It was 2010, the year before I had River, I was not so proudly wearing a size 4 and complaining about the fact that my stomach came over my jean button just a tad. If you’d asked me then, no, I wasn’t curvy. I had a shape, but I wasn’t considered curvy by any means. My days were spent working and hanging out with my curly haired boyfriend with the big glasses and blue eyes. My style consisted of high waisted jeans that fit perfectly around the butt and thighs and flared on the legs. My closet was full of almost the same thing with slight variations. Occasionally, you would see the blue skinny jean, and if you were lucky, even a black pair of skinnies. Mostly, perfectly proportioned wide legged denim though.
It was 2011, I had just had River and lost all but 5 pounds. The 5 pounds found a nice and comfy home in my tush. My hips had learned what they really could do and expanded a bit… er, a lot. The five pounds never went away, and in planning a DIY wedding with a newborn, I gained a few more pounds; which expanded those birthing hips and that little tush; it no longer remained little. High waisted-wide-legged denim still worked a bit of magic for me back then. It had a way of cinching everything in, while keeping me comfortable and statuesque-ish.
That was four years ago
Now, despite my persistence, I have a bit of hard time wearing wide-legged-high waisted pants. See, if we’re talking honestly, my shape has curved exponentially; to my husband’s excitement of course. 😉 I’m still nursing and still waiting for these last 15 pregnancy pounds to find their way off of my body. It takes a certain kind of high waisted jean to fit me well. It has to have stretch, has to still be pretty forgiving in the tummy portion, and the list goes on. Having curves (a pear shape to be specific) just takes much more thought for me.
Here’s the rundown:
Boyfriend Jeans: Boyfriend jeans are great until they aren’t so great. Here’s the thing, if you’re going to rock a pair of boyfriend jeans, they need to fit your butt and your thighs really well. If it ends up being baggy on one or the other, you risk looking wide.
Mom Jeans: Mom jeans are great for a girl looking to showcasing that beautiful bod. They pull in the waist, they lift the butt. But you will have a hard time finding a vintage pair. Vintage means no stretch… most of the time. So even though you love the vintage mom jean look, you’ll have to purchase a replica stretch pair.
High waisted Skinnies– If you’re curvy and you’re on the shorter side of the spectrum, get your jeans hemmed a little above the ankle. Showing a bit of your ankle with your high waisted jeans gives your figure an elongated look.
Wide Legged– I feel like the miss conception is that wide legged jeans are good for curvy girls. Not so much. Unless they’re extremely high waisted, and/or you’re tall, or you are wearing them with heels or a pointy toe flat. High waisted jeans, coupled with a shirt that’s not tucked in makes a curvy girl look a little larger and sometimes, shapeless. When it comes to wide legged, the tighter on the upper portion… the better.
What style of denim do you like the most?