Insomniac Sale Picks: Jeans for Pears

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Erica requested a few picks for jeans that flatter pear-shaped figures, so here we go:

Levi’s 515 Mid Rise Classic Boot Cut Jean – was $44, now $39.99

It’s a cliche because it’s true: Boot cut jeans can create balance in many, many figure types and do a great job of balancing the hips on a pear-shaped woman’s body. This pair has a comfortable mid rise and comes in seven different washes, including dark, light, and whiskered. Sizes 2 to 16 in regular length (32″ inseam), many in long (34″) and petite (30″) lengths. Looks like sizing can be a bit inconsistent, so consider ordering two sizes for fit.

Eddie Bauer Curvy Fit Trouser Jeans – was $79.95, now $69.95

Erica specifically asked for styles that are designed to deal with the back gapping that happens on so many pear-shaped women. Many retailers now offer “curvy” styles – which have more room in the hips and seat, but taper in at the waist – but I picked this pair because they’re offered in a mid denim, dark denim, and fresh white in sizes 2 to 24, and several hem lengths. Actually, Eddie Bauer offers several curvy options, including “slightly curvy” styles. Trouser jeans can be tough for pears if the legs become too wide, but these appear to have a decent taper in the thigh.

Lee Jeans Relaxed Straight Leg Jean – was $46, now $27.90

Straight leg styles can be trickier on figures with hips, but the right pair can provide a great alternative to true skinnies. I’ve had great luck with Lee jeans, which tend to have just the right balance of stretch and rigidity, and nice high waistlines. This style comes in dark, medium, light, and black washes in sizes 4-18, regular, petite, and long lengths.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for jeans that flatter pear-shaped figures:

  1. Levi’s Curve ID – This line is built around the idea that waist and hip measurements vary among bodies, and offers considerably more options and control than most. Many pear-shaped women will benefit from the Bold Curve styles. This line also offers plus-sized options.
  2. Gap – Expected, I know, but affordable and reliable in my experience. The Long & Lean flared style and most bootcuts are reliably flattering on most pear shapes.
  3. Talbots – My Talbots Heritage Fit straight legs are a standby style. They might not work for those with more pronounced hips, but Talbots offers a huge variety of styles, washes, and fits. This retailer gets full points for offering petite, plus, tall, and petite plus in several styles.
  4. Joe’s Jeans Honey styles – This boot cut, curvy style is one of the only premium denim pairs I’d recommend. They fit like a dream.

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  • Christine

    As one of the pear-iest pears out there, my completely unexpected favorite (& surprisingly flattering) jean style is J. Crew’s matchstick. Not only do I like the look of them, but they are ridiculously comfortable. I own 3 pairs in different washes, and I never buy multiples.

    I own a pair of Gap’s Long & Lean, but they stretch out too quickly on me, so I keep them for long plane rides when I need some extra room. I find the Sexy Boot style to be far more flattering, and it doesn’t do that obnoxious stretchy thing where the waist is 3 sizes too large after 2 hours.

    I’ll have to try the Levi 515! Thanks for the suggestions Sal!

    • Sal

      Christine, I do the J.Crew Matchsticks, too! Surprisingly good, aren’t they?

  • I just want to throw out a yay for those Lee jeans. They’re comfy and do indeed have a nice high rise, which as a gal with a long torso and curvy derriere I appreciate!

  • leah

    This is good advice for hourglass people too. Pear shaped folks don’t have the monopoly on hips! I also have heard mucho good things about the J.Crew matchsticks so it looks like I’m going to go try a pair on today.

  • I wasn’t even aware that it was possible to get jeans that didn’t gape at the waist until I found Levi’s “bold curve” options. A lot of their jeans have too low a rise for my taste, but I found a mid-rise slim fit online that makes me look amazing and don’t gape in the back.

  • Amy

    Yes, the Lee Riders line is fabulous with back cut higher than the front, the backs of the legs cut wider than the fronts with seams thus slightly forward. Very, very comfortable, no gap waistband, and several different washes available. I also like their Lee Slender Secret skinnies! And then my sister-in-law swears by Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, too.

  • Erica

    Hooray! Thanks for posting my request, Sally! I actually just bought a pair of Long & Leans last weekend, and I’ve only worn them the one time but I like them a lot. I haven’t had much luck with the Bold Curve jeans, but I might try Eddie Bauer or Lee next. (And leah, glad this is helpful for you as well–I think of my pear shape as a bottom-heavy hourglass!)

  • LQ

    Anyone still reading, take a look at Jag jeans. I have to check out those Lees.