Diamonds are fine and all, but we like to think of denim as a woman’s best friend. The right pair can lift your spirits, your look, and, hopefully, your derrière. With that in mind, we’ve put together a denim guide that can help women find the fit(s) that feel tailor-made for them. Find your body shape below and find your perfect fit:
The trick: Keeping your curves in proportion.
How to do that: Balance out the silhouettes of your separates. If you’re wearing a flared jean, for instance, pair it with a form-fitting shirt. If you opt for a slim or straight pant, feel free to play with peplums and other voluminous details on top. Either way, look for a high-rise to accentuate your waist.
The trick: Elongating your frame.
How to do that: If you carry weight in your tummy, look for high-rise jeans. They’ll help create a waistline and can make your torso look longer. Full-length inseams add height to your frame, especially when worn with pointy-toe heels.
The trick: Drawing the eye up.
How to do that: The best way is with a rise that hits at or above your waistline. Super-slim denim has the potential to only exaggerate a triangular shape. Instead, try silhouettes that create some breathing room on bottom, like straight, bootcut, or flared.
The trick: Drawing the eye down.
How to do that: Narrow a broader top half with mid- to high-rise denim. It creates proportion by elongating your legs. Beyond that, feel free to play with most any silhouette from skinnys to flares. Anything with a really wide leg will tip your silhouette back into disproportion, though.
The trick: Creating a waistline.
How to do that: There are a few tricks for creating curves: accentuate your waist with a high rise, a belt, or by simply giving your shirt a quick tuck. Beyond that, you can likely pull off most cuts of denim, from skinny and straight-leg to bootcut and wide-leg.