Stuff We Love Awards 2013: Best jeans
Best Hip-Slimming Jeans: dENiZEN 'Modern Boot Cut'
What they are: These gently flared, mid-rise jeans from Levi’s lower-priced line are a godsend for pear shapes; a slight flare balances your proportions and visually slims hips and thighs.
Why we love them: “They stretch so they are very comfy and also flare a little at bottom, which makes me feel sexy!” —janejoeyxo, reader
To buy: dENiZEN from Levi's Essential Stretch ‘Modern Boot Cut’ Jean, $27.99 at target.com
Best Leg-Lengthening Jeans: 7 For All Mankind ‘Dojo’
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What they are: You'll look taller when you slip on these wide-leg trouser jeans, which add the illusion of extra inches.
Why we love them: “They make my legs look slim and long, plus the low waist is perfect for me.” —denimorse, reader
To buy: 7 For All Mankind ‘Dojo’ Original Trouser Jean, $169 at 7forallmankind.com
Best Slenderizing Jeans: JAG Jeans ‘Malia’
What they are: From the waist down, these look like your everyday chic, expensive jeans. Look closer and you’ll see that the waistband is extra-wide, stretchy and flat—no zippers, buttons (or tummy rolls) in sight!
Why we love them: “They are so flattering and comfortable around my mom-of-four belly. No tight zippers and buttons = no muffin top (well, virtually no muffin top, ha!)” —Christine Candelaria
To buy: JAG Jeans ‘Malia’ Pull-On Jean, $64 at jagjeans.com
Best Plus-Size Jeans: NYDJ 'Hayden'
What they are: NYDJ has built its entire brand around slimming jeans with hidden support panels, and there’s still no smarter pick for looking smaller, tighter and sleeker.
Why we love them: “I am a plus-size girl and shopping for a good pair of jeans has always been hard. NYDJ has an array of styles and colors that fit perfectly for everyday wear and nighttime. Most are high waisted and give you some extra room by your calves. I feel comfortable, but still sexy at the same time.” —Toni, reader
To buy: NYDJ 'Hayden' Bootcut Jean, $120 at bloomingdales.com
Best Relaxed Fit Jeans: Gap 1969 'Sexy Boyfriend'
What they are: Just like finding the right boyfriend, it’s tricky to find the perfect boyfriend jeans. Gap’s ‘Sexy Boyfriend’ cut is any girl’s ideal match: not too sloppy or too clingy.
Why we love them: “Gotta say that no matter how many jeans I try, I just can’t find any that rival the '1969' cut. They’re boyfriend jeans designed to fit real women with curves.” —Ingrid Schmidt, fashion contributor
To buy: Gap '1969 Destroyed Sexy Boyfriend’ Jean, $74.95 at gap.com
Best Petite Jeans: Loft Petite 'Modern Skinny'
What they are: Sized just for petites with a 27-inch inseam and choice of 10 waist sizes, these slim-but-not-suffocating skinnies are a real find. Another bonus: sophisticated color choices like dark denim, sky blue and peach.
Why we love them: “I’m 5’4” and I love the way these jeans fit me. They’ve got just enough stretch to be super comfortable, they’re not crazy expensive, and I love the fact that they have such a wide variety of fits, including petites! I practically live in them.” —Erika Janes, senior editor
To buy: Loft Petite 'Modern Skinny' Ankle Jeans in Rinse Wash, $69.50 at loft.com
Best Luxe for Less Jeans: Rock and Republic ‘Berlin’
What they are: Denim brand Rock & Republic’s jeans used to top out at $350 a pair—but their affordable collection for Kohl’s is unquestionably much more affordable and equally stylish.
Why we love them: “These jeans look, feel and wear (they don’t stretch out!) like premium denim. Each season they have great new colors and patterns that are on-trend, but still wearable.” —Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, beauty and style channel editor
To buy: Rock and Republic 'Berlin' Jeans in Oxblood, $88 at kohls.com
Best Tall Jeans: Uniqlo ‘Ultra Stretch’
What they are: Cut with a longer-than-average 33-inch leg, these super-comfy jeans flatter and slim women 5’8” and taller. They’re known to sell out in Uniqlo stores, but luckily you can order them online, too.
Why we love them: “Once you’ve gone Uniqlo you’ll never go back to expensive denim. I've truly never fit into a pair of jeans as well as I do these. They're always long enough, fit me like a glove—and ring up under $40.” —Amanda Hawkins, associate lifestyle editor
To buy: Uniqlo Ultra Stretch Jean, $39.90 at uniqlo.com
Best Bum-Boosting Jeans: J Brand '811'
What they are: Perfectly sized and placed back pockets—plus a lack of busy posterior details—mean you look killer as they watch you walk away.
Why we love them: “These days I only really wear J Brand jeans, not only do they look amazing on and do wonders for your bottom, they are super comfortable so you can sit in them all day.” —Geneva Vanderzeil, blogger, A Pair & A Spare
To buy: J Brand ‘811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg’ Jean, $169 at jbrandjeans.com
Best Maternity Jeans: Old Navy 'Smooth-Panel'
What they are: Sometimes you feel like a full panel, sometimes you don't. You can have it both ways with this style, which can be worn over the belly or folded under the bump to work for the whole nine months of pregnancy.
Why we love them: “Yes, Old Navy maternity jeans are much less expensive than super-pricey designer maternity jeans. They’re also 100 times more comfortable. I lived in them during both my pregnancies and—let’s be honest—for a few months afterward as well.” —Lisa Moran, parenting and pregnancy channel editor
To buy: Old Navy ‘Smooth-Panel’ Jean, $34.50 at oldnavy.gap.com
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