The Perfect Jeans for Your Body Type

Rachael's fashion buddy, Gretta Monahan, helps us break down denim one body type at a time. Find the most flattering style of jeans for you!
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Rachael's fashion buddy, Gretta Monahan, helps us break down denim one body type at a time. Find the most flattering style of jeans for you!

Jean Therapy

Avoid hours of dressing-room distress and find the freshest crop of new styles to make you look great in our perfect-for-your-body jeans style finder guide.

Jeans for your body

Apple-Shaped Gals

If you're rounded at the waist and your upper body is larger than your lower half then you're an apple gal!

Look for: A style that hits you mid-waist, around your bellybutton or slightly below it. "Despite what many women think, a higher waistline would actually accentuate -- not conceal -- your belly," Gretta says. Go for a dark wash, which is visually slimming, and thick denim that holds you in to prevent a muffin top.

Avoid: Pockets, pleats or other details around the waist. Same goes for funky rinses that create lines or splotching near your hips. "All those things draw attention to your middle. You want to look as smooth and sleek as possible."

Apple-shaped body

Jeans for Apple Gals

Dittos Melanie Low Rise Flare Jeans

Dittos Melanie Low Rise Flare Jeans

Jeans for Apple Gals

Banana Republic Dark Basic Curvy Boot in Indigo

Banana Republic Dark Basic Curvy Boot in Indigo

Jeans for Apple Gals

NYDJ Greta Trousers in Dark Enzyme

NYDJ Greta Trousers in Dark Enzyme

$110, nydj.com

Bonus: Jeans for Apple Gals

Michael Kors Gold Sausilito Jean

Michael Kors Gold Sausilito Jean

$70, bloomingdales.com

Bonus: Jeans for Apple Gals

Loft Super Skinny Jean in Refined Indigo Wash

Loft Super Skinny Jean in Refined Indigo Wash

Celery Stalk-Shaped Gals

If you're straight up and down with square hips and long legs, you're celery stalk-shaped!

Look for: A superlong inseam (at least 34 inches). If you want the illusion of curves, try high-wasted jeans. "Call attention to your hips and rear end -- and go for embellishments," Gretta says. Pleats, welded pockets or belt loops all create width and volume, so you look feminine, not boyish. You can even play around with harem styles: full legs that taper at the ankles.

Avoid: Super-low-rise jeans. Though you can wear a moderate low-rise, going to far will make you look boxy. And stay away from plain, pocketless fronts; they can look masculine.

Celery stalk body

Jeans for Celery Stalk Gals

Levi's Bold Curve Bootcut Skinny in Subtle Dark

Levi’s Bold Curve Bootcut Skinny in Subtle Dark

$78, levi.com

Jeans for Celery Stalk Gals

Level 99 Wide-Leg Laurie Trousers

Level 99 Wide-Leg Laurie Trousers

$110, level99usa.com

Jeans for Celery Stalk Gals

True Religion Trisha Lonestar Traditional RI

True Religion Trisha Lonestar Traditional RI

$180, bloomingdales.com

Bonus: Jeans for Celery Stalk Gals

Long Tall Sally Camden Skinny Jean

Long Tall Sally Camden Skinny Jean

Sugar Snap Pea-Shaped Gals

If you're 5'4" or shorter, with any size frame, you're sugar snap pea-shaped!

Look for: A cut that's long and lean. The key is to extend your legs with something slim. "If you're small all over, with slim legs, you can wear a skinny jean that hits at the ankle, even though you won't be adding length," Gretta says. Embellishments are fine as long as they're not oversize (and therefore out of proportion with your body). And a tip: When trying on jeans, buy the pair that's slightly snug. All denim gives a bit over time, and petites in particular want jeans that fit closely.

Avoid: Anything even remotely baggy or wide-legged. "Those jeans will wear you, instead of the other way around," Gretta says. "You'll look shapeless."

Sugar snap pea body

Jeans for Sugar Snap Pea Gals

Mango APS Skinny Jeans with Gold

Mango APS Skinny Jeans with Gold

Jeans for Sugar Snap Pea Gals

7 For All Mankind Second Skin Legging Jeans

7 For All Mankind Second Skin Legging Jeans

$189, bloomingdales.com

Jeans for Sugar Snap Pea Gals

Express Stella Jean Leggings

Express Stella Jean Leggings

Bonus: Jeans for Sugar Snap Pea Gals

Burberry Brit Westbourne Skinny Ankle

Burberry Brit Westbourne Skinny Ankle

$225, bloomingdales.com

Bonus: Jeans for Sugar Snap Pea Gals

American Eagle Skinny Jean

American Eagle Skinny Jean

$45, ae.com

Pear-Shaped Gals

If you're full through the hips, thighs and tush, and a little narrower above the waist, you're pear-shaped!

Look for: Slightly stretchy material that will expand at your hips without gaping on top. "This is the toughest shape to shop for. You have to fit the largest part of your body -- usually the hips -- then possibly have a tailor take in the waist," Gretta says. "Don't be afraid to veer away from the classic straight-leg shape, but go with a dark wash to play down the width."

Avoid: Noticeably tapered legs. A full leg creates visual balance: Think of drawing a line straight down from the widest point of your hip. You should also skip styles with small -- or no -- back pockets. "The more open space, the bigger your tush will look."

Pear body shape

Jeans for Pear Gals

Lucky Brand Lola Boot Jeans

Lucky Brand Lola Boot Jeans

Jeans for Pear Gals

Coldwater Creek Zip Pocket Jeans

Coldwater Creek Zip Pocket Jeans

Jeans for Pear Gals

James Jeans Couture Boot in Riviera

James Jeans Couture Boot in Riviera

$185, jamesjeans.us

Bonus: Jeans for Pear Gals

Guess Curvy Sohpia Boot

Guess Curvy Sohpia Boot

$98, bloomingdales.com

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