Let’s face it, in this era of fast fashion, not all jeans are created to flatter our body type. Even expensive denim is often hit and miss, with no guarantees that they will fit perfectly and sit on our body the way we want them to. With these easy to follow tips, you’ll learn how to buy jeans that fit your body perfectly and never settle for a bad fitting pair ever again.
Understanding Your Body Shape
I’m going to share with you something that made really it easy for me to shop for flattering jeans, and it all comes to understanding your body shape.
Once you have a look in the mirror and understand which shape you are, you’ll have an easier time identifying jeans that flatter your body type.
Here are the most common shapes of the human body:
- minimal curves
- bust, waist and hips are of similar size
- small waist and hips
- full bust and wide shoulders
- slim legs and arms
- wide shoulders
- top heavy figure
- hips and thighs are a little bigger
- small shoulders, waist and bust
- Proportionate bust and hips
- Small but well defined waist
The Best Jeans for Your Body Shape
Generally speaking, if your body shape is a rectangle, inverted triangle or apple, you’ll look really good in low rise jeans.
Low rise denim creates curves and provides balance to the figure.
If your body shape is a pear or hourglass, you’ll look really great with mid-rise and high waist jeans.
Low rise jeans on pear and hourglass body types tend to draw attention to areas like a muffin top.
A muffin top doesn’t mean you’re fat. It just indicates that the jeans are either too tight or sit too low.
How to Choose the Right Wash
Dark blue is the most versatile color for jeans. A pair of dark blue jeans can be dressed up or down and can be worn with the most number of outfits in your wardrobe.
Light wash make things look bigger and dark jeans gives a slimmer appearance.
When shopping for jeans, it’s important to understand this concept so that you can choose the most flattering wash for your body type.
When buying a jeans with light wash accents, pay attention to where the light wash sits on your body.
If the light wash is in the middle, then it will make the middle area of your thighs look bigger. Choose a solid wash if you don’t want to draw attention to your thighs.
If the jeans have a highlighted butt and the rest of the jeans are a solid colour, then it will make that highlighted area obvious. This is great if you want to make your booty pop, but not so great if you don’t want to draw attention to that area.
If the light wash stops at your knees, then it will give the appearance of shorter legs. Anything that cuts you in half will make you look look shorter.
If you have short legs, make sure the lighter wash runs all the way down to the very bottom of the leg and doesn’t stop at the knee. This will give your legs an elongated appearance.
Importance of Pocket Placement
Don’t buy jeans that have pockets that are far apart from each other. This will make your butt look flatter and wider.
Massive pockets make the butt look smaller and smaller pockets make your butt look bigger.
Choose jeans that have pockets perfectly in center of the butt because it gives a nice lifting effect.
Space Between the End of the Zipper and the Crotch
A lot of jeans have a big empty space that’s located between the end of the zipper and the end of the crotch. If the zipper doesn’t touch the end of the base, then this is a huge deal breaker for me.
This is a really important detail that is often overlooked and shouldn’t be, because this gap really impacts the way the jeans look on your body.
This empty space is very obvious and when you move, it shifts in a way that can give the appearance of camel toe.
This empty area also draws attention to where the zipper cuts off on the jeans, which makes the hip area look more obvious.
Find Your Perfect Fit, then Size Down
Denim pants tend to stretch about a half a size to a full size during the first 10-20 wears. Always size down when buying a pair of jeans.
Preserving the Stretch in Denim
It’s important to learn how to properly take care of your jeans so that they don’t bag out or lose their appearance.
Most denim contains elastane or Lycra which is a type of plastic that gives your jeans a very nice stretch.
If you want to preserve this stretch, do not place your wet jeans in the dryer on high heat. This is so important. The high heat will burn this material and your jeans will start to bag out and lose their shape. They won’t stretch as well or fit on your body like they used to.
I don’t wash my jeans often, but when I do, I like to let them air dry on a clothes hanger so that they retain their shape for years to come.