Women who have a boyish figure may struggle to find the perfect pair of jeans as the majority are designed for the slightly curvier lady.
Most pairs tend to be cut wider through the hips and then taper up to the waistline, and this style creates the dreaded sagging effect on those without much difference between their hip and waist measurements.
Slimmer girls had an especially tough timed during the ’80s when most women were still rocking the ‘mom’ jeans that required the perfect hourglass figure. Thankfully, designers have provided many more options, and there are now as many types of jeans as there are body shapes.
Athletic types even have their own dedicated cut known as the ‘boyfriend jean’. There are many styles available that can create curves, elongate the legs or just maximise the shape you have, and this article looks at ways to celebrate the boyish figure.
This tricky shape was created with a slimmer frame in mind, and it looks best on those with narrow hips. It is the go-to choice of supermodels everywhere and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. For a casual daytime look, try teaming a pair of skinny jeans with Uggs or plimsolls and a tight t-shirt to show off your washboard abs.
Those who wish to elongate the torso can try adding an oversized chunky knit sweater or asymmetrical tunic to create length through the body. High-waisted jeans are back in style this season and give the impression of endless legs when teamed with a pair of stiletto heels.
Fit and Flare
For instant curves, a pair of tailored, flared jeans will bring attention to the hips and balance out the frame. To create the illusion of an hourglass figure, a ruffled blouse will add extra inches to the bust, and tucking it into the waistband will create well-defined curves. ’70s-style bell-bottom jeans are also a key trend as the vintage movement continues to dominate the fashion scene, but beware of those with a low-slung waistband as they will elongate the torso.
The Boyfriend Cut
Slimmer girls are in their element with the boyfriend cut, and it is the one style that curvy Kim Kardashian types need to steer clear of. Those with wide hips can look frumpy in a pair of boyfriend jeans, but supermodels such as Agyness Deyn make them appear ultra-cool when teamed with Dr Martins and a cropped sweater. To create a more feminine look, try adding a cashmere sweater in a pastel shade or a wraparound cardigan to give definition to the waist.
Add Some Finishing Touches
Accessories are essential to finish off any outfit, and this season has some incredible pieces that will complement your style perfectly. Over-the-knee boots are really trendy right now and are a perfect partner for your skinny jeans.
Sherlock Holmes style capes are an essential item for this winter that also look incredible over your skinnies, and wear this ensemble with some black leather riding boots to complete the look.
Statement necklaces are here to stay, and Lanvin showed off some stunning examples in their 2013 autumn/winter collection. A chunky, statement necklace can transform your look from day to evening wear instantly and is perfect for winter as it can be layered over outerwear and high necklines.
No matter what style you choose, the perfect fit is essential to ensure you look your absolute best. Gaping waistbands and baggy seats are never a good look, and boyish figures need to be especially vigilant when seeking the right size.
It may be worth considering paying for alterations to ensure your jeans fit snug and stay close to your body when sitting and bending, and most dressmakers can perform simple adjustments cheaply. Keep an eye out for boutiques that offer in-house alterations, and many designers now offer cuts with varying hip to waist ratios.
Jeans are an essential item for every woman as they provide endless style options and are a tried and tested wardrobe staple. Ripped, distressed jeans add instant urban-chic to any casual look, and skinny jeans look best when teamed with a slim belt in a contrasting colour to bring attention to the waist. Try experimenting with different colours, textures, and finishes and collect a few pairs in a variety of styles.
About the Author
Megan Barnes is a veteran fashionista. She often writes about common fashion challenges to help women look and feel beautiful.