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By Farah Averill
When shopping for jeans, do you feel like you spend a lot of time with few successes? Trying on pair after pair of ill-fitting jeans can be a rather deflating experience for your ego. If you know your body type, however, and the styles that flatter it best, you can save loads of time and self-esteem. To figure out which jeans will work for you and help to cut down your shopping time, read on.

cut to the chase

Straight cut

Straight-cut jeans typically sit at your natural waist and are slim through the seat and thighs. The fabric should skim your silhouette and the leg should be long, tapering off gradually and slightly at the ankle. This style of jean is classic, and if you have the body to wear them, straight-cut jeans can pretty much be paired with anything.

Flare cut

Also known as boot-cut jeans and originally designed to be worn with cowboy boots, this cut is very flattering for many body types. Typically, flare-cut styles should sit just below your natural waist and should be slightly loose through the leg. From the knee to the ankle, these jeans become slightly wider or flare out. A bonus is that these jeans will never go out of style and its so easy to dress them up for a date or the office.

Wide leg

Like flared jeans, wide-leg jeans often sit at your natural waist or just below it, but the seat and thighs of these jeans will have a relaxed or quite loose fit. Back pockets may be larger and deeper on this style of jean. Wide-leg jeans usually have a straight, slightly tapered cut from the thigh to the ankle, but they are very loose through the leg so that the shape of your body is not as easily discernible.

Low rise

The defining feature of low-rise jeans is that they sit below your natural waistline, often on the hip bones. Low-rise jeans can be straight cut, slim fit, bootleg or wide leg. Its best to wear low-rise jeans with a longer shirt, otherwise your midriff will be visible anytime you move your arms -- while girls might be able to get away with belly-baring jeans and short T-shirts at the bar, this look is never a good one for men.

Now that you know all about cuts, find out which one suits your body best Tall and lean

Straight-cut jeans will flatter this body type best. If you are blessed with a great physique, jeans with a flat front and straight leg will show off your body to its best advantage. Boot-cut jeans are another option for this body type -- particularly if you have wider hips -- as a flared cut will balance your shape, creating a straighter, streamlined look. Tall and lean men can also carry off wide-leg jeans, but be aware that they will look very casual on this body type and are therefore better-suited for weekends than the office.


If you are slim and of average height, avoid jeans that adhere too closely to your body unless you like the starving-artist look. Steer clear of wide-leg jeans as well, as you risk looking lost in your clothes. For your most flattering look, choose straight-cut, low-rise jeans that sit comfortably and low on the hips with a couple of extra inches of room through the leg. Slightly flared jeans also flatter slender figures by creating the illusion of a better defined silhouette. For a more ample-looking rear, look for back pockets with flaps or extra material as this will add bulk to your behind.


Athletic and muscular types look best in jeans with a wider leg since looser cuts show off the shape of a toned body. Jeans cut too close to the body are not as good a choice for muscular shapes as they can make muscles appear overly bulky. Wider-leg jeans, however, will subtly show off all your hard-earned gym work. Additionally, to show off your butt or give it a more round shape, choose back pockets that are smaller and further apart.


Larger frames should stay away from flare-cut jeans as these jeans will make heavier men appear larger. Wide-leg styles, however, are really great for concealing physical flaws. If there is a little more of you to love, this style will hide love handles and thick waists. Be careful not to choose styles that are too baggy, however, as they will make larger bodies appear even larger. Instead, choose a loose shape with a few extra inches of room to show the shape of your body without hugging your frame too closely. As well, larger, deeper pockets will make your butt look smaller and are therefore a good choice for heavier frames. Another way to conceal a larger behind is to look for pockets that are closer together.

doing denim

Hopefully by now you have a better idea of which jeans are suitable for your body type and your next shopping trip should be much more efficient. A word to the wise: Once you find jeans that fit you perfectly, buy more than one pair. Get rid of other jeans that dont fit as well and replace your new jeans with a reserved pair about once a year when they fade and the bottoms become scruffy.

By Farah Averill

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