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Model wearing a balloon jean.

Just why is Levis® Balloon Jean a must-have style? Good question! Levis® has a wonderful way of following on from one success to another and the latest being the ‘Balloon Jean’.

What is the Balloon Jean?

The Levi’s Balloon Jean is a fresh update on a 1980’s style, a mix of two favourite things Levis® does well, a high rise and a loose comfy leg. You could say the high rise is borrowed from the best selling styles the Ribcage and the Wedgie Jean mixed together with a rounded silhouette that tapers at the ankle.

Which Body Shape is the Balloon Jean Good For?

Levis say’s “They’re designed to look good on everyone”! However, the sizing at the moment starts at 23 -32 and two inseams 26 & 28 doesn’t make this style inclusive which I feel is a real shame as this should be the way forward.

  • High Rise: 12.25″ high is good for Curvy body shapes such as Regular Curvy & Tall curvy as they’d benefit from the high rise and exaggerated curve through the hip.
  • Ankle Length: 26″ & 28″ is a plus for all Petite body shapes but the high rise could be too high. ( you’d need to check here)
  • Exaggerated Silhouette: Good for women that are heavier on the thigh area and wish to disguise. This would be a ‘no-no’ for an Apple body shape as this style will hide your best assets your slim legs, also the rise would be too high! Plus Size over a 32 (size 16/17/18/20) waist wouldn’t be catered for in this style.

The Recap:

Lucky You!

Regular Curvy, Curvy Tall & Long & Leggy can wear this jean.

Sadly not for you!

Apple, Petite, Plus Size this jean sadly isn’t good for!

How to Style the Levi’s Balloon Jean

Think boyfriend & mom jeans and you will be on the right page of how to style this new style.

Levis® suggests “style them with a cropped sweatshirt and rugged sandals for a tomboy look, or mix in delicate, feminine details for a softer feel. Also, a perfect length to flash your cutest shoes year-round. Because they hit just above the ankle, they play just as well with ankle boots as they do with heeled sandals or flats.”

Levis® new season clothing is really covetable, lots of shirts for layering and I’m really into this Khaki Paola Jacket, love the colour perfect with light colour jeans for Spring.

Shop the Tops

As I said before I really think Levis® are missing a trick here by not making this new style inclusive as they do have a plus size jean line starting at size 16 to 26. Maybe they will once they see if this style is a best seller!

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Images: Levis®

Let’s chat… do you think denim brands like Levis® should be making more of the women’s jeans inclusive like other smaller brands? Tell me what you think?


    • Hi there! This style ‘The Balloon Jean” is good for all ages. It’s more about if it’s good for your body shape?
      If you are curvy, Plus & Tall then definitely yes. Apple body shapes wouldn’t look good in this style as it will hide their best assets, their slim legs. Petite need to be careful they don’t get swamped with too much fabric. hope this helps!

  1. Todos tenemos mínimo un par en nuestro armario, pero no siempre acertamos al elegir los más adecuados según nuestra forma de cuerpo y complexión, combinarlos o al llevarlos a la oficina… y la elegancia casual tiene sus reglas.

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