Thursday, September 10, 2015

How To Find Jeans That Actually Fit

If there is one thing women universally complain about, it is this: how in the world do you find a pair of well-fitting jeans? I am sure slender women have difficulty finding a pair of jeans they properly fill out, while curvy girls are never safe from the dreaded "back gap" which occurs when your curvy derrier takes up more space than your waist. Apparently many designers of denim have no booties, or so you might think from the fit of their jeans.

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When ^this^ moment happens, my curvy girls and I have to either cinch it with a belt and deal with the weird, gaping puckers, or else just mind the gap and do that annoying "wriggle-up" when we stand after sitting. I'm not going to give up wearing jeans, because I love jeans. I love their practicality and the way the look can go from daycare to dinner with the addition of some heels and a nice blouse. Jeans are a part of my life that will never go away. But they're also a part of my life that can bring more grief than satisfaction. I have found some brands which have room for my curves but hug them too tightly, or else bling up the butt-pockets in a manner most Brooklynite. Suffice it to say, a well-fitting, reasonably-priced pair of jeans that doesn't look ghetto is a godsend. In this frame of mind, I thought I would share with you my favorite jeans brands, as well as a couple brands of which I have heard good things and hope to try.

Tried & True:

Gloria Vanderbilt - (found at Kohl's, among other places) My pair of darkest-wash skinny jeans from Gloria Vanderbilt make me happy. They're high-rise, they stay put with minimal effort, and they're comfortable. All good things.
Old Navy - I was tipped off sometime last year to the fact that Old Navy caters rather well to the curvaceous crowd as well as the traditionally-shaped crowd by a good friend of mine who recommended their "Sweetheart" style. I only recently was able to check it out myself and what I found slightly revolutionized my world. At only $30 a pair (and believe me, I am willing to pay that much for low-to-no-hassle denim) one has a selection of quite a few different styles of jeans including skinnies, straight-leg, boyfriend, boot-cut, and more. But the best part about it? Each style comes in short, tall, regular, and curvy. CURVY. Old Navy speaks my love-language. An extra inch or two of give for the booty while keeping a traditional measurement for the waist. Bless you, dear company. Bless you.

Wish-List:

ASOS Curve - I admit it: I've been drooling over this company's clothing for weeks and would really like a chance to try a pair of their jeans (or this dress *my heart*). My only problem is that there are no ASOS stores near me and I'm not a fan of ordering jeans online, even with cheap or free returns. Ain't nobody got time fo'dat.
Torrid - I did find a Torrid store near me, and having heard their denim recommended by Girl With Curves, I would have bought a pair. The issue for me was the fact that A) my budget for the week didn't support it and B) at a size 14, I hover dangerously near the "you aren't quite plus-size" line. This meant that this Torrid store had a whole lot more size 16 and up than anything else, and I couldn't find a 14 in the color or style I want. I will, however, be returning.
Maurice's - My dear friend and fellow endowed woman, Meghan, swears by this company. I am not certain she has bought their jeans, but she can't say enough good things about Maurice's in general. At some point I would be interested in checking out their jeans. After all, they're repping the curvy community pretty well; jeans should be top priority.

the awkwardness of Size 14.... (via pinterest)


Are there any purveyors of properly-fitting denim I have missed? Which is your favorite brand to wear and why? Leave a comment below and inform the rest of us. Ciao, bellas!

18 comments:

  1. Loved this, Rache! :) Can't wait till I can get into jeans again.

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  2. Ann Taylor Loft is a favorite of mine, though I wear size 10 with that brand. It really depends on the brand/style of pant, because I have 1 pair of size 8 jeans, and most of my other ones are size 10. Come to think of it, dresses are about the only thing that I usually get in size 14. So all that was probably no help, but I'm going to post it anyway. 😄

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    1. Haha! Well it is always good to hear about favorite brands.

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  3. I have read that the cut of the jean is the difference between gap and no gap--has more to do with the shape than the size of the girl. Shoot, I'm a size 4 most brands and I struggled to find jeans that didn't gap. The difficulty is that my athletic build (read, butt--sorta yes, hips-not much, thigh-plenty of it) is not suited to most low rise styles (skinny, boot, wide, that end doesn't matter). They all gap. Mid rise and high rise styles, however, usually work. I have hunted for where I got that information, and I can't find it. It may have been from my mother in law, www.facebook.com/Beauty-by-Design

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    1. The cut definitely makes sense. High rise are life-savers. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Love this! Finding a good pair of jeans in impossible for me. Not only am I too short, but I have an apple shape and no hips. :/ I am going to definitely check out these possibilities. :)

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  5. I'm gonna have to check out old navy. I've been wanting some skinny jeans, but last time I was out shopping all I saw were "super skinny" that act more like a lower body cast than jeans

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  6. My current pairs of jeans are from Old Navy, Maurice's, and LOFT :)

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  7. My favorite jeans/slacks are usually from Lee's, I think.
    I know exactly what you mean about the whole belt-and-puckers thing, because I happen to have medium-sized hips and thighs paired with a very skinny waist. What my mom and I usually end up doing is taking tucks in the back waistband of my pants and skirts. Have you ever tried that? It works pretty well on me.

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    1. I have wanted to try that but I don't have a working sewing machine at present. :)

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  8. I second Abigail and Jessica. I usually fight the issue with belts, but, as you say, then you have weird puckering and gaps. I appreciate the brand recommendations...

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  9. Oh goodness I know all about the back gap. I have what they call 'childbearing hips' and they're never going to be smaller than a UK size 12...but my waist is a whole different story. It's a pain in the neck!

    So, when I can afford it, I take them to a seamstress to be taken in on the back seam. Now there's a skill I need to learn myself!

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    1. That's what my mom does--take tucks in the back--since she's really good at sewing :) I wish I could say I knew how to do it myself, but I don't :)

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  11. Old navy has the best jeans ever!!!

    I found some of their capris back in the spring and have worn them all summer long... so,so good!

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