The Slimming Jeans Every Girl Should Have in Her Closet

Most of us can rely on at least one pair of slimming jeans that make us feel good and look even better. But if it’s been a while since you last updated your denim, look no further than this guide for the best slimming jeans from every major denim brand. We took this challenge straight to the source and asked experts from each label—including J Brand, Citizens of Humanity, and more—to explain the figure-flattering technology behind their design. Read on for 18 expert-approved options.

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7 For All Mankind Slim Illusion Luxe High Waist Skinny Jeans ($189) in Luxe Black

“Creating jeans that are slimming is something that we always strive for, and we think we made the perfect jean with the Slim Illusion Luxe. It is by far the favorite of most of the women here.  Just a few days ago, a friend in the office joked,  ‘I love them because every time I wear them someone asks me if I lost weight since yesterday.’ We also wanted to make a jean that felt as good as it looks. The jean molds and moves with one’s every move with no restrictions or limits.  Most importantly, the feel of the fabric is ridiculous.  It has a creamy texture both inside and out. They’re the jeans that you never want to take off.  The term ‘second-skin’ is used a lot in the denim world, but we always say this is skin that you actually wish you had because it looks and feels perfect.  We get requests from friends that work for other denim brands for this style, which is the ultimate compliment.” - Peggi Jewell, Vice President of Design and Merchandising

MiH Jeans The Bodycon 5 Pocket Jeans ($224)

“The MiH Bodycon jeans are developed to fit and feel like your perfect jeans. Soft to the touch but strong on the body, they provide the most slimming silhouette yet.” - Chloe Lonsdale, Founder and Creative Director

Citizens of Humanity Rocket High Rise Skinny Jeans ($178) in Axel

“Our Rocket is a high-waisted skinny that flatters the figure with a higher rise that covers the midriff. It comes in an array of washes, but I love the Axel wash in our 818 stretch fabric as the ultimate black skinny jean. As well as the Rocket fit, the fabrication is super soft and has a great stretch to it, making the jeans comfortable as well as slimming. It’s the perfect jean to make you look svelte.” - Catherine Ryu, Women’s Creative Director

DL 1961 Florence The Instasculpt Skinny Jeans ($178) in Thornton 

"Instasculpt is one of our bestsellers because it's designed in both fit and fabrication to microsculpt a woman's body. It's all about enhancing your best assets and sucking in the loose bits. Plus, it's super comfortable and can be worn 24/7 without sagging, bagging, or losing shape due to our exclusive fabric formulas, DLX and dlpro.” - Sarah Ahmed, Creative Director 

A Gold E Sophie Jeans ($118) in Stardust

“There is nothing more flattering than our Sophie high-rise skinny! It pulls you in in all the right places and makes you look taller and thinner. I love the super-ripped Stardust wash that has just launched as it’s fun and rebellious as well as slimming.” - Sevil Yilmaz, Designer 

Paige Denim Ollie Jeans ($229) in Midlake 

"What I love about the Ollie in Midlake is that the front zipper detail is flattering and slimming to the hips, due to the angle of the zipper. The back pockets also feature the covered zipper detail, making the bum look higher. Another reason why I love this particular jean is the fabric; our Transcend fabric is super luxurious, won't stretch out, and always makes you look a few pounds lighter!" - Paige Adams-Geller, Creative Director

Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny Cut-Edge Jeans ($128) in Black Sea 

“The higher rise with the faded black wash lengthens, in addition to slimming the leg.” - Somsack Sikhounmuong, Head of Design

Joe’s Jeans Mid Rise Skinny Jeans ($165)

"Our Flawless Collection was created using a special Lycra blend fabric specifically designed to hold you in, lift, and smooth you out for a sleek, gravity-defying silhouette.  The Mid Rise Skinny in Tahlia is a medium blue denim with light whiskering and hand-sanding intended to complement the fabric's flattering effects while retaining its classic appearance." - Joe Dahan, Creative Director & Founder

AYR The Skinny Jeans ($165) in Jet Black

"The Jet Black Skinny is this season’s most slimming jean from AYR. The fit is extremely flattering on the body, with highly considered details including precisely placed back pockets and a forward side seam. This jean is engineered to flatter and slim the body. Darker shades of indigo and particularly black are usually the most complimentary color tones on the body and pair easily with tops. Our fabric is formulated with 30 percent stretch and molds to the body with wear, making it super comfortable, but unique in that the fabric will never bag out. The jean is crafted with precision to enhance and lift." - Jac Cameron, Design Director, AYR 

Blank NYC Spray On Skinny Jeans ($98) in Pie Faced

"We created this style to be a pair of jeans you can wear with anything and still feel super confident. The darker denim base has a special whiskering design that shadows problem areas and highlights the good parts—contouring for legs—and the denim blend gives a good amount of stretch without sagging or bagging." - Emmy Lauridsen, Creative Director 

Guess Mid-Rise Curve X Jeans ($128) In Silicone Rinse

“Our new Curve-X jean is the sexiest pair of jeans in GUESS’ denim offering, designed to flawlessly accentuate every curve and give legs their slimmest, sexiest appearance. They lift and accentuate your backside and have more stretch recovery than any other jeans on the market, retaining their original shape wear after wear.” - GUESS

Frame Satine Rip Skinny Jeans ($220) in Black

"Our new satine fabric paired with our signature Le Skinny de Jeanne is amazingly comfortable, sleek and slimming, and never loses its shape throughout the day." – Frame Denim Team 

Mother High Waisted Looker Jeans ($196) in Tempted Again

"The High Waist Looker is one of our best-selling body-slimming styles. It features a super-stretch fabric with incredible shape retention for a flattering silhouette.” - Tim Kaeding, Designer and Co-Founder

American Eagle Outfitters Denim X Sky High Jeggings ($50)

“We are loving Denim X. This is the ultimate jean every girl needs in her wardrobe. It fits like a second skin that slims the leg and comes in a variety of washes. You’ll have one to take you from day to night every day of the week.” - Style Director, Preston Konrad

AG The Legging Ankle Contour 360 Jeans ($198) in Hideout

"Our Contour 360 denim in this clean, dark wash sculpts the body for a sleek silhouette that also keeps its shape. We love it in our legging ankle fit, which has a great elongating effect." - Samuel Ku, VP & Creative Director

Levi’s Perfectly Slimming Pull On Leggings ($54) in Dark Ink Rinse

"The Levi’s® Pull-On allows women to feel slim and fashionable while providing all day comfort. This flawless, shape-hugging jean might just be the most comfortable item in your closet." - Jill Guenza, Global VP of Women's Design

Gap 1969 Stretch & Recovery Legging Jeans ($80)

“Our Stretch & Recovery legging in Trinity wash not only shapes but holds you in. They’re lightweight and the perfect shade of subtle worn black. I wanted to combine amazing fabric technology with an edgy, cool wash." - Larissa Noble, Denim Design Director 

J Brand 8017 Close Cut Remy Jeans ($216) in Transmission

"The Remy elongates the leg with a lean, slimming boot-cut breaking low on the knee and a 34-inch inseam. It sits high on the rise for a lengthened silhouette. It’s also a clean modern gray on our super-stretch denim with subtle washing." – J Brand Design Team 

Which pair did you buy? Let us know in the comments below! 

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