Here’s what you need to know to find the best jeans for your apple body shape.
This post was updated on Aug. 5, 2022.
When I started this blog, I never planned on writing about how to dress my apple body shape.
But then I fell down a rabbit hole reading about how to dress my body, 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.
It’s hard to know what to wear when you don’t see anyone shaped like you.
That’s why I’m sharing what I learned about how to dress my figure, starting with the best jeans for the apple body shape.
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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
The best jeans for an apple shape will have a wider pant leg to balance your wider top half. The rise should be high and the fabric should be heavier to pull in your midsection.
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
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.
3. Crop Boot/Flare
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.
5. Non-Stretch or heavier-weight Stretch
Non-stretch or heavier-weight 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 can be comfortable because of their shape.
If you don’t like non-stretch jeans (or can’t find any that fit), look for stretch jeans in a heavier fabric that still provide structure to your bottom half. 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
The problem with skinny jeans for apple body shapes is that they make our top halves look larger. Our bodies are unbalanced, especially if we wear oversized shirts.
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 and legs.
2. Thin, Super Stretchy Jeans
Thin, 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
Mid-rise jeans hit at the widest part of your waist and draw attention to your thickest area. Low-rise jeans sit low on the hips and can create a muffin top.
Plus, when I wear these rises, 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.
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 straighter apple shape.
J.Crew’s slim wide-leg jeans look nice on my apple shape. These ones are soft and stretchy, but still a substantial weight to smooth my stomach.
Plus, they come in petite and tall sizes!
Shop J.Crew Jeans
I’ve had luck with Madewell jeans consistently fitting my apple body shape. I also love that they carry petite and tall lengths, as well as plus sizes.
Shop Madewell Jeans
3. Hudson Jeans
Try Hudson’s Rosie Wide-Leg Jeans for a great fit for apple body shapes.
Shop Hudson Jeans
4. 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.
MOTHER Denim’s jeans typically have a lot of stretch, but they are more flattering than other super-stretchy styles I’ve tried.
Shop MOTHER Denim
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 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.
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