Finding Jeans that Fit and Flatter
2. Body Type: Muffin Top
Your Shape: Thick at the waist, with a high waistline and love handles that spill out over the top of your pants, creating the dreaded "muffin top" effect.
Look for: You might think that all that extra waist-weight belongs tucked inside a high-waisted jean. But experts say the opposite is true. "Adding definition in the form of a medium-rise waistline will not only avoid the fashion faux pas muffin top, but also detract from the focus on a high waistline," says Madhok. Go for a boot cut or slight bell-bottom to balance your thicker middle.
Avoid: Jeans that hit at the waist will bring attention to your largest part. Also stay away from super low-cut jeans, super-skinny leg jeans, and jeans with a light-colored wash.
Style Recommendations: Tummy Tuck Jeans by NYDJ; DKNY East Village Jeans; Levis Red Slouch Straight Jeans; Jeanology by Newport-News.com.
3. Body Type: The Pear
Your Shape: Your bottom is larger than your top, and it's likely you carry most of your weight in your hips and thighs. Your waist may be much smaller than your hips.
Look For: The trick here is to cut the width of your hip area. The best way to do that, says Rudes-Sandel, is by wearing a mid-rise jean with some pocket detail. "If you have no pockets, then you have this wide expanse of fabric with nothing to distract the eye – it just goes from one side to the other," she says. Also important: A wider bottom leg to balance your hips.
Avoid: Stay away from high waisted jeans ("They just give the eye too much to view at once," Rudes-Sandel says). Also avoid jeans with no back interest, super-skinny-legged jeans, and jeans that bunch up at the ankles.
Style Recommendations: Paper, Denim and Cloth; Kasil; Citizens of Humanity.
4. Body Type: The Stalk
Your Shape: You may be overweight, underweight, or normal weight -- but if your body is devoid of curves, you might be thinking men's jeans are the only answer. They're not. Fashionistas say that if your body is a straight road from head to toe, it's up to you to throw in a few curves -- and the right jeans can do that.