Your Ultimate Guide To Help You Get The Perfect Jeans
Trends come and go, but a good pair of jeans is timeless. The perfect pair has the power to complement the most ordinary of outfits and make you look effortlessly stylish. But with so many choices, not everyone has the time to scour the racks and try on denim after denim. The trick, however, isn’t on the brand of jeans or the designer store you buy them from — it’s in knowing which cut flatters your body type best.
Before we explore different cuts, you should also choose a wash that goes with the look you’re trying to go for. Esquire suggests lighter denim for a more casual feel, which can be dressed down with sneakers or up with a blazer. On the other hand, Pretty Me recommends going with a classic black for an elevated look. This also works to elongate your figure. Of course, either wash is a good investment to have in your closet.
For men, here are the most popular styles to choose from.
Straight: No-frills, and ideal for mean with athletic builds. Its thigh space falls in one line, all the way to your ankles. It can be paired with virtually anything, from tees to polo shirts.
Relaxed: The most universally flattering cut for men. If your legs are on the wider side, relaxed fit jeans can balance you out and make you look more proportioned.
Skinny: A tricky territory to navigate. Skinny jeans are best on men with shorter legs, as this fit hugs tight around the thighs and calves and can be used to give off the illusion of elongation.
Slim: The safest bet for men with thin to average builds. It is not too tight on the body, giving you ample room to move around.
Women, on the other hand, can get more creative with their choice of denim pants. This variety can be a double-edged sword though, as knowing the best fit for you can be a tough feat.
Skinny Jeans: Most women’s go-to pair for years. They’re one of the easiest to dress up because of their clean cut and streamlined look. Take them to the bar after work hours, or pair with your office blazer for a casual chic ensemble.
Flared: Best on women with long legs, but the curve can definitely complement any body type. Plus, these jeans are great for adding character to any outfit. Balance them out with a snug top.
Wide Leg: A mid-’90s staple, but they have finally made their comeback. They’re just so much more comfortable than a tight pair of jeans, and look good with a simple t-shirt tucked in. Take your cue from celebrities and style icons like Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore, and Natalie Portman.
Straight: Flatters most body types. When in doubt, a straight-cut pair of jeans won’t let you down. Just like men’s, this plain fit stays uniform from your waist down to your ankles.
Cigarette: Halfway between straight and skinny. Petite women look good in this style because it doesn’t shrink them down like wide-leg jeans might, nor will they make women look too compressed like skinny jeans do.
High-waist: Another rising trend from the ’80s. More popularly known as mom jeans, these can elongate your look and give off the illusion of an extended torso. Because it rests right on your waist, it can show off your figure and hug your bottoms nicely. Best for women with hourglass body shapes.