Best Jeans and Jeggings for Apple Shaped Women
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
I have received many questions about the best jeans and leggings for apple-shaped women. Well, I can only tell you which brands work for me, because everyone has a slightly different body shape. Hopefully, my tips will help you. And, yes, I have had an apple shape my whole life, even when I was young and skinny.
It’s just the way God made me.
Can You Recommend Brands for Pants, Leggings and Jeggings?
Here's an excerpt from a plea made by Boomerina Pat Rogers. Her entire comment is at the bottom of the Apple Shaped Women: 31 Rules for Your Body Type article.
“I'm an apple with a 42" waist and 46" hips. I have 5 pairs of jeans, all the same cut, all ugly, with an elastic waist to accommodate my gigantic tummy but they are about 6 inches too loose around the lower tummy and crotch and I absolutely swim in the thighs of the pants. Ugh. All of the pants I find that can fit my tummy are enormous around the crotch and thighs. I've been looking for leggings that fit. They fit the waist and hips but are super loose on the thighs; or they show every bump and underwear line in the waist and hips but they fit the crotch and thighs.
Can you recommend brands for pants, leggings and jeggings?
“…The store I went to didn't have NYDJ in the Plus sizes… I can't find any brands or websites where I can buy (leggings or jeggings) in an 18-20 Plus Petite size... Forget it. Nothing out there for us.”
Question About Jeggings and Jeans for Women With Big Tummies
I have spent the past month looking for a good answer to your question. You made me realize it was finally time to replace my own jeggings, which I hate to do because shopping for my body type can be a real bummer.
Pat, I hope my research helps you. And you can get a laugh later in the article because, after A LOT of soul searching, I decided to post a few photos of my own body to show you (and other apple-shaped women) how to wear jeggings and how NOT to wear jeggings.
I made the whole shopping experience less awful by telling myself that I was doing this to help other women.
After researching various stretch jeans online, I narrowed down my search to two American brands: Metro Leggings in denim and Miraclebody stretch jeans. I knew that Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ) were a waste of time because I've tried them.
Soft Surroundings – Best Pull-On Denim Leggings for All Sizes
One of the reasons I picked Soft Surroundings was because their Metro Leggings come in Misses, Women’s (plus sizes), Petites, Women’s Petites, and Tall. So, Pat, that’s where I’d start.
I ordered a pair of Metro Leggings Denim Blue in size medium, and I later bought a large to see the difference.
In reality, both sizes are not “supposed” to fit me, but I've come to the conclusion that trial and error works better than using a measuring tape. Soft Surroundings' size chart shows:
- Misses Medium: Waist 29-30 inches, Hip 39-40 inches
- Misses Large: Waist 32-33 inches, Hip 42-43 inches
So Soft Surroundings' leggings are designed for women with waists that are 10 inches smaller than their hips. Ha! If I had a body like that, I wouldn’t be writing this article... I’d be a movie star.
My waist is about 40 inches and my hips are about 41 inches. No company I know of designs anything for a body like mine, so I order sizes by instinct rather than numbers.
When talk about leggings fitting me, I don’t mean they are tight in the legs like jeggings or skinny jeans are supposed to be. Jeggings that “fit” me are loose in the legs and look more like regular jeans… but, jeggings are the only "jeans" I can wear.
Results: Did the Metro Leggings That Should Not Fit Me Fit?
The medium and the large leggings were both tight in the waist… surprise, surprise. However, I do not want to buy a sewing machine and learn to sew. I also don’t want to buy the largest leggings on the planet and have them taken in… because I’ve never had a good experience with that.
So, I spent a lot of time trying on the Metro leggings. I’d try on the smaller size, look in the full-length mirror, walk around, sit at the computer, and think to myself, “I don’t know if I can wear these because the waist is so tight.” Later, I’d try on the larger size, look in the full-length mirror, walk around, sit at the computer, and think to myself, “I don’t know if I WOULD wear these because they're baggy.”
I went back and forth. I waited a day and tried them on again. I waited a week and tried them on again. And, after a while, I realized there wasn’t much difference between the size of the waistbands.
Conclusion: Soft Surroundings Metro Leggings
- Pull-On Waist is big enough for older women.
- Only major difference between medium and large is the width of the legs. (Your experience may differ.)
- I returned the larger leggings.
- I plan to order a lighter denim when it’s available.
The only trick to wearing leggings and jeggings is that you HAVE to cover the waistband. You do NOT want to tuck your shirt in, but if you’re an apple shape, you’ll almost never want to tuck anything in because it will draw attention to the largest part of your body.
Time for a Laugh Before We Move On
I want you to know that I’m for real and you can trust my advice, so I’ll let you see me at my worst.
And, I want you to know that if I can wear something (a style, a brand, an entire outfit) without falling down laughing or crying, you’re going to be able to wear it, too. Actually, you’re going to look amazing in anything I can wear because almost no one has a body as bad as mine.
Naw… I shouldn’t say my body is bad. It works. I can get from point A to point B. I shouldn’t complain.
I will, however, explain… for those of you who are young and skinny and laughing right now:
I used to have a killer body when I was young. I looked better in a bikini than in street clothes. Yes, my tummy always stuck out a bit, but it wasn’t so obvious when I weighed 100 pounds. … Well, come to think of it, my stomach did stick out when I was skinny. There was a lovely rumor going around junior high school that I was pregnant when I was about 12. I almost died when I heard what people were saying. It was absurd, because I was (of course) a virgin and I had not even started my period yet. Anyone with a brain could tell I had not reached puberty because I was flat as a pancake.
The only reason I tell you this is to explain that I was an apple shape with a big tummy throughout my life.
Also, I don't want to be spammed by all of you health freaks who want to tell me that my big tummy is due to lack of exercise and a bad diet. And, I won't lie. My stomach wouldn't be quite as bad if I lost weight, but I've also been through several surgeries to correct minor problems in my abdomen, so part of my problem is due to a minor congenital defect. (Nothing serious. It just means I'll never have the perfect female shape. And, no amount of diet or exercise will give me an hourglass body.)
And, here's a tip for you younger chicks: Your tummy will get bigger when you get older. It's due to hormonal changes. So, no matter what you do, you're not going to look as good as you do now. Don't laugh at your grandma because she is your future.
Yes! I feel much better after getting that out of the way. Now we can move on to the rest of my research.
Miraclebody Stretch Jeans for Apple Shaped Women
Well, it is a miracle, indeed. I am sitting at my desk typing while wearing a pair of Darla Skinny Jeans in Woodbridge Wash (size 12)… and I’m not screaming or crying.
Actually, I ordered Miraclebody jeans in three different sizes (10, 12, 14) and two different styles (Darla and Thelma). And, I was able to get into all of them… that’s how much stretch they had. So you should try different sizes and then balance style versus comfort.
Miraclebody Darla (and other styles) are for women who want a pair of stretchy jeans with a zipper fly, a snappy metal button, a belt-loop waistband, and front and back pockets. In other words, these hyper-stretch jeans look like real jeans. I’m not saying you SHOULD tuck in your top, but you COULD tuck it in if you wanted to.
The Miraclebody Thelma Leggings are pull-on jeggings similar to the Metro Leggings from Soft Surroundings, but the Miraclebody leggings seem to be made of a thicker denim fabric.
Conclusion: Miraclebody Brand Jeans Will Fit Apple Bodies
- Miraclebody comes in regular and plus sizes.
- The jeans and leggings do not come in hard-to-find sizes, like petite plus, but this brand has more colors.
I ended up sending back all the Miraclebody Jeans because I never tuck in my tops, for obvious reasons. If you have the right type of apple shape, you could wear a T-shirt tucked into some Darla-like zippered jeans and cover everything with a loose, unbuttoned shirt worn as a jacket.
The Waistband Will Stretch
I’ve waited a few months to write this article because I wanted to verify the fit. And, my pull-on denim leggings have stretched enough in the waist to become quite comfortable. I don’t know for sure about the zippered jeans, but I suspect they would stretch out as well.
I haven't put them in the wash yet, because I want them to stretch a bit more. And, I definitely will not put them in the dryer unless it's on "no heat".
Best Leggings for Apple Shapes
Pat, I almost forgot to tell you. I’ve never had a problem finding leggings that fit. I like Trouve (Nordstrom), Eileen Fisher (Neiman Marcus) and some of the cheapie leggings at Target, but I can wear almost any brand as long as it's not sheer. If you’re worried about your underwear and bumps showing through, you might be wearing a top that's too short. Try a longer top (a hip-length tunic top).
What Jeans Will Fit Your Big Tummy?
It’s impossible to tell you the cut, size, and brand that’s best for you. It really is trial and error. (That’s why stores put return labels in your packages. They know how hard it is to find jeans that fit.) I liked both brands, so I recommend trying either one. And, I’m an independent writer. No one pays me to tell you which brand is best; although I’m sure there are other jeggings brands out there that will fit women like us. (Tell me if you like another brand and I'll add it to the list.)
If I had the money and the time, I would try every skinny jean with stretch, every jegging brand I could find, and every type of leggings on earth, but that would take forever. All I can say is that Metro Leggings and Miraclebody Jeans are stretchy enough to fit my apple shape.
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Photo Credits: Prshots.com, Tina Boomerina.
- Main Photo: Cape - House of Fraser.
- Wear Long Top Over Jeans: Top - Long Tall Sally.
- Metro Leggings: I've Worn This Pair of Metro Leggings for 8 Years: Soft Surroundings and Tina Boomerina. (My leggings are all stretched out from years of use, but I still wear them. I like to get my money's worth.)
- Apple Shaped Tina Boomerina in New Leggings - Very Embarrassed - Oh the Horror: Yes, this is the real me without my impressive array of camouflage. My tummy has been big my whole life. Shhhh... don't tell.
- Always Cover Your Tummy: M&Co plus size outfit.
- Long Loose Tunic Top for Apple Women: Studio Eight.
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