Like many women, I hate shopping for jeans. It’s a pain in the butt. So perhaps you’ve given up – convinced yourself that jeans are not for you. Like swimsuits and bras, jeans are not a one style fits all. For example, a staple for many women – a skinny jean makes me grouchy. I’ll take a slim boyfriend, not to be confused with a regular boyfriend jean, over a skinny, any day of the week.
For years now, social media has been telling us, skinnies are out. If that were the case, you wouldn’t see chic women of all ages wearing skinny jeans. The skinny jean, like a flare jean, is a silhouette, not a trend. Jeans are classic staples for most wardrobes – find the fit for you, and you’ll have a wardrobe workhorse for life.
When shopping for your perfect pair, it is helpful to understand what silhouette best flatters your body type. Here’s a quick guide.
- Hourglass, Pear, Athletic: Flare Leg Jean
- Apple, Athletic: Boyfriend Style Jean
- Apple, Athletic, Hourglass: Straight Leg Jean
- All Shapes: Skinny Jean and Bootcut
- Petites: Know your inseam and body type. High waist styles will make your legs appear longer.
- Low-Rise: Great for curvy hips or athletic body types (a low rise will add curves). Note that a belt may be needed to achieve the most flattering fit.
- Mid-Rise: Arguably the most flattering rise for most women as it can hide a tummy by adding structure in the midsection. Bonus points, this rise can be worn with most tops.
- High-Rise: Popular right now, yet not for everyone. If you’ve been blessed with a smaller waist, this style can be quite flattering on you. Best tops for this style are cropped or tucked-in silhouettes.
Why I Love Flare Jeans
I feel my best, most confident self, wearing flare jeans. I find a mid-rise flare jean to be the most flattering silhouette on my straight (or banana) body type. Since I lack a defined waistline and am high-waisted, a flared silhouette adds some movement and curve, to my straight shape. I wear this style with anything from flowy tunic tops to belts with a statement belt (to create the illusion of a waistline) and a fitted tee. And it just so happens that my Bohemian Style Personality works right in sync, with the 70’s vibe, of the flare jean.
Read more on how to explore and understand and YOUR unique Style Personality in the post, 5 Steps to Rediscovering Your Personal Style (HERE).
How do you shop for jeans? Do you have a favorite for your body type?