Plus-Size Jeans Buying Guide

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Plus-Size Jeans Buying Guide

The perfect pair of jeans is the most coveted item in any woman’s wardrobe. The key is finding the perfect fit that is not only comfortable but also flattering to the figure. Great fitting jeans that achieve both these requirements become a staple in everyday and special occasion wear. They can be dressed up or down, making them an essential garment.

The perfect place to look for both new and pre-loved jeans is on eBay. This guide aims to offer buying advice for plus-sized women looking for the perfect pair of plus-sized jeans. It will address both buying concerns, as well as look at the different styles of jeans available on the market.

Where to Begin?


The most important thing to undertake when looking for the perfect pair of jeans for a buyer’s figure is research. Take time to explore the different suggestions and opinions of fashion experts. This will ensure the perfect pair of jeans will be purchased.

Body Shape

To purchase the best pair of jeans it is important to have an understanding of one’s body shape. This will enable a shopper to match this with the suggestions from fashion experts that they recommend for one’s particular body shape.

The most common body shapes are as follows:

Hour Glass Body Shape

Women with an hourglass figure have a waist that is smaller than their hips and bust.

Pear Shape Body Shape

Women with a pear shaped figure have a waist that is smaller than their hips. 

Apple Body Shape

A woman with an apple figure has a waist and middle that is larger than their hips.

Jean Styles

There are a variety of different jean styles. These include (but are not limited to):

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans offer a tight fit. They are tight and narrow around the waist and ankles.

Straight Cut Jeans

Straight cut jeans are a slightly looser fit than skinny jeans. They are the same straight cut from waist to ankle, with no flares or other additions.

Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans again are a straight cut, but a much baggier pair of jeans. They are a wider jean than the straight cut.

Boot Cut Jeans

Boot cut jeans have a tighter fit across the thighs but flare out towards the bottom of the jean leg (near the ankles).

Flare Jeans

Flare jeans are like an exaggerated version of boot cut jeans, with the flare starting at the knee and more pronounced.

Successful Styles for Fuller Figures

Because jeans have been a staple in any wardrobe over an extended time, it is possible to research further the best styles to suit one’s figure.  Fashion experts routinely point to the following suggestions:

Hourglass Figure

Boot cut or flare jeans look great on an hourglass figure.

Apple Figure

Boot cut jeans with additional tummy support or jeans that elongate the legs. The best style for this is straight cut or boot cut jeans.

Pear Figure

Look for a mid to low cut in jeans, with a low fitting waistband. Stretch jeans are also great for this body shape. The material will fit and mould to an individual’s body shape.

What to Look for When Purchasing Jeans

Once the style and cut of jean has been decided upon, it is time to search for the right pair of jeans. When looking at jeans, it is a great idea to address each of the following points before deciding to buy:

· The Fit of the Jeans: ‘Fit’ generally refers to how tight the material is on the legs. For example, a skinny jean will fit tightly across the whole leg, whereas flared jeans will be tight across the top but loose at the bottom of the legs. For plus sized figures, it is advisable to choose a comfortable or relaxed fit.

· The Rise of the Jeans: ‘Rise’ refers to the room from the crotch to the waistband. The rise of the jeans will largely be determined by the style of the jeans:

o   Medium – the rise of the jeans will sit around the navel

o   Low – sits around 3 cm below the belly button.

o   Ultra low – sits lower than the low rise.

o   High – sits above the belly button.

· The Wash of the Jeans: ‘Wash’ is referring to the colour of the jeans. It is possible to purchase jeans in an all manner of different colours. The most common is blue and jeans are available in all variations of blue, from light to dark (almost black). A dark wash jean is the most flattering on fuller figures. Stone wash or sand wash that offer a ‘worn’ look. There are a variety of different colours, depending on what is in fashion.

· The Hem of the Jeans: If the hem of the jeans is too long, this needs to be taken up. It should sit neatly just above the ground, covering nearly a wearer’s entire shoe.

· The Brand of the jeans. The market is literally saturated with different brands of jeans. The jean market is a trending market and the latest popular jean will often be associated with a brand. The main objective should be about finding a pair of jeans that are both flattering and comfortable. Because of this, the choice of jeans should not be decided by brand, but rather fit.

How to Buy Plus-Size Jeans on eBay

eBay is a great site for purchasing jeans.  Not only do they offer a wide selection of both new and used jeans, it is also a secure and safe website. The following information offer suggestions on how to shop on the site:

Search: Searching can be done a number of different ways. The easiest is using the keyword search bar located on every page of the site. Alongside this is the advanced search and categories search. Simply select ‘women’s clothes’ and ‘jeans’.

Review the Product: Because of the nature of the purchase, it is important to review the description and photograph of the product before making the purchase. This will help to ascertain the condition of the product (if used) and make sure it is exactly what is being sought after. 

Exchange and Refunds: With adequate research the likelihood of requiring an exchange or refund is not high. However, it is a good idea to check this policy before purchase. Most sellers offer excellent customer service.

Purchasing the Product: This can be done by one of the three ways: ‘Bid’, ‘Buy It Now’ or ‘Best Offer’. Take note of which way the product is being sold and follow the appropriate method. Payment can be made via credit card, debit card or PayPal.  

eBay Deals: Be sure to check out eBay deals to see what the latest offers are.


Owning the perfect pair of jeans for all occasions is closer then one thinks. By undertaking some simple research and knowing one’s body shape, it is possible to find a pair. Plus-size jeans are available for all manner of body figures.

eBay is an excellent site to purchase this wardrobe staple. It offers simple, safe and effective shopping.

For further information about how to use the site, visit the buyer tips page, which will help with a buyer successfully purchase the perfect item for them.

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