The Perfect Fit: Ten Figure-Flattering Jeans for Real Women
by Bijani Mizell
Denim is the WD-40 of a woman’s closet; your favorite pair of jeans can take you from office hours to a hot date to a relaxing weekend. But when most denim brands feature 16-year-old models in their advertisements, it can be hard to tell which styles will fit your body and your life. From Oprah’s favorite pair to the perfect bootcut, these eight stylish jeans were made for real women’s bodies—and some for under $50! (Mom jeans need not apply.)
Not Your Daughter’s Tummy Tuck Stretch Jeans
The clever name says it all: The cult-favorite brand was designed for stylish moms who don’t want to give up their fashion-forwardness. The secret ingredient? Nearly twice as much Lycra as other brands. The higher rise holds in tummies and lifts butts, like Spanx built into jeans—a match made in heaven.
CJ by Cookie Johnson Grace Bootcut Jeans
Are your jeans so amazing Oprah devoted an entire episode to them? If you’re Cookie Johnson (Magic Johnson’s wife), apparently they are. After struggling to find a good denim match for her healthy, size-8 curves, Johnson started her eponymous line to create the perfect fit and stretch. Oprah even wore her own pair for the October 2009 cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. How’s that for a super-fan? ($128; Zappos)
Lee Classic Fit Jeans
No longer relegated to bottom-of-the-barrel status, Lee Jeans have rebranded their designs to suit a fashionista’s lifestyle without burning holes in wallets. You can afford to buy a pair of each of their insanely flattering trouser-cut, bootcut, and straight legs for less than one pair of designer jeans.
Citizens of Humanity Kelly Jeans
If you’ve got thicker legs, you know what a struggle it is to pull on jeans. Citizens of Humanity’s boot-leg style balances out heavier curves and slims hips and thighs. Plus, the stretch fit eliminates the need for any dreaded “break-in” contortions.
Ann Taylor Loft Relaxed Boyfriend Jeans
For figure-conscious trendsetters, loose boyfriend jeans might seem like an impossible sartorial dream. But Loft, Ann Taylor’s cooler down-market brand, carries body-grazing boyfriend jeans that flatter all shapes and sizes for the perfect weekend look. ($80; Ann Taylor Loft)
Signature by Levi Strauss Stretch Low-Rise Bootcut
A classic since the days of California’s gold miners, Levi’s knows denim like few other companies do. The waist on the traditional bootcut style contours to your body, so there’s no gaping when you sit—and more importantly, no “whale-tail” thong sightings. At this price, how can you afford to pass them up? ($19.99; Walmart)
Gap Curvy Jeans
A dark, slightly bootcut jean, free of fading or whisker marks, this style is chic on any figure and makes legs look long and lean. Gap’s ever-popular Curvy line, designed with hourglass bodies in mind, has extra room in the hips and a wide waistband to eliminate muffin-tops.
Old Navy Sweetheart Low-Rise Straight Leg
For those of us who love the skinny-jean trend but not the saddlebags and bad circulation that come with it, Old Navy is a godsend. Their affordable straight-leg styles look like skinny jeans on fuller figures and also fit brilliantly into boots. ($29.50; Old Navy)