We have entered a new era of denim. Jeans now can provide both comfort and style that hug your most luscious curves. Jeans will never go out of style because they are the definition of versatility. There are very few pieces of clothing that jeans don’t look good with and, as long as you find the right type for you, their comfort is unparalleled. From a Chanel jacket to a basic white button blouse, jeans are the perfect companion. I am wearing Dia & Co’s Greenwich Bootcut Jean. They are the most comfortable pair of jeans I have worn, period.
There are 4 main features you must look for when shopping for plus-size jeans that will fit your curves: cut, rise, wash, and Spandex/Lycra percentage.
NOTE: Trying on new jeans is incredibly important. Every brand has its own sizing chart and version of terms such as regular, slim, etc.
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1. Jean Cut
Boot: Snug on the thigh, flaring gently at the knee
Skinny: Snug at the thigh and hugs the calf and ankle
Straight: A combination of skinny and boot, straight legs have a bigger opening than skinny but not quite as wide at the bottom as boot
Wide: Sometimes known as “trouser jeans,”, they are fitted at the waist and butt, then widens from the thigh onward
Flare leg: Very fitted at the thigh and even more flared than a boot cut
Boyfriend Jeans: Slouchy, laid-back fit, as if you borrowed a man’s jeans
2. Jean Rise
The rise of a jean refers to the distance from the crotch joint to the top of the waistband. For the best look and comfort, and to avoid waist gaps, choose a rise that follows your own natural silhouette.
High Rise: Usually hides the naval and ends at or over the waistline.
Natural Rise: Should end right at the naval.
Low Rise: Often ends 2-3 inches under the naval.
Super Low Rise: How low can you go? This rise generally ends just above your crotch.
3. Jean Wash
Denim wash means the texture and shade of the jeans and can influence the look of and how long the denim will last. A good rule of thumb is that the lighter the wash, the more casual the jeans will look.
Acid: These jeans contain areas of different colors, usually a mix of darker and lighter blues
Stonewash: These jeans will appear to have a worn-out appearance and are usually softer and more flexible than other washes
Dark wash: The jeans are submerged in a darker dye after they are sewn together, letting the dye soak into all the seams for a deeper color
Medium wash: A shade lighter than dark wash and can be combined with almost any color or texture
Light wash: Usually two shades lighter than medium wash denim and only slightly darker than bleached denim
4. Jean Spandex and Lycra Percentage
Spandex and Lycra can give jeans just the right stretch when used in the right proportions. While stretch denim may take slightly longer to wear in, too much Spandex and Lycra can cause loss of shape, and are more likely to break sooner. The right combination of Spandex and Lycra (usually between 1 and 4% each) allows jeans to hug your body in all the right places.
Jeggings use Spandex to give a tight fit. According to Wikipedia, jeggings are leggings that are made to look like skin-tight denim jeans. The word is a portmanteau of the words jeans and leggings.
Best brands for plus size jeans
Offers multiple styles and washes in short, regular, and tall versions with sizes up to 32.
Offers five styles, including “bombshell skinny” in sizes up to 30.
3. Dia & Co
Offers multiple washes and styles with sizes up to 32. Many styles include polyester for extra comfort.
Features a collection of 10 styles with sizes up to 32 and include “Good Curves” that accentuate the hips and “Good Legs” that sculpt the legs.
Eloquii’s Viola fit jeans are designed exclusively for women with hip measurements 1-2 sizes bigger than their waist and bust, which is perfect for a pear body shape. Their Gena Fit is designed exclusively for a body shape with a fuller mid-section and narrower hips and thighs, which is ideal for the apple body shape.
Best Jeans for Plus Size Body Shapes
Pear Body Shape
Pear shapes are larger in proportion in the hip area than other parts of the body. To help balance out the curves, consider flare/bell-bottom jeans.
Hourglass Body Shape
Since most styles look great on the plus-size hourglass body, skinny jeans or bootcut jeans will especially enhance the curves.
Banana Body Shape
The hip area measurement is similar to the middle section on a banana body, therefore, consider skinny jeans or jeggings to help define your curves.
Apple Body Shape
Since the majority of the weight is in the middle or stomach area, balance out the lower part of the body with wide-leg jeans for a flattering fit.
Need to find your body shape? Visit our #1 post at How to Determine Your Plus Size Body Shape to Find the Most Flattering Clothes.
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