Your jeans probably get more airplay than any other item in your closet—which is why it’s so crucial to pick a pair that truly flatters you—and, more importantly, that you feel great in. Keep these tips in mind the next time you go shopping for a denim fix.
Be Picky About Pockets
If you want to downplay your butt, avoid back pockets with a flap, buttons, studs, or embroidery, all of which beef up your bottom—keep ‘em simple and streamlined instead. On the other hand, backside embellishments are a great way to fill out a flat butt.
Step It Up
Whether you’re rocking skinnies, boot-cuts, or boyfriend jeans, slip on a heeled bootie or pump to visually elongate your lower half. Not only that—when you’re wearing heels, you automatically engage your calf, thigh, and butt muscles to help maintain your balance. The result? Everything looks tighter and firmer.
Get Your Boot-Cut On
Skinny jeans are great for tucking into knee-high and over-the-knee boots, but boot-cut is the most flattering style, and it looks great on every body type. The silhouette—fitted though the thigh, nipped in at the knee, slightly flared at the bottom—accentuates your curves in all the right places, while also visually trimming your thighs.
Pull a Slow Fade
Be strategic about the wash of your denim. Jeans that are lighter in the center of the leg give the illusion of a long, slender figure. That said, avoid pairs with fading only on the butts or thighs if you’re looking for a slimming effect—they act like a spotlight.
Opt for Stretch
Choose jeans that are blended with lycra, elastane, polyurethane, or spandex, rather than 100 percent cotton.
Stick to the Middle
The most universally flattering waistline? Mid-rise. Low-rise jeans can put pressure against your tummy, while high-waist pairs can make your midsection seem broader thanks to all that fabric.
Cut the Crop
Cropped jeans visually shorten your legs by hitting above the ankle. To offset the effect, pair them with heels.
Curved seams that cleverly snake their way around your calves distract the eye, making legs seem miles long.
Supersize Your Back Pockets
The bigger they are, the tinier your butt seems in comparison—so think big if you want a minimizing effect. Go the opposite way if you want to enhance your behind.
Don’t O.D. on Distressed Denim
Distressing adds interest, but keep the rips and shreds minimal.
Shrink Your Prints
If you’re petite and want to try the printed denim trend, go for a small pattern like florals or mini-polka dots that won’t overwhelm your body the way a larger print would.