Your Shape, Your Style? Finding the Perfect Pair of Jeans

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Your Shape, Your Style? Finding the Perfect Pair of Jeans


What not to wear: Ultra-low rise

Why it doesn't work: Curvy girls need jeans that offer a little support and coverage, and these don't do the trick. 

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Other jeans curvy women should avoid...

Mariah Carey's low-rise jeans don't offer enough coverage and support for her hourglass shape.

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Other great jeans for curvy women...

These dark, higher-rise jeans are the perfect complement to Kate Winslet's curvy figure.

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What not to wear: Skinny fit

Why it doesn't work: Apple-shaped women tend to gain weight around their midsections, and skinny jeans emphasize this

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What to wear instead: Straight-cut

Why it works: The straight-cut balances (too much flare will draw attention to your wider middle); this pair's Tummy Tuck panel flattens your stomach (major bonus!)

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Other jeans apple women should avoid...

Jennifer Hudson's skinny jeans emphasize her apple shape.

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Other great jeans for apple women... 

Not too wide and not too skinny, Catherine Zeta-Jones' slight boot cut jeans hit the mark.

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What not to wear: Cuffed Jeans

Why it doesn't work: Draws attention to your short stature and breaks up the line of your legs; boyfriends are not your friends!

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What to wear instead: Short-inseam skinny fit

Why it works: It can be hard to find them (and may require a trip to the tailor), but a pair of the right length skinny jeans can make your legs look long and go perfectly with heels or flats. 

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Other jeans petite women should avoid...

Mila Kunis' cropped jeans make her look even shorter than she is.

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Other great jeans for petite women...

Eva Longoria's dark skinnies it her at the perfect spot and flatter her petite frame.

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What not to wear: Trouser style

Why it doesn't work: Overwhelms a slim frame and fails to add curves

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Other jeans boyish women should avoid...

Ashley Olsen's wide-cut jeans take over her slender, boyish frame.

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Other great jeans for boyish women...

The fit of Emma Watson's dark jeans shows off her slim figure.

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What not to wear: Whisked rinse skinny fit

Why it doesn't work: Widens muscular legs

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What to wear instead: Solid rinse bootcut

Why it works: A flared leg helps balance out muscular thighs 

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Other jeans athletic-shaped women should avoid...

The whisking of Jessica Biel's jeans does not flatter her toned legs.

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Other great jeans for athletic-shaped women...

Teri Hatcher's dark rinse, straight leg jeans are the perfect fit

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What not to wear: Cropped jeans that hit just above the ankle

Why it doesn't work: Let's be honest, almost all jeans look great on tall women, but this length looks like they have been outgrown.

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What to wear instead: Long bootcut

Why it works: Your long legs are proportionally perfect for a wider flare. This pair comes with a 37" inseam ensuring that you don't look like you're waiting for a flood.

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Other jeans tall women should avoid...

Katie Holmes' light jeans, especially paired with ankle boots, make even her long, lean figure look cut off and sectioned.

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Other great jeans for tall women...

Jordin Sparks' dark wash, bootcut jeans accentuate her tall frame and make her legs look a mile long.

Photo Credit: Axelle Woussen, Bauer-Griffin

Other jeans tall women should avoid...

Katie Holmes

Other great jeans for tall women...

Jordin Sparks


If there is one thing in your closet that should fit perfectly (and we don't mean really well--we mean perfectly), that would be your jeans.

Take the time to find out what looks best on your build and invest in a great looking pair. Have them tailored if needed and take care of them because they can make you look like a million bucks with minimal effort. We've helped sort through which fits look best on a number of different body types to save you some trouble.

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