Good Jeans: The Best Styles for Moms

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Michael Waring
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.
Michael Waring
Michael Waring

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.

Michael Waring
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.

Michael Waring
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.

Michael Waring
Michael Waring


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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