Can’t Find Good Plus-Size Jeans? We Made Some

Glamour/August 2017


At a recent dinner party, my fiancé caught me undoing the top button of my jeans at the table. Maybe not my finest moment, but it was that or turn down a second helping of gnocchi. (Which was not going to happen.) Truth is, that fashion adjustment is common for me; I’ve never found a pair of jeans made to fit my round-through-the-­middle shape. Instead I’ve had to settle for ones that fit my legs but cut—sometimes painfully—into my belly.

After that I asked my friends who wear above a size 12 whether they have similar denim woes—and received a resounding yes. A few comments I heard: “I can’t find jeans for my proportions; my waist is a size 22, but my legs are an 18, “Can someone make a waistband that smooths my stomach? I’m over covering it up with long shirts,” “I need an ankle length that doesn’t ride up because it’s too small through the calf.”

As for style, women told me they crave the vintage-looking straight-leg cut popping up all over Instagram, not the skinny jeans that have reigned supreme in the plus-size market for years: “I want straight legs that aren’t skintight—and don’t look like I spent half an hour squeezing into them, please,” “It’s time for stiffer denim that doesn’t rip in the thighs. I’ll pay any price,” “Where do I find looser, nonfrumpy, boyfriend-esque jeans?”

At a recent dinner party, my fiancé caught me undoing the top button of my jeans at the table. Maybe not my finest moment, but it was that or turn down a second helping of gnocchi. (Which was not going to happen.) Truth is, that fashion adjustment is common for me; I’ve never found a pair of jeans made to fit my round-through-the-­middle shape. Instead I’ve had to settle for ones that fit my legs but cut—sometimes painfully—into my belly.

After that I asked my friends who wear above a size 12 whether they have similar denim woes—and received a resounding yes. A few comments I heard: “I can’t find jeans for my proportions; my waist is a size 22, but my legs are an 18, “Can someone make a waistband that smooths my stomach? I’m over covering it up with long shirts,” “I need an ankle length that doesn’t ride up because it’s too small through the calf.”

As for style, women told me they crave the vintage-looking straight-leg cut popping up all over Instagram, not the skinny jeans that have reigned supreme in the plus-size market for years: “I want straight legs that aren’t skintight—and don’t look like I spent half an hour squeezing into them, please,” “It’s time for stiffer denim that doesn’t rip in the thighs. I’ll pay any price,” “Where do I find looser, nonfrumpy, boyfriend-esque jeans?”

At a recent dinner party, my fiancé caught me undoing the top button of my jeans at the table. Maybe not my finest moment, but it was that or turn down a second helping of gnocchi. (Which was not going to happen.) Truth is, that fashion adjustment is common for me; I’ve never found a pair of jeans made to fit my round-through-the-­middle shape. Instead I’ve had to settle for ones that fit my legs but cut—sometimes painfully—into my belly.

After that I asked my friends who wear above a size 12 whether they have similar denim woes—and received a resounding yes. A few comments I heard: “I can’t find jeans for my proportions; my waist is a size 22, but my legs are an 18, “Can someone make a waistband that smooths my stomach? I’m over covering it up with long shirts,” “I need an ankle length that doesn’t ride up because it’s too small through the calf.”

As for style, women told me they crave the vintage-looking straight-leg cut popping up all over Instagram, not the skinny jeans that have reigned supreme in the plus-size market for years: “I want straight legs that aren’t skintight—and don’t look like I spent half an hour squeezing into them, please,” “It’s time for stiffer denim that doesn’t rip in the thighs. I’ll pay any price,” “Where do I find looser, nonfrumpy, boyfriend-esque jeans?”

The best part: You can now buy our superjeans at 3×1.us! And if you’re not into them? My feelings won’t be hurt. But I do insist you learn these denim tips:

  1. Buy for your biggest part (generally your waist or hips) and have a tailor take in the rest. You can also add a button extender (from amazon.com) for more room in the waist.

  2. Cut too-long hems with scissors, then pull out some of the weft yarns (the white fringe) for effect.

  3. Keep your favorite pair from stretching out by washing and machine-drying jeans every two wears, or spray the insides with starch, then iron for a stiffer look.

I’m down with however you get your hands on (butt in?) your perfect jeans. Just be prepared for compliments.

—Lauren Chan