5 Body Shaping, Flaw Erasing Jeans

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Body Contouring Denim That Works Like Shapewear

Some jean styles are designed to flatter your figure.
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For many women, shapewear is an essential part of our daily outfits. So imagine the money and time you could save if your jeans did double-duty, providing body shaping benefits along with helping you look fashionable. The great news is that these days, a number of denim brands are offering stylish body shaper jeans that are designed to do just that. So whether you want a flatter tummy, slimmer thighs or a backside that looks like you spend hours each week in the gym, these jeans are meant to give you the silhouette you crave in denim -- at a lower cost than a fitness club membership. Check out these body shaping jeans from major brands that have invested heavily in figuring out how to make you look and feel skinnier in jeans, while still checking all the fashion boxes.

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J Brand Photo Ready Jeans

J Brand Photo Ready Maria High Rise Skinny Jeans
J Brand Photo Ready Maria High Rise Skinny Jeans. J Brand

J Brand's Photo Ready denim collection for women is a top-selling series for the brand. These jeans are constructed to lift and contour a woman's body, producing the same effect as wearing shapewear under your jeans. Made of high quality stretch denim fabric with 2.5% Lycra, these jeans basically Photoshop your figure, creating an ultra-slimming effect on your silhouette.

J Brand Photo Ready jeans are designed to contain your tummy, lift your tushy, and slenderize your thighs, while the stretch fabric lets you move comfortably. The high degree of elastane (aka Spandex) in these jeans means that they also have great "recovery", meaning that they don't bag out with wear at the knees and butt. The Photo Ready comes in a range of skinny jean and straight leg styles, including a range of classic and vintage washes and fun patterns, a variety of rises from high to low, cropped, full-length and distressed options. These jeans are expensive, for sure -- at about $200 to $250 a pair -- but then again, so is a personal trainer.

Learn more about what to look for in a stretch jean in our handy guide.

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NYDJ (Not Your Daughter's Jeans)

NYDJ Superskinny Pull On Knit Jean
NYDJ Superskinny Pull On Knit Jean. NYDJ

The NYDJ denim brand has made their name on jeans that are designed to flatter curvier figures. The magic starts right in the fabric -- NYDJ jeans have an unusually high percent of Spandex in their patented exclusive Lift Tuck® Technology fabric blend (4% as compared to the usual 1-2%). The result is an extremely stretchy denim pant that conforms tightly to curves to hold everything firmly in place, while being very comfy to wear -- and making you look and feel one size smaller. To tackle tummy concerns specifically, all NYDJ jeans feature a signature panel and cross-stitching in the front, designed to contain and flatten a woman's midsection.

NYDJ jeans are available in a variety of washes and fits, including cropped, skinny jeans, straight leg, wide-leg and boyfriend styles, with or without distressed details. You'll also find petite jeans, regular and plus-sized denim from this popular brand. NYDJ jeans retail for about $200.

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Yummie Denim

Yummie by Heather Thomson Jeans
Yummie by Heather Thomson Jeans. Yummie by Heather Thomson

The Yummie brand is the brainchild of founder and "Real Housewive" Heather Thomson, who created the clothing line to help women look and feel their best. With Yummie Denim, Heather wanted to create figure-flattering jeans that multi-tasking moms could wear from playdates to date nights. Made of a soft, stretch denim fabric (with 1% Spandex in the blue jeans, 2% in black wash styles), these jeans lift and shape the body while being comfortable to wear.

Yummie jeans all come in a mid-rise, but these denims feature a contour waistband that follows the body's curves, so it sits higher in back to provide good rear end coverage and give you a waist whittling effect. Meanwhile, strategic fading on the thigh and hip areas work to make you look slimmer overall. Yummie jeans are available in skinny jean, slim bootcut versions, and come in a variety of washes, from faded blue to vintage medium rinses, dark indigo, white jeans, charcoal grey and black. Some styles also come with trendy distressing, for a modern vibe. These jeans retail on the brand's website for about $90.

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Levi's 300 Shaping Jeans

Levi's 300 Series Shaping Plus Boot Cut
Levi's 300 Series Shaping Plus Boot Cut. Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi's 300 Shaping Series is an innovative approach to denim fit from the brand that invented jeans. The 300 Shaping jeans offer Levi's customers the latest body shaping technology from the brand, in a variety of denim fits to suit everyone's personal style -- including attractive plus-size options (as pictured here).

Designed to flatter and make the most of real women's bodies, these jeans act like shapewear to flatten the tummy, lengthen legs and lift the rear end. The secret to this body shaping effect is in the patented technology Levi's uses to treat the stretch denim fabric, which regulates the level of stretch in targeted areas. This provides structure and a figure-hugging shape to the jean, rather than simply uniform stretch, resulting in a body shaping jean that acts more like actual shapewear.

Levi's 300 Shaping Jeans are available in skinny, slim, straight leg and bootcut styles, in a range of washes from faded to true blue, indigo and black. The brand also offers this style in a well-made plus size version. All jeans in the 300 Shaping Series feature the brand's premium quality denim, and 2% elastane in the stretch fabric for a comfortable all-day fit. You'll find them retailing for around $70.

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Spanx Jeans by Heather Blakely

Spanx denim leggings
Spanx denim leggings. Spanx

If you've ever wished your jeans came with built-in shapewear, you'll be cheered to hear that the Spanx by Heather Blakely brand offers a denim collection for women. Spanx jeans (or "jeggings") are constructed of super-stretch, premium denim (3% elastane) with the brand's concealed body-shaping technology, for a fit that smooths, supports and lifts your body where you need it. The brand's patented Triple Thread technology also means these jeans have great recovery, so they don't bag out with wear. If you're self-conscious about your lower body, you'll love these jeans for their leg-lengthening look and tummy flattening powers. They're also designed to hit at your natural waist, for good coverage and no muffin top.

You can shop the Spanx Denim line for a variety of slim-fitting styles. Their popular Spanx "Jeanish" legging has faux front pockets and functional back pockets, to offer the look of a classic 5-pocket jean.

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