The Best Jeans for Your Butt
Before you throw out your back carrying dozens of pairs of denim into the fitting room, read this guide to find the right jeans for your body.
It’s like the Catch-22 of style: We love to live in jeans, but dread buying them. It can take hours of shimmying into and out of different pairs in order to find just one
that has the right fit, color, brand and price. The editors of weightwatchers.com get so frustrated by the pursuit of the perfect pair that we called in reinforcement: NYC stylist Maria Concepcion heard our all-too-common complaints, and helped each of us slip
into the jeans that made us look and feel great. (She even solved another jeans dilemma:
What shoes to wear with what leg style.) Keep her expert tips in mind the next time you head to the mall.
||Lauren’s fit issue: “I have ‘thutt’ -- my butt and my thighs are actually one entity."|
The style solution: Flap pockets give you the appearance of having more of a backside, creating distinction between your butt and your thighs, says Concepcion.
If the shoe fits: Flats look adorable with skinny jeans, but if you are petite and looking to lengthen your legs, stick with heels, says Concepcion. To balance the lean lines of slim-cut jeans, look for a skinny-heeled shoe; clunky heels would throw this look out of whack.
Collin Skinny jean in Black Rose, Hudson , $178. Chiffon Tier Top, Yummie by Heather Thomson , $96. Rohma satin pump, $89, Gold plated cuff bracelet, R.J. Graziano, $25 (212-685-3737). Geo faceted drops double strand necklace, $88.
||Lisa’s fit issue: “I can never find jeans that fit in my hips, butt, thighs and waist."|
The style solution: If you want to visually slim your thighs, opt for a bootcut style to create a straight line from hip to ankle, says Concepcion.
Trouser jeans are another flattering option.
If the shoe fits: A good rule of thumb: the wider the leg opening, the chunkier a shoe you can wear. Concepcion put Lisa in booties with a modest heel.
Long-sleeve flyaway top, $72. Sequin bangles, $34 (call 212-398-7363). Bloomsbury Lace Up boots, $194, Polished silver graduated ball necklace, $50, Kenneth Jay Lane (1.877.953.5264).
||Mary’s fit issue: “My thighs are bulky and disproportionate to my waist.”|
The style solution: Women with muscular or heavy thighs will find a better fit with straight-leg or bootcut jeans than with slimmer-leg styles, says Concepcion. A roomier leg opening and a curved waistband at the back to eliminate gapping make these jeans just right.
If the shoe fits: With dark wash jeans like these, you can wear almost any shoe you want, from flats or kitten heels to wedges or platform stilettos.
LANDY pump, $89, Worn Gold earrings, $22, Mini squars cuff, $45, Gold Wire Wrapped Onyx necklace, $18.
Melanie’s fit issue: “Post-baby, my belly’s pretty squishy and I don’t want it spilling out.”
The style solution: To conceal a not-quite-toned tummy, look for jeans with a mid-rise, says Concepcion. Low-rise jeans hug your body in the wrong spot –resulting in spillover (hello, muffin top); mid-rise keep extra flesh in check and create a lean line from waist to hip.
If the shoe fits: Flare jeans are everywhere right now, says Concepcion, and look especially nice on tall women. With this style, you’ll want to wear platform or regular heels to show off the belled leg.
Hudson Signature Bootcut jeans, $215. Mimi Button Up shirt, Riders by Lee, $20. IREENA Moccasin Pump, $98. Kit's Faux Quartz Necklace, $45, Emitations.com. Cha Cha Cha Bracelet, $130.
Elly’s fit issue: “I want my legs to look longer.”|
The style solution: Stick with dark wash jeans, like the black ones Elly wears here, says Concepcion. Whiskering, fading or any other distressed look tends to break up the lines of the body, making petite women look shorter.
If the shoe fits: For even more leg-lengthening power, wear your jeans with heels (preferably in the same color).
Jeans, MNG by Mango exclusively at jcpenney, $43.92. Carolina Tee, Riders by Lee, $20. Carino Bacio61 pumps, $139. Gold hoop earring, R.J. Graziano, $65 (call 212-685-3737). Bracelets, Mixit by jcpenney, $7.99 each. Leopard skin moon necklace, $74.
|Rebecca’s fit issue: “I have very wide hips and I’m smaller on top.”|
The style solution: Women with a curvy lower-half will find the best fit in jeans that have a curved waistband that’s slightly higher in back than in front. A wide boot-cut leg evens out the leg line.
If the shoe fits: Concepcion favors heels, booties or mid-calf boots with bootcut jeans.
Samantha Jean, $110, TKTKTK, Folded Trim Top, $44, Collectors Item pump in Grape, Poetic Licence, $98, Belt, Mixit by jcpenney, $17.99 for two. Fuchsia & Purple Cubed Dangle earrings, $29.
|Kristina’s fit issue: “I have trouble finding jeans that fit my midsection/butt without giving me muffin top.”|
The style solution: A high-waisted jean that falls one finger below the navel offers a comfortable, secure fit while highlighting feminine curves, says Concepcion. For extra slimming effect, look for jeans with an invisible tummy control panel for tummy, and the skinny leg slims leg all the way down for a long, lean look. Uplifts rear. They are a higher rise, high-waisted skinny. I like high-waisted pants on curvy women: has stomach panel,
If the shoe fits: With high-waisted jeans – even slim-leg styles like the ones Kristina’s wearing, you can wear a chunkier shoe, says Concepcion, like the lace-up booties shown here a platform heel.
Skinny Minnie jeans, $110.00, 100% Cotton Relaxed T-Shirt Basic Editions, $7.98, Kmart Stores. Women’s Sueded Oxford Ankle Boots, $34.94 Old Navy. Belgo Lux Multi-colored printed belt, $38 (1-800-363-6328). Gold Tapered Hoop Earrings, ABS by Allen Schwartz, $60. Satin gold/emerald center ring, $75 Kenneth Jay Lane (1.877.953.5264).