Your jeans probably get more airplay than any other item in your closet—which is why it’s so crucial to pick a pair that truly flatters you—and, more importantly, that you feel great in.
Trends in fashion come and go, and some denim styles are fun to experiment with but a pair of jeans that truly flatters your figure and hugs your body perfectly will always stay in style. Keep these tips in mind the next time you go shopping for a denim fix.
Get Your Boot-Cut On
Skinny jeans are great for tucking into knee-high and over-the-knee boots, but boot-cut is the most flattering style, and it looks great on every body type. The silhouette—fitted though the thigh, nipped in at the knee, slightly flared at the bottom accentuates your curves in all the right places, while also visually trimming your thighs.
Stick to the middle
The most universally flattering waistline? Mid-rise. Low-rise jeans can put pressure against your tummy, while high-waist pairs can make your midsection seem broader thanks to all that fabric.
Shrink your prints
If you’re petite and want to try the printed denim trend, go for a small pattern like florals or mini-polka dots that won’t overwhelm your body the way a larger print would.
Dark Wash jeans
If you are wanting to draw attention away from your tummy and smooth out your figure, choosing a dark wash be much more forgiving. It’s much harder to notice any “imperfections” in a darker color such as black or dark blue.
Pull a slow fade
Be strategic about the wash of your denim. Jeans that are lighter in the center of the leg give the illusion of a long, slender figure. That said, avoid pairs with fading only on the butts or thighs if you’re looking for a slimming effect—they act like a spotlight.
Inputs from Vuha Kunapareddy