Best jeans for women - including wide-leg, straight-leg, skinny, and mom styles

These are the best jeans for women, tested by our fashion team - including plus and petite picks

composite of five models wearing the best jeans from Zara, M&S, Good American, Everlane, River Island
(Image credit: Zara, M&S, Good American, Everlane, River Island)

Finding the best jeans is no easy task; some people spend a lifetime and a small fortune in the quest. But once you've found the perfect pair, there is no end to your outfit possibilities.

Securing the best jeans is key to bringing your wardrobe together, but finding the right fit is no mean feat. With so many types of jeans on the market, locating the style that suits you and your lifestyle best requires a lot of research, but have no fear, we've tried on dozens of pairs to help find the best jeans across a breadth of cuts to help narrow down your search. 

"A good-fitting pair of jeans are essential to any wardrobe. Your most reliable pair of jeans can be the foundation of any outfit, and you can create more outfits around them," explains Emily Dadgarian, luxury brand expert and stylist at fashion app 28. "Staple pieces never go off-trend and can complete any outfit. For example, throw on your favorite pair of jeans, a simple T-shirt, and a good pair of sneakers, or dress it up with a blazer, some heels, and your favorite accessories, and you’ve elevated your style!" 

We've tried and tested the best jeans you can shop right now, with a full run-down of why we love them and how to wear them.

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Shopping for jeans is a personal decision, as no two women of the same size are really built the same way and the way our weight distributes itself and our height can all come into play when shopping for clothing. However, to help you find the best pair, we considered the quality of the denim, whether the sizing is reliable, how comfortable they are, as well as highlighting star pieces from each brand, reviewing every six months to ensure that these are the best jeans you can shop for the season ahead. We've divided the best jeans into silhouette type to help you find the perfect pair for you, with honest and thorough thoughts from our testers. 

The best jeans, as reviewed by our experts

Best High-Waisted Jeans

High waisted jeans expertly sculpt silhouettes, and contour middles, while the higher rise helps legs appear longer. The best high waisted jeans are some of the most versatile too, with the classic cut earning the stamp of celebrities such as Kaia Gerber and Diane Keaton. Wondering how to style high waisted jeans? This is a cut that works with everything from classic vintage t-shirts to a crisp white button-up and can form the base of your capsule wardrobe. Because they are only concerned with the rise of the waist, this style can come in all cuts, including wide leg, straight, skinny or mom jeans to name a few. 

Due to the cut, high waisted jeans naturally offer greater support to your silhouette, although many pairs come with specially built-in sculpting panels, or a denim-elastane blend to ensure a curve-loving fit. These are our favorite high waisted jeans and how to style them. 

1. AG Jeans Knoxx High-Rise Baggy Boyfriend Jeans

Best high-waisted jeans overall

Specifications

RRP: $225 / £280
Sizes: 23"-32" waist
Leg length: 28"

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable material
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Trendy style
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Suitable for petites
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Vintage high-rise fit

Reasons to avoid

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May be slightly short on taller people

AG's high-waisted jeans are some of our favorite jeans we have ever tried. With high-rise fits there can sometimes be a worry that they will be too tight or uncomfortable when sitting down, but neither of these were an issue. The soft 100% cotton material made for exceptionally adaptable wear that we could happily keep on all day long. 

Our tester said:

"More forgiving than the best skinny jeans thanks to the straighter-cut leg, I would happily make this boyfriend pair of jeans my new go-to for all occasions. I tried this pair in a size down from my usual waist measurement and they still had a little bit of breathing room, so if you have narrower hips it may be worth trying a smaller size. It only comes in one leg length, though, so this is something to be mindful of, so make friends with your local tailor to get the hem length just right for you. For those after the best petite jeans, the 28" inseam is ideal, but for those looking for the best jeans for tall women, be aware that these may offer a slightly cropped fit - although an ankle-skimming silhouette is in style right now."

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Best straight-leg jeans

Style and wash are obviously important, but the fit of your jeans is the real deal-breaker - and the best straight leg jeans remain one of the most popular styles for a reason. Straight leg jeans are some of the most versatile jeans to buy, as the classic fit can be dressed up or down and suits all body types. When it comes to skinny vs straight jeans, straight styles feel a little more formal, although it is the wash that really dictates the formality of the jean, with darker washes adding the most polish to your look.

1. Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans

Best straight-leg jeans overall

Specifications

RRP: $135 / £100
Sizes: 23"-32" waist
Leg length : 29"-31"

Reasons to buy

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Super flattering 
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Comfortable
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Timeless style
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Legs appear longer

Reasons to avoid

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We can't fault them!

It is no secret that Levi's is one of the best jeans brands in the world, and the ribcage style is undoubtedly our favorite. Suitable for all manner of occasions and ridiculously easy to slot into a minimalist capsule wardrobe, they're some of the most trendy and comfortable jeans. Finding straight leg jeans to fit different body types is a bit of a mission, particularly when all styles fall slightly differently. But we are pleased to say we found that the Levi's Ribcage jeans fit just as well on those with a narrower build as they do on those with larger hips and thighs.

Our tester said:

"These jeans come in a few different leg lengths and multiple denim hues. Perhaps my favorite thing about these jeans is their durability - expect to be able to wear your pair daily for years. For spring outfit ideas, style with everything from your best hoodies to a blazer for evenings out."

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Best skinny jeans

While skinny jeans haven't enjoyed the best reputation according to some fashionistas, we'd argue the skinny is a fashion staple that's here to stay - it's just all in the styling. Skinny jeans are great for tucking into boots or used to offset this season's best sweaters with an oversized silhouette or a trend-led voluminous blouse. 

Skinny jeans have come a long way, shaking off their reputation as uncomfortable and rigid. Styles now lift, shape, and flatter curves for a streamlined silhouette that doesn’t compromise on comfort.

1. Rag & Bone High Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans

Best everyday skinny jeans

Specifications

RRP: $195 / £195
Sizes: 23"-40" waist
Leg length: 27"

Reasons to buy

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Stretchy, adaptable fit
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Timeless style
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Works for all body types

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive

Rag & Bone are iconic when it comes to the best designer jeans, and for very good reason. Whether you are after slimming jeans that will fit and flatter, or you need some inspiration for what to wear in Rome, a pair of Rag & Bone skinnies won't fail you. This particular pair is made from an extremely comfortable stretch denim material that will really hug your curves - ideal for everyday wear. When we tried these on, we loved how well they fit across our hips and legs.

Our tester said:

"I found that these jeans fit true to size, with my regular waist measurement providing the perfect comfortable fit. They are designed to be cropped with a 27" inseam, but if you are petite they will most likely be just the right length for your legs. Though on the pricier side, this is by far the comfiest pair of skinny jeans I have come across. For a reliable pair of everyday jeans, they are worth the price tag."

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Best flared jeans

When it comes to how to style flared jeans, draw inspiration from Hollywood's elite, including the likes of Selena Gomez and Kaia Gerber, as Hollywood's 'new class' has been seen strutting around with this waist-cinching, trouser-like variation on repeat. Universally flattering, it's impossible to pass up this bell bottom design, as the cinched waist and full hem line creates a curvaceous and narrowed waistline, whilst simultaneously balancing out bust lines and hips. Plus, they are the perfect option for when you're wondering how to wear cowboy boots. So, whether you're looking for black, blue, and happy-medium washes, we've found a handful of the best buys below.

1. Good American Good Legs Flare Jeans

Best flattering flared jeans

Specifications

RRP: $130 / £107
Sizes: US: and UK: 00-30
Leg length: 33.5"

Reasons to buy

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Stylish and on-trend
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Chic '70s style 
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Wide size range
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Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Long leg length

We love American clothing brand, Good American jeans for a number of reasons, but we particularly love the inclusive sizing the most. Stocking some of the best jeans for curvy women, these flares are not only trendy and flattering, but also extremely comfortable. Fitting snug around the waist and thighs before fluting from the knee, they skim over your calves to create the illusion of longer legs. 

Our tester said:

"The one and only downfall of these jeans that I found is the long inseam length - so if you're petite you'll need to get them shortened. However, for those who are taller or who like to wear high boots or heels with their jeans, these are perfect. An essential for a spring capsule wardrobe, these will look best styled with the best cashmere sweaters, or a tee this season, half tucked into the waistband."

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Best Mom Jeans

The best mom jeans are some of the most favored among fashion lovers, and that is thanks to their trendy yet timeless shape. The high-waisted profile, that's less skinny on the hips offers a slightly more relaxed fit than straight-leg styles and has been on the rise in popularity in recent months. Channel the latest shoe trends and pair with some kitten-heeled mules and a tucked-in button-up shirt for a smart casual outfit, and transition them into the night with the help of one of the best Saint Laurent handbags. Sensational when styled right, this flattering fit will replace the need for sweatpants and have you remaining equally as comfortable. 

1. 7 For All Mankind Dylan Wide-Leg High-Rise Stretch-Denim Jeans

Best mom jeans for everyday wear

Specifications

RRP: $179 / £180
Sizes: W24-31
Leg length: 27"

Reasons to buy

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Made from quality denim
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Stretchy and comfortable
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Subtly tapered leg
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Trendy raw hems

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

When it comes to mom jeans outfits, comfort is key. That's why this 7 For All Mankind pair has our vote for the best everyday mom jeans, as their slouchy fit is perfect for whatever the day throws at you. The raw cut hem keeps things casual whilst the deep blue color is ideal for dressing up with the best designer tote bags. Though pricey for a pair of jeans, this is probably our favorite pair that we've tried thanks to their versatility and sturdy material that is bound to last.

Our tester said:

"How to style baggy jeans can be tricky, especially on petite frames, however, I think that this pair gives just the right amount of bagginess through the leg without overwhelming the figure. Be mindful that these do come up large, so I opted for a size down from my regular size, and there was still some space for movement. If you want to invest in one staple pair of jeans that has unlimited versatility, the Dylan would be my pick.

Don't forget to balance out the relaxed fit by making your top half more fitted or tailored. This can be as simple as tucking your top in to highlight your waist, slipping on a blazer for a nipped-in look, or half tucking in your top to balance proportions." 

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Best Shaping Jeans

If you like to feel supported by your jeans, you may consider investing in a shaping pair. From slimming jeans that hold you in to those that support and accentuate curves, the best jeans should make you feel comfortable in your skin and have you reaching for them day after day. Available in a vast range of silhouettes and fits, you're bound to find a pair of shaping jeans that you love. Most of these body-hugging profiles offer a tummy-control feature that contours and sculpts, wearers' curves. With built-in panels from the inside out, these jeans look great on everyone.

SPANX DISTRESSED ANKLE JEANS

(Image credit: Spanx)

1. Spanx Distressed Ankle Skinny Jeans

Best shaping jeans overall

Specifications

RRP: $98 / £112
Sizes: XS-XXXL
Leg length: 32"-37"

Reasons to buy

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Streamlined pull-on style
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Fitted through the hip and thigh
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Available in a wide range of sizes
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Comfortable fit

Reasons to avoid

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More casual style

The master of pull-on silhouettes, Spanx knows how to make a comfortable yet trendy pair of shaping jeans that work for a wide range of body types. Drawing on its experience of crafting the best shapewear, we love that this pair offers petite, regular, and tall inseams, as well as a large size range that will cater to most shoppers, delivering the smoothest of silhouettes. 

Our tester said:

"Featuring hidden tummy shaping, this pair of jeans is ideal for wearing with slightly cropped or more fitted tops that look best when not tucked in. The brand also offers flared and straight-leg styles, though I think that the skinnies perform the best when it comes to shaping. Team with new season boots for a chic and flattering look that will have you feeling as good as you look."

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Best Wide-Leg Jeans

The best wide-leg jeans are another no-brainer that should be on everyone's shopping list this year. Perfect for styling with the best loafers for women for a smart-casual dress code, or with a half-tucked baggy tee to channel this season's '90s fashion trends, there's no going wrong. 

Proportionately, they're as flattering as flared jeans or high-waisted versions, but this vintage-inspired grunge silhouette is a refresh on the classic. Go for a cropped version in a medium-wash to showcase the latest boot trends, and transition into the summer season by swapping those shoes out for a platform sandal or wedge. 

1. Good American Good Waist Palazzo Jeans

Best wide leg jeans

Specifications

RRP: $128 / £140
Sizes: US: 00-18 / UK: 4-22
Leg length: 33.5"

Reasons to buy

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Wide size range
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Trendy style
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Comfortable, stretchy fit

Reasons to avoid

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Comes up large

We already know why Good American jeans are some of the best, but this wide leg pair reiterates all the reasons we love the brand. This pair in particular proves that wide leg silhouettes are chic and flattering, and the light blue hue is perfect for livening up any spring/summer look. 

Our tester said:

"I tried this pair on in my usual size, and whilst they fit nicely on the legs, the waist came up pretty large. If you are smaller on the legs than the waist, you will definitely want to take a size or two down from normal. These jeans also have a pretty long inseam at 33.5", so those looking for petite jeans may choose to style these with heeled boots or platforms - or nip into your local tailor and get them taken up. For a super trendy look, style with a delicate cami for some '90s minimalism." 

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Best Boyfriend Jeans

The borrowed-from-the-boys-inspired silhouette is a step up from your best joggers but has the same elegance as your fave midi dress. Victoria Beckham favors this relaxed style, paired with a crisp white button-up, so don't miss out on a chance to replicate her signature slouchy style. Stay casually cool in a distressed light wash teamed with fitted t-shirts to balance out the wider leg shape.

More relaxed than a straight leg jean, but not quite as baggy as wide-leg designs, the boyfriend jeans gives the perfect happy medium when it comes to loose-leg fits.

composite of model wearing zara boyfriend jeans

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1. Zara Relaxed Boyfriend Jeans

Best overall boyfriend jeans

Specifications

RRP: $59.90 / £45.99
Sizes: W25-32
Leg length: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Comfortable and relaxed fit
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Mid rise
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Made from 100% cotton

Reasons to avoid

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Runs large

The best Zara jeans are always the perfect balance of trendy and timeless, which is exactly what the best jeans should be. This relaxed fit pair, in particular, has our vote as the best overall boyfriend jeans because of the simultaneously slouchy yet chic look they give to any outfit. 

Our tester said:

"Made from 100% cotton and with rolled hems, these jeans capture the casually cool boyfriend look without breaking the bank. I love the straight fit of these jeans, ideal for those who prefer a little more room around the hips and thighs compared to skinnies, but don't want to go for a wide-leg look. This pair does run slightly large, so it is probably worth sizing down if you prefer a slightly more fitted look. However, to embrace the baggier boyfriend style, I think sticking to your usual size is ideal. Team with the best designer backpacks for a smart-casual office look, or style with a white button-up and trainers for brunch dates." 

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Best Plus-Size Jeans

Imagine living in a world where the best plus-size jeans are a dime a dozen. If you said that sentence roughly five years ago, you might think we're crazy. But fortunately, brands (and retailers) have made good strides in the right direction, with a much greater number of brands working on making their sizes more inclusive (take a look at our guide to the best plus size clothing brands for some more inspiration). 

And while it used to just be classic styles and colorways offered in extended sizes, we're seeing a much greater variety of leg silhouettes and denim trends carried through into plus szies. From straight to skinny, and yes, even bell-bottoms, here are our top selects. 

black leather look jeans

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1. River Island Curve Jeans

Best plus-size jeans

Specifications

RRP: $91 / £47
Sizes: US: 14-24 / UK: 18-28
Leg length: 32inches

Reasons to buy

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Leather look
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Great comfort fit
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High waist offers light sculpting
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Available up to a size 28

Reasons to avoid

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Slick coated style not suitable for all occasions

Some of the best plus size jeans, the River Island Curve range was much celebrated when it first launched, delivering trend-worthy styles up to a size 28. Already making some of the best jeans, the brand's extensive curve offering - across all denim styles is one of the best and most affordable on the market. 

Our tester said:

"While its regular cotton denim is great for everyday use and incredibly versatile - thanks to the great wash selection, it's the slick, leather look jeans that have become a firm favorite of mine. Offering the same lightly contouring shape - thanks to the high waist design, you can use this as an example of how to style leather pants, and enjoy the extra directional feel they deliver. Super comfortable, with a good amount of stretch, this plus size jeans add an edge to every look."

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Best Petite Jeans

While the best petite jeans are one of the most shoppable styles on the market, shorter women everywhere know the challenges that come with finding the right fit. And, celebrity stylist Erin Nöel understands the struggle. "Candace Cameron Bure is one of my clients, and she is petite. We have spent a lot of time trying different styles and tricks to make sure her proportions work on her petite frame," explains Nöel. And one of those 'tricks' is knowing your proportions off-hand. "It's always good to have your measurements," she explains, especially when dealing with your inseam (which is the top of the inside of your leg to the floor). Generally speaking, petite women can wear all styles of jeans, but it boils down to knowing "where the hem lands". 

"Petite [women] are on average 25-27 inches for skinny jeans and 23-25 inches for cropped jeans," so it's all about knowing where you want your jeans to hit. "Cropped (above the ankle) or full-length" is the key, she concludes. But if you aren't so sure what style best speaks to your aesthetic, we're here to help. From cropped to flare, we've rounded up the best petite styles on the market below. 

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1. Hollister High-Rise Dark Wash Vintage Flare Jeans

Best flared petite jeans

Specifications

RRP: $54.95 / £42
Sizes: US: 4-14 / UK: 4-18
Leg length: 30-34"

Reasons to buy

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Available in three leg lengths
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Stretchy, comfortable fit
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Universally flattering
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Available in multiple colors

Reasons to avoid

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More trend-led styles

If you still know Hollister as teenage-centric retailer, you need to re-familiarize yourself with its current clothing offering. Now focused on high-quality basics, Hollister's jeans collection in particular is one of the best on the market for petites. They use a numerical system for measuring jeans, meaning that if you are between sizes you can still get a pair to fit you perfectly. Plus, they offer 'curve' cut jeans that have more room around the hips and bum, so you can say goodbye to that awkward waist gap that often appears at the back of other jeans.

Our tester said:

"My favorite thing about these jeans is the stretchy, adaptable fit that makes for longer-lasting comfort. When I wear the Hollister jeans, I never get that too-tight feeling that can ruin even the best outfits, but instead feel held in and supported without being suffocated. Plus, the flared style lends itself perfectly to styling with the best knee high boots. As a petite, the short leg length fits beautifully as a full-length pair of jeans - something that is rare at straight-to-market retailers. Though finding the best jeans for petites isn't easy, I think these are pretty close to perfect."

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How to shop for jeans online 

We're not always able to put our jeans through their paces in the fitting rooms. To find your perfect match, consider these factors when shopping online:

  • Check the fabric composition: if you want a pair of jeans that fit like a glove, interrogate the fabric. When it comes to rigid mom jeans, choose a pair made of 100% cotton - no spandex, no elastane, no stretch. However, you'll want precisely the opposite with skinny jeans.
  • Read the reviews: many retailers now have a dedicated section of consumer reviews, which highlight the reviewer's size, fit, and overall recommendations. Do a quick Google spot check before splashing your cash.
  • Order two sizes: jeans often come up slightly too small. So as a general rule, order the size you'd normally opt for, as well as one size up. Check the brand's size chart against your own measurements, as every retailer is different. Lastly, be sure the retailer you're ordering from offers free and convenient returns.

Can cheap jeans ever be sustainable?

Luckily, a lot of straight to market brands are making moves to be kinder to the planet, teaming up with the Better Cotton Initiative to support sustainable cotton practices that benefit farmers, too. Look out for Topshop Considered, H&M Conscious, and Levi’s Sustainable for planet-friendly pieces.

Remember, you'll still need to max out on learning how to style jeans so you can increase the amount of times you wear your denim to offset the carbon footprint and make them a truly sustainable fashion purchase. But something tells us that won't be a problem thanks to these seriously flattering styles. 

Amelia Yeomans
Senior writer

Amelia joined woman&home in 2022 after graduating with an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University and she is now a senior fashion and beauty writer. She began building her career as a lifestyle journalist after completing a fashion journalism course at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in 2019, writing for a variety of titles including OK!, New!, and Notion on topics such as sustainable fashion and entertainment.