Show off your shape in the best fit and cut for your body type.

By Jacqui Stafford
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There is a perfect pair of jeans for every body type. How do we know? Because after testing thousands of pairs on real women with dramatically different body types, we found them. Here, at last, are the best jeans to show off your shape, whether you have a curvy body, an apple shape, need petite jeans or have legs for days.

Body Type: Athletic

"As a marathoner, my thighs and calves are pretty muscular. This flared silhouette makes my legs look longer and leaner while accentuating my waist. Now I feel strong and sexy!" -Christina Luciw

Best Jeans: Dl1961 Roxy Kick Flare Jeans

Made with a four-way stretch fabric, these jeans hug Christina's curves without sagging or gapping-anywhere. The slim-to-the-knee fit and deep indigo rinse have a streamlining effect on her thighs, while the wider leg opening and longer hemline create the illusion of narrow calves. Add to that a medium rise (7 1∕2 inches) and curved waistband and these become the best jeans to give this body type a sleek look from torso to toe. $168, dl1961.com

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Body Type: Curvy

"Normally, jeans fit my waist but not my butt, or vice versa, but these mold perfectly to my body. Plus, they manage to be both hip and office-appropriate. No more ‘mom' jeans for me-ever!" -Robin Keller

Best Jeans: NYDJ Barbara Modern Bootcut Jeans

The uniformly dark wash shaves inches off Robin's lower body. The higher rise offsets fuller hips, and the waistband is cut to mimic the natural shape of the waist (so no gapping). The rear pockets are placed close together and angled inward slightly to make the booty appear smaller. Finally, these jeans boast a crisscross panel design that instantly flattens any tummy while enhancing natural curves. $108, bloomingdales.com

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Body Type: Boy Body Shape

"These jeans are stylish and super comfortable. I can wear them any time of day or night and feel amazing. Best of all, the cut makes me look more shapely than I actually am." -Tracy Lin

Best Jeans: 7 For All Mankind The Skinny Jeans

These body-hugging skinny jeans add femininity and definition to Tracy's narrow hips and calves. The dark wash has an elongating effect on her body, as does the 30-inch inseam that hits just below the ankle. (Jeans that bunch up at the bottom can actually make you look shorter). Another design plus: small pockets placed high on the butt to amp up this body type's assets. $149, 7forallmankind.com

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Body Type: Apple Shape

"To balance my waistline, I always size up in skinnies-which inevitably means they'll bag around my knees. That wasn't the case with these jeans: They fit like a dream, highlighting my slim legs without pinching my tummy." -Jaime Nash

Best Jeans: Victoria's Secret Siren Legging Jeans

Part jeans, part leggings, these showcase Jaime's slender thighs while minimizing her midsection. The higher-than-usual stretch content (21 percent, as opposed to the usual 2 percent) results in a super slimfit that hugs every contour. Faux front pockets in front reduce bulk, helping these jeggings lie flat against the body. $60, victoriassecret.com

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Body Type: Tall

"It's such a challenge to find cute jeans that are long enough for me. These skim the floor, which means I can wear heels if I want to. I also like how the higher waistline lays flat against my stomach, creating a more hourglass shape." -Jaclyn Valero

Best Jeans: Long Tall Sally Maccarthy bootcut jeans

These jeans were designed to address every issue tall women face. Available in three inseam lengths, they have a higher rise to accommodate a longer torso (meaning no tugging up your pants when you sit), a curved waistband to keep belly bulges at bay, and strategically placed back pockets to add a bit of dimension to a taller frame. $65, longtallsally.com

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Body Type: Petite

"Trying on jeans is worse than shopping for bikinis! It's tough to find a flattering pair when you're an hourglass shape and just 5'2". These make me feel six feet tall and 10 pounds lighter." -Vera Antich

Best Jeans: Express Bootcut Stella Regular Fit Jeans

The ultimate weekend jeans, this pair straddles the line between comfortable and stylish. The mid-rise rests at the perfect spot for petites: just between the natural waist and hip bone. The vertical fading down the center of the thighs visually elongates a petite frame, creating a taller, sleeker silhouette overall; large back pockets make a curvy butt look smaller by comparison. $70, express.com

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Comments (2)

Anonymous
March 26, 2019
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Anonymous
September 24, 2017
After two frustrating hours shopping for jeans at Nordstrom Rack today, I decided to look for recommendations for jeans for my body type. I was a little excited when I saw SHAPE posted "The Best Jeans For Every Body Type"! I am 5'5" 115 lbs, and I am super-fit, but my legs refuse to gain mass, so I don't fit into your "athletic" category. My thighs, calves and ankles are thin and I have a hard time finding brands that don't float on my legs. Anyway... just saying I'm bummed to discover that my body type doesn't exist. My search continues...