I am a pear shape and always have been. Finding jeans to fit my small waist and big hips has never been easy. My waist and hips are different sizes meaning that I have to either wear a belt to pull the excess waist in or go down a size making them skin tight on my legs, neither of which are comfortable or very flattering.
With every pregnancy the shape of my body has changed even more and I haven’t actually worn a pair of jeans that fit properly since before having my first child. My hips have always been my stumbling block when it comes to trousers.
Buying jeans isn’t the easiest thing to do either with lots of different cuts, washes and sizes. High waist, low rise, high rise, midi fit, boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, slouch and then there’s jeggings, it’s exhausting! I’ve bought a ridiculous amount of jeans ranging from expensive designer brands right through to cheap and cheerful ones and have over 15 pairs in my wardrobe, but not one pair that ‘fit’.
Whenever I’m out and about I always have a ‘quick’ look (is there such a thing!?!) to see if I can find the perfect pair. Apparently, I’m not alone, 40% of woman struggle to find the perfect jeans and research has shown that there is a tried and tested, fail safe to find the elusive jeans – it’s all about what body shape you are. So here it is, according to the experts:-
Women with apple body shapes, which are larger across their mid-section, typically with slimmer legs, should look for plenty of stretch in a straight leg in a dark wash as they complement every curve. You should also opt for elasticated waistbands.
Ladies with long legs look best in a mid to low rise to keep the waist at the right height, whereas petite girls look great in a high rise that accentuates the waist and elongates the legs.
Also if jeans go on easily, go down a size. The waistband should be snug, if you can fit two fingers down the back that’s good, a whole hand is not. Does that not make a muffin top though?!
So there you have it, we should all have the perfect jeans if we follow those simple rules! The only problem with that is unfortunately I’m not the “perfect” pear shape, which creates another bunch of issues – seriously!?! The search will continue……
Do you have a style of jeans that suit your shape? or are you like me and make do with ones that are too big or too small?