Find your most flattering jeans ever
All in the jeans...
For a lot of women, shopping for jeans can be just as traumatic as shopping for a bathing suit--there are so many cuts, colors, and types of denim to choose from! I know I've had to learn through years of trial and error what I can and can't wear. But if there's one style every woman should own, it's a straight-legged pair that's the same width from hip to ankle. These lengthen legs, balance curves, disguise hips--they do everything.
Rachel's fit tips:
Waist: Tuck your shirt in to define your figure--and blouse it out a little to hide a tummy.
Hips: It's most important to fit your hip and thigh area. If the waist is too big, you can always get it taken in.
Shoes: I like to wear chunky heels to balance out the tailored fit of these jeans. If your shoes are too delicate, you risk looking like an upside-down champagne bottle.
Wash: Fit is more important than wash--a light wash that fits well will still be slimming. But skip whiskering! Anything that draws attention to the widest part of my body, I'm walking away from.
On Melanie: Jeans, Levi's, $78; levi.com. Shirt, $29.90; uniqlo.com. Watch, $24; lulus.com. Wrap bracelet, BCBG Max Azria, $38; bcbg.com. Heels, Rachel Roy, $350; rachelroy.com.
If you're petite...
Flats can be flattering, if you cuff your jeans--a peek of ankle keeps you from seeming overwhelmed by fabric.
Sexy Boyfriend jeans, $70; gap.com. Sizes 00 to 16 regular, 00 to 14 petite, and 4 to 16 tall. Shirt, Jones New York, $65; jny.com. Sweatshirt, Rachel Rachel Roy, $59; rachelroy.com. Necklace, Trifari, $36; Kohl's. Flats, $34.90; express.com.
Tip: Another cute way to wear a button-down? Under a fitted sweatshirt!
If you have a tummy...
Jeans with a high-ish waist--one that hits right below your belly button--will hold your stomach in so well it's ridiculous!
Jeans, $89; guess.com. Sizes 23 to 32. Shirt, $60; calvinklein.com. Cuff, $49; spartina449.com. Heels, Charles by Charles David, $99; charlesdavid.com.
Tip: Tuck in your top, but skip a belt--it will just add bulk.
If you're plus-size...
Opt for a tailored blazer and a top that hits just below the hips, a combination that will balance and elongate your whole body.
Jeans, $29.94; oldnavy.com. Sizes 0 to 20 short, regular, and long. Top, $17.80; forever21.com. Sizes XL to 3X. Blazer, $130 (sizes 4 to 16), $140 (sizes 18 to 24); coldwatercreek.com. Watch, Armitron, $120; amazon.com. Heels, $39.95; justfab.com.
Tip: Don't go super-stretchy: You want to support (not squinch) your curves.
Rachel's game plan for the fitting room:
1. Sit down in your jeans. If they feel tight or bulge around the midsection, go up a size. And if too much of you is on display, that means the rise is too low.
2. Do a few leg lunges to make sure you can actually move in them.
3 .Ignore the size. Go by fit, not the number inside the jeans. You want a pair that truly works on your body. If the number makes you self-conscious, just cut the tag out when you get home!