The Best Jeans for Your Body
A slim cut—plus special fabric made to keep its shape—smooths and lengthens.
“They held me in like shapewear; I wasn’t jiggling.” —Hannah, 29
Yummie by Heather Thomson Mid-Rise Skinny, $98; yummielife.com. Sizes 25 to 34.
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This slightly looser fit accommodates a fuller middle, while a mid-rise helps them stay put.
“I like that these aren’t skin-tight, and love that there’s no muffin top.” —Kayleigh, 27
Sofia Straight, $99; luckybrand.com. Sizes 25 to 33.
The stretchy waistband won’t dig into you, and the boot cut makes hips seem narrow.
“The waist was comfy, and they’re such a good deal.” —Indira, 29
Sweetheart Bootcut, $29.50; oldnavy.com. Sizes 0 to 20.
Stretchy and lower-cut, these give hips space but don’t gap at the waist.
“Now I have a perky butt! I feel sexy and confident.” —Elaina, 40
Simply Stretch Modern Bootcut by Signature from Levi Strauss & Co., $19.99; kmart.com. Sizes 4 to 18.
The thin fabric accommodates a big rear, while the length is ideal for tall bodies.
“They’re tight but don’t squish my butt, and are as comfy as leggings, only thicker.” —Tiffany, 37
Ultra Stretch Jeans, $39.90; uniqlo.com. Sizes 23 to 34.
For our oldest tester, the high rise and slim, cropped legs were modest yet cool.
“So great: These are roomy enough, but don’t look baggy.” —Leigh, 60
Denim Ankle Jean, $79.95 (sizes 0 to 16), $89.95 (sizes 18 to 24); coldwatercreek.com.
Ideal for extra-womanly figures, with a contoured waist and forgiving stretch fabric.
“They don’t gap at my waist, which is amazing since all jeans do.” —Danielle, 29
Curvy Slim, $89; anntaylor.com. Sizes 00 to 18 and 00 to 16 petite.
A higher rise prevents these from slipping down and slims the tummy.
“I don’t need a belt and my butt doesn’t look saggy? Buying these!” —Amaya, 36
Foreign Exchange Dark Denim Basic Skinny, $39; feclothing.com. Sizes 24 to 30.
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Stretchy and slim, these are brilliantly proportioned for small frames.
“Bonus—the front pockets are fake, so they don’t bunch.” —Genevieve, 39
Jessica Simpson Collection Kiss Me Jegging, $59; macys.com. Sizes 25 to 32 and 14W to 24W.
Light, stretchy material hugs legs, while a higher rise carves out a waist.
“I’m a teacher and could wear these sitting on the floor all day comfortably.” —Cindy, 43
Jordache Stretch Skinny, $16.44; walmart.com. Sizes 4 to 18.
An elastic waist nixes muffin top, and legs are roomy but not baggy.
“These didn’t dig into me at all! I actually looked like I had hourglass curves.” —Meghann, 35
Riders by Lee Della Skinny Slender Stretch, $19.94; walmart.com. Sizes 6 to 18.
Made of a super-soft denim, these don’t squeeze and are extra-long.
“This pair is generous in the calves and the length is perfect: both of my problem areas solved. They’re worth the price.” —Alanna, 31
Cj by Cookie Johnson Faith Straight, $148; nordstrom.com. Sizes 25 to 36.
Once you get past the fact that NYDJ stands for “not your daughter’s jeans,” you’ll find that these babies look amazing whether you’re 22 and single or 52 with grandkids. With patented technology that slims you a whole size, they’re a REDBOOK staff favorite, for really, really good reason.
From left: Josephine Legging, $120, and Alina Legging, $120; both nydj.com. Sizes 00 to 16 and 00 to 16 petite.