FASHION Find the perfect jeans for your shape


Maggie Gibbons

Finding the right pair of jeans can be a nightmare. I know, because I’ve wriggled into numerous styles over the years and was constantly disappointed until I discovered that there actually IS a perfect pair for every shape. Recently, I got some women of every size to test different brands, and we all met with success. So, whether you are apple shaped, straight up and down or pear shaped here are some ideas on what to wear and where to get them.
Apple shapes tend to put on weight around the stomach and have slim legs. If you are tummy conscious, a high rise offers great support. Don’t confuse high rise with high waist though, as the latter can be very dating and often just push everything up! A high rise is very forgiving. Leave the low rise to the youngsters unless you have a washboard stomach.

Curvy ladies should try bootcut for balance. Try skinny jeans also as they can often be more flattering.

Pear shapes can be conscious of their bottom halves, so finding jeans that fit well and look good can be difficult. Stretchy styles will hug your figure, flatten your stomach and lift your bottom too. Darker denims will give a slimmer silhouette.

(Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) are the original slimming jeans from LA with Lift Tuck Technology. They’re designed to make you look and feel a size smaller. The rise hits just above the natural waist to provide not only a slimmer silhouette, but also comfort. The jeans also boast a crisscross panel design that instantly flattens the tummy. They’re available at Pamela Scott for around €140, and at Littlewoods online (
More like shapewear than traditional denims, Bodycon denims have ten times more stretch power than your usual jeans. They hold you in and smooth you out. The MiH Bodycon collection is available in BT2 Grafton Street and Dundrum now and priced at €235. (Ouch!)
7 For All Mankind’s body-hugging Skinny Jeans add femininity and definition to narrow hips and calves. A friend got a pair that were €250 in BT’s for £100 in Banbridge Outlet Centre. Kildare Village also do them – worth checking out.
Kinder to the budget are Marks & Spencer’s five-pocket jeggings, these are similar to skinny jeans, and at €30 they are brilliantly priced. They have a slight stretch and a high rise. Better still they seem to suit all shapes and sizes.
Salsa Jeans from Portugal has created unique designer jeans that fit the body like a second skin. They do a hidden slimming panel with a high waist, and they are amazing. Push-up, push-in, they do it all! Shop online at or check out House of Fraser.
River Island stock a great range of jeans – whether you want skinny, super skinny or jeggings you won’t go wrong here. Remember, if in doubt ask for help. I found the staff hugely helpful everywhere we went.
The jeans trend for 2015 will be skinny, cuffed (turn ups), cigarette leg, coloured denims, flares and boot cut. If you have found a style that suits you that’s great; some of us have not been so lucky until very recentl

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at