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 judgment.
It’s my personal belief (hi, JoAnna, founder of Revelle here) that body shape ‘labels’ (apple shape, pear 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.
Our Top Picks: At A Glance
Check out the jeans we chose with your body shape in mind.
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How To Find The Best Jeans For Your Hourglass Figure
No one can say which jeans are perfect for you, except YOU. But, to make your jeans shopping experience a little easier, these are our top tips for finding the best jeans for your shape.
- 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.
- Find jeans with a contoured waistband: This is a go-to feature on designated “curvy” jeans, which leave more room in the back.
- Opt for high waist/high rise (as opposed to low-rise 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.
8 Best Jeans For Hourglass Figures
We scoured the internet for the best jeans for hourglass figures (so you don’t have to!). Here’s what you need to know about our favorite pairs!
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 wide-leg, high-waisted jeans come with a contoured waistband and rips at the knee, and are made with lyocell (a soft, stretchy material).
- Size Range: 00 to 24W
- Inseam: 32” (short)
- Rise: 11.75”
- Leg Opening: 17.75”
- Price (when blog was published): $155.00
We LOVE this classic pair of straight cut jeans from Levi’s. Oh! And they’re made from recycled plastic bottles, so not only will you LOOK great, but you’ll also FEEL great in them.
- Size Range: 16W to 26W
- Inseam: 30”
- Rise: 12.5”
- Leg Opening: 17”
- Price (when blog was published): $59.99
Talk about sleek! These stretchy, flattering jeans have True Religion’s signature horseshoe detailing on the back pockets. They have a short inseam option, so if you want a slightly cropped pair or you’re on the shorter side – these are for you!
- Size Range: 24 to 32
- Inseam: 27” (short) and 29” (regular)
- Rise: 8.75” (front rise) and 14.25” (back rise)
- Leg Opening: 9.25”
- Price (when blog was published): $59.99
These flattering dark-wash jeans from Jessica Simpson are perfect for when you want to show off your curves AND stay comfy all day.
- Size Range: 24 to 33
- Inseam: 27”
- Price (when blog was published): $34.75
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 favorite pair.
Tapered jeans are a very flattering fit on an hourglass body shape. They aren’t as skin-tight as skinny jeans, but they still taper along the length of the leg. This boyfriend cut pair from Levi’s is a great option!
- Size Range: 27 to 33
- Inseam: 27” (unrolled) and 25” (rolled)
- Rise: 9”
- Leg Opening: 13”
- Price (when blog was published): $39.99
Since these jeans are made with a stretch denim blend, they won’t gap at the waistline even if you have a small waist. They come in dark or medium blue, so they’ll go with everything! Pair them with a t-shirt (or a blazer for the office) and you’re ready to go!
- Size Range: 4 to 16
- Inseam: 30”
- Price (when blog was published): $27.00
Those with an hourglass figure (or anyone, really) will love these curvy, high-rise skinny jeans with back yoke seaming.
- Size Range: 0 to 15
- Inseam: 29”
- Rise: 10.5”
- Leg Opening: 10”
- Price (when blog was published): $16.00
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:
Find Your Perfect Jeans
At Revelle, we like to think of ourselves as jean experts. Professionals in the denim department. Your personal jean curator… too much? Okay, okay. We know that a woman’s body isn’t defined by one body shape. That’s why we use our algorithm to find the right jeans for your individual shape. Sign up now to see your personalized recommendations!
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.