Jeans To Fit Your Body Shape


I know this post is from 2009 so I thought I would update it and add some more relevant information.

I have been Denim Obsessed for many years now, I am always finding out new information about jeans, obsessing over the perfect fit and gaining more and more knowledge about which jeans fit best for my body. I have put together a little post with my opinion of how jeans should fit and the best jeans to flatter your body shape. I hope this information helps you when you go on your next denim shopping spree!

Styles of jeans and how to wear them:

Bootcut/flare – I find you need to have hips to make these work best, bootcuts are great for balancing out larger hips and giving you a great silhouette. If you are narrow and are not that gifted in the hip department I wouldn’t suggest a bootcut/flare jean, they can swamp your body and make you look bottom heavy and a bit out of proportion. Bootcuts are made by almost every single brand out there and I couldn’t narrow it down to just a few brands to suggest, you have a whole selection so go wild and pick!

Straight Leg – The straight leg jean is a lot more versatile than the the bootcut jean. It’s a more flattering option if you are not blessed with hips as the leg opening is wide enough to go over your shoes but not wide enough to make your body look out of proportion. Even if you have hips you can still rock the straight leg, it’s a very flattering cut. Since skinny jeans are so hot right now, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing them, then opt for a straight leg jean, it’s half way between. When worn with heels they will still give the illusion of super long legs as well. They are perfect for wearing as skinny jeans if you are very curvy as well.

Skinny – Skinnys are very versatile and could work for any body shape as long as they are worn right. If you are slim then you have no problem rocking a great pair of skinnys, they work if you are tall or petite, with heels or with flats and are perfect for tucking into boots. Even if you are on the curvy side you can still wear them! You probably want to wear a longish floaty tunic over your skinnys and a good pair of boots as well, this would look great on the curvier lady. You still get the sexy fit of skinny jeans but it’s balanced out with the longer top and boots. For the perfect skinny jean, you have so much choice! Paige Premium have a good choice, you can choose your leg opening and your rise as you can with J Brand. So many brands out there do skinnys and they are all gorgeous! Others I would recommend are James Jeans, AG Jeans, Current/Elliott, 7 For All Mankind and Diesel, they have a great selection with wonderful fits.

Jeggings – Jeggings are still one of my favourite trends to come around! I often thought to myself when I was younger, how comfortable would it be to have leggings with back pockets and front pockets but in a denim material. That takes me back to when I first became obsessed with denim so I was so happy to finally see all of these jeggings on the denim market! They are the most comfortable jeans you can wear due to their stretch but again, the rules of the skinny jeans applies for these. They are very clingy and much like second skin but not uncomfortable. I would suggest the jeggings with back pockets because they are much more flattering than the ones without. I would recommend Paige Premium, James Jeans and 7 For All Mankind for the widest selection of comfortable jeggings in a lot of washes.

Super high rise – This style of jean I don’t think is all that flattering for some people, it works if you are blessed with being very tall and slim, otherwise super high rise on a petite or curvy frame can make your figure appear short and dumpy and isn’t very flattering. MiH jeans are great for a super high rise flare if you can rock this cut! Also J Brand and 7 For All Mankind are popular at the moment for their own flared high rise jeans.

Low rise – Low rise jeans are a personal favourite of mine, they are very flattering on a smaller frame, they give you a great silhouette. Curvier ladies may want to stay away from low rise jeans as they can give the dreaded muffin top which isn’t showing off your body to its best. A medium/higher rise is best for your curves. Jeans that have a great low rise are Diesel Matic and Lowky and Frankie B. low rise jeans. These styles are generally of a 6.5″ rise or lower.

Boyfriend – These jeans can be worn by anyone, all shapes and all sizes, they are great, super comfy and versatile. They may not be the most flattering jeans out there but worn right (a little tighter rather than super baggy and paired with a simple top) they can look great. A few favourites of mine are the Paige Jimmy Jimmy, AG Adriano Goldschmied ex-boyfriend and the Current/Elliott boyfriend jean.

Jeans to flatter your figure:

Smaller butts – If you have a smaller butt, you want to stay away from large pockets or long pockets, they are not flattering on the butt at all. Jeans that will flatter your butt and give it a perkier look are smaller pockets, pockets that don’t have the bottom part of the pocket going past where the cheek meets the thigh, this will give the illusion of a rounded butt. Flap pockets are great as well for the appearance of a rounded tush. I find J Brand jeans work wonderful for smaller butts because the pocket placement is higher up. Frankie B. is also great because they have a low back rise and great pocket shape to flatter. Siwy is another great brand for a smaller bottom as is Frankie B. and Black Orchid.

Bigger butts – If you are blessed with having ‘junk in the trunk’ you can get away with pretty much any pocket style, no pockets, longer pockets, flap pockets, bigger pockets… The pocket style I would suggest staying away from is smaller pockets, if they are small, the placement is quite high up on the butt or rounded like Siwy, then it wont flatter your butt to it’s best ability. Also stay away from super low back rises, nobody loves a butt cleavage! There are so many brands to suggest, Diesel, Paige Premium, Rock & Republic, 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Current/Elliott, AG Jeans… The world of denim is your oyster so take your pick!

Tall – If you are tall it can be hard to find longer inseams. Rock & Republic do inseams of up to 37″ and even 39″ sometimes so they are perfect for those long legs! Paige Premium has a tall selection as well and True Religion also do longer lengths. Diesel go up to a 34″ leg which sometimes run as long as 36″. You might find it easier buying the flared jeans from brands as they always run a lot longer, usually 35″ and upwards.

Petite – I know it’s hard to find jeans in a 30″ or less inseam, Paige Premium now does a petite line, Diesel come in a 30″ length and Rock & Republic now have petite lengths as well! Also with the super peg leg skinny jeans being hot right now, you are in luck! They normally run at around 29″-30″ so perfect for you petite ladies! Loads of brands do the peg leg skinny jeans which skim the ankles on regular height ladies but for you petite ladies they would act as the perfect skinny jean.

Other Denim tips to remember:

Ôêå When wearing heels with your bootcuts or straight leg jeans make sure the hem is about 1cm off of the floor, if the hem of your jeans covers the heel it will give the illusion of longer and leaner legs.

Ôêå Wearing jeans with pockets where the bottom of the pocket hits where the cheek meets the thigh is perfect, it makes you have a rounded and shapely butt.

Ôêå If your jeans are a little too tight and are giving you the dreaded muffin top, wear a looser tunic to cover it or try dampening them and stretching them out gently.

So now you are all of the information I have learned over the years. If you have any questions or anything feel free to email me at and I will help as best as I can 🙂

Information all from Lorna Burford. Please credit DenimBlog if used.

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Written by Lorna Burford


  1. Good blog Lorna! I love the point about skinnys with boots for curvy women like me 🙂 That is pretty much the only way I’ll wear skinnys! High Rise are great for curvy women though too, because the high rise can tend to hold all the “junk” in if you know what I mean…just wear a longer shirt over the high rise and don’t show that its really a high rise and us curvy girls are all set 🙂

  2. Since I’m a girl I’m not too brushed up on fit for men but that’s something I could put together, I could ask a group of men about what they think of fits and jeans etc and I will put one together for the guys 🙂 May take a little while though. Does that sound good?

  3. This may seem strange but I couldn’t see the image above, I am using FireFox 2. anyways, what I read was very good and I enjoyed it. I was thinking about print it out, do I have permission to do that?

  4. Lorna! you forget to mention one popular brand ‘DL1961’


    I have seen the following line on their website

    The Perfect Fitting Jeans For Everyone!

  5. fantastic blog Lorna, all very true information, I certainly learnt something from it, your very knowledgeable, well done.

  6. I would say, as a short (5’2″) woman with a little bit of a tummy, I actually love what most brands call a low rise! After a lot of trial and error, I find my best rise is between 6 and 8 inches. I have a pair of Joe’s and a pair of 7FAM and in both cases they are technically midrise that wear as almost high rise since I’m a short gal and they’re 9 inches on the rise. That’s why I always try to find the actual rise in inches or cm rather than rely on “mid-rise” or even “low rise” on the label.

  7. For cigarette jeans, what hem length would you recommend? I feel like if they are 1 cm off the ground they kind of envelop my shoes, so I would prefer a least a few cm off the ground, but what do you think?

  8. It really depends if you want to show off the shoe, I prefer the longer inseam on straight legs to cover the shoe so your legs look really long and lean but you can have them more cms off of the ground, it’s up to you 🙂 Especially if you have nice shoes you might want to show them off more 🙂

  9. With skinny jeans it’s up to you, I prefer mine to stack and bunch up at the bottom when I am wearing flat shoes but If I wear heels I like them to touch around the ankle, but it’s personal preference, anything works with skinnys 🙂 With wide leg I would say definitely almost hitting the floor, it looks a little silly when the leg opening is flapping around by the shoe if it’s too short 🙂

  10. Hey lorna!

    I am a skinny 6 feet(150 lb) collge guy. I cant find a pair of jeans that fit me. Would you recommend any particular fit or brand that might suit me?

    Thank you!! 🙂

  11. Hi Kevin 🙂
    What sort of inseam length do you need? If you are skinny then you can get away with slim fitting, skinny, tapered jeans, they look best on slimmer guys, Diesel have some nice cuts like Thanaz, lots of people wear those and they go down to size 26 waist if you need it 🙂 Although Diesel do run a little big in comparison to most brands for men so a 26 would be about a 28 ish. They do go up to 36 inseam but that is hard to find, if you can fit 34 then they have those all the time. What kind of style do you like? Do you like plain or jazzy pockets?

  12. Skinnys..friend or foe? Definitely friend, but only if you chose the right brand with the perfect stretch. There’s nothing less attractive than an adorable pair of skinny jeans that sag and bag after every wear. Both Paige and Red Engines work great for my figure. They have this XLA 4-way stretch that hug my body perfectly. I eat, sleep, and breath in them, literally.

  13. Thanks for the article, its very informational. I have to say that all women should wear jeans that enhances thier figure. There are so many jean styles that sometimes its hard to find the perfect fit. However, I found some great butt lift jeans that really do the trick for me. Not only my butt looks nicer but I these jeans also makes me look slimmer. I just love them. And its true what you say, jeans without puckets does give me an appearance of a rounded buttocks.

    Thank you Lorna.

  14. Great info. Re skinny jeans, what would you suggest for women with meaty thighs and legs that are not straight enough, i.e. when the area around the knee cap is rather chunky? Denim leggings are really fashionable, but I seem to have issues looking good in them…. Thanks.

  15. Denim leggings are definitely not for everyone but they are really pretty, you could try wearing them with longer boots and a long top so only part of the denim leggings show, that might work. In regards to having meaty thighs and legs, that’s a tough one, it really depends on the rest of your body shape, if you are tall then straight or bootcut can work well 🙂

  16. I completely agree with your suggestions on low-rise jeans. Without the right figure they can look really unflattering. I’m not a fan of high-rise jeans myself, so I find middle-rise jeans to be a more flattering compromise.

  17. Thanks for posting this it was great. I shared this post with my girlfriend and she has been using the tips and looking better than even in her new jeans. Keep up with the great content. Thanks again


  18. Thanks! I’ve always been in doubt as to whether I was buying the right pair of jeans for my body type, and this really helps!

  19. Ah jeans…it seems forever we have been in the reign of low rise jeans. It started off as rather mid rise jeans which I appreciated as it was pretty much high waisted or wear men’s jeans before that. Short women look ridiculous in high waisted pants. But the low rise jeans kept getting shorter and shorter. Almost all my jeans/cords are low rise now partly because I buy things on sale, second hand or get gifted things. I don’t even really have money to go into a store and pick out the right jeans.
    As for the bum crack panty expose it is tiresome and especially difficult when cycling! Also, now almost all pants have a bit of spandex in them, so what fit well and snug in the morning is practically falling down by noon. I am slim, but have hips so the super low rise thing isn’t working. I remember the medium rise jeans would hug the hips perfectly. I see high waisted jeans are coming back BUT just like low rise jeans, they only really look good on tall thin women. I hope medium rise jeans are still being made and I can find some! I’m tired of having to constantly tug up my jeans and try find tops that are long enough to cover my back. Oh and low rise jeans leave your lower back/kidneys exposed to cold which is not good.
    As for skinny jeans, at first I didn’t think I would like them because I remember the skinny jeans of the 80’s and they were soooo uncomfortable. But I love skinny jeans and look great in them. I hope they stay in fashion long enough to buy some more!

  20. Lorna,
    Thank you SO much for all of your great info on this blog!!! I wear jeans all the time, and wow, I wish I had discovered this blog long ago as it would have been a great help! Glad to be here. 🙂

  21. Thanks so much for the blog and website, its been great reading through it.

    I was hoping you could help me with a question I have. I have been battling to find the right pair of jeans that will stay tight and fit nicely on the butt but won’t give me a muffin top. I have some bottom, but it takes the perfect pair of pants to help make it not end up looking wide and semi-flat (I’ve found that Lucky Lola work pretty well). However, in order to not have them sag I end up wearing pants that are way too tight and give me muffin top.

    Any suggestions for brands I could check out? Or things to look for when buying? I really would like a pair of skinny jeans to fit into my boots, but I’m not sure where to go…

  22. Hi Rebekah 🙂 It sounds like you have a similar fit to me with smaller in the thighs but bigger int he waist. I find Dylan George are a good fit for the thighs and waist ratio, also J Brand. Have you tried a pair of jeggings yet? Those don’t give you muffin top because they are stretchy and they also don’t sag because they cling to you. Jeggings have been a pair of jeans that have worked amazingly for me! My favourites being 7 For All Mankind gummy denim and Paige Premium Verdugo jeggings 🙂

  23. Thanks for this post, I found it very helpful. However, I think I fit under the “bigger butts” category and Diesel Matic 8B3 fit me perfectly even though they are low waist.

  24. I have a bigger butt too and Diesel Matic fit me perfectly too 🙂 They are a good jean for bigger butts but when you sit down your butt will show lol! That happens to me so I wear a longer top 🙂

  25. I always have to wear a longer top too! I really love those jeans though.. At first I wasn’t sure whether to buy them or not because they were so expensive but after I read your review I had to get them! 😀

  26. Very informative post, however I have one problem. What about women with large calves? My calves are disproportionately large in comparison with my thighs, and I have the WORST luck with jeans– boot cut jeans always look too small, even if they fit in the hips and thighs (which is a big “if” to begin with since I also have all the traditional “pear-shaped” problems). I have not yet found a pair of wide leg or trouser jeans that looks good… would you maybe consider doing a post on how to buy jeans for different problem areas (no butt, big thighs, etc.) that includes large calves? Nobody else on the Internet has one. Thanks! 🙂

  27. Patricia, thanks for bringing that up! I’ve got the complete opposite problem to you of having small calves so most skinny jeans are baggy in my calves so I do understand the frustration. I’m not sure what to recommend for bigger calves. When you say bootcut doesn’t work and looks too small, what do you mean by that? Do you mean they end up looking like a straight leg? What sort of style/look are you aiming for? 🙂

  28. Hi Lorna!

    I am 5’7 135-140lbs – My issue is that I have thick legs, I call them “selena legs,” but I have a small waist and a small/medium butt. Everytime I try on jeans they’re tight on my legs and loose on my waist. I want something fitted that makes my legs look thin and my but big and round “nicely,” what would you recommend?

  29. Hi Marisol! I understand! I have the opposite problem, jeans always tight in the waist and big in my legs. Levi’s actually brought out their Curve ID range, not sure if you have heard of it? They designed 4 different fits for different body types. You might like the Bold Curve! It’s smaller in the waist with more room in the butt and thighs, plus not too expensive like other premium denim! You can find them on the website and even take the Curve ID test to find your fit, but I think you might be the Bold Curve from what you explained. Let me know if that helps!

  30. heyy,
    i have a question, i need the oerfect pair of jeans. im rather tall (1.73) and im curvy. my hips are big but not that huge. shud i go for a straight skinny cut?
    can i wear high waisted jean s? wat do u recomend??
    😀 😀

  31. Hi nida 🙂 I think straight leg jeans are universally flattering on anyone, I would say give them a try! Since you are tall, you can get away with higher waisted jeans, but I would personally stick to a medium rise, it’s much more flattering! 🙂

  32. hiiiiiiiiiiii dear im a gal of height 5’9. i have long legs but the lower portion(from knees to ankle )very slim. thies are so so. plz tell me which type of jean will suit me. i dnt want to look my legs slim.

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