The Best Jeans for Your Body Shape

Wouldn’t you like to be one of those women who look and feel good in jeans. Not everyone finds it easy to choose right pair of jeans. I am one of them. I would never buy jeans online, I need to try them on, and trust me I do go through many pairs before finally choose one. Part of the issue is simple fit. Most clothing is designed to look good on only a  standardised female shape ( usually model like, so called perfect bodies), so the majority of women who have different shapes have trouble finding clothing that fits properly. You may know your jeans size, but your jean rise is totally different ball game.  When shopping for the perfect pair of jeans, it’s important to understand whether your body shape will look its best in a low-rise, medium-rise or high-rise cut. It is simply means the distance from the crotch to the top of the waistband. And just as the wrong rise can create unwanted problems, such as a muffin top or gapping at the back, choosing the correct rise can instantly make you look slimmer. After working with several ladies , with different body shapes and being one of those ladies, who is constantly looking for that “perfect” jean shape, I have  this guide to help you learn which jeans rises are most flattering for different body types, so you can figure out your best denim rise.

1. Petite Body Type

Going to extremes with your jeans rise is not recommended. Wearing a jean that’s cut too high or too low can show a petite body out of balance. Slender woman of average or taller height can pull off a lower rise jean, however even the slimmest petites are challenged to look their best in low-rise jeans as this denim style can visually shorten your legs, as well as making hips look wider.

Petite women of all shapes can get a flattering effect by choosing jeans with a medium or slightly higher waistband. If you’re a curvy petite, you’ll look best in the higher mid-rise jeans- a waistband that covers and sits slightly above your belly button. These fits will help to contain a tummy and provide coverage at the hips, which helps to prevent muffin top issues. Slender petites can wear a more standard medium-rise jean for figure flattery. I personally love high-rise jeans. There are comfy, flattering and make my legs look longer.

For the girl who loves her skinny jeans but needs a little more substance, the Orson jeans from Topshop looks to the return of a more authentic, rigid denim. Crafted in a low stretch indigo cotton blend, they come styled with a flattering slim leg and high-rise fit.


or for more relaxed look go for MOM jeans from Miss Selfridge with rip and embellishment detailing.


2. Apple Body Type

Apple shaped women tend to carry extra weight around the middle. If you’re an apple, you probably have wide shoulders, thinner arms and legs, and a belly. You may struggle with finding jeans that fit you well through the hips without squeezing your middle and creating a muffin top.

For apple shapes, your best rise of jeans is a mid/higher rise denim style that sits just at your natural waist. This style of jean will help to visually elongate your legs and paring with loose top will hide that unwanted belly.

MOTO jeans by Topshop – mid rise, ankle grazing skinny jeans in indigo super soft denim with let hem detail. It comes it dark indigo colour, which is also very slimming.


or go for more casual look with these vintage ripped LIZZIE jeans from Miss Selfridge


3. Pear Shape Body Type

Pear-shaped bodies have larger hips and thighs, usually with a smaller bust line and waist. Some pear shapes also have shorter legs, though this isn’t always the case. You may also be called  bootylicious  if you’re a pear. It may seem that a higher-rise jean can do wonders for a pear figure. This is because a higher rise will provide coverage for your rear end while lengthening legs and balancing out the hip area. The bigger your backside, in fact, the higher you can go in the rise to look good in jeans.

However, if you’re a pear with a flat butt (or if you just find high-waist jeans to be uncomfortable, or not your style), you can still achieve figure flattery in a jean with a contoured waistband that rises higher in the back. This is a great solution for pears who want to prevent gapping at the back when sitting down in jeans, a common issue for this body shape.

Levi’s 715 Mid Rise Bootcut Jeans, Lone Wolf – crafted from a soft stretch-finish fabric for ultimate comfort


or go for Paige Margot High Rise Ultra Skinny Jeans, La Rue No Whiskers – TRANSCEND fibre technology that promises a luxuriously soft and perfect feminine silhouette .


4. Hourglass Body Type

If you’re one of those lucky ladies, who has curvy all over with a smaller waist, you can choose a high rise jean to showcase your enviable hourglass shape. This will flatter your womanly curves and nip you in at the waist to highlight the slimmest point of your figure. A high waist jean is also great for containing a tummy bulge, if you have one.

These flattering high waisted Lily jeans from Oasis crafted from a rich cotton-stretch fabric and come in a chic ankle-grazing length and accentuate your figure perfectly.


or one of my favourites:

Karen Millen’s signature skinny jeans are made to fit you like a glove. With a new twist, they’re now available with a high-waisted cut and extra seam detailing. They will fit, flatter and leave you feeling amazing. Their corset effect is stylishly finished with metallic button up detailing on the front.

Perfect for anytime and anywhere, try teaming yours with heeled boots and a tailored blouse.


5. Boyish Body Type

Do you have slim hips and a straight up-and-down figure? This body type can play around with many jean rises and will look good in most. If you’re a tall, slender women looking to add feminine curves, a low rise jean can make your hips and butt look curvier, while lengthening your torso to balance out long legs. Your best low rise jeans for casual wear could be a distressed pair, while you’ll want to choose a cleaner finish for work, so shop around to fill out your denim wardrobe and you’ll be prepared for all occasions.

AllSaints Mast Skinny Jeans, Washed Indigo -Meticulous detail, comfort and timeless style are the foundations of the Mast denim range, crafted from a power stretch denim these skinny fit jeans sit low on the hips.


and for your casual collection – these Easy Fit Six Pocket Jeans from Betty & Co. Made from soft cotton with added stretch, these low-rise jeans feature a classic fly front, belt loops and cargo style patch pockets for a utilitarian touch.


I hope this guide will help you to find the perfect pair of jeans. Just to let you know, I am 5ft4 and typical hourglass. Lately, I have purchased 2 pair of jeans and I love them. High waisted ones from Guess and mid riser from Kooples.


Me, wearing high waisted jeans from Guess



Me in Kooples jeans

Love , Samira xxx

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