THE JEANS FIT GUIDE
Jeans: the hardest-working pieces 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 designer jean fit, including what to look out for with pocket placement, selecting the right rise for your height and other design details that help improve the overall appearance when worn. Start scrolling, the perfect pair and tips on how to wear them are waiting.
THE WIDE-LEG JEAN
Back by popular demand, the statement wide-leg jeans are everywhere this season! This style’s exaggerated cut at the hem is perfect for balancing a broader top half and defining the waist. When selecting your favorite 90s pair, be sure to choose the right rise: taller women should pick a high-waisted style to lengthen the silhouette, whilst a mid- to low-rise waist suits those who are shorter.
Style Tip: “Wide-leg jeans tend to run long, so style with a heel to feel taller.”
THE STRAIGHT JEAN
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.
Style Tip: “Layer with second-skin tops for a streamlined silhouette.”
THE BOOTCUT JEAN
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, like with all other jean styles, 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.
Style Tip: “Accentuate the waist by wearing it with a tucked-in top and finishing with a belt.”
THE BOYFRIEND JEAN
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 jean styles. Recognized for having a relaxed shape, they are designed to have a borrowed-from-the-boys look that’s tailored to flatter womens’ body shapes. The oversized proportions are complimentary for any figure.
Style Tip: “Slouchy, relaxed jeans look especially good with form-fitting tops.”
THE CROPPED CUT JEAN
Follow the fash-pack and opt for a pair of cropped jeans that allows full style play and a never-ending choice of shoes to go with. Worn correctly, 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.
Style Tip: “With a sneaker they are sporty or dress them up with a statement shoe.”
THE ICONIC SKINNY JEAN
If you’re going to invest in one style, go for a classic pair like the skinny jeans. It is designed for a close fit that hugs your form from the waist to the ankles, giving the illusion of long, lengthened legs, regardless of your body shape. For the perfect streamlined silhouette, choose denim with stretch and favor darker washes.
Style Tip: “The all-day pair! Wear with a blazer in the morning and a strappy top in the evening.”