The Best Jeans for an Hourglass Figure

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Jeans That Flatter a Curvy Body Type

Kim Kardashian in white jeans
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If you've got a curvy body shape like Kim Kardashian, with a large chest, small waist and a shapely lower half, then you're a classic hourglass figure. And while you may have learned to dress your well-proportioned shape in other separates, many women with an hourglass figure find it a challenge to shop for jeans that show off their best assets.

Don't shy away from denim, though! Curvy women can look absolutely fantastic in jeans. The trick is in learning which denim brands and styles are designed best to flatter your womanly shape. Many brands now produce curvy fit jeans, with features such as contoured waistbands, innovative stitching and smart back pocket placement, that help to minimize your perceived trouble spots, while highlighting your best assets.

Take a look through our guide to the different types of jeans that you can wear to show off an hourglass figure, including tips on how to shop for denim brands that make the most of your gorgeous, curvy body shape.

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Stretch Denim Jeans

Stretch denim skinny jeans
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Hourglass figures look best in stretch denim jeans, which will hold in your tummy and create a smooth, contoured line over hips and thighs, while accentuating your beautiful curves. You'll probably want between 2-4% elastane (also known by the brand names Lycra or Spandex) in the fabric. The goal is to find jeans that hug your curves -- not squeeze them too tightly -- so experiment with different amounts of stretch in the dressing room, until you find the right balance for comfort and style.

Learn more about stretch denim jeans here.

Jeans to Try:

  • Joe’s Jeans The Honey Curvy Bootcut Jeans
  • James Jeans High Class Skinny Jeans
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High Waist Jeans

Curvy woman in Old Navy jeans and strapless top
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If you've never tried a high waisted jean, you may be surprised at how beautifully this denim style flatters your hourglass figure. A higher rise jeans fit can help to eliminate muffin top problems in jeans, while also holding in your tummy for a more streamlined silhouette. When shopping for high waist jeans, look for a pair of dark blue jeans with a contoured waistband, that rides a bit higher in the back than the front -- this will help to eliminate the issue you often have with gapping at the waist.

Learn more about what to wear with high waisted jeans.

Jeans to Try:

  • James Jeans Hunter High-Rise Straight Leg Jeans
  • NYDJ Hayden Straight-Leg Jeans
  • Old Navy The Plus Size Power Jean
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Straight Leg Jeans

Straight leg jeans

Trendy straight-leg jeans are made to hug your hips and then fall straight to the hems, creating an elongated silhouette that's slimming to an hourglass figure, without squishing you the way skinny jeans can. If you're a petite hourglass, a straight leg style can also help you look taller. Whatever your height, you can choose a floor-grazing pair, if you're going for a long and lean effect, or roll your cuffs to show off your fabulous ankles (and shoes).

Get inspired with our styling tips for what to wear with straight leg jeans.

Jeans to Try:

  • Levi's 512 Perfectly Slimming Straight Leg Jeans
  • Paige Denim Hoxton High Rise Straight Leg Jeans
  • True Religion Avery High Rise Straight Leg Jeans
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Bootcut Jeans for an Hourglass Figure

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Bootcut jeans fall straight to the knee, then flare out slightly to wider hems. This style is great for accentuating an hourglass figure's gorgeous curves, while the wider bottom balances out larger hips, for an overall slimming effect. You'll probably want to avoid bootcut styles with whiskering or fading around the hips, which can attract attention to your widest point. If you like the look of distressed jeans, look for styles with ripped details around the lower thighs and knees (but not higher on the legs).

What to Wear With These Jeans

Get fashionable ideas for what to wear with bootcut jeans.

Jeans to Try:

  • DL1961 Jennifer High-Rise Bootcut
  • Silver Jeans Suki High Rise Slim Bootcut Jeans
  • Hudson Finn Boy Skinny Distressed Jeans
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Cropped Jeans for an Hourglass Figure

Cropped jeans and white top outfit
Dee for Dana

Taller, curvy women can look fabulous in cropped jeans, which will accentuate your hourglass curves. Skip the skinniest crops and capri styles, though, as both can make your legs look shorter and hips look wider. Instead, choose ankle-length cropped jeans that fall in a fairly straight line down the legs, and end in a simple hem or slim-rolled cuff.

A darker wash cropped jean will minimize a larger bottom, but you don't have to restrict yourself to indigo denim if you love color. Go ahead and wear washed out shades of blue, as pictured, pairing them with a floaty white top for a bohemian, summery vibe.

What to Wear With These Jeans

Get stylish ideas for how to wear cropped jeans now.

Jeans to Try:

  • Joe's Jeans High Rise Straight Leg Ankle Jeans
  • NYDJ Angelina Ankle Jeans With Zips
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The Rear View in Jeans

back pockets that flatter your shape
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If you're proud of your bootylicious behind, choose jeans with embroidery or stitching on the back pockets, to attract attention to your asset. Or, to play down a bigger butt, you can wear jeans with plain, wide back pockets to balance your rear end. Either way, your jeans back pockets should start about mid-way down your rear, and end at the tops of thighs, to balance the look of your behind.

You can also take the focus off a wide butt, if that's your desire, by looking for jeans with larger back pockets that are positioned closely together.

Get Shopping Tips for Your Body

Learn more about choosing the right back pockets for your butt shape.

Jeans to Try:

  • Levi's 314 Shaping Straight Leg Jeans
  • Old Navy The Diva Boot-Cut Jeans