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The Perfect Jeans for Your Plus-Size FigureBy India-Jewel Jackson
Your Best Options
1. The darker the wash, the better. Rich blues and blacks are chic and most slimming, and darker denim transitions easily from day to night.
2. Shy away from baggy and ill-fitting jeans. They'll only make you look bigger. But also pass on jeans that are so tight they leave nothing to the imagination.
3. Jeans that stretch are your friend. They'll help you move comfortably throughout the day and will keep their shape better.
4. Jeans sizing is all over the map. When looking for the perfect pair, be patient and try on many different styles and sizes. No one has to know what size but you.
To elongate your legs, look for dark, bootcut, or flared jeans with slit pockets, or without pockets altogether. The continuous line of denim from hip-to-hem tricks the eye into thinking you're taller than you actually are. Also, pair your jeans with heels, making sure the hem hits the bottom of the heel.
To flatten a pudgy tummy, steer clear of low-rise; buy only mid to high-rise jeans.
To minimize larger thighs, look for fitted jeans with a flared or boot-cut leg - they'll create an even line from hip-to-hem.Also, opt for darker jeans. Avoid styles with fading on the thighs; it acts as a spotlight on your problem area.
To make your butt look smaller, try body-skimming, dark boot cut jeans with extra-large pockets. Avoid flaps or any detail that will add more volume to your rear.
To pump up a flat derriere, look for smaller, detailed pockets that sit higher on the seat of your jeans; this makes your bottom look rounder.
Where to Buy
Not sure where to find the best styles? Here's a brief list of a few retailers who carry jeans for the full-figured woman.
Lane Bryant's (www.Lane Bryant.com) new Right Fit™ jeans are available in three ultimate fits - Straight, Moderately Curvy and Curvy. Right Fit is based on your body shape and size, not simply your waist size for that perfect custom fit.
Avenue (www.Avenue.com) Over 30 pairs of moderately priced jeans are available in sizes 14-32. Choose from several different cuts: trousers, bootcut, capri, straight, and classic. Shop by category, collection and extended sizes (28-32). Returns are fast and simple if you'd prefer to shop from home.