When you look at the worldwide appeal of denim jeans today, it’s hard to imagine that this ubiquitous item in almost everyone’s wardrobe was first invented in the late 18th century for miners and labourers. Spanning across decades of fashion eras, the classic pair of blue jeans has gone through countless iterations of cuts, rises, and washes. While styling jeans with our favourite crop tops or white shirts can be our effortless go-to, the crux of denim dressing is finding the perfect pair that fits just right.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the different styles available, and finding the perfect cut for your body can be all the more frustrating if you aren’t sure what body shape you are. But once you decide to invest in a quality pair that fits you like a glove, you’ll be happy to know that it can last you for at least a decade!
So before you go pairing your jeans with our curation of pretty white tops or colourful jackets, take our quiz to find out which style of jeans is most flattering for your body shape!
#1. On weekends, which dress would you rather wear?
A. Nothing beats a tie-waist wrap dress — it highlights my natural waistline and flatters my legs!
B. Preferably a drop waist dress that helps lengthen my body.
C. A fit-and-flare to accentuate my bum!
D. I only ever wear A-line dresses because it’s fuss free!
E. Flare dresses are great for adding definition and volume to my bottoms.
#2. Which outerwear looks best on you?
A. Cropped jackets. Any longer and I look like I’m drowning in it!
B.I love longline cardigans and jackets that extend past my hips!
C. Tailored jackets that are cinched at the waist. They make me look shapelier.
D. Jackets in a light and thin material are great, as they don’t add bulk to my body.
E. Structured shoulders in my jackets and blazers give me an hourglass silhouette!
#3. Which fit issue bothers you most?
A. Regular pants are usually too long for me, and tend to bunch up around my ankles.
B. Crop tops look more like regular tops on me!
C. Without a belt, I’m constantly pulling up my pants throughout the day.
D. It’s hard to find a fitted blouse that flatters my curves instead of squeezing them!
E. I have to go up a size just so my trousers can fit past my hips, leaving me with a dreaded waist gap.
#4 Where do you usually gain extra weight first?
A. It’s hard for me to gain weight!
B. My waist is naturally thicker, so I worry about a belly bulge.
C. A little around my chest, and back. Anywhere, except my buttocks!
D. Often at the tummy area!
E. I see it first in my hips and thighs.
#5 What do you want the perfect pair of jeans to do for you?
A. Make me look taller, please!
B. Balance out my body proportions by giving definition to my waistline.
C. Give my derriere an extra boost and lift!
D. Streamline my curvy figure.
E. Slims and flatters my hips and thighs.
Mostly As – High-waist Ankle Grazers
You find it difficult balancing out your body proportions when it comes to wearing jeans. So rather than trying, you often stick with what’s comfortable like dresses to elongate your look. Go for high-waisted skinnies to shift the emphasis to your legs. High-waist styles with ankle grazers are also great for creating an elongated silhouetted while balancing out your lengthy torso.
Mostly Bs – Low-waist hip-huggers
You rarely wear jeans because there’s a real struggle with finding a comfortable one that does not make your body look short. Stay clear of high-waist jeans if you’ve been doing so and switch it up with low waist hip-huggers. It helps to create the illusion of a longer torso and balances out your body proportions.
Mostly Cs – High-waist Jeans
You’ve been working out but you’re not getting that athletic toned shape you want. You should opt for a pair that’s comfortable and at the same time, helpful—it should give your butt a little lift. You can definitely opt for a high-waisted pair for a booty-lifting look. You can also try high-waisted jeans with large pockets on the back!
Mostly Ds – Mid-waist Stretch Jeans
You’re curvy and you should flaunt it! What you want is a pair that flatters your curves and not have a squeeze to your waist–no muffin tops! A pair of mid-waist stretch jeans sits comfortably around your waist and thighs, yet still shows off your curves!
Mostly Es – High-waist Bootcut
Are your jeans always fitting on your thighs and hips, but loose on your waist? We know that struggle. The perfect balance is all about flattering your waist — a pair in a stretch material with a slightly higher waistline will help improve the fit for both your hips and waist. Try a bootcut denim to balance out your wider hips or thighs.
Now that you know what may fit you and how to flatter your body shape, venture and try the different denim cuts – all you need is one or two good pairs.
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