Hello Beautiful Friends,

When it comes to denim, things get personal. Denim is a wardrobe staple for most of us. Narrowing down the vast expanse of jeans to call your own can be an  extensive search. Style, cut, rise, inseam, details, trends…how do you know what is best for you?! I want to help you aquire a better sense of everthing there is to consider when shopping for the perfect fit. No matter your body type, this is for you. We’ll cover styles, rise, common fit issues, and more.

First, here are some of the more common denim styles:

Skinny

Skinny jeans are the only style that actually taper in from the knee. They’re versatile and can be worn with flats, heels or boots. They are universal, any body type can wear them given the right fit.

Bootcut

This cut is more narrow in the knee than in the leg opening. Leg openings between 17″- 20″ are considered to be a bootcut jean. Bootcut jeans are always a good choice because this basic fit will always be in style.

Wide leg

This cut is usually wider in the knee and the leg opening which makes it a slightly more relaxed fit through the legs. They usually have at least a 22″ leg opening. Wide leg jeans are a comfortable style that will look chic worn with flats or heels. It’s also a good choice for balancing out larger hips and thighs. Trouser jeans are the dressier version of this style.

Flare

A flare leg is narrower at the knee. Visually, there is a much bigger difference in the knee and leg given the “flare” effect. Flare leg jeans have at least a 20″ leg opening.

Straight Leg

Straight leg jeans have the same width from the knee to the leg opening hence the “straight” effect.  Their leg opening can vary from 14-16″ depending on the size of the knee.

Must-know details of denim fit:

Low-rise

 The definition of low-rise varies by brand, but generally sit at or below your hips and fall within the 7-8″ range. If you want to show off your curvy hips, low-rise jeans are a great option. Just make sure they fit snugly at your hips to avoid the dreaded waist-gap problem. Athletic body types can often pull off a low rise. Because you may not have the curve in your hips, the jeans may hang a little lower so make sure to choose a fitted style with stretch. Lowrise can also aid in lengthening your torso if you have a short waist.

Mid-rise

Mid-rise jeans usually sit between the hips and the belly button. You’ll like the mid-rise jeans if “muffin top” means anything to you from experience with with low-rise jeans. It’s also a good way to give a little more support to the tummy area. Look for jeans with an inseam higher than 8″. This is the most figure-friendly rise out there; comfortable for all body types, and a bit of a secret weapon for all of us who want a little more structure around our midsection. 

High-rise

High rise jeans sit close to the belly button and give you the look of longer legs. Look for jeans that have a 9-10″ rise. This fit is often viewed as “retro” but the truth is, it’s classic. Great if you are long wasited like me! I actaually prefer an ultra high rise, which is 11″-12″.

My top picks for jeans by fit goal:

Here are my recommendations👇🏼You can click on any of these links to check out my top finds in all of the categories below

Long Torso 

Women with long torsos aren’t necessarily tall; they just have a longer midsection, which makes finding a great pair of denim that sits comfortably on their hips challenging. In this case, look for super high-rise styles or those with a longer inseam.

Here are some recommendations👇🏼You can click on any of these links to check out my top finds in all of the below categories.

Hudson Barbara

AG Farrah

Good American Good Curvy

Paige

J.Crew Highest Rise

Tall

For taller women, finding a jean that doesn’t leave you with an awkward foot-to-ankle gap isn’t easy. Go for jeans that come in tall sizing as well as cropped styles that are shorter on purpose. Some denim does cater to the taller woman. Know your inseam and that will help you determine what will be the right fit.

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Short Torso

As a woman with a shorter midsection, it’s helpful to find hip-hugging styles or those that sit lower on your waist to give you the appearance of a longer midsection.

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Flat Behind

Lacking that JLO booty or Kardashian curves? With the right denim you can enhance your backside. Look for jeans with larger high set pockets or pocket details. The Hudson’t I’m going to link are perfect.

Here are some recommendations👇🏼

Huson Beth

7 For All Mankind 

Mother the Hustler

Petite

When it comes to jeans, your biggest problem is probably length, but if you’re ultra-petite you may struggle with waist sizing, too. There are definitely options that don’t require tailoring.

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Big Backside

When searching for a pair of jeans that properly supports and shows off your derriere—look for high-waist flares, boyfriend styles, and those with a little extra stretch.

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Tummy:

If your midsection is your biggest concern, choose a high-rise, stretch denim, or boot-cut style that covers and smoothes at the same time.

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Plus Size

Mid- to high-rise silhouettes, dark washes, and jeans with plenty of stretch will serve to elongate your legs and streamline your whole look.

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Wide Hips

Hips don’t lie. Make sure to stay away from low-rise skinny styles that will not flatter your silhouette. Instead opt for high-rise cropped styles with plenty of stretch.

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Big Thighs

Stretch will be really important. You want a good fit through the leg and no gapping at the waist in turn. You can also opt for naturally looser cuts, straight leg, boyfriend, mom jeans. You can still find a great skinny too that has the qualities you need to flatter your figure. Dark Wash is also helpful. You won’t want a wash that is particularly washed out on the thigh area.

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Fabulous! I hope this was helpful to you in the quest to find the perfect jeans for you. Don’t skip the details and you’ll be sitting pretty. If you have questions or need advice, reach out! This is what I do:)

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