The Best Jeans for Plus Size Women

by Jaime on April 5, 2012

Image courtesy of SVOBODA

Take it from me, a great pair of denim will help you feel sexy, comfortable and stylish, regardless of the occasion. Everyone deserves their perfect pair!

So, for plus size women, today’s your day! (If you missed the post, check out the best jeans for petite figures!) Here are my top tips for finding and wearing plus size denim – as well as some of my all-time favorite brands carrying (or exclusively catering to) plus size collections.

Starting out:

  • In the dressing room, bring three different sizes of the SAME STYLE in with you when you begin. Each brand fits differently, so don’t trust the number alone – trust the fit! This will help give you a baseline to begin your denim sizing experience with.
  • Not sure which style to go for? Opt for a classic boot-cut, a shape that stays in fashion throughout each season!
  • With the ever-growing number of denim brands for plus size women, jeans that gape in the back can finally be avoided. This happens because you have a greater waist to hip ratio, which is common for pear or hourglass figures. Look for a higher rise to solve your problems.
Finding a fit:
  • If you have to suck in violently to get those jeans on, the fit is wrong and you will end up with either a “muffin top” or an uncomfortable fit where the fabric cuts into your stomach. Change either the cut or the size!
  • Look for curvier cuts from your favorite brands (like J Brand’s Blue Label, Levi’s Curve ID and more) for a fit that’s more comfortable without sacrificing style.
  • When shopping for denim, be mindful of pocket placement. Too far apart will make your behind look wider, close pockets or ones that are slightly angled can give the appearance of a fuller backside. You want a pocket that covers a good portion of your butt without extending down onto your thigh (which will give you an unattractive “long butt” look!).
Finishing up:
  • When in doubt, go dark. Darker washes are universally flattering AND add an instant polish to your look.
  • If your jeans are either too short or too long, a proper tailor can let the hem out or shorten your denim for a perfect and custom feel (PS, you can hem your own jeans). Some retailers, like Nordstrom, also offer complimentary basic hemming on your jeans.
Here are some of the designers I recommend most for their extended size ranges, higher quality fabrics and preferential fits for plus sizes!
Favorite Finds:
Designers with Extended Sizing:

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Good luck, and happy shopping!


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lazypadawan April 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I used to be a size 16; CJ by Cookie Johnson and Svoboda are the best for the plus set.

J Brand online has up to 33″ (about a 14W) for its curvy cuts and Paige Premium Denim has up to 34″ available on its site.


Erica April 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hey JP where can I go to try on some of this stuff?


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