Good Jeans: The Best Styles for Moms

Trying on pair after pair to find one that fits -- we've all been there. Escape the dressing room in record time with our style advice for every body.

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High Waist

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High Waist

Naturally curvy? Jeans worn above your waist will play up your ultrafeminine shape. Better yet, legs look long and lean, says Glenda Strickbine, a fit expert with Riders by Lee.

Top, United Colors of Benetton, $89. Jeans, Nicole by Nicole Miller, $44. Necklace, Laila Rowe, $15. Belt, The Limited, $34.50. Bracelet, Nugaard Designs, $98. Bag, Boden, $129.

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Wide Leg

Michael Waring

Wide Leg

If you're looking to make your thighs and butt appear smaller, this silhouette is tailored for you. The leg width stays the same -- from waist to toe -- without tapering in at the knee, which can draw attention to what you're trying to hide. (Bonus: This fit is majorly comfy.)

Wide-leg pants may seem a little '70s, but a dark, inky wash and contrast stitching make them totally modern.

Jacket, American Eagle Outfitters, $59.50. Top, Michael Stars, $55. Jeans, Dressbarn, $35. Flats, Boden, $77. Scarf, Echo, $58. Bracelet, Allison Daniel Designs, $98.

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Boot Cut

Michael Waring

Boot Cut

Classic and as close as humanly possible to universally flattering, the boot cut -- slightly flared but nowhere near a bell-bottom -- visually balances the entire body.

A faded blue hue gives this pick a vintage vibe -- complete the look with cowboy boots and a vest.

Top, Worthington, $30. Vest, Camille La Vie, $40. Jeans, Gap, $69.50. Boots, Ariat, $160. Earrings, Silpada, $42.

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Trouser

Michael Waring

Trouser

This cut -- sleek, but with a fuller shape -- especially flatters women with larger hips, says Strickbine. There's no bulge in the pocket area to draw attention to the zone you're trying to de-emphasize.

For a polished style that works for the office, opt for a flowy top to complement the fitted bottoms.

Top, Old Navy, $26.50. Jeans, a.n.a. by JCPenney, $36. Necklace, Foxy Originals, $40. Bangles (from top), Allison Daniel Designs, $58, Ted Rossi, $98, Silpada Designs, $56.

Originally published in the March 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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