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Denim Diaries

Personal success stories!
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I love my new curves

Rosemary, 22, had a wow! shape hidden under her wide-leg, higher-waistband jeans. So we let it show with lower-riding jeans that have slim (but not tapered) legs - a great complement to an hourglass figure.
Where to shop for these jeans: Red Engine jeans, $120, sizes 24-32, Rear Ends, Detroit, 248-626-4333; Jean Connection, Dallas, 214-691-7894; Madison, L.A., 323-651-3662.

My legs look so much longer

Vanessa, 25, says she'll pay "any amount of money" for perfect-fit jeans. No need! We tossed out her cropped pair and replaced them with a long, to-the-ground style to visually add inches. Easy!
Where to shop for these jeans: la Dahl jeans, $125, sizes 25-32, Sharon Segal at Fred Segal, L.A., 310-394-4787;Stanley Korshak, Dallas, 214-871-3600.

I look more proportioned

We clued in Dawn, 34, to the biggest fuller figure Don't: tapered legs! They make your middle look thicker and your lower legs scrawny.

The Do: A dark rinse, boot-cut pair to balance your shape.

Where to shop for these jeans: Express jeans, $58, sizes 1/2 -13/14, Express stores nationwide; expressfashion.com for stores.

I love my butt now!

Jessica, 29, was picking jeans styles that made her posterior look pancake-flat.

Success story: jeans with same-shade (not darker) pockets that don't slouch too far down her butt and leg.

Helloo, hips!

Deanna, 30, has a jeans dilemma: she has a boy shape.

Solution: stretch jeans with angled front pockets to create the illusion of curves.

Where to shop for these jeans: Levi's jeans, $65, sizes 0-13, levi.com or 800-872-5384 for stores.

I bought two pairs of these jeans!

Tracie, 33 has a jeans dilemma: she has full curves.

Solution: a slim cut, slightly flared pair of jeans.

Where to shop for these jeans: jeans, $50, sizes 0-20, Gap nationwide; gap.com

I love my jeans!

A fulltime mom, Tammy, 32, lives in jeans. But finding a stylish pair has been tough. We changed that with a sexier, lower-rise pair with an easy an easy-to-wear, slightly wider-cut leg-no "mom jeans" here!
Where to shop for these jeans: Club Monaco jeans, $89, sizes 0-12, clubmonaco.com or 888-580-5084 for stores; Club Monaco, NYC, Chicago, L.A.

I'll think again before wearing capris!

A competitive swimmer, Christina, 26, has got reason to be proud of her long, muscular legs.

Show-off step No.1: Don't cut them off at the shins! Opt for a boot-cut or straight pair that hits the top of your foot.

Where to shop for these jeans: Gap jeans, $50, sizes 0 - 20 Gap stores nationwide; gap.com.

Eat your heart out, J.Lo!

We made Cecilia, 31, memorize our denim rule (you should too): Jeans should sit on your hips (not waist), back pockets on the curviest part of your butt. What a difference!
Where to shop for these jeans: Lands' End jeans, $35, sizes 18W-26W, landsend.com

I love my rear view

We made Edith, 33, memorize our denim rule (you should too): Jeans should sit on your hips (not waist), back pockets on the curviest part of your butt. What a difference!
Where to shop for these jeans:Earl Jean jeans, $142, sizes 25-30, select Neiman Marcus.

These jeans are so sexy

Tapered jeans with a high waist make Manoda, 36, look extra thin and short-waisted; a low-rise style with a slightly flared leg makes her va-voom-worthy.
Where to Shop for these jeans: Bebe jeans, $89, sizes 25-30, bebe.com

Wow. Long and lean!

Skintight jeans that dip low in the front and bag around the ankles like those on Jennifer, 20, can make you look shorter and wider.

The can't-go-wrong fix: A low-rise that sits on the hips and has a slightly flared leg.

Where to shop for these jeans: Paper Denim & Cloth jeans, $172, sizes 24-31, Bloomingdale's nationwide, 800-232-1854; Atrium, NYC; American Rag, L.A.

Phew! Much better.

Warning to Kelly, 20: Faded jeans may make objects appear larger than they actually are!

For an instant slim down, dark denim with biggish pockets that are wider at the top than the bottom, works wonders.

Where to shop for these jeans: Banana Republic jeans, $60, sizes 0-16, bananarepublic.com

Did I grow 5 inches?

Baggy, high-waisted jeans make a short torso even shorter. Angelica, 19, looks instantly proportioned just by wearing low-rises. (A longer top helps too!) Nice fix.
Where to shop for these jeans: Jill Stuart Jeans jeans, $130, sizes 0-10, Jill Stuart, NYC, 212-343-2300; Henry Lehr, NYC, 212-274-9921; Fetish, Austin, 512-457-1007; 212-575-7980 for more information.