How to Find the Perfect Jeans For Your Butt & Body Type

Tasha Julie
by Tasha Julie

Do these jeans make my butt look big? Or too flat? The struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect jeans. Sometimes I feel like Goldilocks when I’m getting dressed, wondering if I’ll ever find the perfect fit.

But don’t worry, if you know what to look for, finding the perfect jeans gets easier. In this style guide, I am sharing my secret jean-hunting tips.

Best jeans for your body type

1. Know your body type

Jeans are a major wardrobe staple, but it can be hard to find the right style and fit for your body type. 

What jeans are best for my body type?

That’s actually step 1 - know your body type, and don’t forget that height and proportions will play a major role in fit as well.

Straight-legged jeans are universally flattering

1. Straight-legged jeans

I would say that straight-legged jeans with a medium rise would be the most universally flattering.

For this cut, I wouldn’t be afraid to splurge on an investment piece like these SLVRLAKE London Jeans because you can wear them a ton of different ways, and they’ll last you a really long time.

Consider the rise

Speaking of the rise of your jeans, that’s something that is super important to understand as well because if they’re too high, they’re going to cut you off in an unflattering way. If they’re too low, you have a potential muffin-top situation.

They can also cut you off in the wrong way and make you look shorter by giving the illusion of shorter legs even if you are tall, so I would reserve an ultra-low-rise jean for someone who is on the taller side.

Flared jeans can make you look taller, whereas baggy jeans can make you look shorter

2. Flared jeans

I personally love flared jeans, especially those from Aritzia. With the flared leg and the higher waist, they give the illusion of a teeny tiny waist and long legs, and who doesn’t want that in their life?

3. Baggy jeans

Mom jeans, dad jeans, boyfriend jeans, grandpa jeans. Basically, any jeans that sound like they belong to another family member are a hard no for me.

I’m on the shorter side, 5”4, and so anything baggy I find makes me look shorter and sometimes even heavier than I am. So for me, that’s the reason that I don’t like those styles.

If I do want something that is closer to a mom jean, I will go for a regular jean with a slightly more relaxed fit. For example, these Wedgie Ripped Straight Leg Jeans from Levi's.

That way, I’m not swimming in a bunch of extra fabric and again giving the illusion that I am larger than I am.

I also don’t really care for the way that some of those jean fits can make it look like you have a poopy diaper. So it’s just an unflattering silhouette for me that I would prefer to stay away from. 

Be mindful of wearing cropped jeans if you're short

4. Cropped jeans

Something else you want to be cautious of if you are on the shorter side are cropped jeans. Those can also add to the illusion of a shorter leg, which is never how I’m trying to look.

Skinny jeans are flattering if you get the right fit and invest in quality

5. Skinny jeans

Skinny jeans are another style of jeans that can be universally flattering if you can get the right fit, and quality here is especially key.

So things like fabric that bunches or gaps in the waist, or that weird ill-fitting seam that gives the illusion of going straight up your butt-crack, all of those things are quality issues.

This is another pair of jeans that I wouldn’t shy away from spending a little bit more money on.

Get the zipper right

Now here’s another tip that might sound really weird, but something that I pay attention to in all jeans is the zipper.

So is it really teeny or really long in length? Those are two things that my eye immediately goes to even if I’m looking at them online. For example, these Embrace High Ankle Jeans by H&M have a nice long zipper.

Dark jeans look great dressed up with evening outfits

6. Dark jeans

Black jeans or jeans with a darker wash are also a great wardrobe staple because you can dress them up, you can dress them down.

I also think dark jeans a really nice option for evenings. On those nights when it’s too cold to wear a skirt or a dress, you can dress up a pair of dark wash or black jeans and make a cute date-night or evening look.

These Grace Skinny Jeans by AllSaints look great with heels.

Torn jeans add embellishment in a classy way

7. Torn jeans

Torn jeans can be fun for a more casual look, and they're also a nice way to add some embellishment without actually adding embellishments. These Levi's 501 Jeans can be dressed up or down.

Things like rhinestones or bejeweled pockets are going to be a hard pass for me. They just don’t look chic and they’re very outdated.

Finding the perfect jeans for your body type

I hope that this guide has helped you in your search to find the perfect jeans that are right for your body type.

What are the things that you look out for when choosing a pair of jeans? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Crystal Crystal on Mar 04, 2022

    I can never seem to find a pair of good fitting jeans. I’m 5’5 and have a tummy and a butt I can’t ever seem to find jeans or slacks that fit right though. Any suggestions on brands?

  • Mary Rose Mary Rose on Feb 22, 2024

    For me, my waist and stomach are big, so if I get them to fit my waist, they are too big in the legs, if they fit my legs, they are too tight in the waist. I have skinnier legs. They just don't think about people with my body issues when they make jeans, or any kind of pants.