Let's face it, despite the current obsession with flares, most of us aren't in any hurry to ditch our skinny jeans. But if you're not lucky enough to have legs up to your armpits or your thighs are on first name terms, skinnies might not seem like a safe bet. Wrong! You just haven't bagged the right brand.

 

The Apple Solution: If you've got a boyish shape, pretty much any skinny will suit you, but if you're looking to add curves, details are your friend, according to jeans queen Donna Ida who recommends "adding some interest with zips and details on the back pockets." Diesel does great detail-heavy designs.


The Perfect Pair for a Pear: Donna recommends skinny jeans in a high-waisted style for pear shapes like Kim Kardashian, to avoid a big reveal when you bend over. J Brand's High Rise Marias are winners in this respect, with enough stretch to flatter fuller figures.

 

Tall Order: If you're leggy, Topshop is the place for your perfect skinny. Their top-selling Jamies come in a 34 leg or as part of the tall range in a 36 and wash like a dream if, unlike Donna's advice which is always to wash your jeans on a cold cycle, they occasionally end up suffering on a sock wash.

 

The Bottom Line: If you've got a bit of junk in your trunk, bag a pair of James Jeans Twiggys. High-waisted enough to keep the plumpest of posteriors under wraps, without the need for ungainly adjustments. Plus stretchy enough to see you through lunch.