Good Jeans for a Big Butt & a Small Waist

Curvy figures benefit from a contoured waistband.

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Curvy figures need not be camouflaged beneath baggy clothing. After all, most women would kill for a bootylicious bottom and an teeny, tiny waist. You possess the stuff denim designers modeled their wares after, so why not flaunt it? Highlight your bottom with fabrics that give rather than hinder and cuts that complement rather than accentuate. Turn heads as you jaunt down the street sporting jeans displaying your signature features.

Higher Seat Rise

Premium denim manufacturers are smart. They realize most women, well endowed in the booty department or not, taper slightly at the waist. This noted, they craft designer jeans with a lower rise in the front and a slightly higher rise in the rear. “The curvier you are, the more you need jeans that are cut higher in the back to fit over your seat and keep you covered,” says Blair Newell, vice president of product development for Zafu.com, an online jeans matchmaker.

Contoured Waist

Eradicate the gap with yet another design innovation, the contoured waistband. To distinguish this feature, locate the seam on the waistband and note its curvy, sewn-together fabrication. In contrast, a seamless waistband is constructed of one continuous piece of fabric. The latter design fails to lay flat over the back of waist. Making a contoured waistband is expensive and time consuming for manufacturers. Seek out only premium labels for this ingenious improvement.

High Rise

The old-school high rise, a forgotten trend, dominates runway fashion. Remember when your mom rocked the infamous Lee-brand high-rise jeans? Well, the style may disgust you, but the design aims to fully envelope the rear and taper in at the waist. For those with a tiny waistline, this option dramatizes the figure. Pair them with a cropped top over a form-fitting cami to highlight your curves.

Stretch

Since fitting a voluptuous figure is tricky, integrating spandex into the jean is important. Search out jeans with at least a 2-percent spandex ratio. Stretch jeans offer freedom of movement and don't confine in the juicier areas. Additionally, spandex allows the jean to conform and not flatten, eliminating the "flat butt" look.

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