Jeans are an essential component of any woman’s wardrobe. Given that’s the case, it’s surprising that finding a well-fitting pair of denim jeans can still be so difficult! There are so many different fits, styles, materials and embellishments, it’s hard to even know where to start.
So what’s the best type of jeans for women? Sorry to say, we can’t answer that. It entirely depends on your body shape and your own tastes. But we can give you a rundown of everything you’ll need to know about jeans.
We’ve progressed well beyond the classic jean cut of old so that today, there are plenty of styles and fits to suit every woman’s figure.
The straight leg cut is the much loved golden oldie. Straight and narrow right down to the ankles, this classic jean style is perfect for any body type. The straight silhouette is particularly good at helping to elongate the figure.
The best thing about the straight leg fit is that it’s perfect for any occasion, easy to dress up with a stylish tunic and blazer, or to dress down with sneakers and a casual tee.
Slim fit jeans strike the perfect balance between the skinny jean and the straight fit. Sculpted to the hips and thighs while just skimming the ankle, it offers a slim-lined look that still manages to be comfortable.
Boot cut jeans are so named because they’re easy to wear with a pair of boots. Narrow around the thighs, they widen out subtly below the knees, producing a lean silhouette.
Boot cut jeans have been a favourite for generations, thanks to their stylish versatility; they work with pretty much any body type and can be dressed up or down for virtually any occasion.
Skinny jeans are a true fashion feat, creating a stunning, slimming look while still managing to be comfortable! Skinny jeans hug your figure from the waist to the ankles, yet are stretchy to ensure you can enjoy maximum movement.
Ideal to pair with your favourite heels, they’re especially ideal for women with longer legs or a slender figure.
A bit of a nod to older, simpler times, flare jeans hug the waistline, but then flare out beyond the knees. They can range from the subtle flare to something designed to catch the eye.
While flare jeans work for any figure, they’re particularly flattering on women with broader shoulders or narrow hips.
While not so common these days, wide leg jeans offer plenty of comfort and style when paired well with a fitted top. Wide legs widen out from the thighs down to the ankles.
Boyfriend jeans are truly in - and why shouldn’t they be? They offer everything a girl would want: both style and optimum comfort. Boyfriend jeans offer a looser, baggy cut, but maintain a snug fit around the waist for a flattering effect.
They’re perfect for women who like to hide their legs, but they look great on any body figure.
You’ll probably be familiar with the terms high-rise, mid-rise and low-rise, which refer to the way the jeans sit on your waist. You might already have a preference based on comfort or look, but if you need some guidance, we’ve laid out the difference between the various rises below.
High waisted jeans sit above the navel, on your natural waistline. It’s a great choice for shorter or curvier women as it can elongate the legs or help tuck in the tum or rear.
Mid-rise jeans are by far the most popular choice among women. With the waistband sitting just below the belly button, the mid rise helps contain wider hips but can also be more comfortable for virtually any figure.
Since it sits a few inches below the belly button, a low rise pair of jeans is more sensual, but also best suited to more casual occasions.
Low rise jeans, also called Brazilian jeans, do the job of creating the illusion of a longer waist and are great paired with high heels for a night out on the town.
These days, 100% cotton denim is not all that common, since it tends to stretch out over time until it becomes too ill-fitting to wear. Instead, denim blends are becoming increasingly common, with cotton blends, polyester blends and viscose blends topping the list of denim materials.
Aside from styles and fits, another thing to look out for in jeans is their appearance. These days, jeans are available in a wide range of colours, looks and other embellishments.
Also known as dry denim, raw denim is unwashed denim. You’ll be able to spot it easily because it’s the traditional dark blue colour of denim and is stiff to the touch.
There are several different kinds of denim washing, which is a way to give the denim a worn-out look during the manufacturing stage. Denim washing can produce different patterns and hues, including a faded look.
Jeans that have been denim washed will be softer and more flexible than raw denim jeans. Light wash is a particularly popular look, providing a faded, light blue look.
Medium wash jeans are the midway point between raw denim blue and light wash jeans. They have a bit of fading in the material for a softer look.
Acid wash jeans are another popular option. The fabric is treated with chlorine and pumice stones to create contrasting or speckled colours. It’s a great casual option.
White denim is often considered a bold fashion move, but it doesn’t have to be. White jeans are a great smart look, especially if you pair them with a darker coloured blazer and t-shirt or sweater.
Just as white denim can serve as classy office wear, so too can black denim - and it’s a little easier to pull off. In fact, black denim jeans are often a great wardrobe staple, giving you a simple canvas to experiment with bolder statement pieces on your top half.
Distressed jeans are altered during manufacturing to look tampered with or worn out. The fabric may have permanent creases, rips, or scratched patterns over the denim. It gives your jeans a worn-in edge to them.
Your jeans are meant to be your ultimate go-to pants, so make sure you find something that’s just right for you. This is the one item of clothing you’ll want to pull on no matter how you’re feeling, so make sure you’re comfortable in them - both with how you feel and how you look.
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