Everybody Has To Do It Eventually… and sometimes often


I did it for hours yesterday. I also kept notes and took pictures. It was painful to my ego and sometimes to my waistline and butt. I still want to share it with you, because everyone has to do it. And no one likes to.

Jeans shopping.

problem areas for pear shaped women

I’m a pear. Pears tend to have problems with fat that sits on the hip(love handles/muffin top), a layer of fat over the lower abdomen(tummy pooch), and fat on the back of your thighs that sits directly under your butt(saddle bags).

My rules to follow for women with a pear shape would be these:

  • mid-rise to high-rise to reduce muffin top
  • boot cut or wide leg to de-emphasize a bigger bottom
  • minimal to no whiskering (I’ll show you why)

I tried on some that I knew would flatter(like the Madison trouser jeans) and some that I knew wouldn’t flatter(like the CK jeans) so that you could see the difference. Some I didn’t know whether or not they would flatter. That’s part of trying on jeans, though. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.

The first pair that I tried on were Lucky brand Sofia Boot cut jeans.

Do you see how the smaller leg brings attention up to the hips? It kind of makes them look bigger by comparison.

The second pair I tried were Nine West(Vintage America) mid-rise boot cut.

Do you see how the wider leg balances out a wider rear? This minimal whiskering isn’t too bad. These jeans give me a bit of a muffin top at first, but they are stretchy. Once I walked around in them for a minute they loosened up and that went away.

The third pair I tried were Lucky brand Sweet’N’Low jeans.

Do you see how the extreme whiskering and distressing can make your legs appear wider? I can see how that would be okay on a stick thin girl, but when it’s on me and it stops at the knees it makes your calves to appear to be non-existent. The eyes focus on things that are brighter. It’s not flattering. Otherwise, the fit on these would have been great. Lucky does have a Sweet’N’Low cut that doesn’t have whiskering. I’d love to try those, but I couldn’t find any.

The fourth pair was Calvin Klein, which I’ve been afraid to try on once I left size zero territory 10 years ago. These are ultimate bootcut.

Again, the shape is good, but the whiskering kind of ruins it.

Jeans became frustrating so I wandered over to pants. I love pants! I found these super cute, Madison wide leg trousers in a denim material. Is that cheating?

Do you see how the wide legs really help to minimize a larger bottom? It’s really great.

Then I went back to the Nine West because I really liked the feel of them. I found some classic rise jeans. I thought I should at least try them on.

Some tips and tricks for trying on jeans:

  • Go when your stomach isn’t full or empty. I’d say about an hour or two after you’ve eaten. That way you can get a better feel and fit. Also, I’m cranky when I’m hungry and that leads to rushed decisions.
  • Make sure you’re not in a hurry. If you have time you won’t get as flustered.
  • Really move around in the jeans. Walk around, crouch down to the floor, bend over. Do everything in the jeans that you will be doing in them after you buy them.

Bend and move around a lot when trying on jeans!

I ended up buying the Madison Trouser Jeans and the Nine West mid-rise boot cut jeans.

The leg and the comfort are what sold me on them. My thing is, I don’t have brand or label hang-ups. All I want is a pair of jeans that fit and flatter. I don’t care if they’re Ralph Lauren, DKNY or Levi’s. How they make you feel about the way you look is what is important. What bothers me is when women that don’t know how to dress themselves put on juicy couture track pants that hang around their hips just because they’re expensive. It’s not the price tag that makes you look good.

The next time I try on jeans I want to try these and these.

Happy jeans hunting! If you have any questions let me know!