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Jean Therapy: The Best Jeans for Every Body

With our style secrets, you'll find the perfect pair for your hips, thighs, and butt -- and never feel blue about your denim again.

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Best Jeans for Petite Legs

Jacqui's "Before" Jeans
Jeans can be pricey, so "it's frustrating when you have to take up practically half the leg -- and then lose a lot of the shape," Jacqui Rosshandler, 27, says. She opted for a cropped pair (left) because they didn't require hemming. To avoid looking squat, though, Jacqui needs to invest in jeans that fit from thighs to calves -- and, yes, in tailoring.

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Best Jeans for Petite Legs

"I love how much longer and leaner I look. I am going to live in these!"
On Jacqui: Red Engine Cayenne, $159, truejeans.com

FIT TIPS FOR PETITES

Legs: Skinny and straight cuts keep your calves in proportion.

Waist: Your best bet is mid- or low-rise.

Trend to try: Side-zip skinny jeans. They're cropped and tapered -- exactly what you need.

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Best Jeans for Petite Legs: J Brand

J Brand, $189, jbrandjeans.com

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Best Jeans for Petite Legs: A.E. Outfitters

American Eagle Outfitters Skinny, $40, ae.com

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Best Jeans for Petite Legs: 7 For All Mankind

7 For All Mankind Gwenevere, $198, 7forallmankind.com

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Best Jeans for Plus Sizes

Suzette's "Before" Jeans

When a guy she was dating asked why she never wore jeans, Suzette Banzo, 41, finally bought a pair. "I thought that a baggy cut hid my flaws and a high waist would stop the muffin-top action," Suzette says of her old pair (left). But a formfitting style in a dark rinse is slimming and far sexier.

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Best Jeans for Plus Sizes

"Check it out: curvalicious coming right at you!"

On Suzette: Miraclebody Samantha, $110, Macy's stores

FIT TIPS FOR PLUS SIZES

Legs: Your most flattering cuts are flared or straight.

Waist: Choose mid-rise styles that fall at your natural waist (right across the navel).

Trend to try: Wide-leg sailor pants. The bottoms balance out your curves; side-slit pockets won't add bulk.

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Best Jeans for Plus Sizes: Ralph Lauren

Lauren Jeans Co. by Ralph Lauren, $109, select Bloomingdale's stores

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Best Jeans for Plus Sizes: Old Navy

Old Navy Flirt Boot-Cut, $30, Old Navy Stores, 800-653-6289 for stores

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Best Jeans for Plus Sizes: Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant Right Fit, $55, lanebryant.com

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Best Jeans for Pear Shapes

Charell's "Before" Jeans

Living in the era of skinny jeans has been hard on hippy chicks. "I know they're wrong for me, from the tiny ankles that make me look wider to the low waist that barely covers my butt," Charell Charleston, 28, says. Still, she felt compelled to wear the trend (left). Now she'll stick to cuts that hug her hips but have volume in the leg to even out her curves.

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Best Jeans for Pear Shapes

"Finally, jeans that let me move. I can't wait to go dancing in these!"

On Charell: Not Your Daughter's Jeans Sarah, $98, nordstrom.com

FIT TIPS FOR PEAR SHAPES

Legs: Wide or boot cuts give the best balance to your silhouette.

Waist: To avoid "plumber butt," go for mid- or high-rise.

Trend to try: Bright-colored denim. As long as it's the right cut, cheerful hues can slim your lower half.

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Best Jeans for Pear Shapes: Replay

Replay Teena, $210, shop.replay.it

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Best Jeans for Pear Shapes: Soundgirl

Soundgirl Kelly, $38, soundgirl.com

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Best Jeans for Pear Shapes: Refuge Denim

Refuge Denim for Charlotte Russe, $33, charlotterusse.com

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Best Jeans for Flat Butts

Ashley's "Before" Jeans

After losing 50 pounds, Ashley Rudolph, 25, was so thrilled to be a size 29 in jeans that she bought her "before" pair. "My thighs are bigger from running, but I didn't notice that this style actually adds even more bulk," Ashley says. Meanwhile, her lack of a butt leaves her rear view looking droopy. The answer: Well-placed stitching on back pockets and front buttons that lead the eye up and away from thighs.

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Best Jeans for Flat Butts

"I'm wearing these to my bachelorette party. I feel so skinny!"

On Ashley: Kentucky Denim Mary Ann, $140, emoda.com

FIT TIPS FOR FLAT BUTTS

Legs: Look for flare cuts, especially if you have big thighs.

Waist: Mid-rise and low-rise styles won't add sag to your bottom.

Trend to try: Gray denim. It's the new blue -- and a good neutral for every figure.

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Best Jeans for Flat Butts: Hurley

Hurley 99 Lowrider, $69, hurley.com

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Best Jeans for Flat Butts: Forever 21

Forever 21, $20, forever21.com

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Best Jeans for Flat Butts: Levi's

Levi's Flare, $44, 800-872-5384 for stores

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Best Jeans for Long Legs

Monica's "Before" Jeans

"Being supermodel tall doesn't make finding jeans any easier. "I'll haul 10 pairs into the dressing room and still not find ones long enough," Monica Chelchowski, 35, says. On her last expedition, she chose wide-leg denim trousers (left). "They're short, but I thought I could wear them with flats to work." A more figure-flattering choice that's still office-friendly: dark jeans that accentuate her toned legs and extend past her ankle.

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Best Jeans for Long Legs

"I never knew my legs could be this shapely and sexy in slim jeans."

On Monica: DL1961 Jennifer, $158, nationaljeancompany.com

FIT TIPS FOR LONG LEGS

Legs: Lucky you, anything goes!

Waist: Since you don't need more elongating, stick to mid- or low-rise.

Trend to try: Eighties-inspired leopard prints. If anyone can carry off this attention-grabbing look, it's you.

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Best Jeans for Long Legs: Paige Premium Denim

Paige Premium Denim Hidden Hills, $189, paigepremiumdenim.com

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Best Jeans for Long Legs: DC

DC Roslyn, $62, dcshoes.com

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Best Jeans for Long Legs: Quiksilver

Quiksilver Pretty Tough Slim Straight, $78, womens.quiksilver.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2009

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