If there is one thing that we can say with certainty is a universal wardrobe staple, it’s jeans. They’ve been around for centuries and have transformed far beyond their initiation as the durable solution for blue-collar workers. “Jeans have become a timeless go-to for all body types and genders thanks to their versatility, ease of wear, and ability to adapt to new trends,” says Maggie Greene stylist and CEO of Maggie Greene Style.
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“We’ve seen high-rise, mid-rise, high-waisted, wide-legs, flares, stovepipes, skinnies, and elephant ears, to name a few, all of which have faded in and back out of style,” Greene says. “We’ve also seen materials change — dark wash, light wash, stonewash, distressed, etc.” But while the style and silhouettes change, one thing remains the same: When you find a great-fitting pair of jeans, you’ll want to wear them again and again.
Of course, when it comes to shopping for the best jeans for women, comfort is key. “They should feel good on you and you should be able to breathe, move, and eat when wearing them,” explains style coach, Kim Hancher. From there, you can follow the trends or look for styles that you feel flatter your shape and proportions, she says. Whether you prefer a relaxed fit, trendy wide-leg, or super skinny silhouette, ahead are the brands and styles the fashion pros recommend.
The Best Jeans for Women in Every Style
Levi’s Classic Bootcut ($49; levi.com)
Bootcut jeans are a classic for a reason: “Bootcut denim gives the illusion of longer legs and offers a lot of versatility when styling,” says stylist and model, Tara Dupuis. This pair has supportive stretch, a super-soft feel, a relaxed fit through the hips, and a just-right cut that isn’t too wide at the ankles. “Pair them with your favorite tee and cowboy boots for an effortlessly laid-back look,” she says.
Gap High Rise Kick Fit Jeans with Washwell ($70; gap.com)
“A retro trend, these kick fit jeans have a subtle flare hemline and are cropped right aboe the ankle,” Dupuis says, adding that they are easier to style than you might think. She suggests wearing them with loafers to polish off a look, or with sneakers for casual outfits. “An oversized or boxy tee and clean sneakers create an easy outfit with a kick fit denim,” she adds.
Frame Le Crop Mini Boot Dark Wash ($235; nordstrom.com)
This is a similar style to the one above, seeing as it’s cropped above the ankle and has a framed fit. Women love the slight stretch through the legs and the gap-proof contoured waistband, which allows these jeans to fit a variety of shapes. “This brand is the ultimate to me — well-made, soft, comfortable, and they produce jeans in a sustainable way,” says Hancher.
Good American Good Legs Skinny Jeans ($99; goodamerican.com)
If you can’t shake the skinny jeans trend even though it’s not technically in style right now, you’re not alone, and luckily, you can still find plenty of options in stores. However, none fit better than this high-rise pair by Good American, according to Dupuis That’s thanks to the brand’s recovery fabric, which offers superior stretch while still allowing your jeans preserve their original shape wear after wear. “This brand is great for curvy gals as well as those who struggle with the dreaded waist gap, since the denim stretches and sculpts,” she says.
Free People Shelby Boyfriend Jeans ($78; freepeople.com)
Slouchy jeans are having a moment, and they can be quite stylish, especially when paired with a button-down or blouse and heels. These come in three different shades—a light wash, faded black and classic blue—and feature a hip sling waistband. Just note that reviewers suggest sizing up for the perfect fit.
Molly & Isadora Acela Boyfriend Jean ($69; shop.dia.com)
“These simply look fantastic on everyone,” Liz Bader-Natal, Director of Styling at Dia & Co, says of these distressed boyfriend jeans that come in sizes 10-26. They’re supportive while still being slightly loose in the leg, and come with distressed details and a rolled hem for a stylish touch.
DL1961 The Rachel Flare ($199; dl1961.com)
This ultra-high rise jean comes in a flattering dark wash and fun flare silhouette, plus it has the brand’s Intrasculpt technology that molds to your body for the right fit. “Their denim holds everything in just the right spot, and you get a natural booty lift by wearing a pair of these jeans,” says Hancher.
Cool Girl Style Medium Wash Straight Leg High-Waisted Jeans ($84; lulus.com)
If you’re looking for a pair of straight-leg jeans that will rival your favorite pair of skinny jeans, look no further than these. They have a slight stretch that keeps them nicely fitted through the thighs, a high waistline, and a broken-in softness that will flatter every shape.
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