We all know that the perfect pair of jeans is worth its weight in gold. And if you’re curvier, finding the right pair of plus size jeans that not only fits like a dream but slims and accentuates your curves in all the right places is even more precious (and difficult!).
While most of us have yet to lay our hands on a pair of denims that does justice to our shape, the great news is that finding the perfect fit really is just a matter of understanding your body type. Alia Motani, creative director and professional image consultant at BLU, shares some practical advice on how to solve the denim dilemma and find the perfect pair of plus size jeans, once and for all.
The boot cut
This denim style may have fallen out of favour since the arrival of its straight-leg and skinny-cut counterparts, but the slight taper of a good pair of boot-cut jeans is still a curvy girl’s best friend — making them a great choice for plus size jeans, says Alia.
“The classic mid-rise boot-cut style balances out the silhouettes of full-figured women whose main concern tends to be the leg and hip area,” she says. “It also prevents that dreaded muffin top from spilling over at the waist.”
For taller women with petite frames and straight or boyish figures, the boot-cut can also work for you, as the high waist gives the illusion of a more substantial bum.
The straight leg
Straight-leg jeans remain a classic denim style and a favourite among shoppers. This style fits easily over the thigh and is cut straight from the knee down, creating a flattering linear appearance, this is really one of the best plus size jeans.
Alia says if you’re going for straight-leg jeans, make sure you find a pair that isn’t too baggy around the hips and thighs, as this could make you look bigger than you are. “Focus on keeping the look slim, but not too tight — the straight-cut is meant to look clean and easy-fitting on your body.”
Denim leggings, or ‘jeggings’ as the kids today calling them, are a great addition to virtually any wardrobe. The elasticity of jeggings and no pockets results in a slimmer silhouette, smoothing and cinching in the bumpy bits while accentuating curves.
If you’re plus size, make this style work for you by choosing a darker denim wash paired with a long-length top if you’re trying to camouflage a larger tummy area and hips. For more linear body shapes or apple shapes, Alia suggests layering a leather jacket over a long-length top to create the illusion of curves.
Plus size skinny jeans
Many women shy away from plus size skinny jeans as they think this style may not be a flattering fit for their body type, but the reality is that skinny jeans can work for most women. Stretch-material skinny jeans are a great option to fit and flatter an ample bottom half, while the straight skinny cuts work really well for linear figures as they sit just below the navel and create a taller, curvier silhouette.
“You can also pair your stretchy plus size skinny jeans with a long scarf or necklace to draw the eye upwards and away from the hip and leg area,” says Alia. “Lengthier body types can create a chic look with straight leg skinny denims by throwing on a neutral-toned pair of flats or heels to make their legs look longer.”
Plus size boyfriend jeans
For shorter women, be sure to choose plus size boyfriend jeans with the appropriate fit and style for your form, and avoid cuffed ankles altogether as these tend to make shorter legs look even shorter.
“Wear them rolled up for a chic casual look, or unrolled for a longer silhouette. I would also recommend a darker wash if you’re trying to take attention away from big hips. Pair with a cotton t-shirt, a military-style jacket and white lace-up sneakers for a great relaxed weekend look.”
Alia’s bonus tips for buying plus size jeans:
- When in doubt, opt for a stretch-denim fabric as this seems to work for most body types.
- Try on jeans from different brands — there are some brands which cater to specific body types, and it’s worth trying on a few pairs from different stores to see which work best for you.
- Don’t forget to look at the ‘rise’ of the jeans. This is not only key to comfort, but it also affects how your waist and tummy look while wearing them.