It's brilliant to see increased media recognition of the fact that we aren't all blessed with stick-thin figures with greater diversity in body shapes now being more routinely promoted. This is in part thanks to the rise of outspoken curvy and plus-size influencers who are unapologetic in celebrating their figures. But whatever size you are, how do you choose a pair of jeans that will flatter your body shape?
There's a lot to be said for wearing whatever you feel like and we've recently seen inspirational celebs like Lizzo sporting everything from underwear to short bodycon dresses on stage, giving lots of women the confidence to wear what they want, regardless of their size.
We're all for having the confidence to wear whatever you like, but for many of us, we're keen to work with what we've got and make the most of it, wanting to choose clothes that flatter our individual body shapes.
The benefits of choosing the right jeans
Whatever your take, there are a few golden rules when it comes to choosing the best jeans for your body shape. Not only will the right pair of jeans make you feel more confident, but they'll also provide much greater levels of all-day comfort too.
Remember when low-rise jeans were all the rage and we spent all day worrying about bending over and revealing our knickers (or worse!) to an unsuspecting world? That annoying need to endlessly fiddle and keep on pulling our tops down to cover the gap and lamenting the resulting muffin-top that low-rise jeans are oh so good at accentuating?
If you want maximum confidence and maximum comfort, choosing jeans that work for your body shape will give you exactly that - and the right pair could become a much loved wardrobe staple for many years to come!
We love skinny jeans as they are just so versatile and surprisingly comfortable. Curvy girls might instinctively stray away from skinnies, but take it from this curvy author, I live in my black skinnies day in day out, and with a pair of chunky boots and an oversized jumper you better believe I rock the look!
Skinny jeans work for all body types though, from slight and skinny girls (go for lighter colours) to voluptuous hourglass types (go for indigo or black) skinnies with stretch are the number 1 jean choice as far as we’re concerned.
Slim/Straight Leg Jeans
Straight leg jeans are the Ideal choice if you're not keen on rocking the skin-tight skinny look. They are also the perfect choice of jean to dress up or down and look great on hourglass, apple and athletic shapes.
Boyfriend jeans have a relaxed fit, and are often quite loose on both the thigh and calf which makes them mega easy to wear. A word of caution though, they tend to look best on slim or athletic shapes as they can sometimes make the chunkier among us look a tad frumpy.
Sling them on with your favourite trainers or flats and you're good to go!
Boot Cut Jeans
Boot cuts were hugely fashionable throughout the 90's and they still retain some popularity thanks to their versatile shape. Whilst fashionistas now largely shun the boot cut jean, they look great on hourglass and pear shapes and recent article states that bootcut jeans are set to make a come back in 2020.
They are easy to wear with pretty much any footwear but are best suited to flat pumps and boots.
We love a flared jean and the bigger the flare the better! Light stone wash flares look amazing in summer paired with sandals or pumps and a vest top and are extremely flattering too, balancing out chunky thighs, whilst providing good shape.
The classic wide 60's flare is actually pretty hard to come by these days, with most flares more akin to a modern boot cut, but they are worth tracking down if you can (TopShop had some great ones in stock last year), because for hourglass figures and pear shapes in particular, they rock!
No matter what style of jean you go for, the most comfortable jeans are likely to be those that have got a bit stretch to them, and high-waisted jeans or jeans that sit on the natural waistline are likely to be more flattering and comfortable for most body shapes.
Protect your jean buttons with Holé!
Don't forget, when you're buying a new pair of jeans, make sure you add Holé button covers to them to ensure your tops won't suffer from getting tiny holes from wear in them!