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Good Jeans: The Perfect Jeans for Your Body

Denim dilemma? The fashion gurus at FITNESS can help you find the perfect jeans for your body type.

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Rear View: Hudson Jeans

For 100 percent rear-view satisfaction: Look for flared legs or a slight boot cut. The extra width below the knee helps balance out bigger bottoms. Angled back pockets also help slenderize derrieres.

Shown here: Hudson Jeans Signature Bootcut, $155

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Rear View: Chip & Pepper

For 100 percent rear-view satisfaction: Look for flared legs or a slight boot cut. The extra width below the knee helps balance out bigger bottoms. Angled back pockets also help slenderize derrieres.

Shown here: Chip & Pepper "Olivia," $154, Saks

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Rear View: Red Engine

For 100 percent rear-view satisfaction: Look for flared legs or a slight boot cut. The extra width below the knee helps balance out bigger bottoms. Angled back pockets also help slenderize derrieres.

Shown here: Red Engine "Scarlett," $164

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Rear View: Antik Denim

For 100 percent rear-view satisfaction: Look for flared legs or a slight boot cut. The extra width below the knee helps balance out bigger bottoms. Angled back pockets also help slenderize derrieres.

Shown here: Antik Denim "Gina," $200, shopkitson.com

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Rear View: Blue Cult

For 100 percent rear-view satisfaction: Look for flared legs or a slight boot cut. The extra width below the knee helps balance out bigger bottoms. Angled back pockets also help slenderize derrieres.

Shown here: Blue Cult Straight Leg, $152, revolveclothing.com

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Rear View: Citizens of Humanity

For 100 percent rear-view satisfaction: Look for flared legs or a slight boot cut. The extra width below the knee helps balance out bigger bottoms. Angled back pockets also help slenderize derrieres.

Shown here: Citizens of Humanity Lily Extended Tab Flare, $176

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Hip Issues: Route 66

For hips you'll never want to hide: This season's trend, the high-waisted jean, works best for hip-phobics. Look for those that sit at or slightly above your natural waist. Avoid cargos and hip-huggers.

Shown here: Route 66 Low Rise Stretch Denim Bootcut, $20, kmart.com

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Hip Issues: American Eagle Outfitters

For hips you'll never want to hide: This season's trend, the high-waisted jean, works best for hip-phobics. Look for those that sit at or slightly above your natural waist. Avoid cargos and hip-huggers.

Shown here:American Eagle Outfitters AE Artist, $50, ae.com

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Hip Issues: Level 99

For hips you'll never want to hide: This season's trend, the high-waisted jean, works best for hip-phobics. Look for those that sit at or slightly above your natural waist. Avoid cargos and hip-huggers.

Shown here: Level 99 "Betsy," $118, anthropologie.com

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Hip Issues: Freedom of Choice

For hips you'll never want to hide: This season's trend, the high-waisted jean, works best for hip-phobics. Look for those that sit at or slightly above your natural waist. Avoid cargos and hip-huggers.

Shown here: Freedom of Choice Fillmore Trouser, $162, FOCjeans.com

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Hip Issues: Banana Republic

For hips you'll never want to hide: This season's trend, the high-waisted jean, works best for hip-phobics. Look for those that sit at or slightly above your natural waist. Avoid cargos and hip-huggers.

Shown here: Banana Republic Classic Boot, $78, bananarepublic.com

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Hip Issues: Raven Denim

For hips you'll never want to hide: This season's trend, the high-waisted jean, works best for hip-phobics. Look for those that sit at or slightly above your natural waist. Avoid cargos and hip-huggers.

Shown here: Raven Denim Sadie Bootcut, $220, livenatty.com

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Thigh Shy: Old Navy

For thigh-high confidence: Pull on a pair of straight-leg jeans; they'll give the illusion of thinner thighs. (Just make sure they're not too snug.) Or, go for wide-leg drawstring denim for a comfy fit.

Shown here: Old Navy Demi Bootcut, $35, oldnavy.com

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Thigh Shy: MYNK

For thigh-high confidence: Pull on a pair of straight-leg jeans; they'll give the illusion of thinner thighs. (Just make sure they're not too snug.) Or, go for wide-leg drawstring denim for a comfy fit.

Shown here: MYNK Drawstring Trouser, $268, luomovogue.com

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Thigh Shy: DKNY

For thigh-high confidence: Pull on a pair of straight-leg jeans; they'll give the illusion of thinner thighs. (Just make sure they're not too snug.) Or, go for wide-leg drawstring denim for a comfy fit.

Shown here: DKNY Jeans, $48, 800-777-4524

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Thigh Shy: FlowerHouse

For thigh-high confidence: Pull on a pair of straight-leg jeans; they'll give the illusion of thinner thighs. (Just make sure they're not too snug.) Or, go for wide-leg drawstring denim for a comfy fit.

Shown here: FlowerHouse Jeans, $138, Stillwater, Oklahoma; 405-707-0024

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Thigh Shy: William Rast Belle Flap

For thigh-high confidence: Pull on a pair of straight-leg jeans; they'll give the illusion of thinner thighs. (Just make sure they're not too snug.) Or, go for wide-leg drawstring denim for a comfy fit.

Shown here: William Rast Belle Flap, $224, revolveclothing.com

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Thigh Shy: Mavi

For thigh-high confidence: Pull on a pair of straight-leg jeans; they'll give the illusion of thinner thighs. (Just make sure they're not too snug.) Or, go for wide-leg drawstring denim for a comfy fit.

Shown here: Mavi "Zoe," $118, mavi.com/shop

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Waist Management: Mossimo for Target

For the waist you've always wanted: Opt for a higher rise; the extra fabric acts like a girdle if you have a little pooch. The ideal style should fall an inch or two below your belly button.

Shown here: Mossimo for Target, $23, target.com

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Waist Management: Not Your Daughter's Jeans

For the waist you've always wanted: Opt for a higher rise; the extra fabric acts like a girdle if you have a little pooch. The ideal style should fall an inch or two below your belly button.

Shown here: Not Your Daughter's Jeans Tummy Tuck, $88, nordstrom.com

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Waist Management: Lauren Jeans Co.

For the waist you've always wanted: Opt for a higher rise; the extra fabric acts like a girdle if you have a little pooch. The ideal style should fall an inch or two below your belly button.

Shown here: Lauren Jeans Co. Stretch Slim Denim, $90, select Macy's stores

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Waist Management: Daisy Fuentes

For the waist you've always wanted: Opt for a higher rise; the extra fabric acts like a girdle if you have a little pooch. The ideal style should fall an inch or two below your belly button.

Shown here: Daisy Fuentes 5 Pocket Jean, $44, kohls.com

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Waist Management: Lee Jeans

For the waist you've always wanted: Opt for a higher rise; the extra fabric acts like a girdle if you have a little pooch. The ideal style should fall an inch or two below your belly button.

Shown here: Lee Jeans Instantly Slims You, $42, lee.com

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Waist Management: J. Jill

For the waist you've always wanted: Opt for a higher rise; the extra fabric acts like a girdle if you have a little pooch. The ideal style should fall an inch or two below your belly button.

Shown here: J. Jill Authentic Fit Jeans, $79, jjill.com

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Flatter Your Legs: Levi's

For fits that flatter your legs: Petite frames and boy-shaped bods love the snug fit of the skinny jeans. They create curves and make your legs look longer, so no need to worry that the trend has passed.

Shown here: Levi's Skinny, $40, levisstore.com

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Flatter Your Legs: True Religion

For fits that flatter your legs: Petite frames and boy-shaped bods love the snug fit of the skinny jeans. They create curves and make your legs look longer, so no need to worry that the trend has passed.

Shown here: True Religion "Julie Black Needle," $215, True Religion stores

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Flatter Your Legs: Vigoss for JCPenney

For fits that flatter your legs: Petite frames and boy-shaped bods love the snug fit of the skinny jeans. They create curves and make your legs look longer, so no need to worry that the trend has passed.

Shown here: Vigoss for JCPenney, $40, jcp.com

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Flatter Your Legs: Earnest Sewn LC 94

For fits that flatter your legs: Petite frames and boy-shaped bods love the snug fit of the skinny jeans. They create curves and make your legs look longer, so no need to worry that the trend has passed.

Shown here: Earnest Sewn LC 94, $230, Atrium, NYC; 212-473-3980

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Flatter Your Legs: Miss Sixty

For fits that flatter your legs: Petite frames and boy-shaped bods love the snug fit of the skinny jeans. They create curves and make your legs look longer, so no need to worry that the trend has passed.

Shown here: Miss Sixty "J-Bullet," $429, 212-575-0315

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Flatter Your Legs: AG Jeans

For fits that flatter your legs: Petite frames and boy-shaped bods love the snug fit of the skinny jeans. They create curves and make your legs look longer, so no need to worry that the trend has passed.

Shown here: AG Jeans Casablanca Skinny, $145, revolveclothing.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.

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