Thanks to the latest technology—everything from new, innovative fabrics to specially engineered silhouettes—there’s a plethora of denim out there that promises to slim, smooth, tighten, and lift parts of your body you didn’t even realize needed attention. But trying on jeans can be terribly tedious, which is why I test-drove all the latest styles so you don’t have to. Read on for the results and shop the 10 best figure-flattering pairs.
Thanks to superior stretch technology, J Brand was confident enough to call their latest denim collection Photo Ready Denim—and rightfully so. Full disclosure: I’d indulged in salty fries before trying them, but the label’s Anja Cropped Jeans ($253) in Ardennes were comfortable and slimming.
The dark wash and streamlined silhouette of Rag & Bone/Jean’s Skinny Jeans ($242, 212.249.3331) in Clean Indigo are slimming on their own. But on top of that, the pants’ perfectly placed back pockets—not too high, not too low—did wonders for my derriere (as a colleague was kind enough to point out).
Slipping into LOFT’s Modern Skinny Jeans ($70) in Silver Grey is like getting a posterior-lifting procedure. There’s no other way to describe it; you just have to try and see for yourself!
DL1961’s Emma Jeans ($168) in Riker have the feel of super soft jeggings, but look nothing like them. This pair hugged my curves so tightly that I couldn’t help but notice my thighs and calves appeared narrower. Awesome!
Unless your name’s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, looking slim in a pair of white jeans is impossible. Or so I thought until I tried 3x1’s Channel Seam Ankle Jeans ($225) in White/Black Coated, which have a contrasting inseam stripe that gives the illusion of slender legs. A word of advice: you might want to size up when it comes to this pair, as they fit more snugly than other brands in the same size.
Though Diesel’s Skinzee 0813C Super Skinny Jeans ($168) in Blue Jeans look stiff, don’t be alarmed. They’re soft, supple, and a dream to slip on—plus, wait until you see how slimming they are throughout the entire leg. The label also promises these jeans will retain their shape even after multiple wears—always a good thing!
Levi’s REVEL Demi Curve Skinny Jeans ($98) in Pressed Dark don’t actually have built-in Spanx, but their denim is printed with a liquid formula that controls and contours target areas. It sounds complicated, but all you really need to know is that my thighs looked surprisingly shapely in this mid-rise pair, and yours will too.
I always dread trying on coated jeans because they look tight and uncomfortable. Not so with Citizens of Humanity’s Rocket Coated Skinny Jeans ($228) in Midnight. This pair’s extra thick fabric molded instantly to my body and squeezed in my stomach for a svelte-looking result.
The way these slightly flared Calvin Klein Jeans Bootcut-Leg Jeans ($90) in Light Wash elongated my legs shocked me—in a good way. I had no idea my legs could look that long!
MiH’s The Bodycon Jeans ($215) in Mid Power are definitely my favorites—and this is coming from someone who rarely wears high-rise cuts. The label’s incredible “power-stretch denim” whittled my waist and made me look as if I’d dropped an entire size without even hitting the gym.