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 in the gym every week, 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 up to 6% Lycra, these jeans basically Photoshop your figure, creating an ultra-slimming effect on your silhouette.

Regular wearers of these jeans say they love them for the way they contain your tummy, lift your tushy, and slenderize your thighs, while still letting you move comfortably, thanks to their super stretch fabric. The high degree of Lycra (aka Spandex or elastane) in these jeans means that they also have great "recovery", meaning they won't bag out  at the knees and butt when you wear them.

The Photo Ready comes in a range of jeans fits, including skinny jeans, straight leg jeans, a bootcut style, and cropped jeans. These are available in a range of colors, from inky black to optic white, classic dark blue jeans, and even fun colors and patterns.

These jeans are expensive, for sure, at about $180 to $280 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.

Get awesome outfit ideas for styling plus size jeans here.

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Yummie Denim

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

Yummie Jeans are the brainchild of founder and "Real Housewives" alumni Heather Thomson, who created her 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 the black denim styles), these jeans lift and shape the body while being comfortable to wear.

Yummie jeans all come in a mid-rise fit. Every style also includes a contour waistband, that follows the body's curves, sitting higher in the back to provide good rear end coverage (this also gives you a waist whittling effect).

Meanwhile, strategic fading on the thigh and hip areas of these jeans work to make you look slimmer overall. Yummie jeans are available in skinny jean, slim bootcut versions, and a slim straight leg cut, in a variety of washes from faded blue to dark indigo and black jeans. 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 make the most of real women's bodies, these Levi's 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 shapewear than traditional denim.

Levi's 300 Shaping Jeans are available in skinny, slim, straight leg and bootcut styles, in a range of washes from faded blue 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.

Levi's 300 Shaping Series jeans retail for about $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 brand by Heather Blakely 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. Designed to pull on easily, and made with a built-in tummy panel, Spanx jeggings are great for shaping your figure and smoothing your curves. 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.

The brand's patented Triple Thread technology also gives these jeans excellent recovery, and regular users testify that they don't bag out with wear.

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. This is available in regular, plus-size, and a popular maternity jegging style.

Spanx Jeanish Jeggings retail for about $100 to $110.

Visit the Spanx website.