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Best Jeans for Curvy Girls

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There are positives and negatives when it comes to having some extra curves below the waist. I’m stereotyping here, but from various girlfriends’ opinions, it would seem that Latin men and African-American men appreciate booty curves more than the traditional white guys. Now, thanks to J.Lo, Beyonce, Rhianna, and Coco (that’s Ice T’s girl), the trend is hopefully changing, and more men of all races can appreciate girls with a little more junk in the trunk.

Wikipedia describes curvier girls as “full-figured or Rubenesque – the latter term referring to the art of Peter Paul Rubens, best known for portraying full-bodied women,” and “Voluptuous and zaftig,” which “usually connote ripeness, sensuality, and a body shape involving large breasts and wide hips.”

In years past, being curvy was associated with fertility, which equated to sex appeal as well as the ability to bear children. Men were attracted to curves. With the advent of mainstream television media and print media, curvy girls took a backseat to super-thin supermodels and TV actresses. Along with this came pressure to be thin, and many girls suffered eating disorders and resorted to unhealthy lifestyle choices trying reach an unrealistic physical size.

Today, one hopes, women are learning to embrace their curves and become comfortable with their outward beauty while focusing on valuing their inward beauty as well. The quest for real outward beauty is ultimately a losing battle with time and environmental elements. However, on a daily basis, we do the best we can with what we have, and learn to dress or apply makeup in ways that benefit our individual features. We also can try to eat and exercise in a healthy way. Lastly, it’s not just a cliche that we must love and accept ourselves before we can love another.

That being said, women have an amazing ability to empower one another through encouragement, rather than being catty and tearing one another apart. As a curvy female, I want to share with you my favorite jeans that will make you feel sexy and help you to embrace those curves that God gave you!

AG Jeans, or Adriano Goldschmied Jeans, are worth every penny. They fit perfectly on a curvy girl and last several years, if you wash them on delicate and turn them inside out when washing.

To be honest with you, for years (after awful things being said to me by an ex-hubby who didn’t appreciate my curves) I abstained from wearing jeans altogether. Instead, I opted for so-called “slimming” black pants. Also, at the time, low rise jeans did not exist. As a “pear”-shaped girl, my waist was really little and my hips kind of curvy; jeans were designed to fit snugly at the waist…so I either had jeans that fit my booty, but were huge enough around the waist that I could stick a small pillow in the back, or I had jeans that fit my waist, but made me look like a stuffed sausage…not sexy!!!

As the years went by, I learned a few things. The first was to divorce a husband who loved criticizing me and my body more than loving me. The second was that I found jeans that a girl with a booty could wear and feel confident in! Now, as a part-time TV host and model and a full-time teacher, my weight fluctuates five to eight pounds, but the AG jeans work with me 24/7.

AG jeans were designed around a “fit model” who had curves to begin with. A fit model is an live model whom a designer will use to fit a garment around. Most brands use thinner models, but AG used a curvier one.

AG jeans have several great features. The first is pocket placement. Pockets that are placed lower and a tad angled on the booty give the illusion of a slightly smaller, shapelier and uplifted booty…a great optical illusion! The second benefit is that the waist sits more on the hips, rather than at your natural waistline, so you don’t get that “carrot” look…most of you know what I mean!

A third advantage is that AG jeans have a leaner leg. Now, some jeans, like those at the Limited and the DKNY brand, have the lower pockets and the lower waist, but the legs are a little wider. If you have a thicker thigh, those are great choices, but if you are like me and have a bigger booty with smaller thighs you want a thinner leg on your jeans; a wider leg can make you look heavier than you are. A lot of celebrities, even Oprah, recommend Seven jeans, for example. Sevens are cool, except I find the legs run a tad wide for me.

Of course, the rule of thumb is that you always want to try jeans on, even premium denim. Each brand has different styles. My favorite AG styles happen to be the Merlot and the Dylan. Another brand to consider is Paige Premium Denim, a good choice for curvy girls who like the pockets up a little higher, for more of the “Apple Bottom” look with a lower waist. Another choice is denim from Virtue Jeans. Try to avoid True Religion if you have a big booty. They have great pockets, but tend to smush your booty flat.

If you’re interested, I’m 5’6″, my bustline is 34, waist averages 25-27, and hips are 36-38, depending on if I’m doing commercial work or not. My size range is 4 (small) for tops and 6’s on bottom, with AG Jeans size 28 when I’m lighter and 29 when I’m heavier. Now, some of you gals who have more curves than I do might feel I have no right to call myself curvy. However, in an industry where I audition with girls who are size double zero, I’m actually considered heavy. It’s a crazy world we live in.

I hope this helps you find jeans that you love, and helps you to love and appreciate your curves, too!

PS: If a man doesn’t love you with your curves, he’s not worth it…MOVE ON…there are plenty of great guys who will love you for you! I had to wait till I was in my 30s, but I found one and he was worth the wait!

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  • applemoon

    You my beauty are a true Pear that is a def curvy girl. Your waist is clearly 10” smaller than your hips which is true curvy. Small waist with big hips is very sexy and is what most men prefer. Models on the catwalk have no curves so the fact that designers still use that straight body type is well stupid considering the average size women is a 14. A size 0 is not appealing. Beyonce and J Lo def paved the way for us curvies. Coco not so much that is more fake than real. J Lo is the real icon she paved the way for curvies in Hollywood. I love my curves even when I was a size 5 I had curves because @my skinniest my hips are always 10” smaller than waist and that looks very sexy especially in a nice fitting dress.

  • lookbookyou

    Hi! nice post! I agree with the standard sizes for girls modeling is crazy! but it is true that you can be curvy and slender at the same time…I actually believe that is a beautiful body type!

    check this post also on jeans for curvy girls


  • Phil

    Thanks you made holiday shopping alot easier.

  • Noa

    I am definitely in the curvy camp.

  • valerielynnetee

    thank you for this article! i have been looking for the perfect jeans.

  • lisa

    This article was unreal! thank you thank you thank you! I as well audition with the size zero’s and am considered heavy in my profession, so its nice to be able to look for something that fits me and not try to be something I am not; going to look for AG jeans tomorrow! thanks again

  • Tiny and sometimes frustrated

    Thanks so much for the article. It was very nice to find an article a obout jeans for curvy meaning curvy, not curvy meaning plus sized. ( but of course you can be both!) I have always thought curvy to mean a larger than average ratio of waist to hips to chest, but somehow the term is changing in the fashion industry. I’m well under five feet and a size 0, but I have about an 11 inch difference in the measurements. It’s so hard to find brands that truly do curvy well. I will be heading to the local AG store tomorrow. 🙂

  • savannah

    i have really similar measurements, although it sounds like my thighs might be larger, and lucky brand lola jeans are my go to. they fit amazingly, and the’re somewhat reasonably priced i’d say. thanks for the advice, i’m excited to try paige and ag 🙂

  • unconventionalpamelakay

    Hey Melissa! Thank you for your heartfelt honesty in your comment. You sound like you are too hard on yourself and I’ve been there, too. Regardless of your “size” or mine, what matters most is that you love who you are and focus on YOU. I too, struggled with weight flucuations and concern over others opinions of me when I was your age.

    At 40, I no longer do so. I love motivational speaker, Les Brown’s comment. He said, “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you determine your reality.” However, many times we are harder on ourselves than anyone could possibly be on us.

    Bill Phillips wrote a book many years ago called “Body for Life” and has a newer version called “Transformation”. It changed my life and the way I looked at weightloss, myself and my curves. It focuses on progress and not perfection along with physical there is a mental and emotional transformation that occurs.

    If I can help you in anyway, feel free to leave me another message.

    Love and peace to you, pam

  • Melissa.

    After reading through your article, all of your hardships, and struggles, and the mocking only to find that you’re a size 6??

    As much as I appreciate your suggestions for these jean brands, please lighten up on suggesting that you’re as big as I am. I’m only 18 and I can’t get past a size 11 despite my ‘young metabolism’, constant dieting, and gaining even more weight after going to the gym religiously.

    While this article was informing I can’t help but feel just a little more inferior after reading.


  • Unconventionalpamelakay

    Thank you, my sexy curvy girls. I knew I wasn’t alone trying to find jeans that wouldn’t gap and that didn’t have blocky fitting legs or pockets set up so high, my “assets” looked overly large! 😉 I’ve tried a few cheaper brands, but AG jeans are my stand by for hip/low waist that fits, slim thighs and great pocket placement. Paige Premium Denims aren’t bad, either, but AG is worth the money. Once you know your true size, you can find them half price on ebay on occasion. I’ve got a few pair I’ve worn for almost three years. Wash them inside out for the color to last longer. 🙂

  • Nicole

    Thank you for posting this!! It’s so hard to find good jeans when you have a few curves! My measurements are almost identical to yours and it really helped to know what sizes work for you!

  • Jill

    Thank you for the suggestions! I’m a curvy size 4 since having 3 kids. It’s so hard to find jeans that don’t gap in the back, and because I’m rather small and not plus-sized, I’m not taken seriously and it seems like no one can relate.

  • unconventionalpamelakay

    Thank you, Vi! Glad to know you can relate to the message I tried to share! After many years of wasted dollars on jeans that would just sit on the shelf, I’m glad to know that a few designers are giving us options to look and feel both comfortable and sexy!!

  • Vi

    unconventionalpamelakay, thanks for this article. I may share very similar measurements to you and have the hardest time finding jeans. Thanks for your suggestion and just bringing people of our size to the spotlight for a second. 😉

  • unconventionalpamelakay

    Nice to hear from you, Elvira! Proud of you for embracing your womanly curves! Stay sexy and confidant! xoxo

  • What you said about ethnic preferences seems to ring true, though I think overall curvier women (and their admirers) are starting to come out of the closet–the former emerging with more stlish and flattering offerings–since larger has gone mainstream.

    As a Manhattan transplant, living in the Bronx the past two years has been a very empowering experience. I’m in a heavily Latino/African American/other ethnic environment, and women of all shapes ande sizes let it all hang out unashamedly. I never felt comfortable aobut my booty til I moved here…now I’m proud of it.

    When I went to Manhattan the other day, though (around the Metropolitan Museum area), it almost seemed like you had to get a special dispensation to enter the borough if you weighed more than 90 pounds soaking wet.

    Fashions do change: when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, what was considered ideal is now often thought of as too bony. It also helps that older women are also being appreciated.

    Thanks for an enlightening and informative piece, though I agree you are hardly heavy by any stretch of the imagination.

  • unconventionalpamela kay

    Thanks for the feedback, Girl in Pants that Fit. I appreciate the question regarding my measurements. I gave my measurements as a guideline for gals to help them determine their own size for the jeans I suggested. Many times, I find that the manufacturers measurements don’t always fit, because for my overall size, I have more booty to contend with than some brands account for. Thank you for the compliment about my beauty, but I have good days and bad, as most girls do. Having a professional do my hair and makeup makes a big difference. Otherwise, we all just try to do the best with what we have on the outside. Helping each other along the way. The inner beauty and how we feel about ourselves is most important! 🙂

  • Girl in Pants that Fit

    I think it’s kinda strange you felt compelled to give your measurements. You’re obviously beautiful. But why point out that your tiny size is actually considered heavy? Sigh. Anyhoo, curvy girls, another great pant to try is the Julie pants at Ann Taylor LOFT. They come in a size 4 too. It’s not about the size, it’s about the cut.

  • Women look cool either way. Curvy is nice and so is the healthy athletic lean body. In India, as far as jeans are concerned, Levis is the prefect choice for curvy women because they have this particular shape that can accentuate the curves rather than let loose.