The most flattering jeans for a column body shapes

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February 6, 2024

If you're a column shape you may struggle to find jeans that fit well, don't bag, and create curves that give you a noticeable waistline. But once you know what styles and elements to look for in a pair of jeans, shopping for jeans becomes much less stressful, and much more fruitful!

I'm a personal stylist and for the past 18 years I've worked with hundreds of column shaped women, helping them to build and develop a collection of clothes that they look and feel amazing in.

This post shares my tried and tested knowledge of choosing jeans for column body shapes, so you can finally find a pair of jeans that you feel good in!  It shares:

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

And the most flattering jeans for column 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 a column shape, take my quiz below before you go any further, as if you're not a column shpae, then the tips and styles below might not work for you!?

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1/  tip one for buying jeans when you're A column shape.

I know this probably isn't going to be a popular one, but my first tip for buying jeans is to buy jeans that feel a little snug.  Denim almost ALWAYS relaxes a little, so it pays to buy jeans that that are a little sung as this allows for them relaxing.  Next time you try jeans on, try on your usual size, and try a pair that are half a size smaller.  If you can get into the smaller pair, 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 a column shape.

If you want to create a curvier silhouette, or want a more defined waistline, look for jeans styles that have a little volume or below the waist band or around the hips and thighs.  Styles like this will create a  curvier bottom half, which will give you a more defined waistline.

 3/ tip three for buying jeans when you're A column shape.

Jeans that have fading, rips, zippers or whiskering will add interest and depth to a pair of jeans, that can create the look of a curvier silhouette.

4/  tip four for buying jeans when you're A column shape.

Avoid buying jeans that are cut for a curvy figure.  Some brands have 'curvy' ranges that are designed for rounder hips, and defined waists so you may find they are a little loose on you around the hips and bum.  Regular cuts that have a slightly straighter cut will be a much better fit.

5/  tip five for buying jeans when you're A column shape.

Look for jeans that have a mid to high rise as these are a great way to create more definition at your waist.


1 - These Barrel Leg jeans do a great job of adding a little volume and weight to your bottom half, which will give you a more defined waist and a curvier bottom half.  For maximum waist definition, make sure these are small enough to fit you neatly around the waist, and cinch them in further with a belt.

2 - These skinny jeans have a high rise that will create definition at your waist, and they have whiskering across the hips that adds interest and a little width to give the look of a curvier silhouette.

3 - These skinny flares are a great way to showcase your slim figure and create a little shape. The high rise that will add definition to your waist and volume below the knee well give you a curvy silhouette.

4 - This paper bag style are perfect for column shapes who want to create a curvier frame!  The waist tie cinches you in at the waist, and the pleats above and below the waistband add a little volume which helps to further define your waist.

5 - Tapered leg jeans are a great style on column shapes as they make legs look a little curvier.  This pair have a neat high rise that will give you a waistline.

6 - These straight leg jeans have a little distressing which adds interest, a high rise to create a waist and a straight leg to fit well.

7 - If you want the look of a fuller butt, curvier hips, and a more defined waistline these are for you! the pleating below the waist band does a fab job of adding a little volume and shape to your bottom half

8 – I love wide leg jeans on column shapes, especially if they have a high rise like these. They will create a waistline and add a little volume and shape.

9 - These high rise, wedgie fit, straight jeans will give you a fuller butt, curvier hips, and a more defined waistline.

10 - And these cargo jeans are made for your column shape.  The pockets and military detailing add a little volume and shaping to your frame to create a curvier sillhouette.

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Hi, I'm Niki

author and personal stylist

Over the past 18 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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