Jazz up your jeans
We asked these seven readers to share their denim dilemmas, then we matched them up with the perfect problem-solving pair. Take a look, and discover the ultimate new pair for you.
Jeans that work for work
Liza Sheker, 36, actuary
Dream jeans: Ann Taylor Denim Modern Bootleg Jean in Dark Evening Wash ($85)
Why they work: Dark, tailored jeans are thoroughly professional (not to mention slimming). Pair 'em with a silk top or blazer for a foolproof, casual work look. Opt for boot cut, which looks sophisticated with fall boots and office-appropriate heels.
A pair that flatters the thighs
Serena Tong, 28, finance manager
Dream jeans: Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Bootleg Trouser Pant ($108)
Why they work: Trouser-style jeans are cut wider through the upper leg, so they’re a great choice if you want to streamline legs and hips. The extra stretch in this pick helps smooth and slim, particularly in the thigh and rear area.
Jeans that stays up when I bend down
Maggie Zembruski, 34, consultant
Dream Jeans: Paige Premium Denim Skyline in Eclipse ($168)
Why they work: This mid-rise jean falls just below the belly button and stays put around the waist, thanks to a blend of cotton and luxury fiber (Dow XLA). The stretching power of XLA keeps this jean’s shape longerno unflattering bagging when you bend down or sit.
A pair that can handle your curves
Vanessa Griggs, 34, photo producer
Dream jeans: Cj by Cookie Johnson "Grace" Jeans ($191)
Why they work: This style’s incredibly forgiving boot cut helps balance out full hips and thighs. And the near-magic cotton-and-elastin blend offers up just the right amount of stretch, hugging skin without leaving any unsightly bumps.
No more muffin top
Maggie McCormick, 38, at-home mom
Dream jeans: Riders by Lee Tab Watch Pocket Jean ($20)
Why they work: The built-in tummy control panels in these surprisingly stylish higher-rise jeans help eliminate stomach bulge, while hidden elastic in the waistband prevents gapping. And check out the incredibly low price!
Aretha Burke, 40, lifestyle blogger
Dream jeans: MiracleBody by MiracleSuit Samantha jeans ($110)
Why they work: The strategically placed embroidered pockets sit higher on the butt, drawing the eye upand giving the area a visual lift. These jeans also contain 4 percent Lycra, which provides extra holding power in the rear ... and all over.
Photo: Karen Pearson (all)
Closing the gap
Zovig Garboushian, 31, marketing services director
Dream jeans: Gloria Vanderbilt Cherise Jean ($40)
Why they work: Look for a narrow, mid-rise style with a slightly higher cut in the back of the waist to prevent gaps. These trouser-style jeans have just enough stretch to keep the denim snug on your body.