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The Booty Gap: How to Find Jeans that Fit the Waist

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Dear Budget Fashionista,

I have a question and maybe it’s a stupid one. I have a lot of problems with jeans and the fit (or lack there of) around the waist band. There always seems to be a gap. I have a pair in particular that I love and want to keep except for this problem. Is there a way to have them tailored? Is this a common request? Do you have any advice in this area?

You’re not alone! It’s a very common problem. Yes you can have your jeans tailored, but most tailors will not be able to give you that perfect fit because the problem is in the construction of the jeans. Jean manufacturers are making jeans for women that sit right on the hips and these women don’t have as defined a waist as you do so the jeans fit on them without a gap. Tailors can make the waist band smaller and take in the hips, but that would essentially be reconstructing the entire jean. Also working with jean material isn’t easy and the tailoring may cost you more than what the jeans are worth.

Here are some tips to deal with the booty gap caused by poorly fitting jeans.

Try a size smaller

Try a pair of jeans that is a size smaller but choose jeans with 3% spandex/lycra content.

Look for curvy silhouettes

Look for jeans that are made for those with a bit more curves. Try Everlane’s Cheeky jean, Levi’s Curvy Bootcut, or GAP curvy fit jeans.

Wear high-waisted jeans

Try jeans with a higher rise. They’ll go to your waist or about an inch below your natural waist).

Make your own jeans

You can also make your own jeans at or, starting from about $70!

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Dusty Johnson

Saturday 29th of August 2015

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Thursday 14th of July 2011

I am aobut 5'6 and 132 lbs. have a defined waist and full bootie and thighs. I always have the gap problem! The mid rise jeans fit best but aren't as fashionable. The best low rise ones I have found are Levi "Too Superlow". I have the skinny destressed jeans. Order a size smaller than what you think you need if you have my body type. I couldn't believe how well they fit! I am a womans sz 6 and jr size 7 and sometimes 9. These jeans come in jr sizes only. The 5's fit me much better than the 7's. So be sure to order a size smaller because they stretch and also hold everything in well!


Friday 12th of November 2010

I also want to recommend the company indiDenim...they provide great service and their custom jeans come out great!


Wednesday 24th of February 2010

Try AG (Adriano Goldschmied) jeans... the Legend cut.

Clear Belt

Thursday 7th of May 2009

I would try the Invisibelt. My friend suggested it to me because I was complaining about the gap in the back of my jeans and how they were always sliding down on me. Check it out.

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