This Denim Brand Made Me Believe in Jeans Again

I've always had problems finding jeans that fit right. Even from a young age—when I was stick-thin and in ballet class four times a week—my butt always made it difficult for me to fit comfortably into pants, especially because I grew up in the age of low-rise jeans. And as my body filled out more over time and I put on weight all over, it became clear to me that most of the popular denim brands simply didn't make jeans for bodies like mine. Thus, I began my journey to hunt down the best jeans for curvy women.

Mind you, by standard sizing measures, I technically fit into the "straight size" category (as opposed to plus size) because I fluctuate between a 12 and 14, or 31 and 32. But because my butt is on the larger side, straight sizes don't usually work on me. I would always have to size up to get them over my hips and so that my thighs wouldn't feel like a tourniquet was being wrapped around them—but then I'd always end up with the top being too big. I was constantly battling the seemingly-unfixable waist gap and even if they fit well, they would split awkwardly in my thighs due to them rubbing together and wearing down the seaming. Over many years—and many weight fluctuations that prompted me to try out countless denim brands—I came close to giving up on ever finding the perfect pair of jeans. I was convinced that I was doomed to live a life in dresses and skirts forever.

Then I found DL1961. I'd never heard of it, even though the brand was right under my nose at Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Amazon. I first discovered the brand through its collaboration with beauty influencer Marianna Hewitt and had the chance to try out the Hepburn High Rise Wide Leg pair. To say that my world was forever changed would not be an understatement.

I never knew that jeans could be so comfortable, but still look unbelievably chic and flattering. The high-waisted fit actually comes up past my belly button—something that was missing in literally every other style I tried from different brands—and the fabric has enough give to allow me to sit comfortably without the waistband digging into my stomach. But the best parts? No waist gap and my big ole' booty looks amazing in them, if I do say so myself. This single pair of jeans has become my gold standard for denim, and they convinced me to give denim another try.

In all honesty, after discovering what I believed to be the perfect pair of pants, I was scared that it was a fluke and that other fits from the brand wouldn't flatter me as well as the Hepburn did. Thankfully, DL1961 proved me wrong, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the brand offers inclusive sizing both on its site and through a few other retailers.

Even though we're all stuck inside for the foreseeable future, I've invested in three more pairs from the Hepburn and Farrow styles so I can feel good about emerging from quarantine for my first al fresco brunch in months.

DL1961 x Marianna Hewitt Farrow Crop High Rise Skinny Jeans in Stockton

DL1961 Farrow Ankle High Rise Skinny Jeans in Equinox

DL1961 Hepburn High Rise Wide Leg Jeans in Palermo

DL1961 Bridget High Rise Bootcut Jeans in Hermosa

DL1961 Mara Ankle High Rise Straight Jeans in Afton

DL1961 Mara Ankle High Rise Straight Jeans in Meringue

Since the DL1961 jeans came into my life, I've become open to discovering other brands that might work for my mid-sized, pear-shaped body. Through my search, I've found a handful of other brands with great jeans for curvy women, including Khloe Kardashian's Good American, Madewell, Abercrombie, and Levi's. (Full disclosure, I've yet to find a pair of Levi's that really work well on me, but I have many other curvy friends who swear by the Wedgie Fit.)

If I can offer any words of wisdom to other curvy women who are on the hunt for their perfect pair of jeans, just don't give up. With social distancing continuing, now is as good a time as ever to try a few pairs in the comfort of your own home—there's no one rushing you, and you can actually see how the jeans mesh with the rest of your wardrobe. And if all else fails, buy a pair from DL1961. They'll be worth the investment, I promise.

Kristin Corpuz is a contributing writer at Glamour. Follow her @kristincorpuz_.

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