Real Women, Real Curves: Wearing Skinny Jeans to Slim You and Trim You


Skinny jeans have been a popular trend for a few seasons now and it appears that they may be here to stay. But they can be a tricky trend to pull off without looking too imbalanced. The trick to wearing skinny jeans is to know how to complete your outfit with pieces that make your body look stylish and well-proportioned.

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Know Your Body Type

All body types and weights can wear skinny jeans with the right pieces. No matter her weight, there are four basic body types a woman falls into. Triangle-shaped women, also known as pear shaped, have wider hips with a narrow bust. Hourglass shapes have about the same measurements around their busts as around their hips, with a well-defined waist. Linear-shaped women also have similar measurements for both their busts and hips, but unlike the hourglass, they have little definition to their waists. Finally, the inverted triangle-shaped woman is the opposite of the triangle: her bust is wider with narrow hips. Examine your own shape in a mirror or ask a trusted friend to determine which shape defines you. Then read on for style tips to suit your body.

The Triangle

The triangle-shaped woman needs to balance her wider hips with the rest of her body. Pair skinny jeans with boots to add to the leg line. The triangle woman should also wear a longer, loose top that flows over the hips to add balance to the upper half of the body. Or use accessories to draw the eye away from the hips. A statement necklace draws the eye up, or try adding a belt at the narrowest part of the waist.

The Hourglass

The hourglass woman has a balanced body type, but even she can appear too bottom heavy in skinny jeans without the right styling. Like the triangle-shaped woman, the hourglass woman should wear longer shirts that help minimize the hips. Again, boots will help add balance to the line of the legs and keep hips from appearing too wide. The hourglass woman can incorporate many of the same tricks the triangle woman uses, such as adding accessories to draw the eye to certain body parts she wants to highlight.

The Linear-shaped

Linear-shaped women look great in skinny jeans! While baggier jeans can appear overwhelming on the linear shape, skinny jeans provide the perfect balanced look. They hug every line of the body, so they can make a linear shape appear to have more curves in places where she feels too small. The linear-shaped woman should take advantage of this by wearing jeans with bigger back pockets to accentuate her bottom.

The Inverted Triangle

The inverted triangle-shaped woman wants to make her bottom half match her top half, so unlike triangle shapes, the idea for the inverted triangle is to draw the eye down. Skinny jeans will add curves to the hips, and embellishments such as large back pockets or sequin details will create focal points. Wear simple shirts to minimize distractions on the upper half of the body and keep attention on the lower portion.

One Size Fits All

No matter your body type, if you carry extra weight don’t think that skinny jeans is a trend you can’t master. Keep the tips above in mind when styling skinny jeans, as well as opting for a mid-rise jean rather than low-rise or high-rise. The low-rise jean can create a muffin top effect, which is not something any woman wants. In addition, high-rise jeans can accentuate any bulges in the stomach. Mid-rise jeans help to evenly distribute any extra weight in the stomach area. Use layers to add balance to your body shape. A well-fitted jacket creates a smooth line from bust to hips, and the right top is essential to looking great in skinny jeans. Since the jeans are already so tight, don’t pair them with a tight or short top. A looser, longer top looks better and balances the body.

Get Them On

One final trick to pulling off skinny jeans? Wear great shoes! A great pair of boots is a natural choice for skinny jeans, but heels or ballet flats can also work well. Choose a shoe that is eye-catching enough to draw attention to your feet and away from any extra curves you may want to hide.

Don’t be afraid of skinny jeans just because you may have extra weight or a lot of curves. With these tips, any woman can rock the skinny jean trend, no matter her shape.

Megan Barnes is a full-figured fashionista. She enjoys writing about beautiful styles for every woman on fashion blogs.

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