Denim rules the fashion world and the sheer varieties make it accessible and comfortable for all body types. 

Work pants made of denim were the first form of jeans, worn by miners as early as the 17th century. The earliest use of denim refers to a serge material from Nimes, France. This explains how denim got its name: serge de Nimes, which later evolved to “de Nim” as it was a tradition to name fabrics after the place of origin. Today, jeans cut out of denim materials are an essential in every wardrobe. They come in so many different varieties, and sizes that it is surprising. Here’s a basic guide to the major types of jeans that exist, and are trending in the market at present.

  • Skinny jeans

This is the most popular and most worn denim. As the name suggests, the fit and length generally need to be close to perfect. The jeans come in low, mid, and high-rise waist cuts, all of which are usually stretchable. Because of their body-hugging form, one can really play with layers and add cool, funky, and even slouchy coats, scarves, oversized boots to them, their form-fitting nature mellows down the layers creating an on-point outfit. Pair them up with a cool belt. Body-hugging tops or jeans that gather at ankles are an absolute no.

  • Boot cut

This is an extremely versatile piece of denim and can be fashioned in any way from formal occasions to late night parties, these jeans if styled properly can be your best friends. This style is tighter on top and looser on the bottom, with a slight flare. For a bohemian look, pair it with tops, v- ecks, round necks, that have a flowy material like linen, silk, cotton. To get that classic 70s look pair it with high heeled boots. Metallic chunky heels are ideal if one is going for a party look. Just ensure the top hits just below your waist to balance out the bootcut of the jeans.

  • Flared jeans

A 90s  fashion statement, these jeans are back again and are really trending. They fall somewhere in between boot cut and bell bottom style trousers. They look best on tall and curvy women, those who are pear-shaped, and round body types.  Although it is recommended not to wear them if you are short but cropped flare jeans can be a great option. Pair your flares with a fitted, crop top for the perfect retro look. However, if you want to portray yourself as more contemporary, pair them with looser and longer tops.

  • Boyfriend jeans

As the name suggests, boyfriend jeans literally look like they have been borrowed from your man. They are extremely versatile and are literally everywhere from runways to the lazy airport look because the whole model-off-duty vibe never fails to appeal. These give you a great fit near your waist and hip area and broaden a little bit as they move down. Their distressed version seems to be selling like hotcakes literally everywhere. Opt for a super relaxed look by pairing it with solids, round necks, minimum accessories and contrast it with a great pair of high heels.

  • Jeggings

Jeggings are basically leggings composed of denim. They are incredibly body-hugging and have replaced the standard buttons with an elastic band. In case you are conscious about your legs, choose darker colours as they give a slimmer appearance, and go for tops and layers that are below the hip. Pair them with cropped sweatshirts or hoodies for an effortless, sporty yet stylish look. Jeggings always draw attention to your lower half so make sure you have some awesome shoes to flatter your attire.

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A pair of denim jeans has the potential to make or break a look. Hence, it is important to pick a right fit and style for yourself. We can always rely on a pair of jeans to save us from any wardrobe disaster. Today, the market is full of different denim styles. So, to enhance your shopping experience, Auburn Umbrella brings you a guide to buying the perfect pair of jeans befitting your body type.

1. Form-fitted Jeans
Also known as skinny jeans, this kind fits and extenuates your curves from every slant and angle. They are most suitable for petite or hour-glass bodied women with slim legs.

2. Cropped Skinny Jeans
They are much similar to the form-fitting pairs, except these come in ankle-length. Some have, adding to the aesthetics and the latest trend, a fold near the ankles.

3. Bootcut Jeans
New bootcut or the bell-bottoms are fancier and a lot more loved than the earlier retro trends. Bootcut design gives great fit till the knees, and then the fabric subtly opens after the calf muscles which gives you the perfect flare above your shins. Though bootcut suits all body types, but it looks the best on curvy bodies.

4. Boyfriend Jeans
People started calling these boyfriend jeans because they look like they were borrowed from boyfriends. These are tight near the waist and the hip area, and then broaden a little bit as they move down. This style ideally looks good if you are curvy or have a pear-shaped body. Avoid if you are petite.

5. Straight-fit Jeans
Straight-legged jeans are the perfect answer to the dilemma of skinny vs boyfriend jeans. They make your legs look longer than they are and suit all body types.

6. High-waisted and Low-waisted Jeans
In the recent times, high-waisted jeans have become very popular both within the street style as well as in high fashion. If you’re petite and curvy, then this style will make you look taller while enhancing your curves. Low-waisted jeans were in fashion for a long time in the past decade. This pair looks good on skinny girls.

7. Mom Denims Jeans
This style is basically a refined version of boyfriend jeans. They are high waisted and the cut makes the buttocks appear disproportionately longer, larger, and flatter than they otherwise might be. It readily suits all body types.

8. Distressed Jeans
Ripped jeans, not of the DIY variety, will almost always look awkward if you’re too short or too tall for the regular styles. For instance, if you’re on the shorter side, a cool rip in the knee might hit you somewhere on your calf should. While if you’re too tall, then a knee rip might end up on your thigh. This uber cool variety needs careful measurements to give the desired look.



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