Whether you’ve recently (or not so recently) given birth, ate pasta for lunch, or have a “larger in the middle” body type, some jeans will serve you better than others. Most women, especially those who have been pregnant, have a bit of a tummy. I know I do! In reality, most of my clients do too. Despite what you might think, there are several great options for jeans that flatter the tummy area.
NYDJ offers figure flattering jeans for anyone and they are exceptional for those of us who have a “mummy tummy”. My favorite cut is the Barbara Bootcut style, pictured below.
NYDJ denim is also available in petites and plus. You can find NYDJ at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, or Nordstrom Rack. I use to recommend sizing down in NYDJ, but they are running more true-to-size these days.
Like NYDJ, Chico’s also offers petite sizing in their denim options. I am 53’” and the vast majority of my clients are under 5'5", so I appreciate these brands that cater to us shorties. Although Chico’s has a bit of an image problem--I am consistently impressed by their denim collection, especially for my clients who have a true diamond shape (which is not the same thing as having a slight tummy). Chico’s has their own sizing system, and I find its best to size down. For example, I am usually a 6 Petite and I would take a 0 in Chico's sizing.
If you’re curvier in addition to having a tummy (I can relate)--Paige jeans are a great option for you. In particular, the “Hoxton” High Waist Skinnies will look amazing on you. There are usually a few colorways available for just under $150 during the Nordstrom Sale. You can also snap Paige up at the Rack from time to time. In my experience, Paige runs true to size.
If you're sick of skinny jeans or want something a little different and fashion forward, I can't recommend these Frame jeans enough. They're super flattering and even a little sexy.
The “Coco Curvy” fit from DL 1961 is another option that is popular with curvier clients. They fit tall women very well. If you're over 5'7", this brand will work great for you. I must caution that if you truly carry your weight in the middle, these may not be for you. They work best on women who carry most of their weight in their hips and/or bottom. Like Frame, these jeans don't stretch out. DL 1961 runs true to size.
Denim Shopping Tips
If these jeans are outside of your budget, and you're in San Diego, I have frequently found these brands throughout various consignment stores. As mentioned earlier, you can also find them at Nordstrom Rack or Off Fifth. If you’re not in an area with these stores, take these concepts with you the next time you’re looking for a flattering jean. You want a jean that has a high waist, or at least a mid-rise. You’re looking for denim that has some stretch, yet won’t lose its shape. And keep in mind you may have to try on a dozen pairs to find the perfect one for you.
Bon Jewels Girly Boutique - Del Mar
The glamorous jewels are at Bon Jewels in Del Mar's Flower Hill Mall. If you love glitz and glam, look not further than what I affectionately refer to as "Clare's for Adults". I love stopping in here for jewelry for brides and wedding guests. If you've got a red carpet appearance, a black tie event, or a formal affair to attend, Bon Jewels has amazing earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. They also carry popular lines like Freida Rothman and Versus Versace.
Anthropologie - Fashion Valley and UTC
If your style is more "Bohemian Flowerchild" than "Glamorous Gal", the accessories at Anthropologie will delight you. Aside from statement necklaces and feather earrings, I really love the scarves, hats, and bandanas available at Anthro. They have locations in Fashion Valley and Westfield UTC malls.
Farmer's Markets - Everywhere
If the thought of spending $200 on a pair of earrings make you break out into hives, I recommend visiting the Farmer's Markets for unique pieces that don't break the bank. Since these booths are operated by local merchants with limited inventory, you have the added bonus that very few (if any) other women will be wearing the same accessories as you. And, you get to feel great about shopping local and supporting small businesses.
Bazaar Del Mundo - Old Town San Diego
Bazaar Del Mundo has an amazing, well-priced selection of silver and turquoise accessories. If you're looking for beads, feathers, or fringe, this is another win for my Boho ladies. Bazaar Del Mundo is also a great spot for anyone who prefers real silver to costume jewelry.
Cedros Design District - Solana Beach
Hand Crafted, Solo, and Leaping Lotus in Solana Beach offer items similar to the Farmer's Markets. These shops feature unique pieces created by local artists. Solana Beach has one clear benefit over those farmers' markets though--you can go there any day of the week. As a bonus, these retailers also carry a unique and vast selection of home goods to browse while you're shopping for accessories.
The Color Palette Method
Packing for a trip is like building a capsule wardrobe--you want all the piece to play well with each other. Just like my stay at home Mom capsule, I started this one from the printed piece (the cardigan) and built the color palette out from there. In this capsule, we're playing with red, white, grey, and black. I like black for travel because it hides spills and stains. I am pretty messy, and know many other women who are the same way. This is why Tide Pens and Shout Wipes are included on the packing list.
With the items below, you can easily wear the pants from the suit with the tops alone, with a top and the cardigan, or with a top and a jacket. Likewise, the dress can also be worn with or without the jacket or cardigan. The tops can be worn with the jeans for more casual events or during your downtime.
Three pairs of shoes may seem like overkill for a quick trip. For women who are on their feet for presentations or walking on a trade show floor, a variety of shoe options are necessary. It's another reason I recommend carrying a larger bag--so women can switch between flats and heels, or even alternate their heels during the day to relieve pain and pressure points on their feet.
Leave Some Room
While the shoe options are necessary when packing for a business trip, a ton of additional clothing is not. Most of the conferences and events businesswomen attend are in tourist destinations like Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Chicago, or New York City. In your downtime, you may want to do some shopping. You'll need room in your luggage for anything you pick up during your trip.
Shop My Business Trip Picks
Nic and Zoe Cardigan, $138
Eileen Fisher Tank, $148
Pleione Faux Wrap Blouse, $68
Lafayette 148 Top, $178
Tahari Dress, $128
Theory Jacket, $395
Theory Pants, $285
NYDJ Jeans, $138
Bella Vita Flats, $90
Sam Edelman Pumps, $120
Olivia Burton Watch, $150
Argento Vivo Hoops, $55
Kate Spade Earrings, $48
Argento Vivo Stick Pendant, $35
Ann Taylor Necklace, $80
Saint Laurent Tote, $995
The Ultimate Business Trip Packing List
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.