The Best Jeans For “Every” Body Type

Finding a nice pair of jeans can be hard work from the lenght, waist to the fit. I tend to go for some high end brand and it makes me feel good but for many the stuggle ends when you know your body shape and what cut is best (straight, skinny, boot cut etc)

Jean trends ebb and flow, but when it comes to denim it’s best to go with what works best for you. 

While specific cuts will work better than others based on body shape, whether you’re tall, average or petite also comes into play. Brands like Old Navy are fantastic to shop because their jean styles come in various lengths. Similarly all of the denim styles mentioned come in various levels of stretch depending on the brand you’re shopping. Go with what feels comfortable to YOU. Stretchy options are great if you prioritize comfort, while rigid denim is best for those that prioritize their jeans retaining shape and fit.

With that in mind keep reading for a look at what styles work based on your body shape. In the end, however, it’s always good to remember to go with our gut and just because a boyfriend-style jean may work particularly well for an “apple body,” doesn’t mean a “pear body” shouldn’t slip into a pair if that’s their vibe.

Here is a list of cut of jeans, from straight to slim:

  1. Straight cut: Straight cut jeans have a classic, timeless fit. They are cut straight from the waist to the leg opening, and offer a relaxed, comfortable fit.
  2. Bootcut: Bootcut jeans are similar to straight cut jeans, but with a slight flare at the leg opening to accommodate boots. They are more fitted through the thigh and knee, and flare out gently from the knee to the ankle.
  3. Slim cut: Slim cut jeans are narrower and more fitted than straight cut or bootcut jeans. They are cut close to the body from the waist to the ankle, and offer a more modern, streamlined look.
  4. Skinny cut: Skinny jeans are the narrowest and most form-fitting style. They are cut snugly from the waist to the ankle, with a tapered leg opening. They are popular for their slimming effect and versatile style, but can be less comfortable and forgiving than other styles.
  5. Boyfriend cut: Boyfriend jeans have a loose, relaxed fit that mimics the look of men’s jeans. They are typically worn low on the hips and rolled up at the ankles for a casual, effortless look.
  6. High-waisted cut: High-waisted jeans sit at or above the natural waistline, creating a vintage-inspired look that elongates the legs and accentuates the waist. They can be found in a variety of cuts, from skinny to wide-leg.
  7. Flare cut: Flare jeans are similar to bootcut jeans, but with a more pronounced flare that creates a dramatic bell-bottom effect. They are fitted through the thigh and knee, and flare out significantly from the knee to the ankle.
  8. Wide-leg cut: Wide-leg jeans have a relaxed, flowing fit that is wider from the hip to the ankle. They can be found in a variety of styles, including high-waisted and cropped.
  9. Mom cut: Mom jeans have a high waist and a relaxed, straight-legged fit that is reminiscent of the styles popular in the 80s and 90s. They are often cuffed at the ankle and paired with sneakers or sandals for a comfortable, casual look.
  10. Carpenter cut: Carpenter jeans have a loose, relaxed fit that is designed for durability and function. They are typically made from heavy-duty denim and feature utility pockets, hammer loops, and other details inspired by workwear.


Apple-shaped bodies have shoulders and bust areas that are larger than the hips, which tend to be narrow. This shape does well with jeans that draw attention to the legs, which can be done with a “boyfriend” style as well as with a “skinny” style. Basically, the best bet here is to go on either end of the spectrum as far as denim width.


Hourglass-shaped bodies’ signatures are hips and busts that appear to measure equal in size while also having a narrow waist. Straight leg jeans work great here. This style is also a nice compromise between boyfriend and skinny styles as you can show off curves while still maintaining comfort, especially if you opt for a stretch denim – i.e. apple-shaped bodies can consider it as well.


Pear-shaped bodies have their hips and bottom wider than their shoulders and bust. Flare jeans (the ones above are Good American), are a great option for this body type. The reason flares – which also work double duty because they’re one of the most statement making styles – work so well for pears is because the volume below the knee helps balance out wide hips, while accentuating the curves of the body.


If you’re pregnant now is the time to opt for comfort. Its great because they don’t sacrifice style for stretch. Their denim will work throughout your pregnancy as you grow and through your 4th trimester as you recover thanks to a panel which can be worn up for full belly coverage or folded down for extra hold. As for sizing, just select you pre-pregnancy size. Trust that non-maternity jeans are really the one thing practically no one can get away with wearing when pregnant.

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Adam Regan
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