Trying to buy the perfect pair of jeans has got to be up there - perhaps with bras and swimwear - as the most difficult (and, it's got to be said, dispiriting) pursuit of a shopping nature. If they fit on the waist, they don't fit on the bum. If they fit on the bum, they don't fit on the waist. (And don't get me started on the leg length). That will be the refrain going around your head on repeat if, like me, you're pear-shaped.
I've tried a lot of jeans - from high street to high end - and can personally attest to the fact that finding a pair that hugs my smaller waist and bigger hips to perfection is pretty hard. I have several pairs that can't be worn without a jumper or shirt to cover the waist because it gapes (and several others that are way too tight on the crotch, like way too tight).
But, after extensive research in the field, I can confirm that there's one shop that seems to tick all the boxes - that's waist, bum and leg - and it's, praise be, a high street hero: Marks & Spencer.
I absolutely love these turn-up jeans from M&S, which have a high waist and loose leg. Chic and
The brand's new turn-up jeans are slim on the thigh and wider on the leg, with a folded hem that will look great with stompy ankle boots now that it's autumn. They're just the right length - long enough to pool nicely over a block-heel without dragging in any puddles - and are easily dressed up or down with a 'nice top' and heels. (I took them to dinner last week with a bodysuit and a blazer, but am wearing them today with a sweater + socks and sandals.)
Below is an edit of the best pear-friendly jeans, including personal recommendations from yours truly.
SHOP: The Best Jeans If You're Pear-Shaped
These straight-leg jeans hug the waist and are pleasingly loose on the leg. (They're also on sale
I love wearing white jeans, but only when they're wide-legged like this pair from Mother.
Uniqlo's denim cargo trousers actually have an elasticated waist to ensure a perfect fit if you're
New Look jeans are a perfect fit for my pear-shaped figure, especially when they're cut like this
E.L.V. Denim uses upcycled jeans - two old pairs for every new pair - to make its signature
Raey, the in-house brand at Matches Fashion, has a really spectacular selection of jeans,