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How to choose the right jeans

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Jeans are a versatile essential in the wardrobe of practically every woman. They can be worn with trainers and a t-shirt for comfortable everyday wear or they can be styled-up with the help of a fashionable blouse, dress shoes and accessories for more formal events. However, with so many different cuts, styles, colours, washes and fabrics of jeans available, choosing the right pair for you isn’t always an easy task.  

With this in mind, we have put together this handy guide to tell you everything you need to know before picking out your next pair of jeans. We firmly believe that by opting for the perfect fit, colour and style of ladies jeans, you can make a huge difference to not only an outfit or look you are trying to put together, but also your comfort and confidence. So, carry on reading for our top tips when it comes to choosing the right jeans for you. 

How should jeans fit?

Regardless of the cut you choose, a pair of ladies jeans that fit correctly should meet a number of key criteria. For example, the ideal pair should not require a belt. While you may choose to wear one as an accessory, a pair of jeans that fit properly will not need a belt to keep them up. Similarly, whether you go for ‘low-rise’ or ‘high-rise’ jeans, they should always fit snugly around your waistline, not slipping up or down as you walk. 

Additionally, it is important that the waist of your jeans does not pitch your skin or make you feel uncomfortable as you walk or sit, especially in the hip area. Remember, when trying on a new pair for the first time, make sure you sit down, walk, bend over and squat. This will give you a good idea if you will be able to move around comfortably without the jeans falling down or pinching your skin. Jeans with elasticated waistbands are a good option if you struggle to find a pair that fit your waistline comfortably. 

Finally, it’s important to consider leg length when hunting for the perfect fitting pair. If possible, shop for jeans that offer tall, petite and regular leg sizes. Many people find uniform length jeans to either be too short or long, so having the option to purchase a customised length is always a good sign, and will typically lead to better fitting jeans.

Types of jeans for women

There are a wide range of different types, or cuts, of jeans for women to choose from, each of which suit different body types and are matched to different social events. Some of the most popular types of jeans include: 


 Originally designed for cowboys who required practical, tight-fitting jeans that also were wide enough in the calf to allow for boots to fit underneath, bootcut jeans remain popular to this day. Both stylish and versatile, these jeans can be worn with pretty much any body type and can easily be styled up or down for any occasion.


 Slim-fit ladies jeans provide a more fitted option. Best suited to those with more slender body types, these jeans can also look great when rolled up or folded at the calf. 


As the name suggests, straight jeans do not taper in or flare out. One of the most classic cuts, these regular-fit jeans suit all body types and never go out of style. 


Almost skin-tight around both the calves and thighs, allowing you to show off your figure, skinny jeans are exaggerated slim-fits. Popular over the last decade, these jeans suit those with pear and hourglass body shapes. 


Synonymous with the 1960s and 70s, flares are tight around the hips and flare out beyond the knees. Also known as bell bottoms, this retro cut best suits those with narrow hips and/or broad shoulders. 


Also known as ‘mum jeans’, high-rise jeans are designed to sit above the navel. First fashionable in the 1980s and 90s, this cut is a great choice for short and/or curvier ladies, helping to make legs appear longer while flattering the hips and rear. 

What colour jeans shall I choose?

When it comes to picking the perfect pair of jeans, as well as considering which cut will fit you best, you also have to think about which colour might suit you. With literally thousands of different colours, shades, washes and fades of denim available, from classic blue and stonewashed shades to iconic indigos, clean whites and bold blacks, choosing can be overwhelming. However, there are a few basic rules to consider when making your mind up. These include: 

1. Light washes

These jeans, also known as stonewashed or distressed jeans, have been designed to look worn and washed out to the point where a good proportion of the garment’s original dye has leaked out. This aged-look gives your jeans a vintage feel. These jeans best suit those with a slim body type and are perfect for the summer months. 

2. Dark washes

The most versatile colour when it comes to ladies jeans, these classic shades of blue, indigo and grey typically have a slimming effect and can be dressed both up and down with ease. 

3. Black

Black jeans are also very versatile and provide a natural slimming effect. They are ideal for everyday wear, and can be paired with pretty much anything. As a rule, they are ideal for those with curvier body shapes. 

4. White

Perfect for more formal occasions, especially during summer, white jeans can bring a clean, sharp and crisp look to any outfit. Typically having the ability to widen the appearance of your legs, white jeans tend to favour women with a skinny or slim body type, helping to provide a more full-figured look. 

So there you have it - Chums’ guide to selecting the perfect pair of ladies jeans for any occasion. Be sure to check out our entire range of denim products the next time you are looking for your next favourite pair of trousers. 

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