11/18/2014 06:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Denim Conundrum: How to Find the Best Jeans for Your Body


Shopping for denim doesn't have to be an exercise in exhaustion. Promise. A little like a push-up bra for your booty, the perfect pair of jeans can instantly lift and lengthen your appearance. Since classic blue jeans will never go out of style, its important to invest in ones that do your body good. With that in mind, I've gone ahead and done some of the legwork for you...literally!

Whether you have a curvy body, are pint sized, or have legs for days, my tips from my NBC style segment on Kerri-lee Mayland's show, will solve all your denim conundrums.

Body Type: Pint Sized
While a petite body type can wear almost any denim style, it's important to show off your pint sized curves the right way, and skinnies do just that. Be sure to select ones with a length that hits just at the ankle bone to highlight the smallest part of your leg and throw on a pair of stilettos for an elongating effect. The beauty of body-hugging skinnies not only lies in their versatility, but also because they instantly add femininity and definition to narrow hips. Be sure to choose a pair with nylon fill technology for comfort and durability as well as small pockets placed high on the butt to amp up your assets. If you're looking to broaden your horizons, a bootcut jean can create the illusion of curves in women with straighter body types, especially when chosen in a dark hue. 
My brand recommendation? James Jeans Couture Collection or Jbrand

Body Type: Lean Mean Machine
For girls who have toned, athletic bodies, your best bet is to both highlight and create curves while evening out your hard earned shape at the same time. With that in mind a mid-rise bootcut, or flared jean that are fitted around the thighs and more relaxed around the calves and ankles should be your go-to denim style. A deep denim wash will have a streamlining effect on your thighs, while the wider leg opening and longer hemline will create the illusion of more narrow calves and longer legs.
My brand recommendation? Jbrand, Citizens of Humanity or Seven for all Mankind

Body Type: Curves Ahead
Girls with beautiful curvy body types may want to select a style that will create a slimming effect while highlighting their shape. To show off your curves, the goal is to pick a pair that hugs your assets and flatters not-so-favorite features. Since faded jeans or light hues can thicken the look of your thighs, I recommend sticking to the uniformly dark wash which shaves inches off lower body, while the higher rise offsets fuller hips, and the waistband is cut to give shape to the waist. Be sure to choose a pair that have been constructed with rear pockets that are placed close together and angled inward slightly to make your bottom appear smaller.
My brand recommendation? Joes Jeans Curvy Bootcut

Body Type: Legs For Days

If you're lanky and lean, go ahead and show off your legs in a pair of high-rise jeans to accommodate your longer torso. If you're looking to balance yourself out, opt for low-rise jeans that will help give your shape the proportion you're looking for. Choose denim with a curved waistband to keep any belly bulk at bay, and strategically placed back pockets to add a bit of curve to your frame.
My brand recommendation? The Paige skyline skinny jean

For more tips on how to dress for your shape or for style advice visit my website here

Stylist: Zoey Gulmi
Show: NBC CT
Denim From: Nordstrom