Finding jeans that fit our derrière in that just-right way is a work of art. No two butts are the same (obviously), and we’re all looking for something specific from our everyday denim, whether it’s to accentuate our curves, lengthen our legs, or lift our rear. To help guide us through this denim journey, we reached out to Kourt’s stylist, Dani Michelle, for her insight on how to shop for the right style. “Depending on your height and hips, you want to find a jean that helps create the right curves to give you the best lift, fit, and figure. The first thing to keep in mind is to make sure you have the right rise for your body type—meaning the waistband isn’t too low or high and hits your bum in the right place,” the fashion expert shared.
“The real secret to finding the ideal pair of butt-hugging jeans requires a trip to the alterations,” she added. Consider your denim purchase an investment as it’s one of the wardrobe staples you keep in your closet the longest (and wear the most). “One thing I like to do with my clients is to take in right under the rear, where the buns meet the leg. This trick will complete the curve and helps to avoid a stretched out look,” Dani explained. Learn more of Dani’s style tips on what to look for the next time you’re shopping for the perfect pair of jeans below.
“If you have an hourglass figure, that means you have the ideal curves to highlight. High-waisted jeans with stretch will help accentuate your curves. The high-rise fit will come in at the smallest part of the waist, and the stretch denim will help to highlight your butt and create an elongated leg to follow.“
“If you have a curvy body, I suggest going with darker wash denim, the deeper hue will lend an overall lengthening look. I also recommend opting for a tapered ankle versus a straight leg, as the narrowing at the bottom will create a more slender hourglass figure. The most important thing is how it fits your butt, so if you get to a place where you feel between sizes, go with the right fit for your waistline, and tailor down the legs and under your rear. You can do this at any local dry cleaners.”
“For a pear-shaped body, you want to try and even out the proportions of your lower body to your top half. Some tricks are to wear a flare or boot cut, which will draw the eye down to your lower half, and lengthen your legs. My advice is to keep the under butt and thighs tight throughout, so the pants don’t become too wide and end up looking unflattering. To make your back-side look more round, try pockets that sit slightly higher on the booty to help give a more curved shape.”
“If you have a petite figure, you can go for almost any cut, but it’s best to pick a pair that lengthens your legs. A long, super skinny cut will show off your small frame, and a high-waisted cut will add a few inches to your height. As for your tush, smaller pockets will lend the illusion of a bigger bum.”
“If you are long and tall, you want a medium-rise jean and to find an inseam that fits you best. The key is to keep it really fitted around your butt so that you don’t get a long look there. A mid or low-rise cut will add curves to your hips and bottom.”