Jeans are the one item of clothing that my clients ALWAYS ask me to find. There are so many styles and cuts to choose from, yet they are one of the most difficult pieces to get in a good fit, and if you have an apple body shape, you will find it especially difficult to find the best jeans for an apple shape.
Apple shaped women will often find that jeans are too loose in the hip area, yet too tight around your waist. Jeans will sometimes work their way down throughout the day too, so you probably find yourself regularly pulling up your jeans.
The reason you experience these frustrations with jeans is because so many jeans are created for a curvy bottom half, but you have slim legs, narrow hips, and a fuller middle, with little definition between your waist and hips...a curvy bottom half, you do not have!
But, don't worry, if you are struggling to find jeans for your apples shape, you are right where you need to be.
Over the past 17 years, I’ve helped hundreds of apple shaped women find their perfect pair of jeans, and I'm going to share my wealth of shopping and styling knowledge with you, right here, right now, because once you know what styles and elements to look for in a pair of jeans, choosing jeans that look good on your apple shape is much less stressful, and much more fruitful!
So, scroll on down to find your perfect pair of jeans, so you can finally stop wasting time and money on jeans that don't fit and look crap on!
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Here are my top three jeans for apple shapes in 2023
I love Spanx jeans for apple body shapes - they have a flat front and gentle support which sculpts and smooths, whilst being incredibly comfortable!
the original cheeky jean
Everlane's Original Cheeky jeans are fantastic. The denim is a little stiffer than most so it will hold your shape well, and add a little curve to your bottom half. It's one of my fave shapes for an apple!
10 tips for buying jeans when you're apple shaped
Buying jeans when you have an apple shape, shouldn't be a disappointing, depressing experience! I'm sharing my top 10 tips for what to look for when choosing jeans for your apple shape, to help you finally find your perfect pair!
choose the right size when buying jeans for an apple shape
Buy the smallest jeans size you can. I know you're probably reluctant to buy jeans that feel a little snug, especially around the waist, but denim almost ALWAYS relaxes a little, even expensive denim does, so it's a good idea to buy jeans that feel a little tight when you try them on as this allows for them to relax.
If you buy them to fit perfectly when you try them on, they will relax, and work their way down as you wear them.
My advice is to try on 2 sizes when you’re buying jeans - your usual size, and a pair that are half a size smaller. If you can get into the smaller pair, I recommend going for those. They should relax to the right size after a few hours of wear.
look for denim that adds a little volume to your bottom half when choosing jeans for an apple shape
As an apple shape, you’ll carry most of your weight on your top half, which can sometimes make your frame look a little top heavy.
A good way to balance your proportions is to choose jeans styles that will add a little volume or weight to your bottom half.
All of these styles will add a little volume below your waistline that will give you slightly fuller hips and create a more defined waist.
choose jeans that have fading and whiskering if you have an apple shape
Both these do a fantastic job of adding interest and depth to a pair of jeans, which will create the look of a curvier silhouette.
avoid 'curvy' cut jeans if you are an apple shape
Curvy cut jeans are not suited to an apple body shape. They are designed to fit pear or hourglass shaped women who have a defined waist and wide hips.
If you have ever tried on a pair of curvy cut jeans, you will notice that they really dig into your waist and are super baggy at your hips and thighs.
Regular cuts that have a slightly straighter cut will be a much better fit.
choose jeans in a striaght cut if you have an apple body shape
Straight cuts will be one of the best fits for you. They are cut for a straighter figure, so will be more likely to fit your waist AND your hips and thighs.
Pay attention to the back pockets when choosing jeans for an apple shape
Pockets on the back of the jeans will add a little weight and volume to boost a butt. But beware, some back pockets can make a butt look flatter and smaller, so you'll want to make sure you choose the right pockets:
- Pockets with flaps or buttons will add a little volume and shape
- Pockets that sit lower down and are spaced wider apart will make your bottom look wider and curvier.
BUT, pockets that sit high up on your butt (some high-rise jeans are guilty of this) can make your bottom look long and flat, so may be less flattering.
if you're self conscious about your tummy, look for jeans that offer a little support
There are some great options available to you if you want some support or a little butt lift from your jeans.
Jeans with a flat front are a great option for apple shapes
Buttons, hooks and zippers all add a little bulk to your tummy, so if you want to hide your middle area, look for jeans that have a flat front. Spanx and Wit and Wisdom are my two go-tos for slimming jeans with a flat front.
jeans in a heavy weight denim are a great choice for apple bodys shapes
Heavier weight, starchy fabrics will add a little shape and volume to your bottom half to balance your larger top half.
choose high-rise jeans if you have an apple body shape
High-rise jeans are a great option if you have an apple body shape. Not only are they typically more comfortable than a low or mid rise (which will cut you across the middle and create a muffin top) they will also create a more defined waistline, lengthen your legs, and provide you with a little support to hold your tummy in.
There are different length rises when it comes to a high-rise, so you will want to try on a few to see what fits you the best.
the 10 best jeans styles for apple shaped women
I know it probably seems like NO jeans are made for your apple shape, but I am here to tell you that there are lots of options out there for you!
These 10 jeans styles will fit your waist and hips, won't slide down, will balance your proportions, and create a curvier silhouette.
cropped kick flares are great on apple shapes
I love a cropped kick flare on apple shaped women. The gentle flare at the hem helps to balance your shoulders a little, which will create a more balanced frame. And the cropped length shows off your ankles!
straight leg jeans are perfect for apple shapes
Straight leg jeans are made for apple shaped women. They will hug your waist and hang straight down to create a curvier silhouette.
These cropped straight leg jeans are a great shape for apple shaped women. The waist will fit well, and the straight leg will help to balance your shoulders to create a more balanced frame.
And these shaping straight jeans are a fantastic fit for apple shaped women that creates a rounder bum and fuller thighs, whilst offering a little support to your tummy.
wide leg jeans are a great option for apple shaped women
Wide leg jeans are fantastic on apple shapes; they hug the waist and skim straight down to create slightly broader hips that balance your broad shoulders.
they will be loose at your hips and thighs, but they are supposed to hang down loosely, so don't let that trouble you!
slim leg jeans are a better option than skinny jeans if you have an apple body shape
Skinny jeans will highlight your slim legs and narrow hips, which can make your top half look larger than it is, and your overall shape less balanced.
If you want to wear a skinny jeans, but do feel a little top heavy in them try a slim leg jean instead as they have a slightly wider ankle so won't emphasize your narrower legs as much as a tighter skinny.
paperbag waist jeans are made for apple shapes
A paperbag waist, is a waist that has a ruffle of fabric above the waist band, and some pleating or gathering below the waist band - it's what a paperbag looks like when you grip it by the top!
Jeans (and pants) that have a paperbag waist are on of THE BEST styles for creating shape and volume around the hip and thigh area. They also add a little definition to your waistline, making them the perfect option for your apple body shape, in both fit and shape!
flares look great on apple shapes
Flares are a fantastic way to create curves! The flared hem will balance your shoulders and middle, and create a curvier silhouette.
tapered leg jeans are a flattering jean style for apple shapes
Tapered leg jeans will add a little weight and volume to your hip and thigh area, so they make a great option for an apple shape.
bootcut jeans are a great option for apple shapes
Bootcut jeans are a classic, and are a great option if you want to add a little balance and shape to your apple shape, but you don't want to wear flares.
cargo jeans are great on apple shaped women
Cargo jeans have pockets and shaping at the hip and thigh area that will add a little weight and shape to your narrow hips. An apple shape is one of the few body shape that can wear cargo jeans and pants and look good in them! And this season they are on trend so make the most of it!
barrel leg jeans look good on apple shapes
Barrel leg jeans (and Balloon leg jeans) are a style of jeans that balloon out at the side and taper to a narrow ankle, which will add shape and volume to narrow hips and thighs, to balance a larger top half.
what to avoid when choosing jeans for an apple body shape
Here are some tips for what to avoid when you are shopping for jeans as an apple shaped women.
these are the best jeans for apple shaped women in 2023
These are my absolute favorite jeans in 2023 for apple shaped women. Many of them are now hanging in my apple shaped clients wardrobes, so scroll on down to find a pair that works for you!
these are the best brands to shop for jeans if you have an apple body shape
These are the retailers I regularly use when I am shopping for jeans for my apple shaped clients:
frequently asked questions about choosing jeans for an apple body shape
Below are some other questions I get asked about how choosing jeans for an apple body shape. If you're question isn't answered here, ask me here
what are the best jeans to wear if you have a big stomach?
Jeans can be especially difficult to find in a good fit if you have a tummy. If jeans fit your tummy, they’re probably too large on your hips and thighs. And if they fit your hips and thighs, they'll be too tight around your waist, and dig in.
But there are a few styling tips and techniques you can utilize to find jeans that are both comfortable and look good when you have a tummy.
should apple shapes wear wide-leg jeans
Yes, apple shapes can totally wear wide-leg jeans...but whether you should or not depends on whether you like them! If you are an apple shape and you like the idea of wearing wide-leg jeans, go for it.
I regularly put my apple shaped clients in wide leg jeans because they add a little volume and shape to your bottom half, which balances your larger top half. They also typically fit an apple shape well!
Here are my favorite wide leg jeans for apple shaped women in 2023:
can an apple shape wear bell bottom jeans?
Apple shaped women look great in bell bottom jeans because they add a little volume below the knee that balances your larger top half, and creates a curvier silhouette.
If you’re a petite apple shaped women, make sure you choose bell bottom jeans with a high-rise to prevent the jeans from shortening you.
what are the best jeans for plus size apple shapes?
There are some great jeans for plus size apple shapes! Here are some of my favorites:
CAn apple shapes wear high-waisted jeans?
High waisted jeans look great on an apple body shape - they elongate your legs, add definition to your waist, and support to your belly.
But, there are high-waisted jeans, and there are super-high waisted jeans, and if you have a short torso you will find that the super high-rise jeans are too long for you in the body so it’s worth experimenting with different rises to see which fits you the best.
What are the best madewell jeans for an apple shape?
Madewell have some fantastic jeans for an apple shape, it's one of my fave retailers to head to when I'm shopping for apple shaped clients.
Here are my top 10 Madewell jeans for an apple shape:
What are the best Levi's jeans for an apple shape?
Levi's is a great brand to shop for jeans for apple shapes, they offer jeans with support and sculpting which are particularly great if you have a little weight across your tummy.
These are my top 3 Levi's jeans for an apple shape
There are so many wonderful jeans that work for an apple body shape! The key to choosing jeans that work for your apple body shape is to:
Do these things and you will that shopping for jeans with an apple body shape is so much easier and a whole lot more fun!
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