Curvy or not most women do not like shopping for jeans. Consult after consult, poll after poll it always tops the list as the #1 thing we hate to shop for. And I must say that I agree, shopping for jeans can be a conquest. Yet, once you commit to a brand that fits you as close to perfect as one can get it’s a done deal. If I had to I would compare the experience to pledging a sorority. The road to becoming a sister is rough, you are tested beyond measure but, once your thru your a sister for life.
I like a few different brands, when I’m my smallest I like Madewell. At my thickest I like New York & Co. In-between and smallest I like Juicy Couture!
Out of the thousands of brands out there, these three are my favs! And believe me I’ve tried them all: Paige, True Religion, Joe’s, Levi, The random brands at urban outfitters, J brand, Gap Curvy, Forever 21 Plus, Ann Taylor/Loft, Limited (pretty ok), Citizen of Humanity, & Old Navy! The list could go on. I love jeans, and luckily I work in an industry where with the right jacket and accessories they too can be chic. However, I ,like you, have had a hard time buying the right fit. So with that in mind and Fall (jean shopping season) around the corner I took the liberty to do some fit testing to see what brands work for my fellow curvy and plus size girls.
Elle, an aspiring plus size model and I explored the following brands: Gap, Not Your Daughters Jeans, Fashion 2 Figure & Old Navy. Some newbie brands and some oldies, here are the results.
First up is Gap! Elle is about a 14 but can fit a size 12 depending on the jean. In a curvy girls world she doesn’t have a “stomach”, but her middle does giggle. She’s a true hourglass body shape. But don’t be mistaken her hips measure up to a voluptuous 49inches.
While at Gap we tried their Curvy Fit, Legging Jean (jegging), and Stretch Straight leg jean. Each style is sold in store up to size 16; online size 20. Here Elle wears a size 12 jean.
- The Curvy jean fit well but has a low rise. Constantly had to adjust jeans
- The Straight Leg jean was too tight thru hip and thigh.
- The Legging Jean was her favorite (pictured here). She liked the wash and the mid rise. She said the rise was great because she didn’t have to adjust the waistband and could move freely without the fear of plumber’s crack.
I, personally always wanted to try Not Your Daughters Jeans and see how they were different from most. Sold in Nordstrom they are sold in-store and online. Sizes vary, as they sell both petite and plus sizes. Both plus and petite sizes online go up to size 24. The picture to the left is of Elle wearing their Jegging size 14.
- At 5’7 the cropped jean was too short for lauren. It also made her look shorter and didn’t flatter her figure.
- Again the jegging won the battle against the cropped jean and straight leg. Elle said the jegging was the most comfortable and the material felt best against her skin.
Elle insisted that we show you ladies Old Navy Rockstar Jean. As she is fond of this style. The rockstar jean is a skinny leg jean and is sold instore up to size 20 in non plus size section.
- This jean is low rise and not suited for girls like me with belly jelly.
- Beware Elle is shown wearing these in a size 12, however she also tried them in a coral color and they did not fit at all. She would have had to go up to size 16 for them to fit her hips and thighs. Not All Rockstars are created equal.
- At a price point of $29 they are a good buy.
Fashion 2 Figure was the biggest surprise of the day. If your not familiar with the brand its an online brand with new retail spaces targeting young plus size women. In a sense its like the plus size version of Bebe. This is another brand where I wanted to try since they opened a store near Philadelphia. And so now I was testing it for you guys. While here we tried two different styles, The Cheetah Print Skinnies & The Super Stretch Skinny Jeans. Both priced at $38 and ranges from size 1x (12/14) – 3x(22). Elle is picture wearing the Super Stretch Jeans.
- The cheetah print jeans didn’t fit right at all and Elle refused to be photographed in them. She also said that they didn’t have enough stretch and the material looked and felt “cheap.”
- The stretch skinny jeans were not successful either. They fit on her body but as you can see the crotch and in-seam fit incorrectly. It partially gives a mom jean look to the tummy and booty.
- Elle also said that although stretchy she found that waistband constantly had to be adjusted.
As you can even in there own ad a few of their jeans and pants have crotch issues. Right?
Elle said that the Gap Legging Jeans ($68) were her favorite jeans of the day. Her second best was Not Your Daugthers Jeans ($118) available at Nordstrom.Here are a few tips to take with you as shop for jeans this Fall
- Beware of jeans with wiskering on the thighs, if you want to disguise them or slim them this is not the way to go; I still don’t understand why they make curvy jeans like this!!!!
- The darker the wash the better, unless your looking for a colored jean.
- Always be mindful of the inseam and rise. If you have belly jelly you want to go for a mid rise jean instead of a low rise which will give you more a a stomach than you have.
- Read the inside labels, if there’s not at least 2% or more stretch I wouldn’t recommend buying them especially if you have thick thighs.
- Always pull the hips horizontal to test the stretch. You want that rubber effect.
TIP: If your like me and you don’t like trying things on, always wrap the waist of pants and skirts around your neck to test if it will fit. If you can wrap the waistline around completely where both not only touch but, you have 1-2 inches of extra material that piece of clothing will fit. Sounds crazy I know but it’s an old school trick.
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