Jeans have been around since the 1800s, and are one of the most popular wardrobe staples for both men and women. The ultimate versatile garment, jeans can be worn with pretty much any outfit, in any style. In particular, styles of jeans for women have really kicked off in the last 50 years, with skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, mum jeans and high waisted jeans becoming firm female favourites. Read on for our guide to different jean styles and how you can rock each and every one of them.
High waisted jeans
What on earth did we wear before the high waisted jean made its entrance to the market? High waisted jeans are the perfect jean style for any shape or size, as they flatter all waistlines, creating that desired nipped-in effect. Pair yours with a tucked-in shirt to emphasise your waist and create a super-flattering look. You can wear a blazer over the top and pop on a pair of high heels for a more formal outfit, or go for a black polo neck jumper and trainers for casual weekend vibes.
Try out this daring red pair:
How to wear mom jeans
Mom or mum jeans can be a little trickier to style, but there are so many options out there that you’re bound to find the best one for you. Mum jeans typically have a baggier leg and a cinched-in waist for that nostalgic 90s silhouette. Acid wash mom jeans look fab worn with a logo tee and sneakers, but you can go full diva and match a black pair with a black roll neck top, long winter coat and biker boots – just don’t forget the sunglasses!
This classic blue pair belongs in every gal’s wardrobe:
A look we’ve seen in and out of fashion over the years, ripped jeans are a firm fashion favourite for women. Black skinny jeans look instantly more rock and roll with a few rips on the knees, while boyfriend styles have been seen with rips all over the thighs and legs – why not keep this look punk by wearing a pair of fishnets underneath. If you don’t think you’re brave enough for rips, distressed jeans are an easier option.
Indulge your inner rebel with this cropped pair:
How to wear boyfriend jeans
Boyfriend jeans are made with a looser fit, tailored for a female shape. Of the many different jeans styles, this can be a tough one to pull off – but they’re so comfy that we think every woman should invest in a pair. To avoid this style from looking too slouchy, try pairing with a bardot top and sandals, or a cute cropped tee. If you find that this style swamps you, go for a cropped pair to elongate your pins.
This capri-length pair are sweet and simple:
What colour jeans to wear
Jeans come in every colour imaginable; from timeless classics like dark blue, acid wash and black, to white, red, green and pink. For formal occasions, darker shades look best – think smart black jeans or deep indigo blue, whilst acid wash, white, and lighter colours are more casual. Try experimenting with different combos, mix and match new colours and styles and enjoy creating your perfect jeans looks.