2013 Premium Denim Fit Guide

Finding the right pair of jeans can be tough. I used to dread jean shopping because it was hard to find the perfect fit. Nowadays, buying the right fit is like second nature. Sure, there are times when I get the wrong size, and try brands that don’t work for my figure, but finding the right brand helped my love for denim blossom.

Within each brand, there are some really great tips to look for in deciding if a pair of jeans if right for you. Of course when trying on jeans, make sure they are snug because the cotton will stretch. This guide will suggest styles of jeans, but to tell the truth, I don’t believe in any hard and fast rules when it comes to  jeans. Wear the styles you like, you’ll feel more confident (which is the best way to flatter your figure).



Ah, the world of petites, the oft-neglected demographic. Pants always need to be hemmed! Which was part of the reason why I hated wearing pants for so long. However when it comes to denim, there are options. At 5’3″ I frequently get the “ankle” skinny jeans, which tend to work the best for me out of the box (no hemming). Skinny jeans are a great way to play up your petite-ness without looking shorter. When it comes to wide legged jeans, things get trickier. Always wear heels with flared jeans, because you have to be very tall to pull them off with flats.



Last week, Christina wrote a post on denim for tall girls. In my eyes, tall is lucky! Skinny or wide legged jeans look fantastic on tall women, especially with high waists. Hello, 70’s. The main issue is finding jeans long enough to fit properly. Jeans with at least a 35″ inseam to accommodate most women, a feature more easily found on flared and wide legged jeans. Skinny jeans can be fudged a bit if you find the right ankle boot, or go for the “cropped” look.

Straight Silhouette

I have no real waist… my figure is quite straight. Many sites tend to suggest a low-rise jean for this body type, but I beg to differ. I love wearing a mid-rise or high-waisted jean most of the time because it at least gives the illusion of a waist (and it doesn’t cause muffin top). However, when it comes to cut, jeans with too much room in the behind or thighs can be unflattering. These brands have flattering cuts for women with straight silhouettes.

Curvy Silhouette

Feminine and sexy, the curvies have it all. With curves to accentuate, it’s just a matter of finding the jean that flatters. Luckily, these days the 2% lycra found in most premium jeans makes it easier to find comfort with the custom curve. Both Paige and Genetic Denim are well known for their curvy denim fits. Joe’s has a curvy line which works wonders. James Jeans and Blank Denim both have high lycra counts in their jeans to hug your every curve.

Note: With premium denim, most brands only produce sizes in the range from 23-32. If you are out of that range (and a majority of women are) then I would suggest looking into Levi’s Plus Size (sounds boring, but it’s great quality and they have fantastic reviews).




  1. April 19, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    Thank you for that post! I’m quite short (about 5 ft2) and I have that problem with jeans that are just too long. Thank you for the tips ! 🙂

  2. lazypadawan
    April 19, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    I used to be plus sized. Paige has up to size 34 on its site on a couple of styles and Joe’s has a few of its jeans in 33. James Jeans carries plus sizes 14W-24W.

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