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8 Best Jeans For Apple-Shaped Women (and why we hate that phrase)

November 18, 2021

JoAnna Hartzmark
JoAnna Hartzmark

Rather than pretending that we haven’t been conditioned to use these labels, we want to help you work within them to find the best jeans — in this case, for those with apple-shaped bodies.

You may very well have heard our thoughts about labels like this on the jeans for pear-shaped women and hourglass shaped-women blog posts, but it’s worth repeating again…

Because look, over at Revelle, we do NOT believe in labeling our bodies. We are vehemently against labels in general, but especially when they have underlying connotations of comparison or judgement. 

It’s my personal belief (hi, JoAnna, founder of Revelle here) that body shape ‘labels’ (apple shape, pear shape, hourglass shape, muffin top, etc) do exactly this. They encourage us to categorize ourselves, and inherently lead to comparisons about what shapes are ‘better’ or ‘more desirable’ than others. Honestly, f*ck that.

Part of Revelle’s purpose is to dismantle these labels and help every single woman realize that her body is absolutely beautiful just the way it is. Every day, every moment, every year. BUT, in order to achieve that goal, we need to acknowledge certain things about the world that we currently operate in.

And one of those things is that we’ve been taught to categorize our bodies for years — by magazine articles telling us what we should or shouldn’t wear based on our body shapes, by brands trying to sell us the latest diet craze, even by our mothers and grandmothers who frankly hadn’t been taught any better and probably thought they were doing us a favor. 

So rather than pretending that we haven’t been conditioned to use these labels, we want to help you work within them to discover what clothes actually make you feel comfortable and at home in your body when you get dressed in the morning. And if that means we need to use these labels from time to time to help you understand and feel more comfortable with what we’re discussing, then so be it. But I want to be crystal clear that over at Revelle we hate these labels — they diminish the complexity of true women’s bodies and frankly make us feel bad about ourselves. We hope you’ll join us in rejecting these rules by joining our community that helps you find clothes that make you feel beautiful WITHOUT the need for labeling each other’s bodies. But in the meantime, we hope this article on the best jeans for an hourglass-shaped body helps you begin exploring some new styles and rediscover the joy of shopping.

If you identify with this body shape — which is also referred to as an inverted triangle — your shoulders are likely broader and rounder than your hips and midsection, which isn’t THAT curvy. Apple shapes generally (but not always) have larger busts, with a waistline that isn’t too defined. 

Considering the unique (and beautiful!) proportions of an apple-shaped body type, it can be difficult to find the perfect pair of jeans that fits the way YOU want them to. That’s why, to make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of jeans that are particularly suited for the apple body shape — although keep in mind that the best way to get tailored recommendations is through your personal Revelle store

Here’s what to look for:

  • Ankle-length skinny jeans
    Show off those slim legs, ladies!
  • Bootcut or flared jeans for balance
    The flare at the bottom works wonders to help balance out your wider, top-heavy upper body and create a slimming effect — if that’s something you’re looking for
  • Stretch denim
    With the addition of stretchy materials such as lycra, spandex, and elastane, the jeans will mold and stretch to your body. But you don’t want TOOOOO much stretch, otherwise you’ll end up with a baggy fit by the end of the day. Between 2-6% is the sweet spot, if you ask us. 

While some guides may tell you to avoid certain types of jeans, we’re on team whatever-makes-you-feel-beautiful. In other words, you do YOU. We’re just here to help you feel your best, most badass self when you get dressed in the morning. 

Skinny jeans

Levi’s crafts these curvy, high-rise jeans with a unique sculpting blend of Lycra cotton and hyper-stretch material.

Levi’s Women Trendy Plus-Size 720 High-Rise Super Skinny Jeans_best jeans for apple shape_revelle

If you combine the sleek look of skinny leg jeans with the pull-on, stretch comfort of leggings, this is what you get. Mind you, these aren’t jeggings per se, but they do have a pull-on style with a high-waisted tummy control design that we L.O.V.E. In addition to the two faux front pockets, you’ve got two (real!) back pockets as well.

Seven7 Jeans Plus Tummy Toner High-Rise Skinny Jeans_best jeans for apple shape_revelle

Looking for a way to make the whole jean shopping process WAY easier?

That’s where Revelle comes in. When you join — which, BTW, doesn’t cost you anything — we’ll ask you a few questions about your beautiful body. From there, we work our magic (and by magic, we mean technology) to build your personal store. As you like (heart) and dislike (broken heart) jeans, we’ll get to know your tastes, preferences, and style even better so you can find your perfect pair.

Bootcut jeans

Created for Macy’s with a combo of cotton and elastane, these dark wash curvy bootcut jeans are low-rise with a curvy fit along the hips. 

Available at Nordstrom, these perfect-fitting jeans are made with exclusive LiftTuck Technology that helps flatten the tummy and lift the rear. The high pockets and deep yoke (aka the part of your jeans in the back just below the waistband — essentially right where your butt goes) don’t hurt either. Because they stretch with wear, we recommend ordering one size down for the perfect fit.

NYDJ Women's Barbara Bootcut Jeans_best jeans for apple shape_revelle

Calling all plus-size women! This high-rise pair comes with a hint of stretch courtesy of its cotton-viscose-polyester-elastane fabric blend. The deets? 30″ inseam, 12.5″ rise, 21″ leg opening. And machine washable, of course.

Levi's Plus Size 725 High-Rise Bootcut Jeans_best jeans for apple shape_revelle

Flared jeans

These high-rise, flared-leg jeans fit true to size and come with a touch of whiskering and fading for a lived-in look.

SLINK Flared Jeans Plus in Lively_best jeans for apple shape_revelle

We love the machine-washable mix of cotton, lyocell, polyester, and elastane in these dark-wash flared jeans.

Hudson Holly High Rise Flared Jeans in Mystic Mood_best jeans for apple shape_revelle

Okay, so wide leg aren’t exactly the same as flared (since flared are tight around the hips, thighs, and knees before extending outward while wide leg fit more like the letter A), but these are still worth a mention since they also help balance out proportions for apple shape figures.

Style & Co Plus-Size Cropped Wide Leg Jeans Created for Macy’s_best jeans for apple shape_revelle

Revelle is on a mission to make women feel beautiful in their bodies every day by helping them find clothes that actually FIT, and we only feature denim pants we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that the recommended items are based on availability as of the date the article was published. You can always get personalized recommendations by joining our community. Also, if you do purchase something by clicking on a link, we may receive a small commission.

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