Finding the perfect pair of jeans doesn’t have to be a painful process, and it doesn’t have to break the bank either. These four readers spent some time with the Essentials fashion team to find the best jeans to flatter their shapes. The before and after pics prove that there’s no such thing as the wrong body — just the wrong jeans!
Jeans to give you curves
Natasha Eddie was fed up with her bum looking flat in jeans! It turns out her wide-leg jeans were swamping her tiny frame. We swapped them for stretchy skinnies with embroidered patch pockets, which fit her like a glove and helped give her curves (and a bum!).
Jeans for pear-shaped ladies
Morgane Lecluse hated her thighs and always found skinny jeans too figure hugging. We found a fab pair of wide bootcut jeans that fitted her well and balanced her shape better than her old slim-fit ones did. Take this style to the next level by wearing them with heels — we chose mega-high courts for a glamorous touch. High-waist, looser styles of jeans elongate your body for a leaner look and bootcuts help to slim down thighs if you’re pear shaped.
Top Tip: The vertical line of a front crease is slimming on your legs
Dineo Mahlangu had been avoiding jeans at all costs because she couldn’t find a pair that didn’t drown her petite frame in denim. We ditched her wide-leg jeans and flats for a pair of high-waist skinny jeans teamed with a pair of killer platforms for an ultra-flattering leg-lengthening effect. Slim-fit jeans are perfect for making the most of a petite frame.
Jeans to suit an hourglass figure
Wendy Jansen van Rensburg was desperately seeking a pair of jeans that hugged her curves and showed off her gorgeous hourglass shape. We came to the rescue with a pair of stretch bootcut jeans that accentuate her figure in all the right places and show off her tiny waist.
Top Tip: Look for high-waist styles for a better fit, and to show off your waist. The new Milady’s Wonderfit range is one of our favourites, because it comes with clever stitching in the front pockets to flatten your tummy and flatter your curves.