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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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