The best high street jeans the woman&home fashion team wear non-stop

The best high street jeans don't compromise on fit, fabric or style.

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You don’t need to splash out on designer denim to bag the best jeans – try our pick of the best high street jeans instead...

Apparently, one in five women have never found the perfect pair of jeans. Shopping for denim can be stressful, particularly when you’re feeling the pinch in the financial department, too. Add to that the anxiety of wiggling into the wrong jeans for your shape, and it’s no wonder we end up with a pair that’s far from perfect. Rejoice, then, that finding figure flattering jeans no longer needs to mean shelling out on a hefty designer price tag. The high street is now invested in using up-to-the-minute technology and fabrics, so you won’t need to worry about them losing their shape or shrinking in the wash.

Whether you’re after a pair of miracle bum-lifting jeans or a slouchy pair of blue denims to wear at the weekend, we’ve got something to suit your body and your budget. Once you’ve found the perfect pair, they’ll take you anywhere in comfort and style, so it’s worth taking a bit of time to find “the ones”. Confused by the difference between bootcut and flared, skinny and straight, high and low-rise, girlfriend and boyfriend jeans? And don't even get us started on mom jeans… Never fear, our fashion team is here to show you their favourite styles.

Finding your perfect fit on the high street

The high street is full of jeans that flatter all figures, but deciphering all the different styles can be daunting. While we should wear whatever we feel good in and not feel forced to try out new trends, you may find some high-street jeans styles suit you better than others.

As a general rule, darker washes are more flattering, helping to streamline your shape. High-waisted jeans also help cinch in your middle and can lengthen your pins, too. Pear shapes look great in wide-leg or flared hems, and petite women can really pull off cropped cuts. The best thing to do is try them all on, and don’t be afraid to go up or down a size until you find the right fit.

Our top picks of the best high-street jeans

These are our fashion team’s personal favourites – the jeans they turn to time and time again.


best high-street jeans: J Crew jeans

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1. J Crew Petite 9” High-Rise Stretchy Toothpick Jean

Best suited to petites

Price: £123
Sizes: US sizes 23-37
Fabrication: 88% cotton, 8% polyester, 4% Lycra spandex
Machine washable: Yes
Responsibly sourced fabrics: Yes
As chosen by: Paula Moore, Fashion Director
Provides: Stretch comfort and snug fit
Reasons to buy
+Doesn’t fade+True to size
Reasons to avoid
-May not sit as high

The petite length shows just the right amount of ankle bone, making them the perfect length when worn with heels or trainers. Every wardrobe needs a decent pair of black skinnies and these tick all the boxes. Holding you in at the waist, they’re a snug fit and hug your curves. Super stretchy for ultimate comfort, they don’t fade or sag after washing.

best high-street jeans: new look jeans

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2. New Look ‘Lift & Shape’ High Waist Yazmin Skinny Jeans

Best suited to all shapes

Price: £25.99
Sizes: 4-18
Fabrication: 71% cotton, 24% polyester, 3% viscose, 2% elastane
Machine washable: Yes
Chosen by: Becky Joiner-O'Riordan, Senior Fashion Stylist & Writer
Provides: Body-sculpting
Reasons to buy
+Value for money+Contours body
Reasons to avoid
-Thicker waistband

A great everyday skinny jean, these sit high on the waist and close to the skin. Helping to lift the derrière and sculpt your shape, the high stretch makes them super comfy, too.


best high-street jeans: Topshop jeans

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3. Topshop Considered Bleach Editor Straight Jeans

Best suited to all shapes

Price: £49
Sizes : 24-36 waist, 30-34 length
Fabrication: 100% organic cotton
Machine washable: Yes
Chosen by: Lauren Hughes, Fashion Writer
Provides: Catwalk-approved style
Reasons to buy
+Kinder to the planet+Super trendy
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

These high-rise straight leg jeans are a cool alternative to a skinny jean. Proof that cheap jeans doesn't need to mean poor quality, these are crafted from organic cotton and made using eco-friendly production methods, so friendlier to the planet, too.

best high-street jeans: arket ecru jeans

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4. Arket Regular Cropped Jeans

Best suited to: Petites

Price: £59
Sizes: 25-32 waist
Fabrication: 100% cotton
Machine washable: Yes
Chosen by: Charlie Bell, Fashion Writer
Provides: A relaxed style
Reasons to buy
+New shade+Flattering length
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

Freshen up your denim with a pair of ecru jeans. Go for a loose style, such as this straight pair, rather than skintight, for a more flattering finish.


best high-street jeans: Monki jeans

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5. Monki Akari Indigo Jeans

Best suited to: Pear and apple shapes

Price: £50
Sizes: 24-36 waist
Fabrication: 65% cotton, 35% polyester
Machine washable: Yes
Responsibly sourced fabrics: Yes
Chosen by: Jess Beech, Senior Fashion Writer
Provides: Skims over thighs and lengthens legs
Reasons to buy
+Flattering dark wash+Slims legs
Reasons to avoid
-Only one leg length

Add inches to your legs with a pair of wide-leg jeans. These sit high on the waist and finish just at the ankle. Made with recycled cotton and polyester.

best high-street jeans: Levi's jeans

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6. Levi’s Mile High Super Skinny Jeans

Best suited to:All shapes

Price: £90
Sizes: Sizes 23-32 waist, 28-34 length
Fabrication: 76% cotton, 13% Tencellyocell, 6% polyester, 5% elastane
Machine washable: Yes
Responsibly sourced fabrics: Yes
Chosen by: Aleesha Badkar, Fashion Writer
Provides: Sculpts curves
Reasons to buy
+Super stretchy+Hugs curves
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

With extreme stretch and sculpt, these jeans hug your curves in all the right places. Available in nine different washes, they’re an everyday staple from the denim pros.


best high-street jeans: gapjeans

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7. Gap High Rise Distressed Cheeky Straight Jeans

Best suited to: All shapes

Price: £54.95
Sizes: 2-24
Fabrication: 99% cotton, 1% elastane
Machine washable: Yes
Chosen by: Amy Hunt, Fashion Writer
Provides: A snug fit with a relaxed hem
Reasons to buy
+Flatters bum+Authentic rips
Reasons to avoid
-Tight at first but loosens to suit shape

Look for natural rips, such as on the knees, when going for distressed denim. This light-wash pair has a vintage vibe and a straight cut that fits snugly around the bum.