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Plus Size Denim
A Woman Never Has Too Many Jeans
"Jeans are my uniform. I have about 15 pairs." ~ Michelle Pfeiffer
Denim has always been a love-hate relationship with me. But denim technology has changed over the years as have their styles. It use to be a plus size woman could not find a decent pair of denim jeans unless she went to the men's department. And we all know men are molded a little differently.
Curvy girls do not have to hide out in sweat pants and elastic waist pants (although there is something to be said for the occasional elastic waist). There are plus size jeans available at a number of excellent online retailers. This lens highlights some of my favorite stores and styles, telling you the options available and where you can get them.
Happy jean shopping!
How Often Do You Wear Denim?
City Chic Online
This Australian plus size clothing company is quickly making a name for itself in the U.S. and Canada. They have over fifty styles of jeans from boot cut to skinny to choose from in sizes 14 to 22 (24 if you shop Lane Bryant/Torrid etc).
Their jeans range in price from $54 to $68 and they offer flat rate shipping of $5 for U.S. and $10 for Canada -- currently free.
Check out the video below to see the jeans in action on four body types.
City Chic Online
Check out their denim in motion!
Finding the right fit...
A few years ago Lane Bryant introduced its Right Fit Jeans program and that is what enticed me back into a pair of jeans. Specifically their Stretch Book Cut Medium Vintage Sandblast.
The Right Fit Jeans used to be based on four styles of jeans: Stretch Classic, Stretch Bootcut, Stretch Flare, or Houston Pant. With each style affecting how the jeans would fit. It has since evolved into three body cuts: curvy, straight, or moderately curvy with the standard sizing 12 to 38 for each. And for even better fit most jeans come in the option of petite, regular, or tall.
A recent addition to their denim line is the "tummy technology" jean with more elastic to produce a flatter look. Their regular priced denim ranges from $60 to $90.
Addition-Elle / Penningtons
Love and Legend and the Foxy Lady
These sister stores provide a number of options for Canada and the United States through their joined websites. That is right you can shop at both stores at once.
Penningtons has introduced a new line called "Foxy Lady" to compliment their existing MXM and Manager Jeans lines. Addition-Elle has a Love & Legend line as well, Vigoss, Pashu, and the wonderful Yoga Jeans.
Addition-Elle's denim comes in sizes 14 to 24 and ranges in price from $39 to $90 and Penningtons offers a few more sizes at the mid-price range..
Denim Must Haves!
- Boot Cut Jeans
- Straight Leg Jeans
- Denim Hobo Bag
- Denim Jacket
- Long Skirt
- Mini Skirt
More than a lucky number...
Avenue used to be the home of the signature Seven7 jeans but now they have over 50 styles to choose from.
They come in washed, colored, rhinestone, and cropped styles; as well as wide, cuffed, straight or flared legged. Their denim is available in sizes 14 to 32.
They range in price from $35 to $125 (cheaper during sale season) depending on style. Occasionally they carry a few designs by Jordache, Yanuk, and Antik.
Here's an opportunity to get denim customized to your body. You choose the fabric, wash, style, and finish.
You can choose from super low rise to high rise, zipper or button fly, seven different legs, five different hems, choose the shape of your pocket, add a pocket design or not. Whiskers, distressing, washes? You got it, or not! You can even add your own brand initials.
As of February they have introduced a new plus line called Ashbury. The majority of their styles only go up to 240 lbs (size 20). But the Ashbury goes up to 375lbs.
It takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete order and send. They ship to the U.S. and Canada. These one of a kind denims begin at $145.
What is your favorite leg cut?
Apple Bottoms Jeans
Good enough to eat...
Apple Bottoms have about ten styles of denim pants and six styles of denim capris to choose from including skinny leg jeans; either with the apple patch or logo.
Not all styles come in all plus sizes but basically range from 15/16 to 23/24. They range in price from $69 to $84.
They also have a small selection of tops, dresses and jackets.
Plus Size Denim on eBay
eBay is a fun place to shop, even for plus size shoppers. I have purchased many clothing items here including jeans -- sometimes jeans no longer in stock in retail locations. The search feature is your friend, use it. Include brand name if there is one you like and your size. If you are tall or petite, include that too. You may come up with nothing or you may come up with a treasure trove. Search at least once a week because you do not know when someone will list their wares. Keep an eye on listed shipping costs as some sellers overcharge while others are exceptionally thoughtful.
What's your style?
Young and hip...
They have over 50 different styles of jeans including Z. Cavaricci, Paris Blues, Apple Bottoms, Dickies Premium and a Torrid label. Standard styles including many of the coveted skinny jeans and jeggings.
One of the styles they are the most popular for are their black skinny jeans which come in regular, tall (extra tall), short (extra short) lengths.
Sizes ranges from size 12 to 26 and prices range from $42 to $79.
Made to Last
I grew up in Levi's, specifically 501 blues. Levi's doesn't have plus size 501s yet but they have a promising selection of about ten styles in 512, 580, and 590 with some petite.
Not all come in the full range of sizes, some only go up to 20. But they do have sizes up to 24.
And they are reasonably priced under $50!
Ulla Popken has always had a few denim options but this year they have introduced few new offerings: button/zip bootcut jean, button/zip slim jean, stretch jeggings and denim pants. They range in price from $39 to $59 depending on style.
Ulla Popken has one of the best size ranges I have seen for denim, 12 to 38.
Ulla Popken ships throughout the United States and Canada.
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An Australian Designer Alternative
Embody Denim was designed by Australian plus size model Natalie Wakeling. There are ten styles to choose from: Bebe, Bella, Ice Queen Skinny, Ice Queen, Tempt Narrow, Tempt, Chic, Fever, Body Love (maternity) and Fever Skirt.
You can shop by style or by body type: pear, love heart, apple, noodle and hourglass. Embody denim is available in sizes 8 - 26 for $249.95 AUD (which is about $170 US).
Embody Denim ships internationally. According to their term and conditions a parcel can get up to three pairs of jeans with a shipping charge of $35 AUD (about $24 US).
Silver Jeans is a mid-level premium denim line that is sold in Nordstroms, Dillard's, Buckle, Torrent etc; as well as online at their official website.
They have been making jeans since 1991 offering a regular and an extended line in sizes 14 to 24 ranging in price from $60 to $110.
These fashionable and curve flattering jeans are shipped throughout Canada and the United States.
For almost everyone...
Their online plus size shop has a number of reasonably priced denim choices for women. Most of them are available in short, regular or long.
Sizes range from 16 - 30 and range in price from $36.50 - $39.50 for regular prices. Their sale prices are quite reasonable too.
Breathing new life into an old style
I've been coveting these Stretch Denim Sailor Trousers by Svoboda for some time now. These denim beauties were the love child of designer Jessica Svoboda who provides a new selection of jeans every year.
Svoboda jeans are made in the USA. They come in sizes 10 - 30 for $118.
They have a cut in the waist with a generous cut to the hips and thighs.
Thank you for stopping by my plus size denim page. I'd really like to know about your favorite jeans. What is it you love about them? Where are your favorite jeans from? Do tell!