Style and Size
There are so many brands and styles out there that my best tip is to ask the shop assistant what she suggests for you. If no shop assistant is handy, be adventurous. It cost nothing but time to try on lots of styles. The bootleg style with tapered fit and a slight flare below the knees is a classic style that suits all women. Straight leg jeans, with no flare, are also universally flattering. My Jag jeans are called – slim ankle grazers. Even after I have cut centimetres off them, they are slim-fitting at my ankles (slimming but not skin-tight). For women over 40, just make sure the jeans are high-rise on you. Anything lower and you may end up with the dreaded muffin top.
Here is a smart dressing tip. Find a pair of jeans you love. Measure them width-wise at the knees and ankles and take other jeans in at the side seams to create your best shape all the time. If you cannot sew and there is no one to do it for you, pay an alterations service or a dressmaker to adjust them for you.
Size-wise, some jeans like Corfu in Australia and Jag internationally have intermediate sizes eg 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 etc. This give you more chance of finding the perfect waist fit for you. Otherwise try on at least two sizes in new jeans because sizing varies. It is not the number. It is the fit that is important.
Non-surgical Lift and Slim
Jeans material needs to have some stretch in it for comfort and fit. Today, jeans are made of all sorts of miracle fabrics for lifting and flattening. Generally, the most effective cost the most but not always. I tried on one brand advertising a miracle tummy slimming panel to find that someone had an overactive imagination. It does not hurt to try them on. Look for visible results on you rather than believe the advertising hype.
Check that you can bend, squat and sit in them without pain. Some salespeople will tell you that you are better off in jeans that are tight at the waist as they will stretch as you wear them. That is fine but if the first hour is uncomfortable and zipping them up is always a challenge, they will sit in the back of your cupboard unworn. We all wore uncomfortable clothes when young. Laugh now and go a size bigger.
Does my Bum look Big in These?
It is easy when trying on jeans to only look at your front and side view. Rear pockets can make or break your look.
What to look for in pockets? First check the stitching colour. The more the stitching colour blends with your jeans colour, the less obvious the pockets are and the smoother your bottom shape. Got a pert bottom? Let the stitching pattern and colour draw attention to a Kylie Minogue pert bottom. The best pockets are on an angle and do not go below the curve of your bottom. Any lower gives you a bigger bottom and a baggy look.