Why a curvy girl NEEDS jeans in her wardrobe…

If I had a dollar for every time I get told by a curvy girl that she can’t wear jeans because she is too big, I could buy that island in the Pacific I’ve had my eye on and go live on it! Seriously, why can’t a curvy girl wear jeans?

The secret to jeans is finding a pair that fit just right for you. Sourcing a good pair of jeans is not an easy task, I understand that, but if you go with the attitude that you “mustn’t be seen in jeans” then you have no hope of being open to the wonders of a staple that SHOULD be in your wardrobe.

I LIVE in jeans! They are my go-to item. I’m lucky enough to have the flexibility of being able to wear jeans in my work. Years ago when I was working in the Corporate World jeans just weren’t an option, BUT they were always in my wardrobe and always my first choice when I wasn’t working.

Jeans. How do you find the perfect pair of jeans for you? Well I could bang on for ages about the science behind finding the right fitting pair of jeans for your body shape, but as you know I’m not about the science. I take this into consideration when recommending garments for my customers, but for me, when I’m working with a curvy customer or my own body shape, I look for how the garment fits, how it feels, how it makes me feel, and what I want to wear it with. Sounds pretty simple right? Well my colleague Marie, The Curvy Fashionista wrote a great blog post about the “science” behind the fit, style, denim etc.  here’s a link over to her post, she did it so well I didn’t want to re-create the wheel (oh and show her some love, if you’re not already you should be following her, she’s ace!).

So with this “science” in mind, you should always be looking for quality and fit. It’s fine to drop $10 on a pair of jeans at your local Department Store, but I warn you,  be careful about what dyes/fabrics they are using – ouch 🙁

You should invest in jeans:

  • Invest in your time to find the RIGHT pair for YOU!
  • Invest in quality – don’t buy because they fit your budget, buy because they ARE the right jeans
  • Invest in a few pairs – if you find THE right pair – buy 2!

For me, being a size 20 in plus-sizings, and standing at 169cm –  I’m not tall, and I’m not short, but I need to work on elongating my body. I LOVE to wear boots, but sometimes ankle or wide-calf over a straight-leg pair of jeans, and sometimes bootleg jeans, depending on my mood and shoe choice.

When I attended the Curvy Couture Roadshow recently, the usual  “what should I wear?” flashed through my mind as I started to plan my schedule for the weekend’s events. Here’s what I wore…

Bloggers Breakfast – dressed up jeans

Jeans & Kimono by Autograph

Boots by Ziera

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Saturday night eventcalls for something slightly dressier than jeans 

Sunday morning market – Casual jeans!

Jeans & Shirt (Vintage – from years ago!) by Autograph

Vest by Lily & Lou

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Working from home today – casual jeans! Yep, same jeans, but I’ve turned the cuffs up and teamed them with my canvas runners and a comfy t-shirt, hair up and make-up free 🙂

I go through stages of which pair of jeans are my favourite, for now, my current favourites are the Black Secret Boot Leg Jean from Autograph – they are so comfy, they have stretch without the saggy baggy that can come from bad quality denims, the length in the “regular” size are perfect for me and the waist fits just right without the sometimes gap that I get when I need more space for my tummy – you know what I mean! I love how there’s two buttons at the waistband, it sits flat and feels comfortable. They have a good rise – super comfy.

Autograph Black Secret Boot Leg Jean – $79.99 – LOVE!

I’m not sure what I’d do without my go-to jeans. I have a wardrobe full of jeans, they range in style and in retailer, but include NYDJ, Autograph, Embody Denim, Crazy4Jeans, 17Sundays and at least another 2 pairs of NYDJ!

So, step out of your comfort zone, and make sure you include a well fitted pair of jeans. If you need some styling help, just let me know!

Love your shape!

Janine x

This is not a sponsored post, I spoke to Autograph about this post and wanted to help them promote this style. This is my personal review of my favourite pair. 

Jeans – my butt feels good in these :-)

I want to introduce you to a new brand that was recently launched at the A+ market, and I’m really excited about this brand because it’s not often that as a customer we have the opportunity to add value and invest our thoughts and ideas into the development of a product.

Crazy 4 Jeans founder Keyma is really passionate about curvy fit for jeans.  We recently met in a café over a cup of coffee where we spent a couple of hours discussing the challenges women have with jeans and how important a great fitting pair of jeans is not only to your wardrobe, but to your self-esteem. Crazy4JeansLogoKeyma is from Venezuela and immigrated to Australia four years ago. After the birth of her little boy, she noticed a change in her body, and struggled to find comfortable fitting jeans that shaped her figure. This began a hunt for the perfect jean for herself. Being passionate about her native South America and her new found home here in Australia, she decided to look to Columbia to source jeans in denim that she knew was not only ethically manufactured, but was also of the highest quality. Her website and brand Crazy4Jeans has created quite a stir, promising to improve your body image with butt lifting jeans (she had me at butt lifting!) and available in a range of styles offered in sizes 6-26.  Keyma is working hard to develop her reach and understand the market, she’s frequented some local markets, had a pop-up-store at Westfield, networked with Industry bloggers and customers and all in all made a huge effort to understand the market.  She was amazed when she realised that there was a huge interest from the plus-size customer and decided to focus her attention on developing jeans for that market.

When we met, I’d taken some time to look at the website beforehand and I noted that there were only 2 styles in the “plus size” section showing as available online. When Keyma arrived with her suitcase, she opened it and it literally exploded with choice! Keyma bought out style after style, all with individual embellishments and nuances. As we talked more, she explained that she is keen to develop a more “Australian” version of the jeans in plus-sizing. The feedback has been that some of the embellishments are a little too much for our taste, but it is definitely an individual choice. Further, her customers are loving the quality of the denim and the fit with the specialised butt lifting design winning lots of fans, as is the high waisted option with the choice of 3 or 4 buttons.

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C4JJeansBacksmallI had a lot of fun in the 35 degree heat and a small bathroom trying on six different options/sizes and getting the fit right.

I opted for a high waisted (with 4 buttons) pair in dark blue denim and false pockets with embellishments. The denim has a gentle stretch but feels firm and gives good control. The high waist makes my tummy feel less obvious and minimises the need to check if my top is positioned correctly to cover my tummy – WIN! In addition, I have a pretty flat butt, so the cut and design of these jeans gives me a curvier looking butt – yay! Another win is that the jeans are slightly longer than normal – I’m 169cms, so not tall, but not short. I often find that a “regular” length is just ok and have to opt for a “long” length to hit that sweet spot on my boots/shoes that elongate my body. These jeans are perfect, and as I’m a boot girl, I can tuck my boots under the jeans or tuck my boots into my jeans depending on my mood and my outfit.

Crazy4JeansSwingtagI think the only negative I can think of is that I had to size up to a 22 (I’m usually an 18-20 in jeans) and for some women this can be a deterrent. For me, I always go with what fits correctly and don’t worry about the size label.

I am really happy with my jeans, they are comfortable, flattering and the quality is fantastic. I encourage you to try them for yourself.  There are more than the 2 styles available, Keyma has a huge range, some one offs and if you give her a call she will talk you through them. Alternatively she is also available to make an appointment with and head on over and spend an hour trying them on! And don’t forget, Keyma is offering a chance to give constructive feedback to help her design a jean for our market…so please get in touch with her and tell her I sent you.

Love your shape!

Janine x

An invaluable resource for plus-size women of Australia

Over the past five years I’ve invested my energy and passion into providing styling advice, education & empowerment tools, a safe social media environment for discussion and I’ve been a loud voice for plus-size women.

I receive hundreds of emails and social media messages per month requesting assistance with sourcing garments or styling advice from women curvy women Australia wide. You are constantly wondering where to shop for clothes and how to put it all together. I’ve spent wonderful hours working with you one-on-one and in groups, but I thought it was timely to put together a resource that you could have at your fingertips, a one-stop guide to shopping!

Welcome to the Curvy Girls Shopping Guide to Melbourne, Australia. This guide is exclusively designed to provide you with resources for curvy girls in our gorgeous city.  This Guide contains information that has been compiled from my own research and personal experiences. It will be updated on an annual basis to ensure its relevance as stores and labels appear, evolve and change. Everything you need in one place!

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“Hey Janine got my copy and even though I’m in Brisbane like you said GREAT resources that are Australia wide!  Being American it has been difficult navigating beyond the ‘usual suspects’ for a more boutique shopping experience.  LOVE IT!  (Encourage any AU based people to get it!) I’ve read cover to cover & browsed every shop already! (Online that is)” ~  Kenyeal

The guide features detailed listings with all relevant contact details and clickable links directly to retailers and service providers. Fully printable or viewable in PDF.

Topics include:

  • Curvy styling options
  • An overview of plus-size fashion in Australia
  • Sizing Guide
  • Australian plus-size designers
  • Factory Outlets
  • Department Stores
  • Second hand markets and online resources
  • Bridal
  • Corporate Wear
  • Activewear, Lingerie & Sleepwear
  • Maternity
  • Specialty Boutiques specialising in Size 14+
  • Big Brands
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Remember, if you need styling assistance or have a special event coming up, I offer lots of options for shopping & styling.

Love your shape!

Janine x