Every fabulous woman should buy a new pair of jeans each fall. Just like updating your full figure bras several times a year, a new season is a great time to treat yourself to new jeans. Before you shop, evaluate the jeans you already own to see which ones you like best and which ones need replacing.
Also similar to your full figure bras, fit, comfort and style are essential, especially if you live in your jeans. Check out our handy guide to the best jeans for your body type:
Curvy and Proud: If you have curves all over, don’t be afraid of skinny jeans. They’ll highlight your best features. Pick a style with a bit of spandex that will stretch to fit your body perfectly. Skinny jeans beg for flowing tops. If you’re worried about looking too baggy up top, try an empire waist blouse that will accentuate your upper curves, while still giving you a breezy contrast to your form-fitting jeans.
Pear Shape: Balance curvy hips and bums with boot cut jeans. The slightly tapered flair is just what you need for an even look. Plus you’ll be ready to show off those hot new boots you got this fall. Boot cut jeans pair nicely with fitted sweaters and tops. You can accessorize with fun belts too.
Thicker Waist: It’s natural for women to be soft in the middle. If your tummy pooches, wear a mid-rise jean that comes just below your belly button. Also look for a firming fabric that will help slim any bulges. It’s no fun to suck in all day so let your jeans do it for you. Select tops that hit below your tummy to avoid cutting yourself off at an awkward spot.
Full Thighs: Boyfriend cut jeans are lose in the thigh without adding bulky fabric that will gather in all the wrong places. This relaxed-fit style is great with anything from sweatshirts and sneakers to fitted tanks and heals.
Round Bottom: If you have a round bottom, wear a higher waisted jean. We aren’t talking mom jeans, just give yourself the coverage you need. No plumbers please! Longer blouses and sweaters work nicely with high waist jeans. Or if you aren’t a fan of high waist pants, be sure your jeans have back pockets. Believe it or not, they are slimming on full bottoms.
All Legs: Style your long legs in trouser jeans. These are shaped more like dress pants and are ideal for anyone whose legs go on for days or likes to wear very high heals. An added bonus, you can dress up or dress down trouser jeans. Go for a chic top, blazer and some killer pumps on casual Fridays, or try a t-shirt and wedges for Sunday brunch.
Not All Legs: Shorter women have more luck with mid-rise jeans because they make the legs appear longer. If you are already short, you certainly don’t want anything to make you look shorter. Boot cut or tapered are both fine for short legs but do add a heal when the occasion warrants…and doesn’t it always?
Muscular Calves: Whether you come by it naturally or worked hard in the gym to achieve them, you may have trouble slipping on slim-fit jeans. Instead stick with straight leg or boot cut styles that won’t cause problems at the calves.
A few more tips to keep in mind…
Darker jeans are slimming. Select dark washes or even black or dark grey jeans to achieve a leaner appearance.
Have fun with washes, fades and distressed fabrics, but be aware they add depth to your look. Make sure the details fall at the right place for your body.
Many full figure brands make jeans specifically with your body type in mind. You may find that these brands work better because they are more attuned to how clothes should fit full figure women.
Great jeans don’t have to cost a fortune. Designer brands are fun to have, but you can find magnificent jeans that fit your body almost anywhere.
Happy jeans shopping, Leading Ladies!