Denim Guide: Finding the Best Jeans for You

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What’s my worst nightmare? Trying on jeans. But really though. I’ve always had a love hate relationship with jeans. I LOVE denim (material), but finding a pair of jeans that hug my curves just right and are still short enough for my legs…well, let’s just say that it has taken me a couple of decades to master the science of jean shopping for my figure. 

In yesterday’s Denim Guide post, I talked about my denim essentials – like my denim jacket a killer pair of denim skinny jeans. Well, there are actually a couple more types of denim that I have realized work really well for my short, curvy Latina body type.

First and foremost, I live for high or mid-rise pants. Since my legs are so short, a higher waistline elongates my body and also accentuates my curves instead of cutting into my hips or creating an awkward lower back gap like hip hugging jeans do. Next, I look for a more cropped or tailored pant leg. I used to roll my skinny jeans up 3 or 4 times to hit above my ankle (YIKES) and it would completely cut off my leg and look disproportionate. The pair of jeans I’m currently wearing in today’s post high-waisted, straight leg and cropped – a complete triple threat for my body! Although a majority of cropped jeans are still long on me (the struggle), they hit right at my ankle so I never have to worry about cuffing or tailoring.

I do love my skinny jeans, but a straight leg slims my legs and draws the attention up and down, versus all the focus being on my hips. I occasionally wear flare jeans, and my rule is to make sure they hit the top of your shoe or a cm above the ground. If they’re too long, or even too short, it will make your body look stumpy. You can see how I style my flare jeans HEREIf you’re curvy, look for a denim that has a little stretch in it so you’re not fussing for 10 minutes pulling the jeans over your butt (been there, hate that). And if you’re short, look for tailored, cropped and straight leg jeans!

In honor of the denim guide and finding the best pair of jeans for you – because I know you’re not all curvy and short like me – I asked some of my favorite blogger gals to share their denim stories and what types of jeans work best for their body type! Scroll down to read their story and you can also visit their blogs and Instagram directly; and make sure to go show them some love! I have been so excited to share today’s collaboration with you, and I hope you enjoy! 

What’s your favorite pair of jeans and what works best for your body? I’d love to know in the comment section! xo

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SHIRT (C/O RACHEL ROY) | JEANS, CAMO JACKET (C/O TRUE RELIGION) | SUNNIES, MULES (C/O LULU’S) | PURSE (ONNA EHRLICH) | A-NECKLACE (C/O STELLA & DOT)

Chelsea of Chelsea as of Late

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Hey y’all! Chelsea from Chelsea as of Late here. I’m a Caribbean transplant publicist and style blogger now based in NYC. Growing up I was one long + lean child so denim shopping was never too hard for me or my parents. Fast forward to moving stateside and one-too-many Frappuccinos later (I legit had one a day for like a year!) and suddenly I have hips, thighs and a butt that were never there before! Level of complication when denim shopping: +1.

I’ve experimented with just about every trend, style and cut there is when it comes to jeans and have landed on “Mom Jeans” as a current fave with potential to be a forever fave. They work for my body type – I’m 5’6 btw – because they hug all my curves in the right places while still giving me enough room to feel comfortable and play around in. It’s as if skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans had a high-waisted love child that slides right up and let’s you live your best life. The trick to great mom jeans is to pick the right length – too long and you just might feel like a real (80’s) mom but too short and you’re suddenly wearing denim capris – and not the cool kind! My rule of thumb is to look ones that hit me right above my ankle – like the ones I’m wearing here!

I was lucky enough to have thrifted these bad boys (I know, how can anyone pass on cool mom jeans?!) but have found a similar pair from Asos for you all here and here.

@chelseaasoflate

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Caroline of Making it in Manhattan

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Hey Hey! My name is Caroline Vazzana, and in a New York City based (and born!) fashion editor, stylist, consultant, and the creator of Making it in Manhattan– a career advice oriented editorial site! For me, I’ve always struggled with denim. Growing up, I was always taller than most of my classmates and found shopping for jeans one of the most painful past-times. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been open to trying out the latest fashion trends (hello dresses over pants & mixing prints), but, for me, I could never find jeans that were actually long enough. For years I’ve cringed at the sight of what I call the “awkward gap,” the area between the end of your jeans and the top of your ankle. Especially when I was younger, 5th grade to be exact, and didn’t own cute socks. Finally, once I hit freshman year of college though, I stopped growing and decided to try and find jeans that really did fit me. Until then, I sort of avoided denim at all costs.

Currently, I stand at approximately 5’9” and have very long legs and a medium sized torso. So, for all of my tall ladies out there, I recommend two different styles- cropped flares and high waisted boyfriend jeans. Why you ask? Cropped flares are great because they are, well, intentionally cropped! No awkward gap! Instead they sit maybe three inches above your ankle and are perfect when you have a new pair of shoes you want to show off. Pictured here, I’m wearing vintage 505 Levi’s aka high waisted boyfriend jeans. A high waisted style is great because it lets you show off your waist, while the boyfriend cut gives more room for your legs. I usually cuff the ankle once, sometimes twice, always avoiding that awkward gap.

@cvazzana

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Emily of Musings of Glitter

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Hey sweet friends! Emily here from Musings of Glitter over in Nashville. Where are my tall gals at?! This one’s for you. I’m 5’11 and hate jean shopping with a passion. Either the legs are too short, the waist is too big, or they sit too low and I feel like I can’t bend over. I’ve spent YEARS trying to find the right cut and shape for my body. For reference – I’m fairly hourglass. I’ve got a smaller waist in comparison to my chest and hips, so finding jeans has always been a nightmare.

But I finally figured out what works for my body type – praises! For me, I always reach for a dark wash, high rise pair of skinnies with a little bit of stretch. I love a good dark wash because it slims everything down a little bit – making my hips look smaller. And I’m all about high rise because it shows off my waistline (which is the thinner part of my body) and I don’t have to worry about bending over at work. High rise keeps me covered and comfortable! I also like a little stretch in my jeans because I work with kids! I’m constantly running around and hanging out on the floor, so they have to be comfy. Now, the problem of where to find these magic jeans?

I finally found my perfect pair over at Express! I have several pairs of their High Waisted Jean Leggings – and honestly, all of their high waist jeans fit me perfectly. They’re available in a variety of styles, cuts and washes along AND they’re available in long (which is a necessity for us skyscrapers). They never fail! I wear mine all throughout the year.

@musingsofglitter

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Jenn of The Body Type Stylist

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I am Jenn, The Body Type Stylist. I am a Personal Stylist here in Phoenix, AZ and I love to share fashion for your body type on my blog. I am also a mom of two adorable girls with another little girl due in January! My current favorite jean is this amazing white pair! I had to share this fun look with you! I took these pictures back before I was struggling through morning sickness and actually got to enjoy a good cocktail!

Finding the perfect white jean hasn’t been easy! They’ve been either too thin and show my butt, too low and show my butt or just not the right fit. Then I found these white Ami release hem pair from NYDJ and have been wearing them weekly ever since. (I secretly want them to come out with the same pair in black) I’m still wearing them now at 17 weeks pregnant with my third baby. I probably will have to put them away soon. But you can grab a pair on sale for $77!

@thebodytypestylist

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