Here are the best jeans for apple body shape figures in 2021, from someone who’s actually an apple.
I never planned on writing about the best jeans for an apple body shape.
In fact, I started this blog to share about clean beauty and my eco-friendly journey. I never planned on becoming an apple shape fashion blogger.
But I recently fell down a rabbit hole reading about how to dress my body type, and I couldn’t believe what I saw.
Illustrations of apple-shaped figures but not actual women. Stock photos of women who aren’t even apple shaped. No pictures of real-life women who look like me.
But worst of all, I read a lot of bad advice.
I know it’s bad because I followed those tips for years. I bought the types of clothes they suggested, but never felt great in them. Even more frustrating was that I didn’t know why.
But then I learned a few things about how to dress my apple-shaped body, and my world flipped upside down.
So I’m sharing what I learned with you, starting with the best jeans for apple body shape figures.
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Read This First
I’m not gonna lie: Finding jeans for an apple body shape is not easy. Most jeans – shoot, most clothing – isn’t made with our kind of bodies in mind.
You’ll have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. You’ll have to try on a lot of jeans in a lot of different brands, sizes, washes, and styles to find the best ones for you.
And then you’ll have to try on some more.
You’ll notice that throughout this post, I have a lot of photos of me in store fitting rooms. That’s because I’m still trying on jeans. I know what looks good on me, but I haven’t found it yet. I’m picky about finding the ideal rise, wash, and leg style for my specific body.
And you shouldn’t settle, either. But you should also be realistic about what you won’t find.
You won’t find jeans that magically give you curvy hips, a narrow waist, or Kim Kardashian’s booty.
Your best jeans are going to make your own body look and feel its best. There’s no competition or comparison to other people. It’s all about you.
What is an apple Body Shape?
Apple body shapes are heavier on the top (shoulders, bust, and waist) than they are on the bottom (hips, butt, and legs). Apples carry most of their extra weight in their middle; it’s the first place they gain weight and the last place they lose it.
Apple body shape traits include:
- a thick waist;
- narrow hips;
- a flat butt;
- slim legs;
- broad shoulders;
- a wide back; and
- a large bust.
You may have all of these characteristics, or you may have some. You may also morph into different body shapes if you gain or lose weight. Similar body types include the inverted triangle and rectangle.
While most people think of apples as plus size, they can also be slim or mid size. They can be tall, petite, or average height. They can have long, short, or regular torsos.
The Best Jeans for Apple Body Shape Figures
Balance is your goal when shopping for flattering jeans for an apple shape.
You want to balance your larger top half by wearing fuller jeans on the bottom.
1. Wide-Leg: The Best Apple Body Shape Jeans
Wide legs are the best jeans for an apple body shape because:
- they balance your top half; and
- they don’t have to fit perfectly on your small bottom and narrow hips.
Wide leg jeans vary from slim to extra wide. Go for a leg opening that evens out your top half’s widest area.
Because my back and shoulders are broad and round, I prefer a wider leg. Someone who is a slim apple can wear a narrower wide leg, or even a straight leg.
Wide-leg jeans should be slim through the hips and bottom before flaring out on the leg. They look sloppy if they’re too loose on the hips and bottom.
Look for a cropped wide-leg jean for a trendy, fashionable silhouette.
2. Straight Leg and Crop boot/flare
Try straight-leg jeans if you’re not ready to make the leap into wide-leg jeans. Some straight leg jeans are still pretty narrow, so go for the widest leg opening you feel comfortable in. You may even be able to size down in slim boyfriend jeans to achieve the same look.
Crop flare jeans are another compromise between wide-leg and skinny jeans. They still provide fullness to your legs with the slim fit of a skinny jean.
High-rise jeans cover and hold in the extra weight apples carry in their middles. They sit at the smallest part of your waist and emphasize the narrowest part of your middle.
The best rise depends on your torso length, and should hit at the smallest part of your waist. My torso is short, and I’ve found that a rise anywhere between 10 and 11 inches is best for me.
Distressed jeans are great for an apple body shape because they draw attention to your legs and away from your larger top half.
Details like holes, rips, and fraying add visual interest and bring the eye to your legs.
5. Non-Stretch or Low-Stretch
Non-stretch or low-stretch denim is flattering for an apple body shape because it provides structure and weight to your smaller bottom half. Rigid jeans also skim along the stomach and create a straighter line down your belly.
The best rigid denim style is wide-leg or straight-leg because they’re not meant to be super tight. Even though they don’t have any stretch, this style is more comfortable because of their shape.
If you don’t like non-stretch jeans, look for something with a low amount of stretch and a heavier fabric that still provides structure to your pants. Your jeans should look like jeans.
The Worst Jeans for an Apple Body Shape
This section may throw you for a loop. I don’t agree with much of the advice on the internet about the best jeans for apple body shape figures. My experience comes from years of dressing my own body following these same “tips” and never feeling good in my clothes.
1. Skinny Jeans
Ahhh, skinny jeans. The style that everyone tells apple body shapes to wear… except they shouldn’t.
The problem with skinny jeans for apple body shapes is that they make your top half look larger. Your body is unbalanced, especially if you wear an oversized shirt.
In the photo below, you’ll notice how small my legs look (yay!) but how large my top looks (boo!). If you do wear skinny jeans, pair them with a slim-fitting shirt or sweater instead of an oversized top.
It’s also really hard to find skinny jeans that fit properly. If they fit in the waist, they’re often too large in the bottom or legs.
For most apples (including me), our toned legs are our best feature. They may be the only “skinny” part of our body, so of course we want to show them off. But the best way to show them off is in a dress, not skinny jeans.
2. Super Stretchy Jeans
Super stretchy jeans cling to the rolls and round parts of your stomach. They highlight exactly what you’re hoping to hide.
A little stretch for comfort is fine, but avoid super stretchy jeans like jeggings.
I know I’m in the minority by advising you to avoid super stretchy jeans. Pretty much all other advice says the opposite, and I used to think that way, too. I wore stretch jeans for years until I realized they didn’t help my figure.
3. Mid-Rise and low-rise Jeans
Despite what other people tell you, mid-rise jeans aren’t the best option for apple body shapes. Mid-rise jeans hit at the biggest part of your waist and draw attention to your thickest area.
Plus, when I wear mid-rise jeans, I’m constantly pulling them up because my narrow hips don’t hold up the wider waistband. But with a high rise, my jeans sit at the smallest part of my waist (on top of my stomach pooch) and don’t slide down.
And if mid-rise jeans are bad, low-rise jeans are the worst for apple body shapes.
4. Mom Jeans
Mom jeans are designed to be loose through the hips, butt, and legs, so they’re extra loose and ill-fitting on apple body shapes.
I’ve tried on my fair share of mom jeans, and they look terrible on me. The seat is really baggy, and the overall look is sloppy and frumpy.
5. Tapered Jeans
Tapered jeans exaggerate an apple shape. The silhouette starts wide at the waist and narrows at the ankle, making the top half appear larger.
Apple Body Shape Jeans Brands
Here are jeans that I’ve found fit wider at the waist compared to other brands. Not all styles from the same brand will fit well, and not all washes in the same style will fit the same.
My brand recommendations are based on my mid-size apple shape. If you’re a plus-size apple, please comment with your favorite brands!
Shopping tip: Buy fewer, better items. Spend more money on a few great-fitting jeans that you’ll wear over and over. It’s better to buy one pair of amazing jeans than two pairs of average jeans.
I just tried on some Madewell jeans yesterday, and they still fit my apple body shape (even with some recent weight gain from eating my kids’ Halloween candy).
I also love that they carry petite and tall lengths, as well as plus sizes.
2. Frame Denim
Frame Denim has wide-leg and straight-leg styles for apple body shapes, including:
3. MOTHER Denim
MOTHER Denim’s styles to try are:
- the Roller, for a wide leg;
- the Rambler, for a wider straight leg;
- the Hustler Ankle, for a cropped flare;
- the Tripper, for a cropped flare; and
- the Insider, for a cropped bootcut.
Final Thoughts on Jeans for an Apple Body Shape
I wish I had a different body shape. I wish I had an easier time finding jeans that fit. I wish I looked like the rectangle-shaped Instagram influencers who could make a paper sack look good.
But this is the body I have, and it’s the body I need to make the most of. I’ve spent most of my life trying to hide it, and I’m finished with that nonsense.
I’m also tired of bad fashion advice and not seeing real-life women who look like me. I bet you are, too.
So I’ll go down as many rabbit holes as I need to if it means helping you find clothes that make you feel special, confident, and beautiful.
These are the best jeans for apple body shape figures in 2021, from someone who’s actually an apple shape.