Cassie - I'm bordering from apple to pear shaped and would say defo boot-cut jeans to balance out those hips. If you want to be 'on-trend' with the skinny jean style, go for straight cut, skinny jeans are only for the very skinny!
Also, dark denim coloured jeans take a few pounds off too or, so I've heard.
All those sunday mornings watching Gok Wan have finally paid off
Do you know who Gok Wan is in the US???