The Fix: What Jeans Fit Pear-Shaped Bodies?

Style expert Kim Johnson Gross finds the perfect pair

The Problem
I am a pear-shaped gal. I have bigger thighs and a bigger bottom, but I'm not quite proportionate up on top. I confess, it's a bit discouraging at times because trying on clothes can be kind of a hassle. Another confession -- I've been wearing ill-fitting jeans! I've tried everything from the kind that sit right at the waist, which does nothing for my figure. My tummy seems to always bulge out of 'em. I'm feeling blah about my body, and am ready to splurge on a good pair of denim for the sake of my sanity!

Help! Before I waste my moolah on a pair of designer jeans that I'll regret purchasing, can you give me some advice? Do you know of a good brand or style for pear shapes that will cover me in all of the right places and, dare I say, make me look good?!


The Fix
Curvy jeans with some stretch for comfort and a great fit.

The Good News: Designers and manufacturers today have focused on designing jeans for curvy women, so there are a variety of great styles to choose from.

The Bad News: There are a lot more great styles to choose from, which means you're going to have to try on several pairs until you find the best fit -- and the better the fit, the trimmer you will look and the better you will feel.

Remember that size is only a number and each manufacturer's jeans are sized differently, so don't get hung up on it. If caught between two sizes, go with the smaller size because denim with stretch loosens with wear.

Because you carry your weigh below your waist, stay away from tapered jeans. They will accentuate your thighs and butt. Those with a slight flair or boot cut leg will be most flattering.

The waistband should rest on your hips just below your waist. A lower cut will invite your stomach to spill over. Waist-high is dowdy.

Wear body shaping underwear like Spanx that pull-ins and smoothes out stomach, butt and thighs.

Keep in mind, the darker the jean, the sleeker and more slimming you will appear.

Don't give up until you get it right! With time and patience you will find a pair that makes you look and feel your best each day you slip into them. Buy a few pair in various shades of denim for your feel-good closet! Try Old Navy, Levi's and Not Your Daughter's Jeans for starters.

The Follow-Up
We caught up with rachelsmom2003 to see how her shopping trip turned out.

She told us that she went to Old Navy and got three pairs of jeans -- one pair of flairs and two pairs of boot-cut -- all under $35. "I actually like how my butt looks in them!” she said. She knew Old Navy had jeans, but she assumed they were for teens. She's thrilled with the fit and happy that she didn't have to splurge after all.

Kim Johnson Gross co-founded 'Chic Simple,' a book series selling over 1.5 million copies, which has helped women dress for every stage of their lives. Read her latest book, 'What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life' -- it will change your life! Got a question for Kim? Visit her expert page and ask away!

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