The Perfect Jeans for Every Shape

Finding the perfect pair of jeans for your shape can be downright discouraging. Wide-leg, boot-cut, flare, skinny—which will flatter and hourglass figure? How about an oval? Fear not: Fashion expert Genny Iannucci is here to help you dress your body type right!

If you're an hourglass...

Your bust and hip measurements are approximately equal, and your waistline is very well-defined. You typically wear the same size top and bottom. The key to dressing your figure is to maintain a vertical balance.


Avoid jeans with a low rise. High-waisted denim (think just below the belly button) will draw attention to your smallest part; further accentuate the waist with a great belt. If you're a fuller hourglass, opt for a boot cut that falls straight from the widest part of your hips.

If you're an oval...

Your bust and hip measurements are smaller than your waist. You typically buy a size larger in jackets and pants to accommodate your waistline.


Opt for a mid-rise, wide-leg trouser to lengthen the legs. Jeans that rise too high or low may expose any bulk. Also, search out pairs with a thicker waistband to support the midsection.

If you're a triangle...

Your bust is smaller than your hips, and you have a defined waist. Your body type often requires a smaller size on top than bottom. Triangle is in fact the most common female shape.


Avoid denim with "whiskering" at the thighs as this will add texture and bulk to an area you're trying to minimize. Look for a solid, dark wash that falls straight down from the widest part of the hips.

If you're a rectangle...

Your bust and waist measurements are roughly even with a slight indentation (usually one to eight inches smaller) at the waist, if at all. You typically wear the same size on top and bottom but often find that garments fit snugly through the waist.


Unlike the triangle, rectangles should look for detailing (e.g. whiskering) that will add volume to the hips. A flared jean is perfect for a rectangle because it will help add curves where your body is normally straight. Additionally, choose denim with raised back pockets to avoid an elongated bottom.

Above: Veronica Gilmore (hourglass), Andrea Kadis (oval), Adeline Chan (triangle) and Laura Petronzi (rectangle); signage, CDG Display Solutions; wardrobe, Over the Rainbow.

genny_bio_jeans_body_type.jpgA Canadian fashion-industry insider for over 20 years, Genny Iannucci is an expert in how to flatter your figure and build a strong, versatile wardrobe. Her passion? Helping women look their best on a budget.