The most flattering jeans for hourglass body shapes

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February 15, 2024

When you're an hourglass shape, shopping for jeans can be frustrating! You often find jeans gape a little at the waistband (even if they fit everywhere else) and you might struggle to find jeans that showcase your curves.  But once you know what styles and elements will fit and flatter you the most in a pair of jeans, shopping for them becomes much less stressful, and much more fruitful! 

If you wish someone would show you what jeans work best for your gorgeous hourglass shape, keep on scrolling!

I'm a personal stylist, and for the past 18 years I've helped hundreds of hourglass shaped women build and develop a collection of clothes that looks fantastic on them, that they cannot wait to wear each morning.  I know exactly what jeans will fit and flatter your hourglass frame the best, and I know exactly where to find them.  And I'm sharing my tried and tested knowledge for you right here, so you can find the perfect pair of jeans for your hourglass shape.

My top 5 tips for buying jeans when you're an hourglass shape

And the 10 most flattering styles of jeans for hourglass shaped women in 2023 

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A curvy women wearing blue jeans


1/  buy the smallest size you can when you have an hourglass shape

I know that the last thing you'll probably want to do is buy jeans that feel tight on but denim almost ALWAYS relaxes a little, even expensive denim, 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.  When you're trying jeans on, take in your usual size, and take in a half 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.

2 / choose jeans in a high rise if you're hourglass shaped

The most flattering rise for most hourglass shaped women are high rises as they tend to have a slightly more curved waist which will fit your waist a little better.  They're also a fantastic way to highlight your defined waist and showcase your legs.

3/  'curvy' fit jeans are the best fit for an hourglass body shape

Curvy cut jeans are designed SPECIFICALLY for hourglass shaped women!  They are cut with a smaller waist and a little extra room in the but and hips, so accommodate an hourglass shapes curvy frame, so they tend to fit extremally well, which means you don't have that irritating gaping at the back of the waistband. This is my favorite retailer for curvy denim.

4/  whiskering and faded details are great if you have an hourglass shape

I know that some people don't like jeans that have fading and whiskering, but details like that can help to enhance your curves and define your waist.

5/  try straight cut jeans if you have an hourglass shape

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 love these boot cut jeans on hourglass shaped women, the gentle flare at the hem enhances your curves and creates a more defined waist.

2 - These jeans are a 'wedgie' fit which means they lift the bum to create a firmer, rounder bottom!  They also have a high rise which fits well and shows off your defined waist.

3 -  These flares look fab on hourglass shaped women for the same reason that boot cut jeans look great!  They hug and define your curves and create a more defied waist.

4 - These Skinny jeans are hands down my favorite pair.  They are a 'curvy' fit which means they have a small waist but allow for curvy bum and hips.  There is no gaping at the back of the waist band and they hug curves in all the right places. AND they are super comfortable to wear, which is a huge plus.

5 - Straight leg jeans are a great shape for you, but make sure to go for a mid to high rise like this pair as they will show off your waist and fit with no gaping.

6 -  Cropped kick flares are a great choice!  They really show off curves and when they're a high rise like this  or a curvy cut like this, they will fit so well and show off your defined waist!

7 - These vintage cut high rise jeans are in a curvy fit so will fit your waist and hips and will really show off your curves and define your waist.

8 - These high rise straight, wide leg jeans will fit your waist, and hug your hips and thighs to showcase your curves.

9 – If you like the idea of flares but don't want really wide pair, these skinny flares are a great option for you.  They have a high rise and hug the hips and thighs down to the knee where they gently flare out. I have 2 pairs of these because they fit SO well!

10 - Palazzo jeans are a big trend for 2023, and they look fantastic on an hourglass body shape.  This pair is my absolute favorite, they nip you in at the waist to show off your curves, and they flare out elegantly to elongate your legs.  Such a statement pair of jeans.

Looking for a comprehensive guide to dressing your hourglass shape?

an infographic illustrating how the hourglass shape can overlap with the 3 other body shapes

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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