Learn all about the best plus size jeans that you should know about this Fall.
Buying jeans can be really hard. If you are plus size, you know the struggle of trying to find jeans that look and feel good.
Jeans are such a staple item, so it’s essential to find an option that works for you. In this post, I’ll cover plus size straight-leg jeans, skinny jeans, flare jeans, and black jeans in various price points from retailers like Old Navy, Abercrombie, Madewell, Universal Standard, Lane Bryant, J.Crew, Good American, and Target.
For reference, I’m usually a size 22 in jeans, and I’m pretty tall at 5’10”. I consider myself to be pear-shaped or hourglass-shaped. For each pair of jeans, I’ll share how they fit me so you can make the best guess on your size.
This post is about the best plus-size jeans you need to know for this Fall.
Personally, I like to consider several factors before I purchase any brand of denim. Some brands do jeans very well and others not so much. Ultimately, it really comes down to trying them on. But here are my first impression considerations:
These jeans are so good! I had them last year and wore them all the time, so I grabbed another pair this year. These are probably my overall favorite because I love the way they fit my waist and hips! These fit true to size, and I’m in size 22. See a video review here.
The Abercrombie 90s Straight Leg jeans have a cult following, and now I know why. These jeans fit like an absolute glove. This pair has large rips in the knee that hit exactly at my knees. These fit true to size, and I’m in a 36 Regular. See a video review here.
These are such a classic pair of jeans. They fit comfortably and have a nice structured denim feeling. These are ankle-length, so they are a bit short on me, but I still really like them (and may exchange them for a long!) These jeans feel like a dupe for the Abercrombie Curve Love Mom Jeans. These jeans fit true to size, and I’m wearing a 22.
Talk about a comfy pair of jeans! These jeans are stretchy, making them run a bit large. I recommend sizing down one (or two) sizes for the best fit. I tried a 22 but will exchange it for a 20.
The Abercrombie Curve Love Mom Jeans are such a classic. I love that these don’t have any distressing, and they fit really well over my hips and thighs. I wish the rise were a bit higher, and the length was a bit longer because I’m 5’10”, but the fit of these is so good and fits true to size.
I tried these J.Crew Jeans at the end of last winter and was quite impressed! The fabric feels nice and stretchy, and they had some unique color options (I liked the now sold-out grey-d out wash of Gemma!) I find that the Curvy Fit of these helps keep them up and not saggy. I’m in the size 36.
Before this year, I hadn’t tried Madewell jeans, and I’m not sure what I was waiting for! I love the denim feeling of these jeans. They don’t have a ton of stretch, either, so they stay very structured feeling. After learning more, I think the curvy fit would be even better on me because they are a bit more tailored in the waist with more room in the hips and thighs. Shop those here. These jeans fit true to size, and I’m wearing a size 36.
Good American is a favorite jeans brand for me – Khloe Kardashian can do no wrong to me! These jeans are super soft and feel like your favorite pair of lived in jeans. They have a raw hemline and a bit of distressing. The pockets also have this cool split hem on them which is a fun detail. These fit true to size and I’m wearing a 22.
Flare jeans are in! I grabbed this pair from Old Navy to try and was SHOCKED by how much I enjoyed them! The best part is that they come in long and short inseams so that you can get the perfect fit. I got the 22 long and love how they fit. I may have to get them hemmed an inch (shockingly, because I’m 5’10!) They are the perfect length if you want to wear heeled boots with them. Watch the video review here (ADD!)
If you want a pair of comfy and casual jeans, these boyfriend jeans are for you! They are looser fitting, and the cuff gives them the perfectly oversized look. Pair them with a tailored top for an easy outfit for this fall. See a video review here.
Universal Standard is one of my favorite plus size brands – all their pieces are so high quality and come in sizes 00-40! These jeans are comfortable and have a unique style. I am wearing a size 22, and they fit true to size.
Universal Standard strikes again with these Siene jeans. These are so comfortable and so stretchy. These also have a great length, so they would be excellent for taller girls. I have these in the distressed blue color, and I am wearing a size 22. These fit true to size.
If you need one pair of jeans this year but have a minimal budget, these are the jeans for you! My sister got a pair of these for less than $20! These jeans are pretty fitted, so I would size up if you want a looser appearance. I am in size 22 but could wear a 24.
Abercrombie Super Skinny Jeans are another great option. These have a soft feeling and fit curves well. I tried these on in sizes 36 and 37 and didn’t notice a big difference, so I would stick with your normal size or potentially size up.
Once again, I was really impressed with Madewell! These jeans are really flattering and have an excellent front panel with a bit of compression (meaning your stomach looks more smoothed out in these jeans!) If you are a bit self-conscious about your tummy area, these might be an excellent option! I will say that these jeans are pretty short on me. I like them so much that I’m keeping them and calling them a crop! I’m wearing these in a 36, and they are perfect – I would say these fit true to size.
These might be the most versatile jeans in this post! These Good American Always Fits jeans always fit! They are super stretchy and fit 4 sizes into 1 pair of jeans. I got size 20-26, and they fit me great. I will say that I wore these with a belt because they are just that stretchy! You can also use code TAKEOFF50 to save $50 off your first order. See the video review here.
I’ve already mentioned these jeans, but their color makes me mention them again. These jeans have the cutest faded black color that looks expensive… but these jeans are less than $30! These jeans have a raw hemline and are very stretchy. I would suggest sizing down one or two sizes in these – I’m wearing a size 24 and need a size 20.
Whenever I decide it’s time to buy new jeans, these are the things I do:
If I’m shopping in stores, I’ll typically grab two pairs of the same jeans, a size 20 and 22. By grabbing both sizes, I have a frame of reference for what feels best. Sometimes a 20 fits nice, but then I try on a 22, and it’s even better. Plus, it ensures I don’t go to the fitting room with a bunch of jeans that won’t fit and destroy my confidence. If you’re shopping online, order more than one size. If you’re shopping on Amazon, many clothing options have Prime Try Before You Buy, so you don’t even have to pay for them before you try them on. I love that feature!
A good pair of jeans fits well so don’t settle! Try on many pairs from many retailers to find your best fit. I’ll often order 6-10 pairs and try them all on at home and only keep 1 pair (sometimes I don’t keep any!) I’ve found the best chance of finding a good pair is trying a bunch of pairs and comparing them! Don’t be afraid to get some styles outside of your normal favorites – you might find a new favorite!
Sit down on your couch and at your kitchen table, put on a few different pairs of shoes with them, and even walk up a staircase if you can. This ensures that you find the best plus size jeans for every moment in your day, not just in a dressing room.
Your size doesn’t matter. If you haven’t worn jeans in a while and are unsure what size you are, start with the last size you wore and two sizes bigger. If you last wore a size 18, grab an 18, 20, and 22. You want to look and feel your best; the number doesn’t mean a thing.
You know how when you get a new haircut sometimes it takes you a couple days to really love it? Thats because you need to let your eyes adjust to seeing your face with new hair! The same goes for jeans! If you try a style (especially after wearing the same style for many years) you might need to give yourself some time to adjust to the look. Consider wearing them around your house for a couple hours (tags still on!) and see how you feel after you see yourself in them a couple times. Sometimes your eyes can be deceiving and you might like them more than you think!
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