Jeans for the hourglass figure
If you have an hourglass body shape, you have a figure that many people covet. However, that doesn’t mean that finding clothes that fit well is easy, particularly when it comes to denim. For jeans, the problem can be that if you find a pair that fit you in the hips, the waist can be too baggy. This article has the answers, with recommendations and tips on how to find the best jeans for the hourglass figure.
If you’re an hourglass, you will usually have a very defined waist and curvy hips. However, many jeans are designed with a more straight up-and-down shape in mind. This means that jeans that fit you at the waist will be too tight around the hips, and jeans that fit your hips will gape around the waist.
The solution in finding jeans for the hourglass figure
Take a look at the tips below to help you solve the problem and find the perfect fit for you.
1. cHOOSE BRANDS ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR CURVES
When searching for the best jeans for the hourglass figure, look out for jeans that are labelled for a curvy fit. These will be designed with a cut that tapers at the waist, so you won’t get that annoying gap. You will find a roundup for the best brands for jeans for hourglass women further below.
Boma @mrs.gaf above chooses a pair of skinny jeans with her blazer. Choosing a blazer that ends at your waist, or which has a belt, is a good idea to show off your curves.
Get her look with this similar blazer (another option here), skinny jeans, pumps, handbag (another option here) and earrings.
2. Opt for high waists
Higher waists tend to be cut for a curved waist, and they will end at your slimmest point.
3. A darker wash will be most flattering
Patricia @madamechicbcn above (read her style interview here) chooses an on-trend wide leg, which could easily be dressed up or down.
Check out this similar top, denim jacket, jeans, pumps, handbag, earrings, belt and sunglasses.
4. choose jeans with some stretch
Looking out for jeans with some elastan or lycra will help you to get them on, and ensure they fit well around your figure, as well as retaining their shape when you wash them.
5. Bootcuts will balance your figure
Because of the flare at the hem, bootcuts are a great way to balance your hourglass curves. However, hourglasses can also look great in straight, skinny and crop flare styles.
Nikki @40notfrumpy above opts for a pair of crop flare jeans. Her outfit would also work well if you are a pear shape as the stripes create width across the top half of the body while the darker wash jeans are flattering on wider hips.
Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, jeans and booties.
You’ll find more ideas in this article on how to dress the hourglass figure.
best hourglass jeans in stores now
Let’s take a look now at some of the jeans and brands you could look out for to flatter your hourglass body shape.
Good American designs its jeans with a gap-proof contoured waist, so it’s a good brand to have a look at if you’re an hourglass. It was founded by Khloe Kardashian and fashion designer Emma Grede, who realized that if they were having a hard time finding well fitting jeans, other women must be having the same problem.
Good American Good Legs Flare Jeans
A good go-to for stylish basics, Everlane has created the “Original Curvy Jean,” especially to fit and flatter hourglass figures. It comes in a choice of colors, including black, blue, and the ecru shade (below).
Everlane The Original Curvy Cheeky® Jean
Old Navy has created its own curvy cut jeans. They are designed to be roomier at the hips and thighs, with a no-gap waist. You should find the rise sits just at your waist.
Old Navy Curvy Straight Cut-Off Jeans
Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label
The curvy jeans by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label (below) come in a classic straight cut, so they won’t date. They are designed with a tapered waist to eliminate gaping, and they’re well-reviewed by women who say they hug your curves without pinching anywhere.
Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Curvy Totally Shaping Straight Jeans
The high waist and slight flare at the hem on the MOTHER jeans (below) will be a flattering style for hourglass figures. The frayed hems give them a modern feel.
MOTHER The Hustler Fray Ankle Bootcut Jeans
Another good brand for curves, Joe’s jeans are cut to compliment hourglass figures with a high, contoured waistband, and room in the hips.
Joe’s The Hi Honey High Waist Slit Raw Hem Curvy Bootcut Jeans
A favorite brand here at 40+style, NYDJ is designed for womanly bodies. The trouser jeans (below) feature a slimming panel to smooth and shape curves and have a universally flattering shape that would be easy to dress up or down for work, dinner, or casual days.
Reviewers say they are smaller through the waist, and fuller in the hip and thighs, making them a good choice for hourglass and pear shapes.
NYDJ Teresa Jeans
Another one of our most recommended brands, PAIGE jeans are high-quality and timeless. The flaunt jeans (below) have been specially made for hourglass shapes, with a fitted waist to hug curves.
PAIGE Flaunt Denim Hourglass Jeans
Derek Lam 10 Crosby
Sailor pants became all the rage in women’s fashion in the 30s, thanks to the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo, and they look great if you like to emphasize rather than downplay your curves.
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Robertson Crop Flare Sailor Jeans
Silver Jeans Co.
Emphasizing your ankles with a cropped or turn-up style of jeans can be a stylish idea if you are an hourglass shape. You could wear it with heeled pumps or ballet flats.
Silver Jeans Co. Boyfriend Ankle Straight Leg Jeans
best jeans for the hourglass figure – Lucky Brand
If you are looking for a pair of skinny jeans, Lucky Brand’s jeans (below) are designed to fit and flatter curves, with super-stretchy denim.
Lucky Brand Curvy Skinny Jeans
With a classic mid-rise, Guess’ sexy curve skinny jeans (below) are designed with plenty of stretch. Perfect if you are looking for your next pair of white jeans.
GUESS Sexy Curve Skinny Jeans
Engineered for an hourglass shape, Madewell’s Curvy Roadtripper jeans (below) have a narrow waist with a contoured band, and more room around the hips and thighs.
Madewell Curvy Roadtripper Authentic Skinny Jeans
While Topshop may have a reputation of being the preserve of teenage shoppers, it does actually have a range of cuts in its denim range. The flare jeans (below) are designed for hourglass curves, with a high waist, and an on-trend flare hem.
Topshop Hourglass Jamie Flare Jeans
When you have hourglass curves, you can definitely show them off. The button fly on the Astylish jeans (below) will draw attention to your waist, while the curved seams will flatter your own curves. They come in a choice of black and different shades of blue, and reviewers say they have lots of stretch so you may want to order a size down.
Astylish Flare Jeans
Do you have recommendations for the best jeans for the hourglass figure? Let me know in the comments below.
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