Jeans are a staple of the American wardrobe. Jeans come in such a wide range of colors and styles that finding the perfect pair can be overwhelming. Our handy guide will help you select the jeans that will leave you feeling comfortable and looking your best.
If you have a Marilyn Monroe, hourglass figure, you should opt for a boot cut jean in a darker wash. The boot cut balances out your frame, and the dark color makes your thighs look smaller. You should avoid jeans that are too tight because they can make you look you out of proportion.
If you have curvaceous hips, try jeans with extra width at the bottom. A pair of trouser jeans or jeans that flare slightly at the bottom will create the illusion of balance. You should avoid super-skinny jeans or anything tapered.
Just What the Doctor Ordered:
If you carry your weight around your midsection like an apple, look for a pair of denim leggings. The slim fit will emphasize your slim legs while balancing out your tummy. A mid rise jean with a wide waistband and a little give can help de-emphasize the tummy.
If you have a model’s tall, thin frame, you can get away with just about anything. You can emphasize your statuesque build with a pair of skinny jeans. You can even opt for jeans with a retro flare at the bottom to give the illusion of extra curves.
The Straight and Narrow:
If your body shape is straight up and down, you can create instant curves with loose fitting jeans. Boot cut and slightly flared jeans are also good choices. If you do choose to wear a skinny cut, you should create balance by wearing a loose fitting top.
A pair of higher rise, skinny or boot cut jeans can add the illusion of extra height.
Athletic and Muscular:
You should look for jeans in a dark wash with a little flare at the bottom to provide balance to your thighs. Make sure your jeans have a little stretch to prevent sagging.
How to care for jeans is the subject of much debate. Some jeans manufacturers even go to the extreme of saying that you should never wash your jeans. They advise freezing jeans to kill germs and prevent odor. That may seem a little drastic for most people. Let common sense be your guide. If you have been in an air-conditioned office all day, you can probably get another wear or two out of your jeans. If you have been working outside and sweating, go ahead and throw them in the wash.