Best Jeans for Apple Shaped Women, Part 1
Jeans. We all own them and we all wear them. Jeans are the universal casual pants, but they’ve become more than that. There are SO many different styles, cuts, and fabrics for jeans, it can be a bit perplexing to know what goes into a good pair of jeans if you have an apple shape. Or even what counts as “jeans”!
My goal is that you will will be less perplexed after this article, and confident in shopping for the most flattering jeans for apple shaped women.
I’ve previously described general principles for pants shopping, but now it’s time to get specific. Get read, it’s time to think about jeans hard. Here are some apple-friendly tips.
Rise is the measurement between the bottom of the crotch of the jeans and the top of the waistband. This matters because it determines where on your midsection the jeans will stop.
High rise jeans are sometimes referred to as “mom” jeans – the ones that go up, at or above the belly button. They were the shiznit in the 1980s, for those of us old enough to remember the 1980s. Anyway, high rise pants almost always have waistbands that are too tight and too unflattering on apple shaped bodies, even if the jeans fit perfectly everywhere else. AVOID.
Medium rise is usually the way to go for apples (except for apple-teenies, who can also sometimes wear high-rise jeans, which, for them, create an illusion of a silhouette). Medium rise jeans will land about and inch and a half to two inches below your belly button. Their waist measurement won’t be nearly as right as the same exact jeans with a higher rise. This means we can get them on and around us with minimum squishage.
And low-rise jeans … don’t get me started. Low rise jeans won’t BEGIN to provide the tummy coverage we need. Low rise jeans usually start two and a half to four inches below your belly button – think belly dancer if you’re not seeing it yet. And, if you still don’t believe me…Google-image “low rise jeans muffin top“. I’m not linking that- you were warned. Low rise jeans ARE NOT FOR APPLES.
ON the other hand, if any of my apple shaped readers have had positive experiences with either low or high rise jeans, I’d love to hear about it (and have my mind blown). Please, definitely leave a comment if this applies to you at all.
Who Wants Some Apple Slices?
So yeah, the long and short of all that is NOT US! Apples know the feeling of too-tight waistbands on jeans slicing into our tummies. I say “slice” because jeans are made of denim, which is a much heavier material than most slacks and pants, so when they’re too tight it can be a cutting sensation.
On a related note, what this means is we should prefer jeans with “give” in the fabric. This will result from a blend of some kind of stretchy fabric with the denim, and it helps keep them from digging in, even when we sit down and our weight redistributes. Aim for at least a 1-2% Lycra mix.
No junk in this trunk
Although jeans are usually thought to showcase the all-important booty, in our world, we don’t want that. Apples have flat tushies, and jeans aren’t gonna give us bigger ones. The best we can do is go with jeans that have large, full back pockets, which give the illusion of a larger one. And this illusion will in turn help balance out the belly. Pocket flaps? Even better.
Skinny jeans will need to have a larger percentage of stretchy material, especially for plus-sized Apple shaped women. Both of the linked pictured recommendations are by James Jeans, which is a brand I recommend for fit as well as quality – the company has really high environmental standards as well as a commitment to quality most clothesmakers long abandoned. James Jeans are among the most well-made jeans you can buy today.
Here’s another plus-sized option from Lucky Jeans. Lucky brand is another jeans maker that produces consistently good quality for the price point, and I’ve had luck with their fit in the past.
The Straight Leg
Apple shaped women can also wear straight leg jeans (and trousers). Adding some width to our legs and lower body brings them in balance with the midsection. Straight leg jeans are a way to provide this balance without looking sloppy.
Straight leg jeans are versatile and comfortable, without looking quite as casual and frumpy as relaxed fit. Straight leg jeans are fitted enough ti still create a nice lengthening visual line without showing every detail of our leg anatomy. For women who are concerned with texture (again, lumps, bumps, cellulite), straight leg (vs skinny) is the way to go.
Here’s a good straight leg option for slim through average-sized apples, from Levi’s: Levi’s Women’s 518 Straight Jean, Celestial View.
Here’s another option from James Jeans for Plus-Sized apple shapes: James Jeans Women’s Plus Size Hunter Curvy Straight Leg Jean, Western Blues .
There are a zillion variations for types, styles, and fits of jeans. Bellbottoms, flares, the “boyfriend” jean, crops and capris come to mind immediately, just to name a few.
Jeans with sequins and beads, jeans with studs and spikes, jeans with pre-assembled rips and holes around the knee and thigh, jeans with image prints and embossments, jeans in every color of the rainbow, leopard print jeans, zebra print jeans, overalls … yeah. You get the point.
There will be a sequel to this article in the future specifically about crops and capris, because these jeans also tend to be quite flattering for apple shapes.
But, let’s keep the conversation going. Do you have a favorite pair of jeans? Of course you do. Or you did. What makes them great?
Or maybe you’ve never quite found “the one”, and perhaps the suggestions on this page will lead you there. In any case, definitely let me know, and thanks for reading!