Jeans are a staple of the UK wardrobe. Casual Fridays at work were often initiated to allow jeans to be worn at work. Jeans are combined with heals, jackets, and other fantastic accessories for an overall look that can go from casual to professional, and from classic looks to party wear. However, finding the perfect fitting jeans can be a real problem. One-size-fits-all does not fit all, and everything from the placement of pockets to the rise of waist make a difference in fit and feel. The much maligned “mom jeans,” with their high waist and high pockets, once were intended to accent a small waist and feminine hips. However, they are not seen as flattering these days. Indeed, it is much better to go for an overall fit, rather than just looking at one feature of the figure. The return of hip-hugger jeans is testimony to the changing styles. Now called “low-rise jeans,” hip-huggers are the opposite extreme from “mom jeans.” For this reason, companies such as NYDJ have become popular. NYDJ stands for “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans” and the designers make it possible to find the perfect fitting jeans.
Face it, most women struggle with plus-size fit at some time. In fact, women struggle with weight fluctuations not just throughout the month, but throughout the lives, as well. This can actually justify an entire wardrobe of jeans, if you want to look at it that way!
In general, when you’re looking for a plus-size pair of jeans, look for mid-rise waists. This will keep from pinching at the waist that will be uncomfortable. Some women think they need to tuck the waist in to create an hourglass figure, but that creates an unnatural profile.
Your daughter’s jeans probably have acid washing on them. The seat and/or thighs may be washed out. There may also be a special effect called “whiskering” at the crotch. These are the horizontal lines that travel from the crotch out toward the outer thighs. These faded effects actually serve to widen the hips and thighs, rather than compliment them.
Finally, don’t be afraid to wear boot-cut jeans. For about 10 years, the style has been straight leg jeans that are the same width as the thigh all the way down. But now, legs that taper slightly at the knee then flair out slightly at the ankle are easier to find, and are very flattering.
Be honest, now – do you have a “muffin top”? High waist jeans are uncomfortable and stiff, while low waist jeans accent the part of your midsection that you would rather not draw attention to.
The key here is to look for jeans such as NYDJ, which are designed to fit women’s bodies, rather than junior sizes. They are cut just a little higher, and a wide waistband will help to retain the extra “muffin.” A mid-rise waist is more flattering. Until you can switch your wardrobe over to mid-rise adult jeans, a loose fitting top or bubble top looks really cute with the jeans you have.