Soon the leaves will fall, the air will chill and my thighs will do less sweaty chafing, and more painless, dry rubbing.
It’s a good thing.
If you were to ask me my ideal season, it would always be the one I can spend comfortably in jeans and a a hoodie or cardigan.
I love it so much, it almost takes the sting out of jean shopping.
A few weeks ago we did an amazing article on jeans for your body shape, but we wanted to take it one step further.
While seeing jeans on a model is all well and good, seeing them on a real woman, one who looks just like you, makes all the difference between feeling sexy and confident as hell…and having a mental breakdown in the Lane Bryant dressing room.
Today we want to share the denim that leaves us feeling strong and gorgeous, because none of us look like mannequins, but all of us should feel amazing in our clothes, no matter what size we are!
Brittany: Almost of the the jeans I have have stretch in them. These do not. And I LOVE them. Confession: I can wear them a week straight and they just keep getting better! Jeans with stretch get saggy after a day or so, and finding a pair of jeans with 0% spandex is tough, but soooo worth it. These are last season’s Distressed Diva Cut Flare Jeans from Old Navy.
Similar Finds: Women’s Flare Diva Jeans, Old Navy $39.94 (size 0-20)
Hipster Flare Jean, American Eagle $29.99 (size 00-18)
Women’s Plus Skinny Mini Flare Jeans, Old Navy $39.94 (size 16-30)
Kristen: I love the Levi’s Curve collection because they have four different fit options depending on your body type, so that ANYONE can wear a “skinny jean”. These are comfortable and flattering, and I wear them several times a week. I love them so much that I bought them in three different washes. Levi’s Demi Curve Skinny $68 (size 24w-34w)
Similar: Levi’s Womens Plus Slight Curve Skinny Jean $60 (size 16-24)
Skinny Sophia Jegging, Torrid $58.50 (size 12-28)
Heather: Liking these jeans is as simple as enjoying how great they make my ass look. The end. Bonus points for not being ridiculously low cut thus preventing me from having to hike them up every time I sit down. Diva Cut Boot Cut Jeans, Old Navy $19.50 (size 0-20)
Similar: Women’s Plus Boot Cut Jeans, Old Navy $30 (size 16-30)
Katie:T hese are my current very favorite jeans because they’re the perfect length, the waist doesn’t hug my hips too much and the denim is soft and breathes well. I have these lovelies in a dark wash too! I can’t help myself.
P.S. Yes, my shirt is a totally obscure Glee quote. Don’t judge me. Gap Curvy Jeans: ankle length, Gap $59.95 (size 00-20)
Similar: Boot Leg Slim Isabella Stretch Jean, Torrid $54.50 (size 12-28)
Emily: I wear this pair of jeans virtually every time I leave the house. The best part about these jeans, other than the fact that I found them at a thrift shop for $40 (retail $185) is that they stay up really well, and fit me perfectly. Boot Cut Maternity Jeans, Citizens of Humanity $185 (size 25w-30w)
Similar: 1969 Full Panel Sexy Boot Jeans, Gap $79.95 (size 0-18)
Plus Size Secret Fit Belly Straight Leg Jeans, Motherhood Maternity $49.98 (size1x-3x)
Tena: These are Mossimo jeans from Target that I bought off the sale rack for next to nothing about 5 years ago (the holes are bona fide, worn in holes, not bought like that.) I love how I can wear them with a pair of heels and all 5ft 4 inches of me feels long and lean.
Similar: Petite Women’s Flare Jean, Old Navy $19.50 (size 0-20)
77 High Rise Flare Jean, American Eagle $29.99 (size 00-18)
Daisy: I love that they have stretch in them, that they last for forever and come in a lot of different washes. A Pocket Boot Cut Jeans, Sevens $198 (size 23w-33w)
Similar: Mossimo Supply Boot Cut Jeans, Target $15 (size 1-17)
Lightly Flared Jean with Right Fit Technology, Lane Bryant $59.95 (size 14-28)
Allison: I love these jeans because they fit perfectly and are so comfortable. I can wear them during the day with flip-flops, but they’re dark enough to dress up with a cute shirt and shoes for a night out. I wore them while I was pregnant until they wouldn’t zip up anymore, and are the first ones I fit back into after I had the baby. Still my favs! Also? Affordable! Long & Lean Jeans, Gap $59.95 (size 00-20)
Holly: I love the way my ass looks in these jeans and the fact that I can buy a pair without trying them on and I know they will fit well! 515 Boot Cut Jeans, Levi’s $40 (size 4-16)
Similar: Bold Curve Boot Cut Jeans Plus, Levi’s $55 (size 16-24)
Jenny Grace: These jeans are ridiculous, in every possible way, but they are also ridiculously flattering, so I embrace them, in all their ghetto glory. These are my Going Out jeans (as opposed to my daywear jeans). Apple Bottoms, as everyone should have pants by Nelly.
Similar: Rhinestone Apple Pocket Jean, Apple Bottoms $54.50 (size up to 14)
Rhinestone Apple Pocket Jean Plus, Apple Bottoms $79 (size 14-22)
Ali: My favorite right now are the Gap legging jean. They are super flattering and ridiculously comfortable. The material is softer than a heavy denim but nowhere near legging material. They are great with boots or heels or flats. You can dress them up or dress them down for hoodie and flip-flop kind of days. I seriously could live in these jeans…which is why I own three pairs of them. 1969 Legging Jeans, Gap $69.95 (size 00-20)
Similar: Double Pocket Skinny Jean, Forever 21 $26.80 (size 12-20)
Meredith: I’ve lost 47 pounds over the past year. That’s TWO jeans sizes! These jeans are Calvin Klein. These jeans stretch, are boot-cut, and they sit above my waist (to cover up all the hangy skin that three children bring). I wanted to give you a butt shot, because after all, if you don’t think your butt looks good, you won’t show it off. I think my butt is looking better and better everyday. I wanted to show it off. I think my butt looks better without pockets. These jeans have no butt pockets.
Similar: 1969 Lightweight Wide Leg Trouser Jean, Gap $69.95 (size 00-20)
Women’s Plus Trouser Jean, Old Navy $32.50 (size 16-30)
Jen: I love that these jeans make me feel comfortable AND stylish. I was always afraid of skinny jeans because, well, my legs are not that skinny but these jeans fit me just right. Always Skinny, Gap $69.95 (size 00-20)
Similar: Women’s Plus Dark Wash Skinny Jean, Old Navy $19 (size16-30)
Mossimo Denim Skinny,Target $18 (size 1-17)
Angie: Having a pair of jeans that A) don’t have to be pulled up every time I sit down, stand up, walk three paces, B) don’t cost $200, and C) gives my backside an actual shape other than “wide” are requirements to be deemed my personal “favorite pair.” These dark wash jeans are just that for me. I think I’m looking hotter than not in these shape-enhancing jeans! The Dreamer Boot Cut Jeans, Old Navy $34.50 (size 0-20)
Similar: Women’s Plus Dark Wash Boot Cut Jean, Old Navy $36.94 (size 16-30)
Feeling inspired yet? Good! Because now it’s your turn! Leave us a comment telling us what you love in a jean, and you could win a $100 Visa Gift Card to help you go into fall with some slamming denim!
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This contest runs today only, ending tonight at midnight EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected, and the prize mailed to them upon confirmation of winning.