If you’re a curvy woman you know that even the ability to discuss options for jeans that'll cover your rear end is progress. Speaking for myself, it was tough being a teenager in the early 2000s with a brand-new hourglass figure and no pants to properly fit me. Skirts and dresses were my best friend and everything I wore looked “sexy.” T'was the plight of the big bootied woman.
Fast forward a decade, the fashion industry introduced jeggings and suddenly curvy women had options for jeans that'd fit our thighs and butt. No more sliding jeans on, feeling anxiety as momentum ebbed at the thigh, and then coming to a full stop at the underbutt. The archaic "sizing-up" method was also a thing of the past.
My closet was replete with high-waisted jeggings, incredibly-tight vagina-strangling jeggings, with massive waist gaps. It was like the fashion industry was conspiring to make curvy women lose their damn minds. For some time every milestone in our curvy saga presented new challenges. But, it appears we've reached the end of our perilous journey.
Retailers are embracing all body types and it's becoming more common to see "curvy" collections for the hourglass figure. These collections include jeans that fit large thighs, have extra room in the seat, and are tapered at the waist. They're freaking perfect. And, these collections have more variety than just jeggings. It used to be that we had to admire mom and boyfriend jean styles from afar, but those days are over.
It's time to talk about the 5 best retailers for finding curvy jeans, because we've got real-affordable options now. To illustrate these options I've enlisted some of our fave curvy celebs for assistance.
Could Topshop have known how popular their Joni Jeans would be among curvy women when they launched? Your guess is as good as mine.
Topshop’s Joni Jeans are high-rise, tapered ankle, super stretch denim pants. They come in a wide range of washes from bleached and acid to green cast and black coated. You’ll find them in a plethora of styles like ripped, super ripped, cut out, and some styles with raw hems. Prices for these curvy jeans range $65-$85 per pair, in waist sizes 24-36 and regular, petite, and tall lengths.
Sporting a summer outfit we’re dying to covet, Beyoncé was seen out wearing curve-hugging jeans, a long-sleeve patterned blouse, platform sandals, and a two-toned clutch. She also took to Instagram to share this casual ensemble’s goodness with the world.
To copy Beyoncé’s look, you can team the Floral Knot Tie Shirt ($55) with a pair of Belt Loop Joni Jeans ($65), Nine West’s Dempsey Platform Sandals ($40), and the Anastasia Zebra Clutch ($180).
Joni Jeans are the best option for copying Beyoncés look because they have a tapered high-waist and are super stretchy. They're made of 55% cotton, 42% Viscose, and 3% Elastane which means they're comfortable, form-fitting, and breathable.
J-Lo stepped out in a full-denim outfit complete with a long-sleeve denim shirt, butt flattering denim pants, and tan suede pumps. This is another look perfect for Topshop’s Joni Jeans.
To copy J-Lo’s full-denim outfit, combine a Western Denim Shirt ($58), Topshop’s Belt Loop Joni Jeans ($65), Margie Tan Suede Pumps ($120), and a pair of Round Mirror Sunglasses ($22).
PrettyLittleThing’s curvy jeans come to us courtesy of their Shape collection which offers clothing for the hourglass figure, large bust, small waist, and big butt.
PLT’s shape denim features a tapered waist, extra room in the seat, and 5% Elastane for extra stretch. They come in ripped, extreme rip, high-waist, distressed, wide-leg, mom, and boyfriend styles. These jeans are also perfect for all heights with regular, tall, and petite lengths.
Get Ashley Graham’s look by teaming PrettyLittleThing’s Disco Skinny Jeans ($45), with a V-neck Crop Top ($12), Black Pointed Pumps ($180), and Stone Drop Earrings($22).
PLT’s Shape jeans are extremely affordable at $35-$45 per pair and with just one word of caution. Make sure to wash your jeans before your first wear as the dark dye will transfer to your other clothing including your shoes.
While Missguided doesn’t offer a specific “shape” or “curve” collection for hourglass figures, their denim pants have long had the reputation for being curvy friendly.
Missguided’s jeans come standard with tapered waists and extra room in the seat for a complementary silhouette. Missguided offers jeans from sizes 0-20 and their price ranges anywhere from $25-$51 depending on the style.
Longtime model for Missguided, Barbie Ferreira is seen here modeling a black band tee, with ripped curvy jeans, and black strappy sandals for a recent campaign.
To get Barbie’s look, pair a Band Tee ($12) with Missguided’s High-Waist Skinny Jeans ($47), a pair of Strappy Sandal Heels ($59) and consider a Leather Biker Jacket ($320) for more edge.
Levi’s is the original pioneer in denim, so naturally, they have solid options for our list of curvy jeans. Levi's observed shopper's overwhelming reception to their 501 jeans but also heard feedback that so many were sizing up and getting the waists altered to fit their shapely figures.
Instead of leaving us to our own devices, Levi's launched its Wedgie Fit jeans collection giving curvy women options for curve-flattering classic jeans. The Wedgie fit is slightly more stretchy than their 501s, fit snug through the hips and thighs, have tilted back pockets, and high-rise tapered waists.
Tracee Ellis Ross
In an interview for The New Potato, Tracee Ellis Ross wears a full-denim outfit featuring classic denim jeans, a popover denim shirt, and tan animal print stilettos.
Copy Tracee Ellis Ross’s full-denim outfit by teaming Levi’s Wedgie Fit Jeans ($98) with a Popover Denim Shirt ($60), a pair of Snakeskin Pumps ($70), and an optional Snakeskin Clutch ($295) to complete the look.
5. American Eagle
American Eagle is perhaps the most surprising addition to our list given their design history. But, with the evolution of their brand comes investment in their “Curvy Jeans” collection.
American Eagle’s Curvy Jeans offer greater room through the thigh and hip and a tapered waist to avoid a gnarly waist gap. This collection comes complete with mom jeans, flared, skinny and jegging styles. You can grab a pair of these affordable and flattering jeans for $50-$70 a pair depending on the style.
Kim Kardashian was spotted out in a sexy summer jeans outfit look combining a bustier bodysuit, with ripped jeans, and snakeskin booties.
To get Kim’s look, pair a Black Bustier Bodysuit ($37) with American Eagle’s High-Waist Jeggings ($50), Steve Madden’s Snakeskin Booties ($110), and an optional Beaded Clutch ($32) to finish the look.
Perhaps our favorite thing about American Eagles Curvy Jeans collection is how they make several styles of quality mid-weight denim available to women with curves.
We usually only get glimpses of Scarlett Johannson’s rear on the red carpet, and this occurrence is no different. Seen jetting off somewhere important, Scarlett sports a long-sleeve blue boyfriend shirt, cropped mom jeans, and Chanel Espadrilles.
Copy Scarlett’s casual summer outfit by combining somewhere you really need to be with American Eagle’s Curvy Mom Jean ($50), a Blue Striped Boyfriend Shirt ($50), Platform Espadrille Flats ($75) and a pair of Elsa Sunglasses ($100).