By Jess Beech
Denim might be the cornerstone of our everyday wardrobes, but with so many different types of jeans for women to choose from, finding the best jeans 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 denim we’ve come across is available on the high street. But, if you do want to splash the cash, higher-end jeans will reward you with longer-lasting fabric, as well as a wider range of fits, washes and cuts – not forgetting that premium denim often has more eco-friendly credentials, thereby justifying the steeper price tag.
From high-street jeans to high-end, we’ve rounded up the different types of jeans for women your wardrobe is crying out for…
8 types of jeans that everyone should own
Frame Le High Skinny Jeans
Type of jeans: Skinny Jeans
Dominating our wardrobes since the noughties, 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. In short, they're seriously slimming jeans. Buy yours in a high-waisted fit to benefit from their bum-boosting and tummy-smoothing talents. And remember, the darker the denim, the the more streamlined your legs will look. Frame make amazing skinny jeans if you can afford them.
Levi's Women's 501 Jeans
Type of jeans: Straight jeans
They might be slightly looser than skinny jeans but, thanks to the rigid denim they’re made from, straight-leg jeans are just as 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.
H&M Mom Loose-fit Ultra High Jeans
Type of jeans: Mom 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.
Arket WIDE Cropped Jeans
Type of jeans: Wide-leg jeans
Wide-leg, culotte-style jeans are having a real moment. Don’t be intimidated by the extra fabric – the 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.
Boden Bootcut Jeans
Type of jeans: Bootcut jeans
Kicking out from the mid-calf, a bootcut 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.
& Other Stories Flared High Waist Jeans
Type of jeans: Flare jeans
Make the most of the 1970s 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.
G-Star Raw Kate Boyfriend Jeans
Type of jeans: Boyfriend jeans
Arguably one of the most laid-back denim styles, the defining features of boyfriend jeans are the 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.
M&S Collection High Waisted Jeggings
Type of jeans: jeggings
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.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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