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

November 4, 2021

JoAnna Hartzmark
JoAnna Hartzmark

Part of Revelle’s purpose is to dismantle these labels and help every woman realize that her body is beautiful just the way it is. BUT, in order to achieve that goal, we need to acknowledge certain things about the world that we currently operate in. So in the meantime, we hope this article helps you begin exploring some new styles and rediscover the joy of shopping for those who identify as curvy women (around the hips and thighs) with a small waist

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, you likely have a curvy figure up top and bottom with a narrower waist in between, making it difficult to find the perfect pair of jeans that fits the way YOU want them to. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of jeans that are particularly suited for hourglass-esque shapes — although keep in mind that the best way to get tailored recommendations is through your personal Revelle store

Here’s what to look 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. 
  • Contoured waistband
    This is a go-to feature on designated “curvy” jeans, which leave more room in the back. 
  • High waist/high rise (as opposed to low or mid-rise)
    This way, your jeans will sit comfortably right at the narrowest point (your defined waist) and shape your curvy hips

While some guides may tell you to avoid certain types of jeans, we’re on team whatever-makes-you-feel-beautiful. Yes, you CAN wear skinny jeans with an hourglass body shape. And flare leg? Absolutely — if anything, they’ll help balance out your beautiful curves and elongate your long legs (if that’s what you’re looking for). 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. 

Co-founded by Khloé Kardashian, Good American has innovated since day one with size inclusive jeans that span 00 to 24. Also, every product is shown on three size ranges of models to make it that much easier to find your perfect fit and help you feel the most at home in your body. These straight leg jeans, which come with a contoured waistband and subtle rips at the knee, are made with elastane.

Good American Good Curve High-Waist Raw Hem Straight Cut Jeans_jeans for hourglass figure_revelle

Made with a stretch blend of cotton, rayon, polyester, and spandex, these high-rise dark-wash jeans from Dollhouse will beautifully hug your curves. Front pockets are decorative, back pockets are patch.

Dollhouse Juniors’ Curvy-Fit High-Rise Skinny Jeans_jeans for hourglass figure_revelle

The chic, removable belt around the waistline adds just enough flair to these curvy-fit, higher rise skinny jeans. Oh! And shout-out to the seamed detail in the back.

Dollhouse Belted Curvy High-Rise Skinny Jeans_jeans for hourglass figure_revelle

These flattering jeans are made with four-way stretch denim that have built-in recovery to perfectly hug your midsection…we may be biased, but we’re pretty confident they’ll be your next favorite pair.

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.

Made with a machine washable mix of cotton, polyester, and elastane, this high-rise cut is designed to hug your curves, from your waist up to your hips.

Those with an hourglass figure (or anyone, really) will love these curvy, high-rise skinny jeans with back yoke seaming.

Dollhouse Juniors’ High-Rise Curvy Skinny Jeans With Black Yoke Seam Detail_jeans for hourglass figure_revelle

The elastic waist-flared design duo is a win-win in our books.

Mango Women’s High-Waist Flared Jeans_jeans for hourglass figure_revelle

Get this: these jeans are made from recycled plastic bottles for style with a sustainable upside. Pair with a t-shirt for the perfect laid-back look. 

Not seeing what you LOVE here? Check out one of our many (read: MANY) other guides that’ll help you find the perfect jean styles for your body shape:

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 products 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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