THE JEANS FIT GUIDE

Jeans: the hardest-working piece in your wardrobe. They look cool with sneakers on the weekends and they easily impress with heels. It’s a well-known fact that finding the right fit can be challenging for many women, especially when there are so many cuts, washes and hem finishes to choose from. But how do you find the best jeans for your body type? Our denim experts at THE OUTNET advise on exactly how to choose the most flattering jean fit, including what to look out for with pocket placement, the outline of the yoke and other design details that help improve the overall appearance when worn. Start scrolling, the perfect pair is waiting. 

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THE BOYFRIEND

Denim trends come and go but boyfriend jeans are here to stay! Considerably more comfortable than other cuts, there are a number of iterations that fall under this category – including the girlfriend, mom and balloon-leg jeans. Recognized for having a relaxed shape, they are designed to have a borrowed-from-the-boys look that’s tailored for women. The oversized proportions are complimentary for any figure.

Wear it with: Cool flats and knits for day. Play with the slouchiness by adding heels for night.

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THE HIGH WAISTED

Say no to low – high-waisted jeans are the only way to go. J Brand and Current/Elliott offer up the gold standard in form-flattering jeans that were born in the 70s. Loved then and worshiped now, they have an ability to accentuate the waist – the narrowest part of a woman’s body – and draw attention away from less-loved lumps. Pro tip: check the profile of the back of your jean’s waistband (above the pockets), otherwise known as the back yoke. For the most flattering look and to add shape, the seam should form a soft ‘V’.

Wear it with: Shirting and contemporary accessories for a thoroughly modern feel.

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THE ICONIC SKINNY

If you’re going to invest in one shape, go for a classic pair like the skinny jeans. It is designed for a close fit that hugs you from the waist to the ankles, giving the illusion of long, lengthened legs. For a streamlined silhouette, choose denim with stretch and favor darker washes.

Wear it with: Perennially-chic tweed, blazers and heeled pumps or boots.

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THE BOOTCUT

A stalwart style, the bootcut is a timeless favorite. Worn best when they hug the hips and slightly flare at the legs for an enhancing, lengthening and proportion-balancing fit. Pay particular attention to the pockets when buying bootcut jeans, the bigger the better! Plus, the pocket position is just as important as the scale, so ensure that they are situated just above the crease of the bottom for the most flattering result.

Wear it with: Just about everything! Whether day or night, this cut is a fashion chameleon.

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THE CROPPED CUT

Follow the fash-pack and opt for a pair that allows full style play and a never-ending choice of shoes to go with. The hem sits right above the ankles and helps to balance out a tall silhouette. Top tip for petite women: select fringed or raw hemlines to help lengthen the appearance of your legs.

Wear it with: A great pair of ankle boots, statement socks or leave your ankles bare in the summer.

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THE STRAIGHT FIT

The most nonchalant of all: the straight leg. RE/DONE and FRAME lead the pack for the simple, versatile and lasting style – currently coveted by many of those in the fashion know. Cut straight throughout the leg, this design is one of the most flattering for all – especially as it balances out the proportions of a woman’s frame.

Wear it with: Anything from frills and sweaters, to tanks and blouses – anything goes!