They’re the cornerstone of our everyday wardrobes, but with so many different types of jeans for women to choose from, finding the perfect pair can feel like a daunting task.
If, like us, you have a wardrobe overflowing with denim, but only one pair of jeans that you actually wear, it’s time for a denim intervention.
The good news is, you don’t need to go far to find brilliant-fitting jeans. Some of the best jeans we’ve come across are available on the high street. But, if you do want to splash the cash, higher-end denim will reward you with longer-lasting fabric, as well as a wider range of fits, washes and cuts. Not forgetting premium denim often has more eco-friendly credentials – justifying the steeper price tag.
From high-street to high-end, we’ve rounded up the different types of jeans for women your wardrobe is crying out for…
8 different types of jeans for women to try
Dominating our wardrobes since the 00s, skinny jeans have become something of a style staple. If you’re still yet to dabble, don’t let the word ‘skinny’ put you off. Crafted from lightweight, stretchy denim, they work to hone, shape and ultimately flatter all body types. Buy yours in a high-waisted fit to benefit from their bum-boosting, and tummy-smoothing talents. And remember, the darker the denim, the slimmer your legs will look. Frame make amazing skinny jeans if you can afford them.
They might be slightly looser than skinny jeans, but thanks to the rigid denim they’re made from, straight leg jeans are still really flattering. Because the fabric is firmer, there’s a temptation to size up, but as all denim stretches eventually, it pays to stick to your usual size. Little details like raw hems or contrasting stitching will elevate your new jeans. Levi’s make great straight jeans.
Similar in style to straight leg jeans, Mom jeans are easy to spot thanks to the nipped-in waist, slightly baggy legs and tapered ankles. The retro shape does have the power to divide a room, but pairing with pointed-toe shoes or a heel will counteract the wider fit. Next have a fab range of mom jeans in.
Wide leg jeans
One of the biggest trends of 2020 is wide leg, culotte style jeans. Don’t be intimidated by the extra fabric – high-waisted fit will stop the shape from overwhelming your figure. Teaming yours with a form-fitting top or knit will help too. If you’re petite, choose a pair with a cropped leg to show off your shoes. Arket make fabulous wide leg jeans.
Make the most of the 1970’s fashion revival with a gorgeous pair of flares. Of all the different types of jeans available, these are one of the most flattering styles. Fitting snug around the waist and thighs before fluting from the knee, they skim over your calves to create the illusion of longer legs. Team yours with a floral blouse and tan boots to play up the retro feel. Topshop have a strong collection of flared jeans in at the moment.
Kicking out from the mid-calf, a boot-cut jean offers a slightly subtler take on the 70s flare. Ever wondered where the name came from? The wider cuffs were initially designed to make it easy to slot a pair of boots beneath them. Balancing out proportions, bootcut jeans are especially flattering on anyone with wider shoulders or a curvy behind. M&S have a brilliant jeans range and their bootcut styles are really nice.
Arguably one of the most laid-back denim styles, the defining features of a boyfriend jeans are low-slung waist and slouchy fit. Choose darker denim for a polished look, or experiment with rips and fades for a more casual feel. Rolled-up hemlines help boyfriend jeans work for petites, without the need for costly alterations. Mint Velvet is one of our fave labels and their boyfriend jeans are a really flattering take on the trend.
The jury is out as to whether jeggings count as jeans, but if you’re on the fence between denim and jersey, they’re the perfect choice. Boasting plenty more stretch than your average jeans, they’re a comfortable choice for all-day wear. Choose a pair with a flattering high-waist and they’ll reward you by gently smoothing any lumps and bumps around your middle. M&Co jeans make really affordable jeggings.