Finding the right pair of jeans can feel like a major accomplishment. But not just any jeans that you guess feel right. I'm talking about those pairs that are truly right, as in you want to live in them, the jeans that look like they were made just for you, the ones that garner too many compliments to keep up with and are an absolute win both in terms of comfort and style. Discovering the best plus-size jeans for you can be a game-changer, so we've compiled a list of jeans that we think work best on various types of plus-size bodies.
One thing to keep in mind when searching for the best pair of jeans is that every single body is as unique as it is beautiful. That said, there are three common plus-size body types that we've decided to highlight in this post: pear, hourglass, and apple. In general, pear-shaped women tend to be a bit wider on the bottom than they are on top and might have a fuller bum and thighs. Women with more of an hourglass shape tend to be curvy, with a pretty similar bust and hip measurement and a defined waist. And an apple-shaped woman might be a bit heavier on top with wide hips, somewhat equal measurements all the way around, and narrower legs.
While having these categories is helpful when it comes to shopping for bottoms, each body is different, so you might identify with all of these body types or none of them, which is why all of the jeans we've selected are also super versatile.
A pair of classic, high-rise, straight-leg jeans are a must-have. This style tends to look best on women with a pear-shaped or hourglass figure or somewhere in the middle. The high-rise fit can further define the waist while the not-too-wide, not-too-narrow, straight-leg shape will elongate the look of your legs. For a trendy take on this pair of denim, opt for a pair that stops right at your ankles. Try these jeans in a dark denim wash paired with a plus-size turtleneck sweater and your favorite pair of sneakers or flats for an outfit that's as flattering as it is versatile.
While a pair of mid-rise knit jeans with an elastic waist will work great on most body types, we especially love these jeans for women with an apple-shaped body. Since the mid-rise design will allow the jeans to sit right above the hip, you'll avoid any discomfort that might come with low-rise or high-waisted styles. With their smoothing elastic waist, you'll be able to rock these all day without that annoying digging feeling. These plus-size, mid-rise, elastic waist knit jeans also feature figure-balancing straight legs for a flattering fit that pairs perfectly with a flowy, button-front tunic or classic tee. While you can choose whatever wash or color you prefer, we recommend trying these in a dark blue wash for a versatile pick.
Plus-size black jeans are a must-have for every body type. We love black jeans because they can be easily dressed up and look great with everything. If you're into all black everything when it comes to your wardrobe, simply pair your black jeans with a classic black turtleneck or crewneck sweater or a black tee and your favorite leather (or pleather) jacket.
If you're more into vibrant and bright colors, a perfect pair of black jeans can be the anchor you need to rock any bold top in your rotation. Plus-size black jeans come in a variety of cuts and styles, like slimming compression high-rise, trendy straight-leg ankle jeans, and comfy mid-rise elastic waist jeans, so you'll easily be able to find a pair that's both flattering and comfortable for you.
OK, so these might be a stretch (see what we did there?) since jeggings aren't technically jeans, but they're definitely jeans-adjacent, and we had to add them to this list because plus-size jeggings are cute and comfy for all body types. Jeggings tend to look best in a high-rise cut and most feature skinny legs, which, thanks to their stretchy material, can actually work great on most bodies. With their elastic waist and easy pull-on style, jeggings tend to offer a smoother tummy section and will have you feeling your comfiest all day. Simply opt for your favorite color, from light denim to black or a fun color like olive green, and wear these versatile must-haves with literally any top.
These are just a few suggestions for the best plus-size jeans for every body type. With so many beautifully unique body shapes and people out there, it's really all about finding what makes you feel your absolute best.