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Try them on! Jeans that flatter any figure

Are you 40  and feel like you can't wear what's fashionable?  Well, now you can.  TLC's Stacy London has tips on the perfect pair to wear that'll cover any trouble spot.
/ Source: TODAY

Women are always on the hunt for jeans made to fit their figure, so TODAY contributor Stacy London has a few tips for ladies over 40 of all shapes and sizes to help them find their ideal pair of jeans, trouble spots and all.

Stacy's rules
1. Fit the biggest part of your body first, usually hip, booty, thigh and sometimes tummy.

2. Make sure the RISE — that's the crotch area — always fits.

3. Stick to a uniform dark(er) wash for the most flattering look and versatility

Different body types require different cuts of jeans. NEVER go by what a label says, e.g., skinny, straight, boot-cut, wide-leg. Descriptions aren't always helpful. Just try them on. Stretch is our friend here. The jeans fit the hip and tush area without pulling anywhere. But the leg is cut wider at the knee and calf, creating a longer, more balanced leg silhouette. If you have hips, be careful with boot-cuts that taper too much at the knee. They simply create the illusion of a skinny knee and highlight a wider hip. It's all about creating proportion with the right cut. This 3/4-length coat does the same thing by cutting the hip and creating a slimmer silhouette. But look for tops that bisect the hipline straight across. If you go with tops that hit at the top of the hip or cover the hip, you only exaggerate the width of the hips.

What you saw on TODAY:
Jeans: DKNY Jeans, $59
Top: H & M, $19.90; Coat: DKNY, $495
Heels: Anne Klein, $88.95;
Handbag: Banana Republic
Scarf: Adrienne Landau at Filene's Basement
Earrings: Ring: Swarovski at

When you have a very small frame, be careful not to wear anything too oversized or an excessively wide-leg jean. Too much fabric overwhelms a small frame. Stick to something fitted, a straight or skinny jean like these from Citizens of Humanity. Even though the wide leg is very popular this season, the skinny isn't going anywhere. Overall, your frame has more presence in clothes that are cut closer to the body. So don't choose jean style by what's in or out; choose what flatters you most. Some petites may find the rise of regular sizes fits them perfectly; in that case, simply TAILOR the length. Go to your tailor and ask to hem them the same way as the present stitch and they will look custom-made for you. You can't tailor a rise, so hemming a pair of jeans is a much easier option once the jean fits well everywhere else. Note: You can't tailor boot-cut jeans; the knee will fall in the wrong place, so stick to hemming straight and skinny jeans.

What you saw on TODAY:
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, $154
Sweater: DKNY, $125; Saks and Bloomingdale's
Jacket: H & M, $49.90;

Flats: Hollywould Knocker, $183;
Scarf: H & M at
Earrings: Flying Lizard Designs,

Tummy: Hiding a tummy is easier than you might think. Look for a jean with a medium rise and a mid-width straight or small boot-cut leg. Again, it is about balancing out the proportions on the body— not highlighting the smaller parts, because that only makes the bigger parts look bigger. Also, layering on top is another good trick to slim a waistline. Wearing your shirttail out and blousing a sweater over it creates the illusion of a smaller waist. But this can look messy if the shirttail is too long, so don't let it peek out more than two inches from the outer layer.

What you saw on TODAY:
Jeans: Joe’s Jeans, $158
Button-down: Esprit,  $35.50; Sweater: H & M, $29.90;
Blazer: Esprit, $139.50;
Heels: Nine West, $92.95; Handbag: Maxx NY at Lord & Taylor
Bracelets: RJ Graziano at Bloomingdale's or Earrings: Mashka,
Necklace: Lee Angel,
When you are over 40, a relaxed-leg jean is a great option. Don't go for anything too exaggerated.

What you saw on TODAY:
Jeans: Lucky Brand Jeans, $110
Top: Tory Burch, $225; Nordstrom
Cardigan: La Rok, $79.99; Loehmann's
Boots: Lumiani, $179.95;
Handbag: Cynthia Rowley,
Scarf: Echo,
Necklace: Marissa B,

Plus:At size 14-16, jeans can become a difficult proposition. We don't want to add extra volume to the frame and we do want to fit curves without anything looking too tight. Raise the visual center of gravity by pairing these jeans with an empire-waist top that gives the impression of a higher waistline and longer leg silhouette.

What you saw on TODAY:
Jeans: Jag, $92; Nordstrom
Top: Kiyonna, $68; Lee Lee's Valise
Heels: Laundry by Shelly Segal, $138
Handbag: Sasha at Lee Lee's Valise
Necklace: Marissa B,
Bracelets: Marissa B, () and Josette and RJ Graziano ( )