Be Your Own You's Guide To Jeans Rises And Flares

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Stacy London and Clinton Kelly taught us a lot about dressing our bodies on TLC’s ‘What Not To Wear’, didn’t they? Among all the advice, one memorable tip sticks like Gorilla Glue in our minds and that is that the cut and silhouette of apparel is just as important as colors and patterns.

In this article, Skinnygirl shares with you how to best compliment your shape by purchasing specific rises in jeans. That’s right, you’ve probably been doing it wrong! Accentuate your figure with your favorite wardrobe staple, Skinnygirl Jeans!

What Body Type Are You?

At Be Your Own You, we celebrate all of you!

Straight, Not Curvy Shaped Women

Women whose shape is more like a rectangle or “banana shape” to some, have little difference between their shoulder, bust, waist, and hip measurements. They aren’t thought to be curvy. According to a North Carolina State University study in 2005, 40% of women were this very shape! Luckily, this shape looks great in nearly any rise of jeans, but if you want to appear curvier and perhaps lengthen your torso (if you’re “all legs”), a low-rise jean might suit you. Congratulations- if you’re this body type, all Skinnygirl jeans would probably look fabulous on you!

Also, if this is your body type, you can rock a bell bottom! If you are tall, you can go extreme bell and if you are a little on the short side, get jeans that have a smaller bell. 

Skinnygirl bell bottom blue jeans

Pear Shaped Women

20% of women in the study mentioned above were pear-shaped. The most common feature of the pear-shaped woman is her well-endowed hips and thighs. If these assets are prominent, you’re probably pear-shaped. You may also have a smaller waist and bust, shorter legs, and/or a lot of booty, but some pear-shaped women do not. Your best jeans rise is high-rise! A high-rise jean will lengthen the legs and provide the most support and coverage for your midsection and backside.

Pear-shaped and curvy women can consider a bell bottom that is tighter in the buttocks and thigh area, and bell from the mid-knee, long and wide enough to cover their shoes.

Highrise Flare Jeans-Lexington is also a tremendous Skinnygirl jean for you!

Broad Shoulder & Apple Shaped Women

Apple shaped women and inverted triangles are often considered two different body types, but when talking about jean rises, they are best suited by the same: mid to high-rise jeans. Like pear-shaped women, these jeans that sit at the natural waist or higher will elongate your legs and give you tummy control and booty coverage.

If you’re curious, 14% of women in the North Carolina State University study were apple shaped.

Two flairs work well with this shape. The first is the loose fit, which is tighter in the buttocks and top of the thighs but then flairs out well before the knee.

A bell bottom might overwhelm and alter the natural shape of this woman too much, so an apple shaped woman or woman with narrower hips would also benefit from bootcut jeans that cover just half their shoe.

Straight leg Skinnygirl blue jeans (Cabrini style)

Proportionate/Hourglass Shaped Women

To show off an hourglass shape, a woman with a smaller waist and bigger bust and hips, should also go with a higher rise. Ideally, she’d wear a pair of jeans that came up higher than her natural waist to show off her golden ratio!   

Although the hourglass shape is often assumed to be the most common shape of all of them, it came in last in North Carolina State U’s study. Only 8% of women had a true hourglass figure.

Curvier women should consider bell bottoms that are tighter in the buttocks and thigh area, bell from the mid-knee and are wide enough to cover their shoe.


White Skinnygirl jeans with corsette waist

Women On The Short Side

All of these body types can be on the short side and Skinnygirl only has one piece of advice for elongating the legs and that is: the higher, the better! Find a jean that covers your belly button or higher, rather than a low-rise pair that may cut you down to size visually.

Again, for women on the short side, avoid too much bell bottom. If you are a non-curvy rectangular shape, you can get away with some bell. And if you are on the petite side as well, avoid any shape that will overwhelm you. Bootcuts with wedges is your best bet!

Check out this Skinnygirl wardrobe staple the looks great on all body types!


Skinnygirl skinny blue jeans plus size