How to Find the Perfect Jeans For Your Body Type

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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:

Petite

                      The high-rise SUPER SKINNY CKJ 001 helps to elongate your legs

                    The high-rise SUPER SKINNY CKJ 001 helps to elongate your legs

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.

 

Flat butts

 

               The SCULPTED SKINNY CKJ 002 creates the illusion of more pronounced curves

            The SCULPTED SKINNY CKJ 002 creates the illusion of more pronounced curves

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.

 

Long Torsos

  The HIGH RISE SLIM CKJ 020 has a high rise that creates the illusion of a shorter torso and a slim cut that plays up your long legs

The HIGH RISE SLIM CKJ 020 has a high rise that creates the illusion of a shorter torso and a slim cut that plays up your long legs

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.

 

Short Torsos

 The Body CKJ 022 features a low rise that visually elongates torso proportions and a slim cut that contours your legs

The Body CKJ 022 features a low rise that visually elongates torso proportions and a slim cut that contours your legs

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.

 

Tall

  The BODY CKJ 022 has a low rise that creates a more proportionate body ratio while maintaining your willowy silhouette

The BODY CKJ 022 has a low rise that creates a more proportionate body ratio while maintaining your willowy silhouette

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.

 

Tummy

  The HIGH RISE STRAIGHT CKJ 030 is straight through from thigh to ankle, de-emphasising a thick midsection

The HIGH RISE STRAIGHT CKJ 030 is straight through from thigh to ankle, de-emphasising a thick midsection

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.

 

Big Hips/Thighs

  The MID RISE STRAIGHT CKJ 031 has a straight leg that helps to balance out your wide hips

The MID RISE STRAIGHT CKJ 031 has a straight leg that helps to balance out your wide hips

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.

 

Big Butts

  The BOY CJK 061 features a classic boy cut with a relaxed seat and slightly tapered legs for a balanced silhouette

The BOY CJK 061 features a classic boy cut with a relaxed seat and slightly tapered legs for a balanced silhouette

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.