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Finding the right pair of jeans for your style and body shape is never a simple task. Here, the Style and Living team take on the challenge to discover their ideal fit.

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Long and lean? Try flares

“I’m tall, so it’s great to find a pair of jeans that stretch all the way to my ankles. These high-waisted flares lengthen the leg, are a modern alternative to skinnies and look great with a classic striped top and trainers,” Isabelle O’Carroll, lead copywriter.

Isabelle O’Carroll wears Breton top and flared jeans

Flat mates

When heels won’t do, strike a chic smart-casual balance and slip into a pair of penny loafers. This patent nude style goes with everything.

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Nude patent loafers by Limited Edition

Leg shy? Try boyfriend jeans

“I hate shopping for jeans with a passion – with chunky thighs and calves, I never find the perfect fit. These boyfriend jeans have a roomier leg that doesn’t look too mumsy, plus they’re the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn,” Emma Robertson, beauty editor.

Emma Robertson wears white shirt and boyfriend jeans

Rip it up

Step out of your comfort zone and opt for a distressed design to add instant edge to any look. Wear with a white shirt for a sophisticated finish.

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Distressed denim jeans

Bum conscious? Try a straight leg

“Thanks to years of dancing, my legs are in my good books, body-wise, but my bottom is another story. Fashion’s new ‘it’ fit – the high-rise straight leg – is effortless, cool and has more room to give on the bum. I’m sold,” Charlene Barton, womenswear editor.

Charlene Barton wears black blazer and straight-leg jeans

Petite? Try skinny jeans

“Hallelujah, I don’t have to alter the hem! I’m 5 foot 3, but these are the perfect length with just the right amount of ankle cleavage to flatter my shape. Skinny jeans needn’t be scary – a slim leg doesn’t have to mean sprayed on,” Kate Fitzpatrick, acting editor.

Kate Fitzpatrick wears skinny jeans and khaki shirt

Feet first

Not just for the boys, brogues are a versatile addition to your shoe collection and look great with denim. Ideal for the office or weekend brunch.

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Ivory leather brogues by Autograph

Hourglass? Try relaxed skinnies

“I have a small waist and a bum that can be described as generous on a good day. These relaxed skinnies come rolled up at the cuff, so I can adjust them to flatter my height (or lack thereof!),” Emma Sleight, food, wine and flowers editor.

Emma Sleight wears navy trench and relaxed skinny jeans

In the navy

For a look that never goes out of style, throw on a basic white T-shirt with a navy trench and add a statement ring.

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White T-shirt and denim jeans

Mix things up

Experiment with different washes. White jeans will freshen up any look, while faded blues give off an air of nonchalance.

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Stack of denim jeans
Rail of Marks and Spencer clothing
Photographer: Jackie Dixon / Stylist: Louise Carmel Hall
Hair stylist: Ben Cooke / Make-up artist: Lisa Valencia


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