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Women's Jean Styles: Which Types of Jeans Work for You?

Women's Jean Styles: Which Types of Jeans Work for You?

Don’t think you can wear jeans? Think again. There are women’s jeans for every body type — the key is knowing which styles work best for you. A few good pairs of jeans can take you from casual workdays to date night in on-trend style. Read on to learn about various types of jeans and how to put together outfits that help you look and feel your best.

Check Your Measurements

Before shopping for jeans, the first thing to do is to take your measurements. Even if you think you know your size, it’s wise to re-measure and compare your measurements with the size chart. There are petite, regular, tall, and plus-size jeans, so there’s something to fit and flatter every body type. Once you know your size, you’re ready to find the jean styles that work for you.

When measuring your body for jeans, use a measuring tape, and start at your waist. Measure at the narrowest part of your waist, where it curves in. Next, measure your hips at their widest part. The last measurement you’ll need is your inseam, which runs from your groin to your ankle.

The High Rise: A Trendy Take On an ‘80s Classic

If you want a look that’s classic and on-trend at the same time, consider high rise jeans. This jean style is sometimes called the “Mom jean” and is a current favorite of influencers and fashionistas. We love it, too — the high rise jean provides plenty of midsection coverage and pairs well with everything from tunics to turtlenecks.

When it comes to footwear, you can wear this jean style with everything from sneakers to heels. Pair your high rise denim with tennis shoes for running errands and heels for going out to dinner. This jean style comes in a variety of washes from light to dark to coordinate with the rest of your wardrobe.

Skinny Jeans: Curve-Hugging Denim with Stretch

Stock your closet with skinny jeans in every color and you’ll be ready for any occasion. These jeans are infused with Spandex, so they have a gentle stretch that permits a full range of movement. Skinny jeans look tight but let you move freely, and they pair well with tunic tops and oversized sweaters. Wear your skinnies with a pair of ankle booties or calf-high boots. Or, you can wear them with high heels for a glam look that’s perfect for going out.

Straight Leg Jeans: A Classic Look for All Figures

Another type of jean to consider is the straight leg jean. This denim style looks traditional and helps create a streamlined silhouette, as there’s no flare at the ankle. You can wear this style with everything from flannel shirts to sweaters. All kinds of shoes go well with this type of jean, from sneakers to cowboy boots. If you want a slimming effect, choose straight leg denim in a dark wash, such as navy or black.

Jeggings: A Denim Alternative

Everyone can appreciate jeggings — an ultra-comfortable cross between jeans and leggings. The jegging combines the structured look of denim with the super-soft feel and stretch of knit leggings. As with skinny jeans, jeggings look great with boots, booties, and heels. They’re a cozy choice to wear with tunic tops and turtlenecks; you can also wear them with oversized sweatshirts and long cardigans. For a casual day around the house, pair your jeggings with a roomy T-shirt for all-day comfort that’s still stylish.

Accessorizing Your Jeans

Jeans don’t need a lot of accessorizing to stand out. However, the addition of a belt can take your denim to the next level. There are all kinds of belts from which to choose, so you can find one that suits your aesthetic preferences. If you love a coordinated look, match your belt to your footwear. Add a handbag in the same color and material for an extra touch of sophistication. Outwear can also be used to accessorize jeans; for example, you could layer a puffy down coat in a neon hue over a pair of light-wash mid-rise jeans to add a vibrant touch. Or, toss a belted wool coat over a pair of gray skinny jeans for a look that’s all business.

Finding Your Style

The right jean style for you is the style you love to wear. Try on different styles to see which ones flatter your curves and make you feel confident. For example, you might find that you feel best in curvy fit jeans rather than a regular fit pair. Keeping the rest of your wardrobe in mind can also help narrow things down when jean shopping. For example, if you own a lot of tunics and sweaters, opt for skinny jeans. If you like crop tops and fitted turtlenecks, consider a pair of high rise jeans. Or grab one of each and have denim for every occasion.

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