Great Style Tips For Every Type Of Body Shape

Skinny jeans have been a wardrobe staple for many of us for the past decade. When the cafés reopen, what should you wear to brunch? A pair of skinny pants and a sweater. Going for a muddy walk (again)? Wellies, a duvet coat, and skinny jeans complete the look.

Since 2005, when I bought a pair of Topshop’s ‘The Baxter’ slim jeans, I’ve been devoted to them. They were so popular that 18,000 pairs were sold every week at their height.

They were, however, uncomfortably tight and unsightly for certain body types.

Thankfully, denim trends for 2021 are shifting away from the slim silhouette hanfu t-shirt, with wide legs, flares, and even the bootcut making a comeback.

Consider balance and an aesthetically beautiful form when looking for the perfect style for your measurements.

Skinny jeans are difficult to balance, but they look good on those who have short legs and lengthy torsos, or petite busts and broad hips. Here are the pairs to wear to bring off your best features…

THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM

If your hips are larger than your breast and shoulders, you are a triangle, also known as the pear form.

Remember that fashion is all about finding the right balance: you want a bootcut or a flare to balance out your hips, like the authentic flared jean from Whistles (left).

For a 1970s vibe, I especially like the mid-blue tint. Any detail in the hip area should be avoided in styles (no distressing, zips or sailor pockets). A solid rule of thumb is that the broader the hem of your jeans should be, the curvier you are.

BODY THAT IS STRAIGHT AND ATHLETIC

You have a column shape if your torso is straighter, your shoulders are square, and your hips reflect your waist. You want to add a sense of suppleness and flow to your design (a.k.a. the opposite of the skinny). Boyfriend styles, which sit low on the hips and swing loosely over the legs, look wonderful on athletic types.

The cropped wide-leg shape of Gap’s mid-rise distressed boyfriend jeans (£29.97, available in sizes 2-20, gap.co.uk) has a softness to it.

SHORT LEGS, LONG BODY

This one is simple: highwaisted. The easiest method to give the impression that your legs start higher than they actually do is to embrace the high waist. Fortunately, they’re numerous right now. Levi’s ribcage straight ankle jeans are one of my favorites (I have three pairs: one cropped pair in black and two full-length variants in indigo and ecru). The easiest trompe l’oeil for creating leg length is to reveal an inch of skin at the ankle. Plus sizes, up to a 24M, are available (46in waist).

TRIANGLE INVERTED

You want to fill out your hips if you have broad shoulders and narrow hips.

Making anything bigger can go against the grain when we’re continually told that tiny is superior. Building out your hips, on the other hand, will balance them out with your shoulders, making your shoulders feel less broad.

You can wear tapered or’mom’ jeans if you’re slim. A cropped wide-leg style, such as the treasure-cut cropped jeans from & Other Stories, is a safer pick and much easier to wear.

THE HOURGLASS

If you’re an hourglass figure, you’re already proportioned, with a balanced bust and hips, so you’ll want to keep that balance.

Bootcut styles will look fantastic on you. If the thought of a 1990s version makes you cringe, don’t worry: the modern models sit higher on the waist, which is ideal for highlighting your slimmest part. They’re cropped as well, and a pair in a mid-blue will look fresh. Darker denim is more flattering, so if you’re an hourglass, J Brand’s Franky cropped boot-cut in ‘idea’ is a good option.

LONG LEGS, SHORT BODY

You’re after anything with a mid-rise waistline – thankfully, the low-rise waistline isn’t in vogue right now — which means our muffin-tops have little chance of escaping.

By stealing an inch or two from your legs, a mid-rise design will also assist lengthen your torso.

Uniqlo’s denim collection is dependable, and their mid-rise relaxed fit tapered jeans are manufactured of 26% Lyocell, a super-soft man-made fabric.

THE CIRCULAR BODY

If you have a larger waist, straight styles will look wonderful because they lower the leg-to-waist ratio. A cropped straight leg will make your legs appear longer, and a mid-rise will save you from being cut off at your broadest point. Arket sells fantastic jeans for £59 that are manufactured from organic cotton and have only 2% elastane – just enough to keep you in all the right places.

THE ULTIMATE ALL-ROUNDER

If a complete departure is too much to fathom right now for slender enthusiasts, try easing away softly with a slim, straight leg.

Avoid anything too tight around the ankle, but anything that hints to your leg’s shape is a winner.

If your legs are tiny, the Totême mid-rise cropped straight-leg design, £210, matchesfashion.com, is ideal, but if your legs are a little chunkier, Arket’s straight cropped jeans, £59, arket.com, are an easy win.

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Ryan Harper