Jeans have been at the center of my wardrobe since I was a sneaker-loving teenager that could easily transition between talking to the boys about the next Jordans dropping to chatting with the girls about the latest gossip that was making waves around the school.

As long as they were skinny, it didn’t matter whether they were dark denim, sand blasted or destroyed – jeans never failed to perfect an outfit I wore to school or while out visiting friends. They were the most important piece of clothing in my wardrobe, they started and finished the outfit. Growing up, I wasn’t exactly a tomboy or a girly girl so they fit my personality just right: I was able to leave something to the imagination while my curves and shape were shown. I didn’t have to feel awkward about showing skin like if I were to wear a dress or skirt.

Although jeans were right by my side in any fashion or social situation, I couldn’t help but notice all along they were betraying me. As I got older and starting to form a more womanly shape, no matter how many times I tugged and pulled them up, they would not stay on my waist.

I became so self-conscious that I was metaphorically “selling crack,” every time I would have to walk up a flight of stairs, my jeans would be pinched in the back between my index finger and thumb to be sure it didn’t seem as though I was dealing. If I had a long shirt or jacket on, I would smooth the shirt over at least five times before I reached the top of the stairs. If I had to bend down or over because I dropped something, I would get on the ground in the most uncomfortable way or look for a wall with no one near it so my backside wouldn’t be facing any peeping eyes.

I tried many of the usual stores and brands where teenagers would shop but no pair of jeans could measure up. I pulled all of my jeans out of my closet and couldn’t help but notice they were all straight at the hips. It was obvious that a majority of jeans were made for either white women or women that had straight hips, which did not include my black friends or me.

Then, in 2003, when hip-hop clothing was in style, Apple Bottoms came out with jeans that curved at the hip, and was just for a black women’s body— it was something that no other brand attempted to create. Admittedly, the Apple Bottoms jeans did curve at the hips and didn’t leave that gap between my stomach and the front of my pants like I was taking a picture for a Weight Watchers commercial. Unfortunately, wearing hip-hop backed clothing was a trend and after a few years it was no longer cool – not even Flo Rida’s song could bring them back.

So, I was left with jeans that were in style but didn’t fit correctly. Lately, my style has changed and I’ve become more interested in heels instead of sneakers. Also, with the increased frustration with jeans that don’t fit, I’ve switched to wearing those dresses and skirts that show a little leg. Until I get a chance to try out the expensive brands of jeans that are supposed to provide the “perfect fit” I’ll have to do with showing a little bit more skin and replacing jeans with tights and pants.

– Michelle Veal

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  • MW

    I’m going to give Gap some credit: they’ve come up with pretty good jeans. It’s just, I’d argue, they don’t target them well. Curvy jeans from Gap are generally for women who need definition, I’ve found their ultra skinny/ real straight subset of 1969 jeans fit women of body and curve way better.

  • Kema

    I have a 28inch waist and 45inch hips so far the only thing that has worked for me has been having a lot of spandex in the jeans.

    I just took that LEVI quiz to see what the best pair for me would be and I got – Supreme Curve – designed for the curviest woman.

    I think I will try them to see if they work. *crosses fingers*

  • Cookie Johnson, Magic Johnson’s wife has a line of high end jeans. You can find them online at Neiman Marcus. They are made for women with curvier figures.

  • brittany

    An article aboutnot being able to find a good pair of jeans? Seriously? There are way too many options out there for you to be having this problem.