From Black Voices — There are few things more difficult for the curvy girl to find than a great fitting pair of jeans. Well, this week, we hope to demystify the process by giving you some tips to keep in mind while you shop for the perfect pair.

1. You absolutely MUST make a trip to the fitting room. With jeans, it is difficult to determine if a style will fit properly unless you try them on. There are styles that may look perfect on the shelf or online. However, you may be surprised once you get them on your body. Schedule a whole afternoon, or even an entire weekend to search for the right fit. For online purchases, make sure the store has a workable exchange and return policy.

2. Spandex is your friend. Some curvy girls get nervous at the idea of body-clinging fabric, but denim mixed with 2% (or less) Lycra, or an alternative stretchy fabric, will give your jeans just the snugness and give they need to hug you in all the right places, yet surmount any problem areas. Stretchiness also helps conquer the age-old problem of jeans that fit the width of your hips, but not the narrowness of your waist.

3. As always, know your body. Too much distressing and fading exaggerates larger shapes. Stick to dark, clean washes for a slimming effect. Long-waisted jeans help conceal and slim round tummies. Straight leg styles and those with a slight boot cut add length and balance wider hips – just make sure that the leg doesn’t flare wider than the width of your thigh.

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  • I’m curvy and petite… a double whammy when it comes to finding jeans. I think the best thing to remember is that no jeans fit the same so trying everything on and in different cuts and sizes is very important. Also, a tailor can be your best friend! In terms of brands that are very “short girl friendly” I like Joe’s Jeans and The Gap! Perfect for any petite girl with thighs and a butt.