The New Business Casual - Jeans for all Body Types and Shapes

Since we've been working from home, what we know as "work attire" looks a lot more like elevated lounge wear and easy flowing styles. And if you find yourself attending zoom meetings consistently, then you're probably more "work appropriate" at the top and relaxed at the bottom, right?


Relaxed bottoms may look like leggings, sweats or even jeans. Jeans are a classic wardrobe staple that will NEVER go out of style. With that said, investing in a few good pairs of jeans to filter into your wardrobe is one of the best decisions you can make. Especially, during a time like this.



But finding the right pair that fits your body shape and type the way you want them to can be a challenge. Continue reading to find the best jean options for your body shape and type.


BODY TYPES

No matter what, every woman has a body type which is typically generalized into 3-4 different categories. Below, are the 3 most common body types that women tend to categorize themselves in. We determined a few different brands of denim that are considered the best options for each type.


Petite

If you're 5'4" or shorter, you're considered petite. Regular clothing is designed for women who are at least 5'5" or taller and even then, there aren't many women who fit that description. But, for anyone who is a bit shorter the problems with finding clothes that fit, tend to multiply.


Nordstrom and J.Crew are just a few of the handful of clothing stores that carry petite sizes, as most of the petite lines are only offered online. However, most of the advice given to petite body types is exactly the same. And it is frequently forgotten that all petite women are different.


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Tips when styling your petite jeans

  • Get used to trying a variety of brands and sizes until you find your size. Most "shorter" or "petite" sizes can be too short and/or too small for the average petite woman

  • Cropped jeans/pants usually fit petite women perfectly

  • Play around with unique styles (vertical stripes, flare leg) and pair them with the right shoes to elongate the look of your legs

Brands with good petite options


Tall

If you're 5'5" or above, you're considered tall. Most off the rack clothing would be considered too short in length or in the torso for this body type. So, shopping brands that offer pants with longer hems would be the solution. If you thought petite women had it bad, taller women are struggling just as much.


The inseam of most standard-size denim is around 32” — just long enough for a woman who stands at approximately 5’7”, without shoes. Anyone taller is left to contend with an awkward gap between the ankle and the foot, forced to only purchase that will work as "cropped".


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Tips when styling your tall jeans

  • If you love a pair of jeans that aren’t long enough, no sweat! Wear tallish boots to hide the flood or add fun socks

  • Opt for a skinny roll rather than a cuff on your jeans to create the illusion that you’ve got fabric to spare

  • Pants with a slit at the bottom are your friend


Brands with good tall options


Plus/Curvy

In the U.S., sizes 14 and above are considered "plus size", although not everyone who falls into that range identifies or agrees with that term. But style your jeans the right way and you’ll balance your proportions and create the ultimate flattering silhouette.

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Tips when styling your plus jeans

  • Choose jeans that have between 1% and 4% spandex for maximum stretch, without feeling like yoga pants

  • Know your measurements

Brands with good plus/curvy options


BODY SHAPES

There are few things better than finding an outfit that flatters your figure. The thing is, if you don’t understand why certain things look great on you, it can be hard to keep finding new favorites. In actuality, it’s very simple—it all boils down to body shape. Once you learn how to dress for your body shape, it’s amazing how easy it is to build a wardrobe you love to wear. Keep reading to discover the types of jeans best designed for each body shape and where to shop for them.


Double Diamond

From top to bottom, you are a picture of harmony and balance. You have equal proportions between your upper and lower body with a well-defined waist. With your body shape, I would recommend body-hugging styles that will show off those amazing curves.


What is a double diamond shape? Here are some common characteristics:


• Your shoulders and hips are about equal width

• You have a defined waist