Denim Fit To Flatter: Putting Your Best Butt Forward

I’ve been blogging over here at Eat, Sleep, Denim for about three months now. We’ve covered a lot of denim topics, from shorts and tights to white denim to trousers to the worst jeans you’ve ever owned. In short, I feel like we know each other. Which is why I feel like it’s finally time to have a serious discussion about our, ehem, derrieres. That’s right, butts. have put mine on display for you here, all in the name of denim.

Perhaps the most important and personal part of the jeans-purchasing process is finding a pair that flatters you from behind. Anyone who says they don’t care about how their butt looks in their jeans is either lying, or resigned to a life of nothing but tunic tops.

Yesterday a couple of the ladies from the office and I went out to do some market research. We all have wildly different body types, but we wanted to see if there was one brand of denim that was universally rear-view friendly. We found that between us we couldn’t land on one brand. We also found that trying on pair after pair of jeans, looking for nothing but a nice butt can be really taxing on your self esteem and your faith in denim.

Personally, I have found Paige Denim to be most flattering on my butt. I have a small, flat one, so I prefer a no-flap pocket that sits higher and closer to the center seam. One of my coworkers also has a petite derriere but with a little more shape, and she relies on her 7 For All Mankind flares and J Brands to get her most flattering fit. My third coworker also likes Paige, along with Levis Curve ID.

What I’ve concluded is that the shape of your body is going to play the biggest role. For some girls, a trouser can minimize and flatter a large butt, where mine just drowns. Some prefer a high waist, some low. Skinny jeans, flared jeans, boot-cut – it’s a matter of proportion. At least I think so. I’m just one woman after all.

Now I want to know: What jeans flatter you best? Do you have a go-to cut or a tried-and-true brand? Come on and share, won’t you?

[Images by Nando Alvarez & personal iPhones.]


  1. Jenny
    November 17, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    This really is a big denim debate. My perfect fit has a simple pocket and pockets that hit right at the bottom of the cheek. . . I hate it when the pockets go down your leg and give you no butt or are up too high and give you mom butt , I could go on forever on this subject. My go-to is a low waist J Brand or my Ideal Super Stretch from Henry & Belle. But as long as the pockets fit my perimeter and the pocket is clean, any jean can work!

  2. FaithJ
    November 17, 2011 / 1:06 pm

    Definitely Joe’s Jeans. No matter which cut I try on, they all look good from behind!

  3. November 17, 2011 / 1:07 pm

    First, get it gurllllll. Nice toosh!

    OK. All time favorite are my dark wash 7 high waisted skinnies. They’re my safety jeans. They’re my fat jeans, my sexy jeans, my casual jeans, my dance all night jeans.
    Coming in a close second are the pair I just purchased from Rag & Bone. Also skinnies.

    I think a good pair of skinny jeans, plus a heel is my all time toosh flattering look.
    Great post by the way.

  4. November 22, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    My best bet is usually J Brand, but I have a much larger behind than the petite derrieres photographed above. To keep it real I try to always show how a pair of jeans looks from the back in my denim posts. Here’s a pair of James Jeans from behind: And here’s some J Brand from the back when I weighed a bit more:
    Still flattering I think!

    The Style Confessions

  5. December 3, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    genetic denim is amazing! i have both the ‘liam’ which is a midrise straightleg and the ‘james’ which is a skinny with a zipper on the side and am totally in love with both of them. i have a pretty decent ass but these jeans look good on anyone! it’s all about the cut and positioning of the pockets.

    also though they don’t look that good on me because i have a curvier body type, nudies makes a a really great jeans for both guys and girls who have a more boyish frame, plus you can’t beat selvage denim.

  6. May 11, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    I love J Brands, they always fit me perfectly, and it feels good to know I am going a size down since they always stretch out!

  7. Dawn
    September 18, 2012 / 8:54 pm

    For my flat butt, pockets placed closer together help tremendously. I find that pockets angled out too much at the bottom and too far from the center seem make my butt look flat and broad. Paige, some AG, and some True Religion work best for me….

  8. January 27, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    For those of you ladies who are curvy and have larger butts, let me say that i agree that no flap pockets is good advice shared by Caitlin.

    Here’s 3 other useful tips when selecting jeans to fit and flatter larger derrieres:
    1. Do wear high waist jeans if you have a muffin top or your bum crack shows when you bend over. You can try mid rise jeans first to see how you go but no low rise.
    2. Don’t draw attention to a large butt by having small pockets on each buttock of your jeans. The small pockets contrast greatly against a larger behind which is not a flattering look. Large pockets placed in the centre on each buttock is a feature you need to observe when shopping for jeans for curvy women.
    3. If you don’t want to draw attention to a large behind, minimize the detailing and pattern on the pocket.

  9. December 6, 2013 / 7:39 am

    Cute butts you got here but proud to say that my butt is cuter! just kidding. Im always a fan of Jag.. It brings out the best in me.

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