Reader Question – I’m an o-shape and I find that jeans just never stay up or if I belt them really tight, they hurt. I find it impossible – any tips?
All of us have different shapes, sizes and styles so finding the perfect pair of jeans can be a massive task with an overwhelming number of options. There’s a pair of jeans for every body shape, so don’t worry! For women with an o-shaped body jeans fit can be hard to find a pair of jeans that can hide muffin top while not being too loose through the bottom and thighs (because when you go up sizes to get your tummy to fit, then you get too much fabric in the thighs and butt!).
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One of the most common issues for women who have an O shape with a protruding tummy face is that as they go up in size to get a waistband that doesn’t dig in, then the rest of the jeans become too big and sloppy. Rather than messing around with regular sizing, my tip is to shop the maternity section of your stores as a pregnant body shape in an O body shape.
Here is a short shoppable video showing you some styles and what to look for
There are no rules that say you should only wear maternity clothes when pregnant. You always have the freedom to wear them whether you are pregnant or not. The important thing is that the clothes make you feel good.
The O-shapes tend to have a tummy but don't necessarily put the weight on through the hips and thigh. One of the problems you encounter is finding jeans with enough room for your stomach but without overly baggy thighs. A pregnant body is an o-shaped body. Maternity jeans are often designed to go up and over the tummy without the excess fabric on the thighs. Jeans For O-Shape Body
I remember when I was pregnant; I really hated any pressure on my tummy. It felt so uncomfortable. Maternity clothes are perfect because they’re designed not to put pressure on your tummy and keep you comfortable. You’ll find they fit through the bottom and the legs. Jeans For O-Shape Body
There are 3 main types of methods that maternity jeans use to keep the jeans up: underbelly waistband, over bump waistband and side stretch panels.
While the style you choose will ultimately come down to personal preference, over-the-bump waistband generally provides the smoothest support for your tummy while under-the-bump waistbands can provide support from below. If you choose a style with an under belly waistband then you’ll need longer tops and tunics to cover the waistband. Side panel maternity jeans are the closest thing to regular jeans as the panels are quite discreet and blend in with the design. Styles side panels tend to sit much lower on the hips and rear.
The beauty of maternity jeans is they can be found in a variety of lengths and leg shapes and price points. Would you wear an item of maternity clothing if you weren't pregnant? If you are an o-shape and you struggle to find a pair of well-fitting jeans, just try the maternity section.
Not sure what your body shape is? Take my Body Shape Calculator quiz and discover what will flatter your figure.
I have a month old so right now I am still wearing some maternity clothes, not by choice! But I will say that having a long torso and being a little taller than average maternity tank tops are Heaven sent. My mom once took me to a maternity store when I was 16 to get me some shirts that fit properly- it was extremely embarrassing but she was right! Now I just take care to avoid anything with ruching since it looks way too maternity.