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The Jeans That Saved Me From a Lifetime of Belly Band Wearing

By Lauren Hartmann |

Hi. My name is Lauren. I had a baby seven months ago and my pants still don’t button.

Remember that belly band contraption that you wear to hold up your pants when they won’t button during pregnancy? Well, seven months later and I’m still wearing mine. Sad day.

This is not to say that I’ve been too proud to go up a size (or a few) when it comes to pants shopping, but I simply have not been able to find pants that fit my post baby body challenges. I’ve purchased a few pairs of pants since having my baby, but they’ve all just been wrong and I’ve ended up resorting to old jeans and my BFF the belly band.

My denim dilemma is this: it’s been a huge struggle to find pants that fit in the legs, but aren’t too tight in the stomach creating the dreaded muffin top. If I go up a size so that the waist fits properly, then the legs are baggy and look sloppy.

But, luckily Levi’s has solved my denim woes!

Enter the Levi’s Curve ID collection. I was skeptical that any jeans would be able to fit my new body, but decided to give them a try. I took the Curve ID quiz and it said that I was a “Slight Curve,” but unfortunately I couldn’t find any Slight Curve styles at my local Macy’s when I went jean shopping (no way I was buying jeans online sight unseen!) so I tried on the Demi Curve style and they fit like magic – these are the pair I settled on in case you’re curious.

The jeans have a bit of stretch, but aren’t legging style jeans, which in my opinion makes them just right. The fit is absolutely perfect. I seriously have never had a better fitting pair of jeans in my life and that’s saying something, because jeans are the tried and true staple of my wardrobe and I’ve owned quite a few pairs. These jeans were the winner of the jeans lottery and now I can wear pants that make me look like I have a 7-month-old baby instead of looking like I’m 7-months pregnant with a belly band on and that makes me a very happy camper.

A big thanks to Levi’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “The Jeans That Saved Me From a Lifetime of Belly Band Wearing

  1. Mary Anne says:

    Oh I hear ya! Jeans with a liiitle bit of stretch make the world go round :)

  2. claudIA says:

    i just took the quiz and it says i’m a demi-curve too! def going to have to check them out! I hope you’re right because i also have the “muffin top problem” :(

  3. Emily says:

    God, I really like this quiz. It’s nice to see a wide-range of options for women who aren’t shaped like twigs.

  4. Emily says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one having trouble finding jeans post-baby. My babe is 3 months old and I’ve still been wearing my maternity jeans but I’m so sick of the huge elastic waist that doesn’t really fit. I’m going to take the quiz and go buy myself some well-fitting jeans!

  5. Lana says:

    I took the quiz! It’s completely awesome!

  6. Meghan Gesswein says:

    A bit of stretch is KEY. But too much stretch is a DISASTER. Glad to see that Levi’s has mastered this concept!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I TOTALLY had an unhealthy dependence on my belly band post pregnancy. So glad I found the right pair of jeans and was finally able to give it up!

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