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The Most Slimming Jeans Ever: Tips For Any Body Type

Shape Magazine did a little research this month and figured out the answer to one of the most important fashion question of my time: What jeans will make me look skinny?! TELL ME PLEASE!!! 🙂

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Here’s a quick round up of Shape’s executive style director, Jacqui Stafford choices breaking it down by body type: Athletic, Curvy and Petite

Athletic– Many women with athletic figures tend to have muscular calves and thighs, making them self conscious of this area.

  • Tip: A denim with a slim-to-the-knee fit and deep indigo wash have a streamlining effect on the thighs, while a wide leg opening and longer hemline create the illusion of narrow calves. A medium-rise and curved waistband will give you a sleek and slimming look from torso to toe.

Curvy– Curvy women tend to have difficulty finding jeans that are a perfect mold to their body—either they fit in the waist but not the butt, or vice versa.

  • Tip: An all-over dark wash shaves inches off of the lower body and a higher rise offsets fuller hips. A jean with rear pockets that are placed close together and angled inward slightly will make the booty appear smaller too.

Petite– Finding a good pair of jeans when you are 5’2” and have an hourglass shape is difficult for many petite women.

  • Tip: A midrise jean rests at the perfect spot on the waistline for petites, just between the natural waist and hip bone. Vertical fading down the center of the thighs visually elongates the frame, giving you a sleeker silhouette. Large back pockets can also make a curvy butt look smaller by comparison.

Do you follow these rules when shopping for a pair of jeans?

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  1. Definitely. I happened to buy a pair of jeans today. I’m curvy so they’re bootcut and dark wash. I only own 1 pair of skinny jeans and that’s because they’re black.

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