) are also a fantastic option. They add a little width to your lower body. Just make sure the legs aren't so wide that your body looks lost in them.

Rectangular


4Apple

Apple-shaped figures have a proportional upper and lower body (slim shoulders and hips), carrying their weight in the tummy. The goal when you dress is to elongate and slim your midsection.

Wear mid-rise jeans with a boot-cut or flared silhouette. Look for jeans with a hidden tummy panel to hide any tummy bulges. We love Not Your Daughter's Jeans Marilyn straight leg jeans, $104 at Macy's. Jeggings will emphasize your slim legs. Just be sure to partner them with a hip-length top or sweater to hide your midsection. Skip the low-rise jeans -- unless you want to show off your muffin top.

Apple


5Hourglass

Hourglass-shaped figures feature a balanced upper and lower body, along with a slim waistline. The goal when you dress is to emphasize your sexy curves without making yourself look heavy.

Skinny jeans work well for this body shape, particularly if you want to flaunt your curves. If you are a little heavy or just don't like the skinny silhouette, grab a pair of flared jeans with a low- or mid-rise to balance out your curvy hips. Jeans with a little stretch are figure-flattering and comfortable. We love Paige Denim Bell Canyon flare jeans, $189 at Piperlime. Avoid baggy jeans that hide your curves, as well as high-waisted jeans.

Hourglass


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Check out the latest trends

Colored jeans in shades from tomato red to turquoise blue are all the rage this season. For those women with wider hips and thighs, stick to dark rather than bright colors. Coated denim jeans are also on-trend right now. Coated denim jeans look like leather but they are as comfortable as traditional jeans. Trouser jeans are also popular. If you carry your weight in your tummy area, look for trouser jeans with a flat front rather than pleats.

Consider the pocket size, too. Low pockets will make your rear end look higher and rounder, while small pockets can make your butt look bigger. When trying on jeans, look in the mirror from every conceivable angle. Bend, twist, stretch and sit to make sure they fit just right before you buy.

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