Six women, hundreds of options, one common goal: Find the ultimate flattering fit. Here's how they did it -- and how you can, too
Find affordable jeans that flatter your figure -- for less! We tried on 327 pairs for this guide on shopping for the best-fitting denim for your body type.
Frustrated by not finding her size in many stores, Cecily is stuck in a shopping rut: "I always shop at the same stores, regardless
of styles." The problem? "What I wind up with doesn't always look good on me," she says.
The fix: Find a straight-leg style that's fuller through the hips and thighs. And embrace stretch denim, which hugs curves and holds everything in place.
You wouldn't think legs that go on forever could be a liability, right? But Brandy says they keep her from rocking of-the-moment
looks such as bold-color jeans and patterned denim. "I run into trouble when I want trendier styles," she says.
The fix: Seek out stores that carry options with inseams of at least 32 inches on skinny styles, or look to websites with tall sections, such as Old Navy.
A stress eater, Beth, a working mom, says she gained about 60 pounds in eight years. "I have a tummy I never used to have,
and I find jeans are one of the hardest things to buy," she says. "I'm not afraid to spend more money if I find something
that looks good. I just wish it were easier to do."
The fix: Look for built-in panels, which work wonders on the midsection. To help balance a curvy figure, go for a boot-cut style.
Lora wants jeans that are stylish and sophisticated and fit her long, size-14 frame. The problem? She has a hard time passing
up a denim bargain. "I'll buy a pair of cheap jeans even if the fit isn't great," she says. "But then I'll wind up with 10
pairs of $30 jeans when I should have just bought the $65 ones that actually flatter me."
The fix: This style has a no-fly waistband -- the lack of hardware creates a clean line over the tummy area.
Although Thu-Loan loves to wear denim, she is getting tired of going to the tailor. "I always have to have everything hemmed,
and jeans are too tight or too loose. I can never find the right fit," she says. "I don't think I've ever bought the same
style of jeans twice."
The fix: Opt for low to midrise styles to avoid sagging in the crotch. Also, try shopping the junior department, where jeans tend to have a shorter inseam.
Shirley, a working mother of two, has a pretty tall denim order to fill: "I want to accentuate my hips, cover my butt and
make my legs look good," she says. "Plus, I need to be able to move. My 2-year-old is all over the place!"
The fix: Opt for stretch denim with a no-gap waistband that stays put thanks to hidden elastic. And look for midrise styles. Low-rise versions can be too revealing.