The best jeans styles for pear shaped women in 2022

Written by:


Niki Whittle
January 31, 2017

Written by:


Niki Whittle

January 31, 2017

One of the biggest frustrations that pear shapes have when it comes to getting dressed, is finding jeans that fit well and look good on:

  • Jeans typically gape at the back of the waist on pear body shapes, even when they fit your hips and thighs.  And going down a size doesn't’ solve the frustration - they might fit better around your waist, but then they’re too tight across your hips and thighs.
  • And if you do find jeans that fit you, you worry that they highlight your hips to make you look bottom heavy.

If you recognize those frustrations, you’re in the right place!  Not only am I pear shaped, too, but over the past 17 years I've been working as a Personal Stylist, helping hundreds of pear shaped women like you to create outfits they love wearing, and I’m drawing on that experience to provide you with a comprehensive guide to finding the best jeans for your pear body shape!

There are some fantastic jeans out there for you, that will fit perfectly and flatter your curves beautifully, and I’m going to show you what they are and where to find them 👇

what is a pear body shape?

The pear body shape is a beautifully curvy shape that typically has narrow shoulders, wide hips (that are noticeably wider than her shoulders), a defined waistline, and often feels bottom heavy.  I’ve created a super in-depth post here that shares everything you ever needed to know about the pear body shape, so make sure to pop on over!


The biggest problem you have when you're shopping for jeans as a pear shape, is that jeans will often be too big around the waist yet tight on your hips and thighs.  And while it might feel like every single pair of jeans you try on was made for a different shape to yours...that's not the case.

There are jeans out there that will fit and flatter you brilliantly, you just need to know what to look for:


buy curvy fit jeans.  period

This is my number one piece of advice when you're buying jeans as a pear shape!  Curvy fit jeans are cut with a pear shape figure in mind - the waist is cut a little smaller than regular jeans and there is more room at the hips and thighs so they'll hug your waist and fit your butt and thighs.  Honestly, curvy fit jeans are a total game changer, you'll wish you'd heard about them years ago.  Madewell, Everlane and Paige Flaunt are my 3 favorite retailers for curvy fit jeans, but I've listed tons more here.


opt for High-rise jeans

The most flattering rise for most pear shapes is a high rise as these tend to have a slightly more curved waist that will fit your waist a little better.  

The other benefit of a high rise is that it draws attention to your defined waist, which will help to draw the eye away from your bottom half.  Oh, and high rise jeans also have the added bonus of lengthening your legs a little, which is a bonus if you're petite or have a long torso.


look for jeans that have fading

Fading on jeans can be super flattering.  Dark colors recede, and light colors come to the front, so if you think about this in terms of jeans - light fading that runs down the middle of the leg like this will draw the eye in to elongate and narrow your legs.  It's such a simple way to appear taller and slimmer!


boot cut jeans flared jeans are the best jeans for pear shapes

Boot cut jeans and flared jeans are the most flattering style of jeans for pear shaped women, especially if you go for a high rise pair of flared jeans like this. The flare does a fantastic job of balancing the hips to create a more balanced silhouette.  Go for cropped or full length, or super wide, they will all look great!

But you don't need to scour the internet for your perfect jeans; I've done the hard work for you!  Just scroll on down to see my 9 favorite jeans styles for pear shapes...


avoid jeans that have whiskering

Whiskers on jeans are thin faded stripes that run horizontally across the tummy and hips, like this. Some light whiskering is fine, but keep in mind that whiskering draws lines across the widest part of your frame which highlights it, and this can make you like wider than you are.  Whiskers on jeans also draw attention to your hips, which you may not want.


avoid jeans that have a front seam or pintuck

A front seam, also called a pintuck, is notorious for being unflattering on a pear body shape - the seam contours your curves which enhances them and creates a create a curvier, more bottom heavy frame.


Opt for skinny jeans that have a slightly wider ankle opening

Pear shapes often tell me they can't wear skinny jeans, but that is noncense!  A pear shape can totally wear skinny jeans but if you feel bottom heavy in them try a style that has a slightly wider ankle opening.  Styles that hug your ankle tightly have a tendency to emphasize wide hips, so by opting for a slightly wider ankle opening like this you'll be able to balance you hips a little better.  To make them even more flattering, go for a high rise.


always buy the smallest size you can

Jeans almost ALWAYS relax a little, even expensive denim does, so I always recommend purchasing jeans that feel a little snug in the fitting room as this allows for them relaxing.  

If you buy them when they fit you perfectly, they will relax and end up being too large.

Take a couple of sizes into the fitting room with you (or, if ordering online, order a couple of sizes), and if the smaller pair are only slightly tighter, go for the smaller size.  They should relax to the right size after a few hours of wear.

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these are the best jeans for a pear body shape

This selection are tried and tested by myself and my pear shape clients, and we can assure you that these jeans will fit well, look great on your curves, and (most importantly) will NOT gape at the waistband!


If you want to go for a looser style of jeans go for a high rise Mom jean - they will be a little more flattering on a pear shape than a boyfriend jean. If you go for a curvy cut jean the waist will hug yours, and the loose denim will skim your hips.  These are a great choice. I can confirm that the waist will not gap! They have a higher rise than most, and are a neater fit at the hips and waist which means they don't add any unnecessary bulk where you least want it.



Wide leg jeans are fantastic on a pear shape, but I always recommend going for a pair with a high rise like this pair(they are generous in size, so size down!). High rise wide leg jeans will hug the waist and then skim over the hips and thighs.  They look great with sneakers or heels!



Skinny flares are a great way to showcase a curvy figure. This pair are my absolute favorite fit!  They hug the wast, hips and thighs, and flare out below the knee to balance your hips.



Flares are one of the best styles of jeans for a pear shape - the volume below the knee wll flare out to balance your wide hips and showcase your gorgeous curves.   Go for a high rise and any length or width!  These flares are a particularly good pair on pears!  The high rise hugs and defines the waist, and the wide, flared leg, skims the hips and thighs to elongate the legs.



Boot cut jeans are another great option for pear shapes, especially if you want a super flattering style but don't like flares.  These make a great option.   


skinny jeans

Pear body shapes can wear skinny jeans!  You have gorgeous curves that deserve to be shown off, but if you feel a bit bottom heavy in a skinny jean, opt for a slightly wider ankle like this, it will highlight your hips less.  Also, I highly recommend choosing a skinny jean in a curvy fit like this, to ensure they fit you perfectly and show your shape off to it's best.



And lastly, if jeans that gape at the waistband is your biggest frustration, go for curvy cut jeans. I'm a pear shape and I will ONLY wear curvy cut jeans...the fit is that good.

these are the best brands to buy jeans for a pear body shape

  • MADEWELL- This is one of my favorite retailers to source jeans for a pear body-shape. They have such a fantastic range of jeans in curvy fits.  They also offer the curvy fits in plus, tall and petite.  They even have some curvy fit pants!!
  • EVERLANE - They have a great selection of jeans for a pear shape. Their curvy fit jeans are the best fit on a pear shape, but you can sometimes get away with some of their bon curvy fits, so have a play!
  • MINT VELVET - Mint Velvet's jeans are often a great fit on a pear shapes.
  • Paige and Paige Flaunt - Paige jeans are typically a great fit for pear shapes, but they've also developed a range that is specifically designed for the pear shape, called Flaunt. These are a premium denim, but you do get a premium fit!
  • Abercrombie and fitch - This is another denim retailer that caters for the curvy figure. Try their Curve Love range for the best mum jean selection around!
  • american eagle - This is a great place to source good fitting jeans for a pear shape, at a great price.
  • TORRID - If you're a plus size pear shape, this is a great place to source skinny jeans.
  • TALBOTS - Talbots have a great range of jeans for plus size pear body shape
  • free people - Free people's CRVY range is full of flares and mum jeans that are cut to fit a pear shape.  It's a favorite place to source jeans for my boho clients!
  • joe's - Joe's Honey jeans are perfect for pear shapes.  The come in a boot-cut and skinny and the fit is great!


I know it feels like jeans and pants aren't designed for your pear shape, but that's not true.  Hopefully this post illustrates just how much choice you have!  

There is no excuse for bad fitting, uncomfortable jeans - there are lots of wonderful styles of jeans out there that will make the absolute best of your shape.  So, enjoy shopping, and let me know how you get on!

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