NON-skinny jeans for a short woman with a curvy/hourglass shape
April 28, 2019 6:26 PM   Subscribe

It is SO hard to find jeans that fit me. I am a short hourglass -- a size 4 or 6 (about a 26"-27" waist size), with relatively large thighs (and calves). I've had good luck with, randomly, Jennifer Lopez jeans -- and I have some Kensie skinny jeans that fit pretty well, too, but I do not want more skinny jeans. I'd prefer to spend less than $100, but more is OK.
posted by trillian to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (18 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Madewell varies in price, mostly over $100, but all of their jeans styles fit me TTS, and I have thick thighs relative to the rest of my figure.

Levi’s Wedgie jeans also sometimes work (and they’re cheaper) (and not as uncomfortable as they sound).
posted by stoneandstar at 6:31 PM on April 28

I recently got a relatively decent pair of petite bootcut jeans at Christopher and Banks. The 'Classic Fit' is more relaxed in the hip and thigh. They do have a lot of elastic in the fabric so I suggest sizing down. I honestly wish I'd sized 2 down. They're nothing earth shattering. But they're pretty cheap and there's no dreaded gap at the back.
posted by Caravantea at 6:38 PM on April 28

I'm very pear shaped and on the edge of petite height. Though I'm a few sizes larger. Here were some suggestions from my ask, though I was looking for skinny jeans, the brands recommended carry various cuts and styles.
posted by Crystalinne at 6:43 PM on April 28

Oops, I forgot to add that I am looking for bootcut/flare only -- no cropped/ankle, no straight-leg, and, as I mentioned, no skinny. (Thanks for the suggestions so far!)
posted by trillian at 6:52 PM on April 28

Old Navy "curvy" bootcut comes in petite and fits my larger thighs and calves well.
posted by quince at 7:31 PM on April 28 [3 favorites]

Have you tried the curvy fit at LOFT? It comes in petite bootcut styles.
posted by marfa, texas at 7:45 PM on April 28

I am also petite and curvy. I have had good luck with Eddie Bauer.
posted by invisible ink at 9:12 PM on April 28

You can order one-off boxes and make special requests from Stitch Fix. I ordered a one off, and requested all jeans and left lots of comments about what trouble I have. They all fit, I kept my two favourites, and I didn't have to go in a store. Both pairs were under $100. Totally recommend.
posted by jrobin276 at 11:12 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]

Madewell curvy petite is probably what you want, though they go out of stock very fast. I've had good luck getting them on Poshmark though.
posted by chaiminda at 3:13 AM on April 29

Seconding Old Navy. They have a few different fits, and each one comes in an assortment of styles, including boot cut. You want the jeans they store folded in wall bins, rather than anything that’s part of a display.

I’ve also had occasional good luck finding jeans at H&M, and people always ask me where I got them.
posted by MexicanYenta at 3:20 AM on April 29

TORRID is what you want. They offer all sorts of cuts and they offer SHORT LENGTH which is game-changer. Short and Extra-Short in fact. Here is a link to their bootcut offerings.

Aaaack on re-read I see you're too small for Torrid. But for the future of people reading this, if you're a size 10 or larger. Torrid is your place.
posted by Medieval Maven at 6:28 AM on April 29

We're twinsies. I'm a weightlifter and have thick thighs, small waist and I'm short. I also have a short waist, so the new high waist jeans are literally up to my armpits. It's worth noting if high rise is a good look for you, because most jeans today have an 8 inch or higher rise and it can look super weird on us short hourglass gals.

I love J Brand straight leg or bootcut jeans. Lucky Brand has a shorter rise and lots of stretch. Gap used to make lower rise bootcuts that if you can find floating around the internet -- those are amazing.

Madewell will fit, but the rise is improbably high, if that bothers you.
posted by mrfuga0 at 7:21 AM on April 29

I should add that I need a six-inch rise -- that's about the right height to make my legs look long and not overemphasize my thighs. Six inches sits about an inch below my bellybutton.
posted by mrfuga0 at 7:22 AM on April 29

Old Navy. They have different jeans for different shapes - I use their "Rockstar" jeggings because I am oddly shaped and they go on like a glove.
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah at 7:28 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

I'm happy with the Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda line of jeans/pants, which are designed for curvy figures, come in short/tall/regular, available at lots of retailers, and are budget-priced. I like their bootcut jeans. Costco carries this brand for ridiculously cheap online, but being Costco, the styles and colors they offer change all the time, so you have to keep checking to see what they're currently offering. Otherwise, check Amazon or your preferred retailer.
posted by Lunaloon at 8:08 AM on April 29

Thanks, all! Lots to try.
posted by trillian at 10:09 AM on May 1

Similar size to you and I've found that American Eagle jeans are highly customizable (fit, waist, length, rise)
posted by zima_lengneui at 12:26 PM on May 1

Mrs. TheCoug has a couple pairs by Freddie's of Pinewood that she loves.
posted by TheCoug at 12:05 PM on May 4

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