Women's Jeans Fit Guide

Womenswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22
Womenswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22
Womenswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22

Which jeans fit is right for me? Can this jeans style move with me? Will this wash go with what I’m wearing? Read our guide to jeans types and find out everything you need to know before you buy your next pair.

Jeans are no longer the side dish to an outfit: with a wide choice of flattering leg styles, washes and brands to shop from, all you have to do is find your perfect match. From flared and boyfriend styles to straight and skinny fit, read our guide to all things denim and find the right pair of jeans for you.

What are straight fit jeans?


Best for everyday versatility

After a pair of jeans that are universally flattering and work from day to night? Straight leg jeans are cut to sit on or above your waist and have a straight leg line from the hip to the ankle which makes them a versatile style for both flats or heels.

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “Fall back on a classic, no-nonsense shape to see you from work through to weekends. Trainers or loafers? It’s your call - literally everything goes.”

Discover key straight fit styles

Look out for popular straight fit jeans including John Lewis Organic Cotton Rich Straight Leg JeansLevi’s 501 and Levi’s 314.

What are wide leg jeans?

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Best for a retro look

Finding a pair of jeans that’s both flattering and comfortable is easy with a wide leg style. A relaxed alternative to trousers, they’re cut to fall straight from the hip into a long leg and are perfect if you don’t like figure-hugging styles. 

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “A contemporary update on a wardrobe staple, you could go grungy with thick-soled sneakers or ladylike with a high heel.”

Discover key wide leg styles

Look out for popular wide leg jeans including the Leenah from Paige and Gerard Darel wide leg jeans.

What are skinny fit jeans?


Best for a streamlined silhouette

Ever since Kate Moss introduced us to skinny jeans, we’ve been hooked. Cut with elastane, skinny jeans hug the thighs and lower calves to provide a streamlined and comfortable fit and lend a cool, modern feel to an everyday wardrobe. 

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “Second-skin denim is still in; look for high-waisted styles for ultimate comfort.”

Discover key skinny fit styles

Look out for popular skinny fit jeans including Levi’s 721Levi’s 311 and Mint Velvet Maryland.

What are slim fit jeans?

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Best for figure-flattering style

Sitting between skinny and straight leg, slim fit jeans are a modern and versatile style that hug the upper legs but don’t cling to the calf. How to style them? Balance the streamlined look with an oversized top.

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “Offering a fitted silhouette with a tapered leg, these are a chic option if you’re looking to graduate from skinny jeans.”

Discover key slim fit styles

Look out for popular slim fit jeans including Levi’s 312 and Whistles Authentic.

What are flared jeans?


Best for leg-lengthening

Synonymous with the seventies, no other jeans style offers a longer leg or leaner look than flares. Cut to hug the seat and thigh before falling into a wide, ankle swinging leg, they’re a dressier denim style best suited to heeled boots. 

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “With a hint of nostalgia, flares elongate legs while offering day-to-night elegance. Wear with a tucked-in blouse for a retro nod.”

Discover key flared jeans styles

Look out for popular flared jeans including French Connection RobyneMango Valen and Gerard Darel Laura.

What are boyfriend fit jeans?

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Best for ultimate comfort

Relaxed, loose-fitting boyfriend jeans offer the ultimate comfort for days off or when you want to bring a more casual feel to your look. Wider in the leg but still fitted at the waist, choose between ankle crop or full length.

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “Unapologetically relaxed, dress-down denim should look as good as it feels comfortable.”

Discover key boyfriend fit styles

Look out for popular boyfriend jeans including AND/OR Venice beachMint Velvet Dakota and Hush Boyfriend.

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Caring for your jeans
  • Now you’ve found your perfect pair, don’t forget to check the wash care label before washing them.
  • Delay washing your new jeans as long as you can. Spilt something on them? Try spot cleaning the stain instead.
  • Always use a gentle or cold wash cycle and don’t forget to wash your jeans inside out. You’ll preserve the colour of your jeans and protect against shrinking, plus you’ll save water and energy.
  • Dryers and denim don’t mix. Preserve the fit of your jeans by line drying them instead.
  • Need to hem your new pair? Wash your jeans before hemming to allow for any initial shrinking.
  • Avoid drying jeans in direct sunlight as this can cause fading.

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