How to Find the Perfect Jeans for Your Body Type

In collaboration with GAP.

Jean shopping. It’s one of the trickier parts of clothes shopping, right? Are we ever not on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans? The pair of jeans that makes us feel amazing, comfortable, chic and relaxed all at the same time? Is it even possible!?

We say, yes.

And - it’s all about finding the pair of jeans that are best for your body type.

If you’ve never really thought about dressing to suit your body type, now’s the time to start because we promise you, it’s a total game-changer.

We’ve been looking at body types in detail on the blog so if you’re not quite sure which one’s most like your shape, take a look at our blogs all about hourglass, apple, pear, triangle, and rectangle body types and clue yourself up on the best silhouettes and fits for your shape.

This month, GAP is celebrating their Diversity of Denim campaign. With 13 different fits for women and 8 for men, GAP has been quietly branching out when it comes to their denim selection and now, they’ve got it covered for everyone.

So, who better to join forces with for this blog!?

Today, we’re taking a look at the best jeans for each body type with a little help from the wide selection at GAP, now available to shop through Shop It To Me.

We’re sticking to women’s jeans from GAP today but leave us a comment if you’d like us to blog about men’s jeans and we’ll whip something up for you in no time!

Diversity of Denim – Women’s GAP Jeans

Let’s dive into GAP’s choice of styles for the ladies.


The True Skinny

GAP’s True Skinny jeans are exactly what they say on the tin. From the thigh to the leg opening, these are skinny through and through with the classic feel that makes them perfect for every occasion. Whether you want jet black or light-wash, these are super soft and comfortable jeans that make wearing skinnies more comfortable than ever before. Choose between ankle grazers, mid-rise or high-rise, and GAP’s exclusive sculpt denim and enjoy the Secret Smoothing pockets that promise a smooth silhouette.


The Classic Straight

GAP’s Classic Straight jeans offer those ultimate throwback vibes with both high and mid-rise options. With black, distressed, light-wash and deep indigo options to choose from, if you’re into a classic straight leg, these have got your name on them.

The Cheeky Straight

The Cheeky Straight fit from GAP fit somewhere between the Classic Straight and the Cigarette. More fitted than the classic style at the hips and thigh, they’re slightly more relaxed and straight fit on the calf than the cigarette which gives them a truly on-trend silhouette this season.

The Cigarette

A brand-new high-rise fit from GAP is the cigarette fit which offers a seriously cool vintage look. Super fitted through the hip and thigh, the cigarette fit is slim but straight-leg from the knee down, giving us an on-trend update on a classic style.


The Boyfriend

A true boyfriend jean, perfect for those on the hunt for a relaxed fit, GAP’s boyfriend jeans come mid-rise in stiff denim that feels great. They’re slightly oversized but there’s not too much volume and they’re finished with a definite straight leg through the calf. Choose between raw hems and turn-ups for the perfect weekend jeans.

The Girlfriend

The difference between the boyfriend and the girlfriend jeans? GAP’s Girlfriend jeans have a touch more shape at the calf. While they’re still mid-rise and a relaxed fit at the hip and thigh, the straight leg below the knee tapers in a touch which is good to give you a little more shape through the leg.


The High Rise Wide Leg

GAP’s High Rise Wide Leg is the perfect choice if you love a little more room in your denim. Gradually flared from the hip down, the wide leg is a classic style that’s seen a reinvention of late, making them on-trend and the perfect weekend choice. With built-in Secret Smoothing pockets, the design works to give you the wide-fit look without added bulk.

The High Rise Wide Leg Crop

The fit at the waist, hips, and thighs are the same here as the High Rise Wide Leg jeans but the cropped leg makes them slightly different, working with some shoes better than others.

For cropped wide leg, stick to flats or heeled mules and avoid styling with ankle boots or strappy shoes that will create a disproportioned look from head to toe.


The Perfect Boot

The Perfect Boot fits are a classic bootcut with a mid-rise waistline, giving your figure a great shape. Fitted to the knee, the cut gives you a bit of contour without it being too flared if you fancy something shaped but subtle.

The High Rise Crop Boot

An on-trend take on the classic bootcut, the High Rise Crop is a shape sculptor with a little extra kick. Blending retro and modern, this cut pairs best with flats so opt for sneakers or slip-on flat mules for the best combo.

The High Rise Flare

Feel like opting for ultra-retro? The High Rise Flare is the ultimate shape. Fitted up to the navel and with the most kick in the collection, get all the throwback vibes with this super-shaped cut.

The Long and Lean

Built to elongate the legs, the Long and Lean cut is chic, classic and ultra-feminine. In a range of washes from simple black to indigo and light-wash, opt for this fit to wear with heels, giving you more height and creating the most flattering shape.

Let’s sum it up!

Now you’ve seen how far and reaching the GAP jeans selection is, we’ll round up the best jeans for each body type. Starting with an hourglass shape…

Best Jeans for an Hourglass Body Type

Hourglass shapes have a smaller waist and wider hips so opt for fitted styles that show off that shape. Straight leg and flare also balance out wider hips. If you’re opting for skinny fit, go super high-waisted to ensure your waistline doesn’t get lost.

·      True Skinny High Rise

·      High Rise Cigarette

·      High Rise Cheeky Straight Leg

·      High Rise Flare

Best Jeans for an Apple Body Type

Apple shapes are wider at the waistline with narrow hips and thighs so mid-rise works best, in general, and jeans with a little more volume at the calf add balance and create the illusion of more of an hourglass.

·      Mid Rise Curvy Classic Straight

·      High Rise Wide Leg

·      Mid Rise Long and Lean

·      Mid Rise Perfect Boot

Best Jeans for a Pear Body Type

Pear shapes have small top halves and wider hips which means straight, tapered and flared jeans offer a more hourglass silhouette from head to toe.

·      High Rise Cigarette

·      Mid Rise Classic Straight

·      High Rise Cheeky Straight Leg

·      High Rise Boot

Best Jeans for a Rectangle Body Type

Rectangle body shapes tend to be athletic builds without very much curve from waist to hip. High-rise jeans help to add some curves and boost the booty while most leg fits will suit.

·      True Skinny Mid Rise

·      High Rise Cheeky Straight Leg

·      Mid Rise Girlfriend Jeans

·      High Rise Crop Boot

Best Jeans for a Triangle Body Type

Triangle shapes tend to have wider shoulders than hips with narrow legs so creating balance is often important. Having volume below the knee helps to create this balance and forms a more feminine head to toe shape.

·      High Rise Cigarette

·      High Rise Cheeky Straight Leg

·      Mid Rise Boyfriend Jeans

·      High Rise Wide Leg Crop

Buying jeans is important. It’s the most hard-working piece of clothing in most of our wardrobes. We wear them around the house, out for dinner, playing with the kids, out at the cinema, out for a day shopping and everything in between. Wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, we’re wearing our favorite jeans. So, let’s make sure they’re the right ones for us.

The question is, which GAP jeans are right for you?

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