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POLL: Jeans that fit real women

OK, time for another poll. What jeans do you own or have owned in the past that you just love the fit? I've read in some other polls about Gap curvy jeans, Seven jeans and Citizens jeans. What do you all think? And how about prices? Is it worth it, to you, to spend $80 on a pair of jeans (for yourself)? The mother in me is coming out!

My own response is that I didn't like the Gap or Seven jeans any better than a pair of Levi's Signature. Since I'm in the process of losing weight I can't justify spending more than $25 on a pair of jeans that I'm going to fit into for a few months. Maybe when I reach my goal I will find some sinfully expensive jeans to splurge on. I like Sonoma jeans from Kohl's, especially when they're on sale for $16.99.

Thu. Dec 15, 8:41am

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I like Gap jeans, relaxed fit with a boot cut. They're generally $30, and the more expensive Gap jeans (like the 1969 label) run for about $80. I will get those in my goal size which is a 6/8.
I also think it's important to wear clothing that makes you feel good while you are losing weight. Self-confidence should abound even if we're not at our goal, and a great boost to that is to look your best. And the clothes (once they're too loose) don't have to go to waste. I certainly have friends that can take my old 12's and 14's once I shrink out of them!

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 8:53 AM

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I hate the gap. A few good pairs of jeans are as important to a wardrobe as a black dress. Seven's always flatter any body type. Citizens look good if you're top heavy, true religion the same. AG's work for Oprah. Take the time to try on 200 pairs if you have to. There is no such thing as not being able to find a pair of jeans that work for you and spend the money. They can be dressed up or down and taken in when you lose weight.

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 9:13 AM

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From OP

I agree about having good jeans in the wardrobe and taking them in when you lose, but I've already lost 3 sizes and you just can't tailor anything that much to and make it look good, in my opinion. I'm sure I'll have no problem getting rid of them :) I'm looking forward to getting some super hot looking jeans when I reach my goal. I also agree about wearing clothing that makes you feel good and look good while on the journey. Funny how when the weight starts coming off, the confidence goes up.

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 9:39 AM

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Big bottomed girl (12/14)

I've got BIG ol' thighs and a small waist and it can be hard finding jeans that fit and look flattering. I can't possibly explain how much I HATE Gap jeans. None of the cuts are right.

But I do like the Calvin Klein women's boot cut jean. Hard to find, but wow are they great. Just a little bit low cut at the waist, great backside cut and nice lines through the leg for a thick thighed girl.

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 9:51 AM

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Big thighs here, LOVE Liz Claibrone jeans. I can walk into their outlet store and EVERYTHING fits me. With every other pair of jeans stuff that fits me everywhere else has 5+ inches too much in the waist. Liz Claiborne is my god send!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 11:11 AM

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I have always loved the way the original mens 501 button fly fit me. Since I have hardly any hips they are perfect, the only draw back is if you wear a shirt tucked in everyone can see your size, but really what is vanity compared to feeling like you look hot in something?

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 11:14 AM

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i love my seven jeans!! they are pricey, but i've had a pair for almost four years now and they still look great. granted, i was too big to fit into them for one of those years, but....that's still almost three years of wear!

i also covet a pair of Citizens....i find those jeans fit me really well. i've got big hips and a pretty small waist...

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 11:59 AM

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I love sevens. They have a slight strech so buy them tight in the store. And no dryer. Hang dry only!

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 12:14 PM

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Big hips, small waist, big thighs

Second poster here. I've got the above assets and the Gap relaxed fit boot cut (size 14) fit me beautifully. The trick to them is to buy them and break them in. They conform to your shape like no other jean I've worn, by the 3rd wear. Oprah's got the same-ish shape (although I'm not so "blessed" up top). What the heck are AG jeans? Does AG stand for something?

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 12:35 PM

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Diesel, Sevens, Gap

I think denim has to be age and body appropriate and there are DEF brands which are more age appropriate and cater specifically to certain body types.
I am very curvy small waist, big butt and hips, avg thighs. BUT, I have been thinner and still curvy w/a smaller butt- waist ratio so i think I have good insight.

I think Sevens are flattering but cheaply made, and not worth all that money if you intend to actually wear them as much as I do, which is about 2x weekly (two different pairs ripped on me). I think the age range here in younger because of the dips in the waistline.

Gap worked when I was a smaller size with less drastic ratios in measurements 38 hips to 28 waist vs now: 46 hips and 31 waist- I loved the jeans but they are hardy and the thickness of the material is not the best if you want to minimize down there. I think the age range is wide here.

Diesel is my most favorite jean because the sizes are TRUE and make my body look excellent but they are very young jeans , however, after a size 10 you can't really wear these jeans they dont go any higher, I miss them and they are my goal!

I used to love Calvins then they went downhill- I would love to try them again if someone can vouch that he truly is BACK!

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 1:33 PM

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I guess my body's changed some, but there was a time when Gloria Vanderbilt jeans fit me PERFECTLY. I got them from Lerner's at the mall. I had half a dozen pairs, easily. I've got a not-so-thin waist and a decent butt and thighs.

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 1:34 PM

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I love my citizens and sevens - but I had to learn to buy them a size smaller then I thought I should because of the stretch factor. Now that I can wear 4s & 6s, I feel OK splurging on jeans that make me look great.

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 1:44 PM

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There is no way I'm ever going to try on 20 pairs of jeans, much less 200! While I agree that a great fitting pair of jeans is the Holy Grail, I'll settle for a quick shopping experience and on OK fit. Right now I'm wearing Denim & Co. jeans bought from QVC (yeah, I'll buy jeans off TV) It has a slight stretch and a mid-rise. I'm pleased. I'm not paying over $50 for jeans.

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 2:45 PM

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I'm with ya sister. It's not like I'm just buying jeans to cover my butt, I mean I want them to have some style, but I think in general jeans are made so much better and there are so many options out there. I have a hard time swallowing $80 for a pair of jeans.

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 3:46 PM

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I'm curvy but not really big. I'd say I have "tall" hips - I'm wide from a little under my belly button through my thighs. My waist is small, but my hips are almost like a shelf - they jut out fast... I have my best luck with Express; I'd guess they're cut for not-so-curvy figures, b/c the waistline doesn't really go in much. But, the waistline is a number of inches below the belly button, so for a shape like mine, they're great! Also, they come in short length! (and, at 5'1", although I'm not short-legged for my height, I still need pretty high heels for the short to not drag on the ground!!)

As for the people who say Sevens fit any body type - I can honestly say that they do not fit me whatsoever!! Neither do Citizen's, Paper/Cloth/Denim, etc. Any of the $150+ jeans. But that's good, b/c I'd have a real dilemma as to whether to buy them! However, Silver jeans (which categorize themselves as semi-designer, or just-below-designer) fit me awesomely! They run between $50 and $80 a pair. I don't have a pair yet, but I'm getting a pair for Hanukkah, and I'm very excited!!

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 4:00 PM

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I'm tall and have a hard time finding jeans. I loved express jeans, but they stopped making 12 tall, so I can't have them anymore. I like some of the DKNY jeans, but I can't dry them and they really are not long enough.

Friday, December 16, 2005, 1:04 PM

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AG Jeans

to the poster who asked AG jeans are made by a designer named Adriano Goldschmied. They are actually extrememly comfortable and I have wide hips and a bit of a belly on me. I feel sexy in them and they are really nice quality. They are a bit on the pricey side.

The trick with jeans like AG, Seven, Citzen, etc... is the size you buy in the store. You may be tempted to buy a size bigger because they feel to tight, but once they stretch (and don't use the dryer!) they may actually be baggy. I learned my lesson on a few expensive pair that I can't really wear anymore.

Joes jeans are nice also - they have a pair called "booty fit"

Diesels are awesome - but pretty pricey.

Luckys are cheaper brand and they have all sorts of fits.

Gap is okay, but I don't find the quality up to par.

I agree that a few good pair of jeans is like that little black dress. If you don't want to spend a lot of money because you are trying to loose weight - I'd try a few different styles on and buy yourself a pair as a reward. That's what I did and it definitely worked and increased my motivation to continue so I could justify buying more. :-)

Friday, December 16, 2005, 3:21 PM

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really old school

From my old, long ago hippie days, I still own only one pair of denim jeans at a time...they fit fairly well, and I spend as little as possible, preferably at resale as I am TRYING to lose weight, and can't stand the though of paying mucho $$$ for a d**n pair of pants!

Sunday, December 18, 2005, 1:45 AM

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LL Bean Jeans

I have a large stomach (classic apple shape), so jeans aren't particularly flattering nor comfortable. However, I have ordered stretch bootcut jeans ($44 plus tax and shipping) from LLBean on line and find them to be very comfortable and they look okay. Yeah, it means ordering on line or from the catalog, but they have excellent friendly phone help and it is very easy to make returns (you can take it to your nearest Sears store to return, but I have found that my Sears store, at least, doesn't have a good enough selection for me to make the initial purchase there). The down side is that you have to pay shipping (one time only-if you return and reorder the shipping is free).

Sunday, December 18, 2005, 11:11 AM

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Does anyone else have any of the following problems when buying jeans?

1) Jeans that gap in the small of the back (not attractive at all!!)

2) I have legs that tend to be very muscular in the thighs--(one of my male friends has the same problem-- he is a body builder.... I'm not, but my legs tend to have that kind of shape.)... So... the problem is that if they fit in the thighs, they are tend to be a little baggy in the waist and butt area.... I would love suggestions as to jeans that fit well for that kind of shape!

3) I am high waisted, yet short (5'4"), with little curve at all.... I hate it when my jeans are baggy in the crotch area... I seem to have this problem all of the time-- I am long-waisted, so short jeans are sometimes too short in the waist, yet the "regular' length tend to be about 4 inches too long. I do NOT want to have to spend money getting jeans tailored

It seems impossible to find a good pair of jeans for someone needing a size 14 - 16 (depending on the brand) and is only 5'4".... 16s tend to be way too big and about 3 inches too much in the hip & butt area, but 14s are sometimes too snug... I just want some jeans to get me through until I lose enough weight to wear a smaller size...

Recently, I've decided that baggy tapered jeans do nothing at all for my figure except to make me look shorter and fatter, so I've been trying to find jeans with a flared leg to help give me the illusion of curves... i can't stand low-riders, because they simply don't fit me properly (I have a little bit of a belly, so the jeans want to ride below the flab... If I buy them to fit the flab, then they are way to baggy in the crotch area.... To me, belly fat hanging over a low rider is not attractive at all....

Any suggestions as to brands (I really don't want to spend more than $30 on jeans-- I'd rather put that kind of money towards dress pants.)



Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 12:14 PM

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I don't know about most of the questions you asked, but, being 5'1", even "short" lengths are sometimes too long for me! With all my pants (jeans and dress pants), I'm always sure to buy styles that don't have detail at the bottom of the leg - no decorative cuff, etc. Then, I "hem" them myself (and I am NOT a seamstress!) I just fold however much is too long up inside the leg, turn the pants inside out, and LOOSELY throw in a few small but widely spaced stitches to keep the fold-under in place. You have to do it loosely so that there's not an indent in the material where you stitched it, b/c it's not a normal place for a hemline, and you have to use thread that is at least close to the color of the fabric. If you're in a real bind or in a hurry, I've used staples and/or tape to keep my pants cuffed under. Seriously, no one's looking at your cuff to see if there is stitching along the hem! And it's also good b/c the hem is easy to remove, so if you want to wear the pants with heels or with flats and need to change the length, it's doable. Or if you lose weight, so the pants sit lower, you can shorten them more.

I seriously have pants that are "hemmed" 8" or more! Pretty much every pair of pants I own is hemmed this way. And no one has ever asked me that dreaded question - "did you hem those yourself?"

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 2:30 PM

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Before the 'invention" of "short sizes", my mom used to hem my pants.
But it seems like the cut is always a little off (especially back during the "tapered leg" pants.)...

Now, I try as much as possible to get short pants... It gets really annoying to have to hem everything!! I try to wear platform shoes, so I can avoid it, but still, some pants are too long!

There used to be "Lee Jeans", that seemed to fit me well as a shorter person, but when they changed their company branding years ago, I've had a harder time finding something that fits me well!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 2:36 PM

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I commented on here before about not paying too much for jeans and I buy Sonoma jeans from Kohl's. When they have a good sale you can get a pair for 16.99. They have a roomier fit in the legs but taper at the waist. I get a low rise but they are not too low. Just enough to make it comfortable and not get cut off in the middle like "mommy" jeans.

Thursday, December 22, 2005, 7:27 AM

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Target yet. I've been buying jeans there for years. I'm a 12/13, with curves and big thighs, and I find that their jeans often fit me better than anything else I try. I buy jeans in both their women's and junior's departments, and i find the sizes to fit me pretty well (though I admit, I don't get baggy jeans, I like them a little fitted). They have a variety of cuts, from the low-rise bootcuts I like to more standard styles. Plus they have several styles in a stretchier denim.

My favorite pair of target jeans have several holes in them and are ripped up at the hem (after about 3 years of wearing them almost exlusively) and I still can't stop wearing them.

Thursday, December 22, 2005, 11:40 AM

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If you only pay 16.99 dollars for jeans, you're not going to look good. Spend some money here, jeans are important. The high end jeans (citizens, true religion, chip and pepper, sevens, etc) are worth the money. The rest look terrible.

Thursday, December 22, 2005, 1:35 PM

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Some people don't have the means to spend hundreds of dollars on jeans. Please remember that not everyone on PEERtrainer is from the same background.

Also, body type matters. None of the brands that you mentioned fit me or flatter my figure (I'm a size 4 or 6 at Express, so it's not that I'm too big for them). Actually, some styles of Joe's fit me well, but they're so low-cut and ultra-trendy that, at 23 years old, I'd feel stupid wearing them in public. But that's really not the point. Just, please don't make such blanket statements like that. You'll offend people who are already having a tough time with money and body image, which is not what this site is for!

On a side note, the most flattering jeans that I've owned recently are from Express (and they do look HOT!), but another pair that I used to love were from Forever 21, which is trendier but about the same quality as Target. They were way cheap, and fit great and looked awesome, but, after a year or so, they got a lot of holes, which my Express jeans don't do.

You can find jeans that are flattering at any price range. If your price range is unlimited, however, you'll obviously have an easier time b/c there are more choices! For a lower price, you'll just have to spend more time looking around.

Thursday, December 22, 2005, 2:25 PM

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Totally agree-- not all jeans are meant for all figures or all ages or all pocketbooks. I personally would not spend hundred of dollars on jeans, no matter what the designer, when I could use that money for some dress clothes or something nicer....

I was in American Eagle at the mall yesterday and had to laugh--They have "distressed jeans" (interpretation: well-worn, ripped and with paint all over them) which are selling for a small fortune!

The reason I had to laugh is that I have several "distressed" jeans that I used to wear when in college-- I used them for painting and doing artwork.... had I known that they would be worth lots of money now, I would have kept them vs. throwing them out....

This gets me to thinking-- Maybe the Salvation Army is the best way to go. Pre-distressed jeans at pennies on the dollar when compared to the designers....

No... just kidding... really!

Thursday, December 22, 2005, 3:14 PM

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If you only pay 16.99 dollars for jeans, you're not going to look good

Boy, have the marketers got you sucked in! Just because you pay a lot more for your jeans doesn't mean you look good either. There's no guarantee that the amount on the price tag makes you look any better or any worse. You just spent more money. I find jeans to flatter MY figure, not yours. And I shop around and find a price that I can live with as well. This is a website for people who are trying to lose weight and be healthy and I've already lost 3 sizes. I'm not spending a ton of money on jeans while I'm still on the journey (or ever for that matter). My jeans are lasting me about 3 months and I plan on losing 3 more sizes.

Friday, December 23, 2005, 8:35 AM

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Does anyone else remember about 6 or 7 years ago, back before "Seven" brand jeans became popular? And all the others followed suit, and it became "practice" for some people to spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of jeans? Back when "good designer jeans" meant buying from the Gap, or Abercrombie, or Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren? And the expensive jeans were $50??

It can't cost the people at Seven, or Paper, Cloth, Denim, or Joe's, or whatever, 4 times as much to make the jeans as it costs Calvin Klein... And it probably doesn't cost Calvin 4 times as much as it costs Target. If you can't afford these "designers" who have been around for less than a decade, don't feel bad about it! Either way, you're paying for denim, and peoples' salaries. Find what fits, and go with that!

Friday, December 23, 2005, 10:16 AM

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For pears, I have to agree w/the Calvin Klein and Liz recomendations, but Banana Republic is still my favorite.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 10:24 PM

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Thanks, 8:23 am, 12/23 poster!

So true!! Some people like to spend more than others.

I have purchased jeans at Lane Bryant - they have tall sizes and not all the styles are super low-cut, which is nice if you want a bit more coverage in the back but not "front butt".

Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 10:37 PM

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I like Banana Republic boot cut (very comfy) and Kenneth Cole Reaction. These are my favorites and they are just as comfy for 12 hour flights as sweatpants.

Thursday, January 25, 2007, 3:13 AM

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I just found the greatest pair of jeans, from Goldsign, which is an expensive brand unfortunately! But they fit perfectly! (I'm curvy, narrow waist, but my hips are "tall" - i'm wide from them until further up than most people, I think...) Oh, and, I'm short, 5'1", but their cropped skinny jeans fit me perfectly - not cropped on me, but full length!

Thursday, January 25, 2007, 10:10 AM

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Blue cult, though out of fashion at this point, are still my favorites. I like chip and pepper too.

Thursday, January 25, 2007, 2:20 PM

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I'm 5'3" with a narrow waist and big thighs and I've discovered that Carhartt women's jeans are just about perfect for me. I think mine were $35 at the local Army Surplus store.

Thursday, January 25, 2007, 5:05 PM

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I always get the same boot cut old navy jeans, and they're somehow always on sale for literally $6. They are the only ones that fit my pear shaped body right.

Thursday, January 25, 2007, 10:29 PM

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Gloria Vanderbilt jeans (from Kohls) fit me really well and I'm tall with wide hips. Levis are also good.

worst ever:

Thursday, January 25, 2007, 11:21 PM

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sorry, worst ever: Express

Thursday, January 25, 2007, 11:22 PM

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two words, Thrift Store. anyone complaining about any jeans being too expensive go get them second hand, especially if you intend to only wear them for a while. they have every style (from about the '60s on) and every brand, so while they may not have everything in multiple sizes there is no having to go store to store. and they've already been broken in. (i am a huge proponant of thrift stores, just about every piece of clothing i have is second hand (except for underwear) and i've never had better luck buying new, and after all, when they only cost $5 a pair instead of one pair of sevens you could have one of every brand we've mentioned!)

Friday, January 26, 2007, 2:11 AM

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shop the sales

When I was losing fast I got a GORGEOUS pair of jeans for $29, marked down from $119. They're a size 6 and six weeks later I was a size 4.... But wearing those gorgeous sexy jeans for six weeks was definitely worth the $29, a huge confidence-builder, and I really felt good about myself!

I'm petite, high-waisted, and would second the 11:21 poster: The Gloria Vanderbilt jeans fit me perfectly. (And at Kohl's they aren't expensive.) I really prefer narrow-leg -- that's not where I put my weight, for one thing, but also I think people who believe the flared leg "balances" them are fooling themselves. To me the flared leg makes a short person look shorter and a squat person look squatter.

Friday, January 26, 2007, 8:32 AM

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re: 11:22 commenter
You know, I used to be able to fit Express's jeans way back in the day. They used to be one of the only stores that had jeans that fit me amazingly but lately, their jeans suck. Their clothes, period, aren't that great. I used to love that store too. They must have altered the way their clothes are made or something.

Aside from that, I'm 5"8 and have a very curvy body. Lots of butt and thighs, even when I'm "thin." The curves just don't go anywhere. Not that I want them to ;) But yeah, it's very hard to find jeans that fit me the way I like. I like my jeans to be a fitted around my butt and thighs, then get a bit looser at the bottom. I guess the "bootcut" style. I also like them to be very, very long. And I ALWAYS wear heels with jeans since it makes my legs look longer and leaner. The only brand of jeans I've found recently (as in the past few years) that fit me well is JLo's stretch boot cut jeans. I found them I believe at Hecht's but they went out of business :( She doesn't have them on her site anymore.

I haven't bought jeans for the past few years because I've been planning on losing weight for the past few years and didn't want to waste money on jeans that I'd only be in for a month or two. I've had Sevens and True Religions recommended to me but they're so expensive. I mean, that's fine and I don't mind spending the money on them IF they fit me well. I'm planning on treating myself to a pair after I'm done losing :)

Friday, January 26, 2007, 9:15 AM

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Speaking as the ill-proportioned...

I'm 5'6 with a 29.5" inseam. I also am very short-waisted with squarish hips and not much of a waist (that sits high anyway.) Thick legs, and a bit of a toosh.
I'm convinced that there are no perfect jeans for any of us straight off the rack, and will need to be tailored if we want them to fit properly. We're all different body shapes, and what brands fit great for one, won't fit great for another. So to ask "whats the best jean for a real woman", well, aren't we all "Real Women"?? Real women shouldn't be classified as ones just having curves. We're all just have different genetics that gave us different shapes. Thats why there are so many manufacturers of jeans to fit all body types.
Also, make sure to keep in mind if you're trying on juniors sizing (which many brands like Mossimo tend to be sized as. They tend to run smaller.)

With my body shape, JCrew, Lucky, Old Navy, Sundance (catalog), and Levis I've found to fit the best. But they're all kind of hit or miss.

And I like the idea that someone else posted about thrift or consignment stores. Great way to get some great brands and styles, without a lot of investment as we shrink in size.

Friday, January 26, 2007, 12:47 PM

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Okay I have tried on an endless amount of jeans, nothing works for my body. I'm an apple shape, with hardly any hip and thin legs, what fits me in the waist is huge in the butt, legs,hips and thighs, sad but true and nothing really fits right. I have to admit I tried on a pair of jeans a few weeks ago and they looked awesome! I just couldn't believe it, they fit perfectly, like they were made just for my body BUT then I looked at the price tag, $189.99 WTF, its some damn denim! Absolutely perfect fit or not I refuse to pay that for a pair of jeans. I can't imagine. I guess the designers don't take into account that a shorter plus size person doesn't always have big boobs, legs and butt.

Friday, January 26, 2007, 2:50 PM

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I really like Buckle denim. I don't know if the rest of you have BK jeans anywhere near you but they carry long, extra-long, and xx-long. They also used to have a style called Liberty's and they were wide in the hips and thighs. I loved those jeans. They are 50 to 80 dollars, but they last forever.

Friday, January 26, 2007, 3:10 PM

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For those with an apple shape and skinny legs-- I know that they aren't as in fashion as before, but I find that if you don't have "curves", jeans that flare a bit tend to flatter because they give you some curve at the ankle to help balance out the thicker waist...

BTW-- Although I look like I'm in my 20s/early 30s, I'm getting closer to 40.... (in a few months!) I like to find something modern, but not so much that I look like a kid-- One thing that really irks me is the low-riders-- I have never been (and probably will never be) comfortable having pant so low that they look like they are falling off...

One thing that I do NOT find attractive is the "muffin top" look (i.e. fat spilling over the top of my jeans)... Nor do I like the Plumber's Crack or "Whale Tail" look (when a girl's thongs are showing outside of her jeans.) That's just too much for me, personally... and I find it tough to find jeans that don't ride so low that they look ridiculous on me....

At a recent college bowl game, I saw a definite no-no (to me, anyways!)--It was a young woman (I'm guessing in the 18-22 year range). She looked pretty in the face and I'm guessing that she may have recently lost some weight, as she was wearing a fitted shirt, but her arms still were very thick....

Here's the no-no-- She not only had a major muffin top (because she was squeezed into a pair of jeans that were "low-riders" and at least 2 sizes too small)....when she turned around, she had a 1-1/2 in plumber's crack showing!!!
The guys who were with me were in shock (and not in a pleasant manner!) I'm sure the gal probably had recently lost some weight and was probably trying to show off her newly found, smaller body... However, as I put it to my friend--she would have been far more attractive if she had gotten herself a properly fitting pair of pants in her current size--she was an attractive gal, but by having pants that were WAY too small and WAY too low, she actually was bringing MORE attention to her extra weight vs. having people focus on her face and how much weight she probably had lost....I truly felt sorry for her--I'm sure she thought she was attracting positive attention, but for us, at least, it was the wrong kind of attention.... (Had she been someone I had known, I would have thrown a blanket around her to help hide her mistake.....

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 2:08 AM

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i am like some of the previous posters - small waist, big thighs. or at least that's how i was pre-weight gain. and the gap was the worst - if they fit in the thighs then there was a huge "gap" in the back of the waist. i am convinced that is where their name comes from. what really worked for me were lucky brand and express brand.

now that i am 50 pounds heavier and rarely get to wear jeans anyway, i usually just grab a pair of my husband's jeans. i put most of my weight on in the stomach. if i get low-riders then i can still fit express jeans pretty well, and they flatter as long as i have something to hide my pot-belly which hangs over like an old man.

but that will change eventually....

Sunday, January 28, 2007, 4:40 AM

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Well, I live in central Maine, and we have about three stores where you can find jeans, outside of WalMart. This obviously makes it challenging, but I do LOVE the a.n.a. jeans at JC Penney! I'm 5'4" and have an hourglass figure, and they fit well. They're low rise without being ridiculous, and although I'm pushing 40 I don't think they're too trendy. Also, on WHAT NOT TO WEAR, they recommend fitting the widest part of your leg, and having the jeans go straight down from there, wide leg jeans. NOT flare, which really emphasize the big hips.

We New Englanders are notoriously frugal, and these jeans are between 25 and 45 bucks, and Penney's is always having sales. Good luck!

Sunday, January 28, 2007, 10:16 AM

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I to am an apple shape and have tried on endless amount of jeans. Jr sizes fit better because the are cut for less curvy women but in todays fashion with the ultra low cut I just can't do them anymore. So I have gone back to the mens original button fly jeans, although i notice that they tend to gather in the butt area but my husband seems to like this effect, saying it makes my butt look rounder and perkier, he touches it a lot more, lol. I am still 30 pounds overweight.

Sunday, January 28, 2007, 1:38 PM

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Dec 22nd 1:35 poster, you are truly a slave to the names. You don't have to spend a ton of money on jeans to look good in them, thats just a stupid comment. You must be young and impressionable.

Sunday, January 28, 2007, 1:41 PM

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I like the cheap Angels brand ones from the Juniors department. They are like $22 per pair and fit so well. I've tried Seven Jeans and all of the other expensive brands but they don't look good on me at all.

Monday, January 29, 2007, 12:00 AM

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to 10:16 - i LOVE what not to wear. discussing that show would make a great thread.

Monday, January 29, 2007, 5:42 AM

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Whatever you do, do not buy jeans at Banana Republic, they fall apart very quickly.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 4:51 PM

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I love Silver Jeans. They come in sizes like men's jeans. They are long enough for me to wear, even some with heals. (I'm 5'10") They are on the expensive side, about $70.
I also like Glo jeans from Kohls, they are under $30.
I used to like DKNY and Express. DKNY seem to stretch out too much. Express stopped making all their sizes in long, but that is a whole other story.
Finding tall jeans is hard, so when I find a pair that fits well, I buy them if the price is in reason.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 7:31 PM

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I love both Silver and Express jeans. I need long lengths also and Express has a new line out that are plenty long for me, I can't remember exactly what it is but they are really cute!
BKE jeans at the Buckle fit me well also, I have practically no waist though and NO butt at all... I guess that would be kind of shaped like a boy?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 7:38 PM

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4:51-i'm really surprised to hear you say that Banana Republic jeans fall apart quickly, as I was actually about to post here how much i like their jeans!! I've been wearing their jeans for years and some of them still look brand new! I often shop at the BR outlets which are much cheaper-so I wonder if that is the difference in experiences?

I also love how they fit my body-I don't have much of a butt, but am still pretty curvy, and I find that most of their styles hug me perfectly and aren't too low cut (I like jeans that rise under my belly button but not so low that my butt crack is in danger of being seen!)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 9:15 PM

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i agree with the silver jeans..most of the styles from silver can make any butt look perky and good.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 4:14 PM

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Has anyone tried Red Engine jeans?

Saturday, April 21, 2007, 10:32 AM

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I'm also really tall (6 feet) and I have found that NY & Company jeans are the best. You have to try on some of the different styles, but I'm sure there is at least one type that will fit you well.

Saturday, April 21, 2007, 5:38 PM

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Great Jeans to fit real women....JAG

Nordstroms Rack....19.95. Great for the women like me, post kids, 40ish, hourglass figure.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 9:06 PM

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Paige Premium Denim.... they are the best!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 9:10 PM

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Old Navy

Old Navy Curvy Boot Cut Short
I have at least five pairs of those.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 9:50 PM

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I only buy Levi's 515 boot cut (short) from Kohl's...they usually have them 'on sale' at $29. I bought my first pair when I reached a size 12 (from 18) and just bought my first size 6 two weeks ago! They are a bit lower waisted jean and look fantastic on. I had gotten so many compliments, I don't want to try anything else LOL.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 1:06 AM

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Lucky's have been good to me. I have small waist and bid legs/butt. Sweet and Low and the low-waisted version of sweet and low look great.

Monday, July 02, 2007, 7:44 PM

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Interesting post

Wednesday, July 04, 2007, 9:06 AM

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Surprisingly, the best pair i ever found were at Wal-Mart (I imagine Target is similar) Not only are they reasonable, but my pair endured MANY wearings and washings before they finally wore through. I haven't found a pair i like better.

Thursday, July 12, 2007, 11:12 PM

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I like designer jeans but I agree that you can find affordable jeans that are still a great fit and will last a while. My favorite jeans right now are American Eagle and I get compliments all the time. They were $40. I also really love Banana Republic jeans. I have a big pooch, love handles and thick wiast and hips. Basically, I carry the majority of my weight around my midsection which can be pretty troublesome shopping for jeans. Banana Republic usually has cuts that are very flattering and comfortable for my figure, and not way too pricey.

Also, I highly recommend checking out You answer a short but specific questionairre and they show you different jeans that will work for your figure. I have never bought any jeans based on their recommendations but the website is great and suggests all different price ranges and brands. It also recommends bras!

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:03 AM

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For short girls

I don't know if tailors everywhere are doing this, but the ones in Chicago are definitely advertising this - they'll hem jeans and sew back on the original bottom, so they don't look hemmed!!

Probably lots of tailors can do this if you ask. The tailor by me, though, charges $18 for this!! Though, I do live in downtown Chicago, just off the Mag Mile, so everything is 'spensive. A regular hem would probably be $12. So for $6 additional, it's totally worth it! Now I can shop for any jeans, not just "short," which are usually too long for me anyway!!

Friday, July 13, 2007, 11:30 AM

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I buy my jeans at Ricki's (Canadian store), they fit great and you can always find a pair on clearance for $20 but they usually retail for $50-60.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 1:32 PM

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If you want the perfect jeans for your body type try It gives you a quiz about your body type and what kind of fit you like then links you up with jeans and sites that are ideal for your body type. I tried it and ordered some levis they matched me up with and I've never had a pair of jeans fit better.

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 11:10 PM

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I am 21, 5'6'' and have an extremely thin waist, and really wide hips. But I am not overweight! I have the problem of every pair of jeans showing my buttcrack. I feel like I have an extra long butt crack or something. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Monday, July 23, 2007, 8:25 PM

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I like Lee Riders stretch jeans and can usually find several pairs at Goodwill for $4-6. Can't beat that. I recently re-donated all my 16s, 18s, 20, and 22s. Stilll have the 14s,12s,and a pair of 10s at home just waiting!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007, 12:45 PM

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Old Navy mid rise jeans. I love them. I have a thick middle with thin legs so it's hard for me to find that perfect fit; But these fit like a glove everywhere. And they're cheap too usually around $25.

Saturday, November 10, 2007, 12:55 PM

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Curvy woman

Gap jeans don't fit me well, either, though their dressier pants do. But for jeans Chicos are the best. They fit my bodacious booty and my smaller waist, and the wasitband doesn't cut or bind. It has a bit of spandex to feel comfy, but not so much that they look like "stretch" jeans. They're more expensive ($70) but have been worth every penny!

Monday, December 17, 2007, 9:49 AM

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jeans poll

I love the Express X2 jeans, now that I've had kids and have hips I can't wear the juniors sizes. They fit great! I really like shopping at Platos Closet where you can find some of the brand name jeans for $25 or less. I wouldn't spent $80 if you're still losing. Good Luck!

Sunday, January 06, 2008, 6:22 PM

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I absolutely love Target. I get jeans and slacks there. They are long enough if i get the longs, which are sometimes hard to find in the store. I usually find the right fit in the store and order longs online. Plus they are priced right.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 3:49 PM

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What Not To Wear

Wonderful show. I have gotten some great ideas from watching.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 3:51 PM

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Lane Bryant

If you're size 14+ (I'm at a 16 right now), Lane Bryant has a new sizing system that rocks. I explained my issue to the lady there (big thighs and bootie, always gaps at the small of my back) - and she came back with a pair that fit PERFECT. Seriously - I've never worn pants that fit so well. I'll enjoy it till I'm smaller than a 14 ;)

Monday, January 21, 2008, 8:58 PM

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I love to buy my jeans at Vanity in the mall. They are a little pricey (over 30) but their sizing system is just like mens jeans and I love it. It can be a little intimidating to go in the store since everything else in there is geared towards the "skinny" girls but I find it worth it for the jeans.

Monday, February 04, 2008, 2:17 AM

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Great fitting jeans

I've always had a hard time finding jeans that fit and I recently bought a pair from ColdWater Creek and LOVE them!

Monday, February 04, 2008, 10:01 AM

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I have muscular legs (im a track athlete) and they're not proportional to my butt/hips. The only jeans I've found to fit are Buckle's BKE brand jeans. They're relaxed through the leg but nicely fitted at the hip/waist. I just wish there were more styles that weren't "pre-worn" and frayed.

Sunday, February 10, 2008, 12:14 AM

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I'm super petite, so I can recommend some petite jeans that start from 00-12/14 and they also come if regular lengths. I swear by them!!!

BANANA REPUBLIC! For petite 14 and regular 16, you have to order online, but it is so worth it!!! They last forever and have all sorts of cuts/styles.


Sunday, February 10, 2008, 1:12 PM

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I have big thighs and a little waist, and the only brand I found that fits properly is MOTO jeans. They're about $50-80 a pair, but totally worth it in my opinion.

Sunday, February 10, 2008, 1:51 PM

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For REAL woman jeans - try They're reasonably priced ($30) and the only pairs that I feel comfortable in. I have approx 7 pairs of these, keep buying them because of the fit. I have so many more expensive jeans/pants that don't fit as well.

Friday, March 06, 2009, 5:28 PM

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I'm two sizes up from my normal 14 and found some inexpensive jeans that look good while I'm getting my act together and losing this extra weight. A couple years ago, I found some trouse-style ones at Target. They don't seem to have them any more.

This year, I am wearking Lee Custom Fit Comfort Waist Jean - Plus. They've got this cool waistband that doesn't gap, even with a butt and thighs! And they're a medium rise, so they don't come up too high or bunch in the crotch. I was thinking of getting another pair, but not 'til I'm the next size down!!


Sunday, March 08, 2009, 3:29 PM

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Lee Comfort Fit

P.S. The Lee ones look kinda dorky in the pics on their website. They look much better in person! I got mine at Kohl's in the Women's department.

Sunday, March 08, 2009, 3:36 PM

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I find all my jeans at Mark's Work Wearhouse (I live in Canada). I only buy them when they are on sale 'cause I refuse to pay more than $40 for jeans and even that is too much. They have jeans for curvy women and they do not gap at the back of the waist and are not low rise (I despise low rise pants). I bought one pair at Christmas and was thinking of another pair when I decided to start working out instead. Now, I'm waiting until I've reached my ideal weight. At least I've still got all the clothes I wore as I gained the weight over the past couple of years. Now I'll wear them as I LOSE the weight.

Monday, March 09, 2009, 3:08 PM

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I love Levi's.

Monday, March 09, 2009, 3:11 PM

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They are called Lucky's for a reason - and yet I haven't seen anyone mention them! You can walk into any Buckle store - or a Lucky's store, and find exactly the type of jeans that fit you, regardless of your shape! They are on the pricey side - but just think - a perfect pair of jeans!! You can't beat em!

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 5:41 PM

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Lucky Brand & Joe's Jeans

Lucky Jeans are pricier than Target or others. The easy rider jeans are button fly and have a nice boot-cut. Beware: they stretch a full size bigger after wearing and washing. Also - don't dry in the dryer...hang dry.

For those jeans you buy and can't wear anymore because you are becoming more svelte.....sell them on ebay. I have sold at least 20 pair of size 14 and 16 jeans on ebay. I also try on the name brands that are expensive, find the size and fit I want and then shop for them used on ebay.

I LOVE joes provocateur (petite fit with a better knee break), and never need to hem these jeans. I also like the booty fit, but have to have them hemmed. I am 5'4" am a 38D, have a thick waist, average butt, and muscular thighs. I also LOVE True Religion Joey Big T or Super T with stretch. But they are very low cut. I wear them because I am very short waisted. At the beginning of dieting (& need to lose about 40 lbs), the stretch in both the joe's and TR are forgiving and can last about 20lbs. before you need to change. However - I get them all on ebay after trying them on at macy's or bloomingdales.

Finally, at COSTCO, i purchased a wonderful thing - shapewear called Control Fit! For $20 you can rid yourself of muffin top!! I wear it everyday - even in the summer in CA (it comes in n beige and black in 1 pkg and stands up to many washings)! BTW: I don't live near a Kohl's or I'd go there.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 12:00 PM

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Lucky Brand & Joe's Jeans

Lucky Jeans are pricier than Target or others. The easy rider jeans are button fly and have a nice boot-cut. Beware: they stretch a full size bigger after wearing and washing. Also - don't dry in the dryer...hang dry.

For those jeans you buy and can't wear anymore because you are becoming more svelte.....sell them on ebay. I have sold at least 20 pair of size 14 and 16 jeans on ebay. I also try on the name brands that are expensive, find the size and fit I want and then shop for them used on ebay.

I LOVE joes provocateur (petite fit with a better knee break), and never need to hem these jeans. I also like the booty fit, but have to have them hemmed. I am 5'4" am a 38D, have a thick waist, average butt, and muscular thighs. I also LOVE True Religion Joey Big T or Super T with stretch. But they are very low cut. I wear them because I am very short waisted. At the beginning of dieting (& need to lose about 40 lbs), the stretch in both the joe's and TR are forgiving and can last about 20lbs. before you need to change. However - I get them all on ebay after trying them on at macy's or bloomingdales.

Finally, at COSTCO, i purchased a wonderful thing - shapewear called Control Fit! For $20 you can rid yourself of muffin top!! I wear it everyday - even in the summer in CA (it comes in n beige and black in 1 pkg and stands up to many washings)! BTW: I don't live near a Kohl's or I'd go there.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 12:00 PM

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new look jeans are great!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 5:57 AM

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I have one jeans from denims and my sister gifted me that .That jeans is well fitting i love that .
not only jeans i have one jacket also leather one and it is so perfectly fitted to my upper shape . I love to wear it on Evening gown

Monday, October 17, 2011, 6:09 AM

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Jeans, Chic

I used to be able to find Chic jeans, they fit my big butt and real small waist soooo good. They didn't cost much either. I want them again! Help. I am tired of cool breezes going down the back of my jeans cause the wait is standing open. lol


Friday, December 30, 2011, 10:28 AM

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jeans for all body types - custom made for every individual

Hi - I am member here and just saw this thread. Full disclosure: I work for the company i am about to suggest. It is called INDi, and makes custom premium jeans, so whatever size each of us is, our jeans are made uniquely, one at a time, to our own specifications. Even if I were not an employee, I would strongly recommend INDi, at


Thursday, February 09, 2012, 4:48 PM

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I have 2 pairs of Eddie Bauer's Curvy Girl Skinny jeans that I love. Searched and searched for a pair that fit right when I was a little heavier (all my weight goes to my butt and thighs). I have one in 8 and one in 6. Hoping the one in 6 will be fitting even better soon...

Thursday, February 09, 2012, 9:30 PM

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