We are living in the golden age of denim. In decades past, there was generally one cut that reigned supreme: flares in the 70s, mom jeans in the 80s, bootcuts in the early 2000s, skinnies in the late 2000s, etc. Today there are more cuts than ever, and all of them seem to have near equal popularity. This means we now have the liberty to choose the cuts that are the most flattering and comfortable for our bodies! The fashion gods have finally answered our prayers. So, what does this mean for you specifically?
You probably own a pair of skinny jeans, because they tend to be the most universally flattering jeans. Whether you’re petite, tall, curvy, or have a boyish figure, skinny jeans will elongate your legs without making anything look disproportionate. Go for a high rise if you’re petite, athletic, or have an hourglass shape. Mid-rise jeans are always a good bet for other body types.
Flares are having a major comeback, in classic and new forms. This means they’re more wearable than you think. Classic ultra-wide flares look great on tall and slim women, as they create curves. They also work well on hourglass and pear-shaped women; the wide bottoms balance out wide hips and show off small waists.
There’s a new style of flare that works for women who aren’t so curvy. Petite and boyish-shaped women can try out cropped jeans with a slight kick flare. They give just enough shape to embrace the trend without overwhelming smaller frames. Just make sure you go for a high rise pair (and show it off) to give your legs extra length.
These look great on tall and slim women whose height doesn’t detract from the low-rise silhouette. They also work well on women with athletic or boyish builds - anyone whose hips aren’t too curvy.
These jeans share the loose-yet-tapered silhouette of boyfriend jeans, only with a high rise. So if boyfriend jeans don’t quite work on your body, chances are mom jeans will. They accentuate the waist and create curves in the derriere, making them a perfect choice for hourglass or pear shaped figures. They’re also a good choice for petite women, who benefit from the high rise silhouette.
As the name suggests, this silhouette gives the illusion of length. They work well on women with boyish figures, as they create curves at the waist and bum while elongating legs. However, women with curvier hips can also choose straight jeans as a more relaxed alternative to skinny jeans.
Similar to flares, only they start getting wide right at the thigh. These jeans are best suited to taller, curvier women whose shape won’t get lost in all the volume.
Which jeans will you be adding to your wardrobe?