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The Only Fit Guide You’ll Need for Women’s Denim

One denim style does not fit all. But there is more than one style for every body type.

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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:

womens denim hourglass


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.

boyfriend, flare and skinny jeans for hourglass shape
womens denim oval shape


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.

straight skinny bootcut denim for oval shape
womens denim triangle shape


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. 

flare straight bootcut jeans for triangle shape
womens denim inverted triangle

Inverted triangle

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.

skinny bootcut flare jeans for inverted triangle
womens denim rectangle shape


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.

skinny bootcut boyfriend rectangle shape

Want to know more about how to dress for your body shape? Check out our fit guides on dressing for your body type and finding the perfect swimwear.

Nordstrom Trunk Club offers a wide range of sizing and fit options.

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