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True Blue: Stylish Ways to Wear Denim

Searching for the perfect pair of jeans? Fall's newest denim styles flatter every shape and size.

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The Look: '70s-Inspired Denim

Best for balancing the silhouette of hippie chicks and adding curves to straighter figures.

Style tip: Head-to-toe denim is instantly slimming. Accentuate your waist with a thin leopard belt.

  • LuLu's Denim Dreams top ($41, LuLu's, 866-918-5858). Emerson Made Original Bluebells jeans ($198, emersonmade.com). Melamed belt ($100, Melamed, 310-247-8789). Barbara Briones Mali shoes ($498, barbarabriones.com).

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Try This If You Have Full Hips

  • BCBGeneration Alexander top ($88, BCBGeneration stores). 7 For All Mankind jeans ($198, 7forallmankind.com). Lodis Audrey belt ($42, Lodis, 310-207-6841). Donald J. Pliner Marvel shoes ($295, donaldjpliner.com).

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The Look: Colored Skinny Denim

Best for all body types. The straight cut slims and trims.

Style tip: Choose a pair of cropped skinnies for the most flattering look. With bottoms this bold, keep your top basic.

  • Timo Weiland Dancer's top ($365, 877-SHOPBOP). Work Custom Jeans Viper Crop Leggera jeans ($145, Dot Reeder, Montclair, New Jersey; 973-744-7410). Bettye Muller Daphne shoes ($495, Anthropologie stores).

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Try This to Look Thinner

  • Topshop top ($70, topshop.com). Zco jeans ($44, zcojeans.com). Boutique 9 Dorsal shoes ($140, 800-999-1877 for stores).

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The Look: Overalls

Best for camouflaging a long torso.

Style tip: Dress them down by wearing with a long-sleeve printed tee, or go for sleek and sophisticated with a tailored blazer and wedge heels.

  • Gap Megan romper ($80, Gap 1969, New York City; 212-431-2686). Minnie Mortimer Suzanne top ($65, uniquities.com). Yoana Baraschi blazer ($350, The Bee, Long Branch, New Jersey; 732-923-0505). Hue Stacked Zig Zag socks ($10, select Macy's stores). Comptoir des Cotonniers Liqua shoes ($260, Comptoir des Cotonniers, New York City; 212-352-3069).

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Try This If You Have a Long Torso

  • Elle top ($34, kohls.com for stores). Levi's Boyfriend overalls ($98, levi.com). Forever21 blazer ($23, forever21.com). Merona shoes ($25, Target, 800-800-8800).

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The Look: A Faded and Slightly Distressed Style (aka boyfriend jeans)

Best for lengthening a short torso, because they sit lower on the hips, and for adding volume to a flat bottom, thanks to fading on the back pockets.

Style tip: A fitted vest makes boyfriend jeans look polished, not sloppy.

  • Minnie Mortimer Gregg Flannel top ($180, minniemortimer.com). Lauren by Ralph Lauren vest ($189, select Lord & Taylor stores). Element Fiddler jeans ($70, elementeden.com for stores). Hue Argyle socks ($7, hue.com). Cole Haan Stephanie Air Ox shoes ($328, Cole Haan; 800-201-8001). Target hat ($15, select Target stores).

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Try This If You Have a Straight Shape

  • H&M vest, ($25, hm.com). Aeropostale top ($45, aeropostale.com). Express jeans ($80, Express, 888-397-1980). G.H. Bass & Co. Robbie shoes ($79, bassshoes.com.

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The Look: Wide-Leg Trousers in a High Rise

Best for concealing a tummy and giving athletic calves plenty of room.

Style tip: Pair them with a fitted belted sweater to show off your figure.

  • Mike Gonzalez Shrimpton top ($188, Roan, Richmond, Virginia; 804-288-3699). Tory Burch Berta sweater ($295, Tory Burch, 866-480-8679). Level 99 jeans ($118, anthropologie.com). Plenty by Tracy Reese Gilda shoes ($150, amazon.com.

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Try This If You Have a Tummy

  • Missoni for Target top ($45, target.com). Uniqlo top ($20, Uniqlo Soho, New York City; 917-237-8800). I Heart Ronson for JCPenney jeans ($35, JCPenney stores; 877-FIND-JCP). Lela Rose for Payless Fulton shoes ($55, select Payless stores.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2011.

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