Foolproof tips to finding flattering jeans

We’re coming into winter and jeans are often a go-to when putting together outfits for the colder weather. Luckily, jeans are very versatile, they can be dressed up or down and can be worn for a variety of occasions. And, if you find the right pair, they not only look great but can be super comfortable too.

Everything from sizing to silhouette to length, to smaller aesthetic details such as embellishments and wash can affect how jeans look on your body. If you know what you’re looking for in advance, you won’t have to waste time trying on pairs that you won’t feel your best in. 

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Women

1. Get the fit right. The most important thing when it comes to looking good in jeans is to make sure they fit you well. Avoid jeans that are too tight or too loose, as either can make you look frumpy. Instead, aim for a pair that fits snugly around your waist and hips without being uncomfortable. 

2. Find the right style. Different styles of jeans can flatter different body types. If you’re pear-shaped, for example, look for jeans with a wide waistband to balance out your hips. If you have a long torso, opt for a high-waisted pair to make your legs look longer. And if you’re petite, look for jeans with a cropped leg to avoid being overwhelmed by fabric. 

3. Play with washes to get the right look. The wash of your jeans can also make a big difference in how they look on you. Darker washes are generally more flattering, as they create a slimming effect. But if you’re looking to show off your curves, a lighter wash can highlight your shape. 

Jeans with a darker wash or those with an even tone all over tend to look more dressed up. But a light wash or a vintage-look ‘weathered’ wash can look modern and chic.

4. Consider the details. Pay attention to the details on your jeans to make sure they’re working in your favour. For example, distressed details can add visual interest, but they can also make you look scruffy. If you’re going for a more polished look, look for cleaner details such as embroidery or contrast stitching. 

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5. Balance jeans length and shoe height. The inner leg distance from crotch to ankle is known as the inseam length and is important when it comes to matching shoes with your jeans. If your shoe collection boasts everything from clogs to ankle boots to ballet flats, stick with ankle-length jeans.

However, if you mostly wear wedges, platform soles or heeled shoes, choose jeans with a longer inseam to keep the unbroken line and make your legs appear longer.

Men

1. Find the right fit. The right length jeans won’t look sharp unless they fit you well everywhere. Jeans should fit loosely enough that they allow relatively unrestricted movement while being fitted at the waist. To look your best, find a pair of jeans that properly fits your unique shape.

You know jeans are too loose when your body shape is completely lost in them. Jeans that are too tight will make you seem larger than you really are.

2. Get the right length. When it comes to the length of your jeans, the golden rule is that you want the break (where the legs end) to be just where your feet begin. Worn without shoes, this means the front of the hem will rest on top of your instep, and the back will skim the floor.

3. Think about your overall look. If you want to look sharp, your jeans will likely need to be:

  • a dark colour such as indigo
  • closely fitted with no sag in the crotch
  • straight legged or boot cut
  • clean and neat without any wear and tear
  • simple – no distressing, straps or flap pockets.

4. Other outerwear is key. If the climate you live in is cool enough to require an extra layer on top, stick to short, sturdy jackets that end around the waist or just below it. Long, dressy overcoats are tough to match with denim.

Avoid denim jackets as head-to-toe denim should never be a look you want to recreate, no matter how good you think it looks on someone else. Instead, field jackets, leather jackets and corduroy jackets of all varieties work well.

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Remember, confidence is key. No matter what you’re wearing, confidence is always the best accessory. So wear your jeans with confidence, and you’re sure to look your best.

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