By Joyce Chua from THREAD SG
We all know the power of a great pair of jeans. It can instantly transform our outfit and our mood, making us look more polished and feel more confident.
However, finding that special pair of jeans can be tough for those of us not built like a supermodel. There’s no magical pair that works for all of us like in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
So we set out to investigate just what the “perfect pair of jeans” means for a variety of body types. From fit to wash, we’re all about nailing the ideal silhouette for each.
And here we’ve narrowed down the best denim options — à la Calvin Klein jeans and their comprehensive Denim Index , which offers the best cuts for various body types — to highlight your best features:
For petite women, your biggest challenge when it comes to jeans is probably length. Too long, too flared, and you’ll look like you’re drowning in denim. So look for cropped or tapered cuts in dark washes as these help to elongate your legs.
Not all of us can have killer curves, but with the right jean style, any woman can look like she does. Go for jeans with higher, larger pockets to create the illusion of a larger, perkier butt. High-waist styles also help to enhance the shape of your derriere.
Having a long torso doesn’t necessarily mean you’re tall; you might just have a longer midsection, which can make it hard to find a pair of jeans that sits comfortably on your hips. Go for super high-rise styles or jeans with a long inseam to elongate your legs and balance out your body ratio.
Conversely, if you have a shorter midsection, choose low-rise styles or jeans that sit lower on your waist to create the illusion of a longer midsection.
For tall women, finding a pair of jeans that doesn’t end up looking like it shrunk on you (hello, awkward ankle gap) can be difficult. To fix that, either opt for jeans that come in extra long styles or cropped ones that are deliberately shorter in the hem.
This is a concern for most apple-shaped women, who have thicker midsection and slim legs. If your tummy is your biggest issue, go for a pair of high-rise stretchy denim to tuck it in, or a flared pair that balances out your proportions.
Jean styles are usually unable to accommodate your Shakira-like hips. If you don’t want to draw attention to the widest part of your body, avoid low-rise skinny styles that sit right at your hips, and instead opt for roomy boyfriend jeans or high-rise boot-cut or flare styles to balance out your shape.
If your issue is finding the right pair of jeans that supports and highlights your derriere, but isn’t too big in the waist, look for boyfriend or high-waist flare styles, and those that come with a little more stretch in the rear.
Still having trouble finding the right pair of jeans? Explore the Denim Index from Calvin Klein jeans and find your number. The lower number, the slimmer the fit.