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The Holy Grail, a.k.a. jeans that fit


I have always had a problem finding jeans that nip in enough at the back. I have tried many different fits and am realizing that my proportions probably don't conform to the standard size/cut. Now that I've had children, my hips have spread a little but my waist is still fairly small. This has really emphasized the top of butt/lower back indentation (do you know what I mean??) and now I can't find anything that works. If I went by hip fit, I'd probably be a 29; by waist fit, I should be about a 26 or 27.

Does anyone have any tips for cheating the size? I also don't want to spend more than, say, $50 on jeans. I want something fitted, and I don't like the high-waisted styles now that might camouflage this problem.
Sep 11, 2007 @ 10:32 am

12 Replies


back gap

ugh! I always have that dreaded gap in the waist at my lower back. The only way I solve it is w/ a belt or a long shirt to go over it. No suggestions from me. Like you, I will eagerly await wisdom from others ....
Sep 12, 2007 @ 12:24 am
Ali de Bold


This is why designer jeans can be so expensive. I too suffer from a tiny waist and a, shall we say, 'healthy' bum. That means I have to find jeans big enough for my booty but not too loose on the waist.

I have found that designer jeans in general are made better. They seem to hug all the right places and let out at all the right places better than generic brand jeans you would get for cheap. However this isn't always the case.

I find that citizens of humanity fit me really well. Those run around $200ish unless you can snag them at a sample sale or find them at Winners. I also really like Esprit's new fall collection denim. They are simple, nothing fancy but they fit me perfectly. Those go for $79.50 CAD.

If you want to stick to around $50 the first thing I would suggest is going to Winners. This takes time and patience but I have found some of my favorite jeans there for $20. I have also heard good things about Old Navy's new collection of jeans (the Flirt, Sweetheart, etc). Those go for around $25 - $30.

Generally jeans is one item I am willing to invest in because I wear mine for years. I have a pair of guess jeans that I paid $30 (boxing day sale) that I have worn for 4 years. Normally they retail for around $98. I would have been willing to pay full price.

Good luck!
Sep 12, 2007 @ 11:16 am

The Flirt

Yeah, I just picked up some Flirt jeans from Old Navy last week - they were on sale for $25 (!!!). However, they do gap quite a bit in the back, but I bought some longer Tees to hide it. Actually it's more comfortable to move in them because they have more room. But still annoying. Need a good belt I guess. Am waiting for Shop Crawl part deux: Carolina. Also, there are no Winners here in my town. Any Americans out there who can direct me to a chain that carries designer brands at firesale prices? They usually have a rotating stock of inventory blowout stuff... I don't know how to describe Winners better than that...
Sep 12, 2007 @ 11:42 am

Winners wannabes

The stores like Winners in the US are: TJMaxx, Ross, Marshalls
There are surely other local places in regional locations, but those are the chains that I know of.
Sep 12, 2007 @ 11:52 am
Jessica McDowell

Guess all the way

I have the same problem with my jeans. I swear by Guess jeans. They are normally $98 but I have had pairs for 3 years, I can't say that for my cheaper jeans. The nice thing about Guess is they put all their sale items a futher 50% off every 2 months or so you can get their sale jeans for a really good price. They always put their 50% off sign outside the store when this is happening so its really easy to know when its happening. I would really suggest going in and trying on some pairs and they just wait for them to go on sale.
Sep 12, 2007 @ 04:09 pm

J Brand

Um, these are way more than $50, and I totally shouldn't buy them b/c they're so much, but they are by FAR the best jeans I have ever tried, and I have your problem as well. My waist is about 11 inches smaller than my butt, at about 24" (my waist, not my butt), and jeans are too tight on the butt and hang off the waist, but J Brand's 12" (leg opening) pencil leg jeans are the BEST. I've got a pair in black and another in ink. They are SO comfortable, like a second skin. They seem to actually be made to fit the female shape, as opposed to brands like Mavi, which seem to think girls have boys' bodies. The grey J Brands in the exact same style fit differently, however. They're cut lower or something, for some odd reason.
Nov 03, 2007 @ 06:36 pm

jeans misery

Try this website: you put in your size and body shape and they come up with the best fitting jeans (from lo to high end)
Otherwise: this is annoying but works, go to a clothing alteration service and let them take in the gaping part at your back. I just had it done for a pair of dress pants.

Good luck!
Nov 12, 2007 @ 11:50 pm
A Girls Gotta Spa

I have this issue too

I can't stand that gap and I sure do wish I could find jeans that don't do that.

My issue now is the darn gap along with being an "in between" size. Too big for size A but too fluffy for size B. So of course I wear size A because it beats a muffin top--yet they keep sliding down.

Grr! Jeans and me just need to end our relationship.
Dec 14, 2007 @ 09:58 pm

miss sixty?

I just tried that zafu website anf it's pretty neat. But it listed Levi jeans at the top of the list for best fit for me which is BS. I hate Levi jeans they fit like s*#t! I also have the gap issue and the muffin top issue and the sliding down issue. I have jean issues all around!
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone likes miss sixty jeans - are they good and how is the price?
Jan 04, 2008 @ 05:41 pm

denim brands

i don't know if i'll be of help here, but i've tried lucky brand jeans and joe's. LBJ are cut higher in the back.. and i'm not sure if that will help with the gaping back end.. but it certainly reduces the likliness of the plummer/trucker's butt. (i worked for lucky at one point so i have experience with the cuts and whatnot) they have a range of cuts and rises and colours. in fact, they also have different inseam lengths (range 30-36). they cover most ranges of body shapes so if you walk into one, you'll be sure to find something that fits your body type. their price range is from 118-168 depending on the cut/wash/inseam. but, if you're lucky and catch them on one of their two sales (per year), you may very well be paying far less than that.

for joes, i love the provacateur and the rocker. especially the rocker. altho i wear the provacateur on a nearly daily basis, i love the way the rocker fits on me. their most popular cut is the "socialite" and lots of stores carry them. i think you can also purchase them online.

i've also tried rocks and paige denim as well as citizens and sevens.. i personally think that rocks are over priced (though awesome washes) and paige can fit a little small (but seems to be great quality). these are all "premium denim" so they're gonna be quite pricey.. i didn't think there existed a market, but i saw sevens for maternity!
Jan 19, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

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