From dad to mom jeans, the YOU fashion team find their favourite styles.
Being 5ft 2in with a big bum and hips makes shopping for jeans a miserable experience – anything that fits those areas is too big around my waist, and anything that would fit my waist, I can’t get above my knees. Adding insult to injury is the huge disparity in sizing across brands, meaning that despite averaging at a size 14, I’m too big for some stores.
Being on my own in a fashion cupboard full of jeans in all sizes was a unique experience, and one that taught me to focus on fit rather than the size on the label. Once I’d put that into practice, I found my perfect pair. These boyfriend jeans are just the right amount of snug around the waist and the straight-leg cut and hem detailing take attention away from my hips and tummy. They’re also a style that can be dressed up or down easily.
My go-to style is a crop flare or straight leg with a high waist. I chose the dad jeans I’m wearing for their loose, more comfy look – my legs can breathe – and they still fit well giving me shape. My problem is that jeans with a zip that fit my waist often won’t go over my bum. So a button-up fly works best for me as it gives me a better fit at my waist.
Topshop does a perfect button-up straight leg jean (with fabric on the buttons) and these dad jeans have that detail, too. Although buttons can sometimes be a bit fiddly, if you need the fit at the waist but more room for your hips, I couldn’t recommend this style enough.
Like most women, I find jeans a challenge to shop for. I have to be feeling good about myself and in a changing room with decent lighting, plenty of space and air-conditioning, otherwise I find myself leaving the store feeling hot, grumpy and full of self-loathing. I’ve also been the victim of erratic high-street sizing and walked out of stores because where normally I’m a 12, suddenly a 14 doesn’t fit.
I love a vintage-style 70s cut and a flare as I don’t have long legs and I’m no skinny minnie. Trying on jeans for this denim special was quite the revelation – yes, it was a luxury walking into a fashion cupboard full of jeans but I ended up buying two of the pairs I tried simply because I got to put them on in a comfortable space with the right shoes and attitude. The bottom line is that a great pair of well-fitting jeans makes you feel amazing and are definitely worth the investment.
My waist-to-thigh ratio is quite tricky when it comes to jeans as I have a smallish middle for my frame but larger legs. These River Island jeans fitted well on the waist and on the thigh and didn’t feel too stiff or clingy. The high waist and slightly straighter ankle (as opposed to skinny) really elongated and complemented my shape. They were a reasonable price, too, and a really classic wash, which I find sometimes don’t go hand in hand.
Another style I loved was the cropped kick-flare from the brand Boyish, as the way they fitted my legs and flicked out at the ankle was really flattering. They were more expensive but I think quality jeans are worth investing in as you wear them so much and they should last for ages.
I chose these jeans as the high-waist and tapered leg of a mom fit is my preferred style. I always size up on the waist for a more flattering fit around my stomach and hips and prefer thicker denims with a low elastic content.
I often wear my moms cinched with a belt and always tuck my top in to make the most of the high-waist style. Length wise – it’s all about the sweet spot finishing just above the ankle. I am happy to roll up hems to get the length right for a more casual weekend look.
As I have a small waist but long legs, I buy jeans that work in inches rather than dress sizes. I don’t have a big budget so I have to stick to high-street brands, but unfortunately a lot of stores don’t have much range within their sizes and if I try to find a pair of skinny jeans they often look quite baggy on me.
However, this Mango pair were a star buy as they fitted both my waist and legs perfectly. They also came to just above my ankles, which is a struggle to find, and they actually fit how skinny jeans should.