The most flattering jeans for apple shaped women

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Finding jeans that ​create definition at the waist ​​and that don't gape around the hips can be a real struggle if you're apple shaped. But once you know what styles and elements to look for in a pair of jeans, jeans shopping becomes much less stressful, and much more fruitful! 

In this post I'm sharing...

My top 5 tips for buying jeans when you're ​apple shaped

And the most flattering jeans for ​apple shaped women in 2020

So scroll on down to learn what to look for and where to find it!

If you're not sure ​if you're an apple shape, take my quiz below before you go any further, as ​if you're not an   shape, then the tips and styles below might not work for you!?

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1/  tip one for buying jeans when you're apple shaped​

Buy the smallest jeans size you can.  I know you're probably reluctant to buy jeans that feel a little snug, 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 relaxing.  ​Try on your usual size, and a pair that are half a size smaller, and 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.

2 / Tip ​two for buying jeans when you're apple shaped.

Go for styles that have a little volume of pleating below the waist band.  ​Paper bag waists and pleats will add a little volume below your waistline that will give you slightly fuller hips and create a more defined waist.

 3/ tip three for buying jeans when you're apple shaped.

Look for styles that have fading and whiskering. These  ​can add interest and depth to a pair of jeans that creates the look of a curvier silhouette.

4/  tip four for buying jeans when you're apple shaped

​Avoid styles in a 'curvy' cut.  These tend to have a smaller waist and are designed for rounder hips, so you may find they are tight around your middle, and loose across the hips and thighs.  Regular cuts that have a slightly straighter cut will be a much better fit.

5/  tip five for buying jeans when you're apple shaped

​Straight cuts will be one of the best fits for you.  They will fit your waist well and won't gape around the hips and thighs.



1 - I lovethese cropped kick flares on apple shaped women.  The gentle flare at the hem helps to balance your shoulders a little, which will create a more balanced frame.

2 - These ​slim straight leg jeans have a high rise that will add a little definition to your waist, a straight leg that will fit well, and a little fading that creates a curvier silhouette.

3 - 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.

4 - If you tend to feel a little top heavy in a skinny jean, try these.  They have a slightly wider ankle so won't emphasize your narrower legs as much as a tighter skinny. They also have faded details that create a slightly curvier silhouette.

5 - These 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.

6 - These jeans have a paperbag waist and waist tie both of which create more definition at the waist and a curvier bottom half.

7 - Flares are a fantastic way to create curves!  I love this pair of Skinny Flares, they fit well and are a nice soft stretch denim that's comfortable. They come in regular and petite lengths, too, so if you’re 5"3 and under, go for the shorter length. 

8 - These tapered jeans are a slightly loose fit that will add a little weight and volume to your bottom half.  This will help to balance your top half and create a more defined waist.

9 – These ‘Wedgie Straight Fit Jeans’ are a fantastic fit for apple shaped women that creates a rounder bum and fuller thighs.  They also have a high rise that adds  little definition to your waist. 

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Hi, I'm Niki

author and personal stylist

Over the past 17 years I’ve freed thousands of women from the frustration of disappointing outfits, by showing them how to dress to make the most of their shape, and helping them build a closet that's easy to use and fun to wear.  My blog shares the tried and true tips and knowledge I've developed, to help you stop wasting money on disappointing clothes, and build a closet you enjoy wearing.

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