While many women envy the slim-hipped figures of fashion models, having a lack of curves isn’t always so much fun in the real world. With no tailor on standby to nip and tuck, straight-figured women can have a tough time finding clothes that flatter their shape, especially when it comes to jeans. But once you find the right jeans, you can rock a look that curvier women just can’t pull off. It’s all about playing to your strengths and creating the illusion of curves where they’re missing.
Just what is a “straight figure,” and why is it so challenging?
According to How Stuff Works, straight figures – also called “boyish,” “athletic,” or “rectangular” – are defined by these characteristics:
. Slim waist
. Small or flat rear
. Little definition between waist and hips or thighs
. Few curves overall
That combination can make for jeans that fit in the waist but are baggy in the rear, jeans that fit in the rear but gap at the waist, or jeans that are baggy in the seat and thigh. Sound familiar? If so, follow these guidelines for finding the perfect pair of jeans:
Skinny jeans are made for your straight figure. The tapered ankle creates the illusion of wider hips. And Lucky magazine points out that detailed seams on those skinny jeans draw even more attention to the curves you do have. Paradoxically, flared (or bootleg) jeans accomplish the same thing; they draw attention to your hips by providing balance at the ankle. And wide-legged pants that make curvier figures look bulky look sleek and sophisticated on straight figures.
If you can find low-rise jeans that hit at the widest part of your hips, they’ll play up your curves. On the other hand, high-waisted jeans can emphasize your natural waist. Let your leg length be your guide. If you have long legs, opt for the low-rise jeans. If your legs are short, high-waisted jeans can make them look longer. And Denim Fit Guide points out that the additional material in high-waisted jeans can create a more flattering rear view by making your bum look bigger.
Another thing to consider is whether the jeans are straight or curved at the waist. While jeans with curved waists may seem like an obvious choice, they can cause unflattering gaps. Stick with jeans that are cut straight across the waist.
Details and embellishments
Quirky pocket details are hot right now, but they create the illusion of more bulk in the rear. Fortunately, that’s not a problem for you. Look for jeans with pocket flaps or other embellishments on the seat. Sailor-style buttons are another trendy way to create the illusion of curves. So is fading on the thighs. Wherever you want to draw the eye, that’s where the embellishments should go.
That advice works for belts, too. An attention-grabbing belt with low-rise jeans draws the eye to your hips. The same belt with high-waisted jeans accentuates that area. And Redbook points out that gathers are another great way to add the illusion of some curves.
You have one big advantage over curvier women. While a lot of them want to shift attention away from certain areas, you have nothing to hide – just things to emphasize. One way to do that is with color, and today’s patterns and bright neons are just the answer. They’ll accentuate your silhouette and the curves you do have.
Stay away from thin, stretchy materials that can make your legs look too skinny. Instead, opt for heavier, bulkier fabrics that add to your shape. Just make sure the jeans fit perfectly, so that they add bulk where you want it, not where you don’t.
What to avoid
Denim Fit Guide also suggests some important don’ts:
1. Stay away from loose, baggy styles. They’ll just add to the straightness you’re trying to camouflage and can make you look overwhelmed by fabric.
. Avoid cropped jeans, too. You want to accentuate the length of your legs, not make them look shorter.
With your straight figure, you can get away with almost any style of jeans – you have nothing to hide! Just choose jeans that draw the eye to the curves you do have and that create the ones you don’t.
Victoria Fleming loves style. She often blogs about the tricks to looking great for any occasion.