Great Jeans for Your Shape for Under $70
On the quest for the perfect pair of jeans (aren’t we all?). While designer denim can be worth it in terms of quality, cut, and longevity, the truth is you really don’t have to break the bank to find a pair of jeans that fits you—and your lifestyle—in a way that you’ll love.
We’ve gone ahead and done all the laborious, dirty work for you, hunting down the best women’s jeans out there, whether you’re vertically blessed and looking for denim that’s specifically tailored to suit taller figures, want something that offers a little support in the midsection, have a straight frame a la Audrey Hepburn, or have been scouring the web for the best jeans for curvy women.
To make the process even easier, we’ve also broken down our finds by occasion, because let’s face it—your perfectly relaxed boyfriend jeans that you live in on the weekend may not feel so appropriate for casual Friday at the office. You’ll find those casual styles here, as well as dressier options for evenings out with the girls, and even pairs with stylish details you can get away with at work (if your dress code allows).
And did we mention? Nothing is over $70.
For an Hourglass Figure: Casual Jeans
Gap Authentic 1969 Perfect Boot Jeans
Curvier shapes call for jeans that are cut higher in the back to fit over the rear and keep you covered. A contoured waistband will help reduce the gaping that can result when you’re trying to fit a smaller waist and wider hips. The waistband will have a conspicuous seam; this indicates it was cut on a curve and sewn together rather than being one piece of fabric. This boot-cut pair accommodates curves without unsightly gaps or bulges.
To Buy: $70; gap.com.
For an Hourglass Figure: Dressier Jeans
Loft Curvy Straight Leg Jeans
A cut that’s contoured at the hips and thighs gives jeans a more tailored fit.
To Buy: $70; loft.com.
For an Hourglass Figure: Office Appropriate
Forever 21 Contemporary Classic Flare Jeans
Coming in at about the price of a movie ticket, these jeans are a steal.
To Buy: $25; forever21.com.
For Full Hips and Thighs: Casual Jeans
Old Navy Jeans
For the best fit, you’ll want a contoured waist and a higher rise in the back than in the front. Many companies offer a “curvy” cut that accommodates for a little extra room in the hips and thigh, while still offering a fitted waistband. The front rise shouldn’t be less than eight inches, with the waistband hitting at the hipbone or the belly button so it doesn’t cut into the body at the widest spot. To slim the thighs, opt for a rigid fabric that has no more than two percent stretch. These jeans have only the slightest stretch to them, so the fabric feels less pliant.
To Buy: $30; oldnavy.com.
For Full Hips and Thighs: Dressier Jeans
Lee Platinum Label Comfort Fit Lydia Barely Bootcut Jeans
The cut here fits close for a silhouette that’s more flattering than a baggier one, which can actually accentuate problem areas.
To Buy: $56; lee.com.
For Full Hips and Thighs: Office Appropriate
Charter Club Tummy-Control Trouser Jean
Hitting just below the waist, trouser jeans or wide leg jeans create the most polished, office-friendly look because they’re similar in silhouette to regular work pants.
To Buy: $64; macys.com.
If You Have a Tummy: Casual Jeans
Select a moderate rise, about eight to nine inches from crotch to waist. Look for a waistband that hits just below your belly button, which will cover your stomach and rein in the problem area, providing comfortable support and contouring. A wide waistband and a bit of stretch (roughly 2 percent) will provide a subtle, girdle-like effect, no Spanx required. Boot-cut jeans have a nine-inch rise, sitting just below the waist, and a flat front that won’t draw attention to the tummy, but will have the flattering effect of creating a more proportionately balanced shape.
To Buy: $35; amazon.com.
For a Tummy: Dressier Jeans
American Eagle x Artist Flare Jean
A double button and distinctive waistband upgrade with super-soft flared legs.
To Buy: $40; ae.com.
For a Tummy: Office Appropriate
Lee Platinum Label No Gap Waistband Trouser
Grown-up details like covered buttons and flap pockets make this style professional-looking enough for work.
To Buy: $37; lee.com.
For a Straight Figure: Casual Jeans
Though this body type can work with most anything when it comes to rises and styles, the most flattering jeans have a slimmer, tighter fit and a waistband that runs (relatively) straight across the middle. A waistband that’s curved too much can create unflattering spillage. Classic boot-cuts have a trim fit through the hips and thighs.
To Buy: $70; macys.com.
For a Straight Figure: Dressier Jeans
Levi's 714 Straight Jeans
A mid-range wash and a sophisticated silhouette give these skinny jeans the look of much more expensive styles.
To Buy: $59; levi.com.
For a Straight Figure: Office Appropriate
Loft Modern Boot Cut Jeans in Dark Rinse Wash
The dark blue-black coloring gives a boot-cut pair a more dressed-up feel that’s right for casual Fridays.
To Buy: $70; loft.com.
For a Tall Figure: Casual Jeans
Extra inches can feel like more of a curse than a blessing when it comes to finding a good-fitting pair of jeans—keep an eye out for brands that have a line specifically for tall sizes. More than just adding extra inches at the hem, tall sizes will be proportioned different that regular sizes, so they’ll fit flawlessly. We love the on-trend details on this pair, like the let-down hems.
To Buy: $29; asos.com.
For a Tall Figure: Office Appropriate
Old Navy Jeans
A super clean style (i.e. no rips, whiskers, tears, or unfinished hems) feels even more office-friendly when done in a deeply saturated hue, like this navy, rather than your standard denim wash. Unadorned patch pockets and a high yoke in the back ensure a flattering fit.
To Buy: $35; oldnavy.com.
For a Tall Figure: Dressier Jeans
Give your LBD the night off and pull on these sleek black jeans instead. The dark color has an evening ready vibe, especially when paired with a silky top and heels. A skinny leg and high rise will flatter longer figures.
To Buy: $70; gap.com.