Jeans look great on many women, no matter what your age is. But in order to look stylish in them over 40 you should choose your jeans with a little more thought. Below are some general guidelines to follow for how to wear jeans after 40.
How to wear jeans: Jeans outfit ideas
As well as plenty of tips on how to wear jeans in the most flattering way, read on for lots of jeans outfit suggestions and inspiration on what to wear with your jeans.
As always these are just general guidelines. Women over 40 can wear jeans in any way they want. These are just my suggestions on how women over 40 can look the best in their jeans.
1. Opt for a dark solid color
This looks dressy and has the added advantage of making you look slimmer. A pair of dark blue or black jeans really is one of the most versatile items you can have in your closet. Wear with almost anything.
Anne Klein High Waist Bootcut Jeans
Jona @the50plusgirl above wears cropped dark blue jeans with her sandals.
Recreate her outfit with this cardigan, jeans, sandals, bag and sunglasses.
2. White jeans also look great
White jeans are fabulous for spring and summer and make every outfit look fresh. But they also look great for the colder months too – so don’t pop them to the back of your closet. Also, take a look at how to wear white jeans.
These NYDJ jeans below are a great basis for many outfits.
NYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle Jeans
For more style inspiration, read our article on how to wear blazer with jeans
3. Heavily stone-washed or bleached jeans are harder to wear
I personally avoid these. Slightly darker jeans are much easier to wear with other clothes and can be worn to work too.
I’ve seen many 40+ women looking great in ripped jeans but I personally avoid these too.
That doesn’t means you have to go too dark though. The Wit & Wisdom jeans below are a great example with a very subtle distressed feel.
Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution Skyrise Ankle Flare Jeans
For more inspiration check out our article on what shoes to wear with different styles of pants.
4. Crop flare jeans are one of my favorite options
Although wider jeans have become more fashionable now, I still love this type of jeans and they are still my personal favorite. I love my cropped flare jeans by PAIGE which I wear with short cropped tops and longer tunic style tops. You can also try the FRAME jeans (below), which have an on-trend raw hem.
FRAME Le Crop Mini Bootcut Raw Hem Jeans
Paige Jeans (similar), Stella Carakasi sweater, Zara jacket (similar), black boots (similar), Freida Rothman sunglasses (similar), scarf (similar)
5. Make sure that the jeans don’t cut into your stomach area
Muffin tops over jeans are not flattering!
You may want to go for jeans with a higher rise. If you get a firm stretchy fabric they will do a great job of tucking the tummy in. For a smart look, you could opt for a trouser style of jeans, like the high-waisted pair (below).
FRAME Belted High Paperbag Waist Wide Leg Jeans
For more tips on avoiding muffin tops check out my hiding belly tips.
6. Jeans look great with longer tops too
If you’re wearing skinny jeans, slim fit jeans or crop flare, you can combine your jeans with a longer, tunic style shirt like the one below.
Karen @styledbykaren above opts for a boho feel with her tunic top over slim jeans.
Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, jeans, slide sandals and sunglasses.
7. Don’t show your g-string
Jeans look fabulous with shorter tops and jackets. But choose your underwear wisely. Quite a few jeans styles end at the hip area which means g-strings can show when sitting down or bending.
It’s best to choose your underwear according to the jeans you are wearing. If you love wearing g-strings you may like to opt for high waisted jeans which are now very much in style.
Anne Klein Tie Front High Waist Trouser Jeans
8. Flared jeans or wide legged jeans are a fabulous trendy option
H&M jeans (similar), sweater (similar), Zara jacket (similar), walking shoes (similar)
These pants can give you a great shape as they highlight your waist. Make sure they fit well around the waist and hip area.
It’s nice to wear high heels under them and ensure that the jeans have good length and almost touch the ground. This will really lengthen your legs.
This style is particularly on trend at the moment after years of skinny jeans.
A wider style is particularly flattering if you have an inverted triangle body shape as they will balance your figure.
Cropped wide jeans are more challenging to wear as they shorten your legs. They create a very hip and modern look though and when styled well look fabulous. They look best with a tucked in top as shown below.
FRAME Le Bardot Wide Leg Jeans
Carmen @carmen_gimeno above shows how wearing a shorter jacket looks good with high-waisted wide jeans.
Steal her look with this similar tee, tweed jacket, wide leg jeans, flats, bag, sunglasses and brooch.
These kind of jeans will look great on shorter women. Read all my tips for petites.
9. Skinny jeans or legging jeans will look great with tunics and longer tops
I like to wear tunics and short dresses over jeggings (jeans that are leggings).
1822 Denim Butter Slim Fit Skinny Jeans
Want to know more, check all my tips for wearing leggings over 40.
10. Cropped jeans are a great option when styled well
Although cropped jeans can look good on many women, you need to take your proportions into account.
If you have proportionally short legs or want your legs to appear longer, tuck in your tops or wear cropped tops. That way, you will make your torso look shorter and your legs look longer.
Take a look at how to determine your vertical body type if you aren’t sure about your proportions.
Cropped jeans are easiest to wear when tapered and are best worn with heels.
Lee Flex Motion Regular Fit 5 Pocket Capri Jean
For more ideas check my guidelines on how to wear capris and cropped pants.
11. Get jeans with stretch!
The fabric of some jeans can be harsh and stiff so I always prefer my jeans with a bit of stretch. It makes them more comfortable to wear and they often fit better too and retain their shape.
NYDJ Alina Stretch Skinny Jeans
12. Boyfriend jeans are great for a casual vibe
Jennifer Aniston loves wearing her boyfriend jeans with a blazer. Take a look at how to dress like Jennifer Aniston.
AG Ex-Boyfriend Slouchy Slim Jeans
Jamie @moreturquoise above (read her style interview here) wears her jeans turned up with loafers.
Get her look with this similar shirt, cardigan, jeans, loafers, earrings, sunglasses and belt.
13. Avoid really baggy jeans
Unless you are going for a very casual vibe, you may want to avoid baggy jeans.
Boyfriend jeans, however, as discussed earlier are popular and can look great for casual days. For a timeless style, look out for a pair of straight-leg jeans.
NYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle Jeans
14. be careful with really low rise cuts
These can really cut into your belly and may lead to showing underwear.
Best to choose models with medium rise fitting.
High rise is popular too but make sure it fits you around the tummy area. Take note that mom jeans (very high jeans that are roomy in the belly area and don’t fit properly) are usually unflattering and will age you.
Lucky Brand Sweet Straight Mid Rise Straight Leg Jeans
Take a look at the best jeans with tummy control for more ideas.
15. Ensure that the jeans fit you well, and don’t go for jeans that are too tight
Fit is the most critical part of any jeans. Try a few different pairs. Look on how well they fit around the hips. Also ensure they have the right length and rise and that they don’t cut into your tummy area.
If you don’t feel fabulous in your jeans, try another pair. A slightly different cut can make all the difference.
Don’t be tempted to buy jeans that are too tight. Bend in them. Squat. Remember, they need to to be comfortable and make you feel fabulous. Don’t compromise on this.
16. Getting the length of your jeans right is very important!
The right length depends on your body proportions. You may like read our articles on horizontal and vertical body shape.
Also, consider how you will wear your jeans. Will you wear them with heels or flats? For wider styles, it’s essential that your jeans almost touch the ground so it’s important to know which types of shoes you will wear with them.
When you find a pair you love, you may consider buying one to wear with flats and one to wear with heels. You may need to take up the hem of one pair, but it will be worth it.
PAIGE Bell Canyon High Rise Flare Jean
You may want to check our guidelines on the best lengths of pants.
17. Bootcut jeans are a classic and will continue to look good
Bootcut jeans are flattering for most body types and can be very lengthening.
Make sure they skim the ground. They look best with pointed shoes for an even more lengthening effect.
I still love my PAIGE denim bootcut jeans that are now at least 6 years old and still look good! They fit like a glove and feel soft on the legs. Buy them long enough to wear with heels and your legs will look a mile long.
You could also try the Lee jeans (below) which reviewers say have a flattering cut and are particularly good if you’re tall.
Lee Flex Motion Regular Fit Bootcut Jean
As always these guidelines are just that: guidelines. As any stylish woman will know, you can bend and break them as you please and trust your intuition. Your jeans will look best if you adapt them to your own personal style.
What are the best brands for jeans for women over 40?
Looking for your perfect pair of jeans can feel like an impossible task, so when you find a brand you love, stick with it! Here are some of my favorites below.
NYDJ (Nordstrom link here) was created especially for women over 40 even though they now also target a younger crowd. These jeans are comfortable and they have a good assortment of stretchy mid rise jeans
NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans
Kut from the Kloth
KUT from the Kloth offers high quality jeans that are very affordable.
KUT from the Kloth Natalie Bootcut Jeans
PAIGE (Amazon link here) is my personal favorite. Pricier but of very high quality. The jeans keep their shape and color and they feel so soft to the touch. They fit me like a glove.
PAIGE Genevieve High Waist Flare Jeans
what to wear with jeans
Below is a capsule wardrobe with lots of outfit ideas on what to wear with jeans. I’d love to hear how you wear your jeans in the comments.
1. Wear with a bright color and blazer
A blazer always looks chic with jeans. Especially when you combine a classic blazer with a bright in-style top and fabulous accessories.
J.Crew Parke Blazer – J.Crew Garçon Stripe Poplin Shirt – KUT from the Kloth Natalie Bootcut Jeans – Franco Sarto Carolynn Tassel Loafer – Tory Burch Mini Miller Crossbody Bag – Jenny Bird Doune Chunky Hoop Earrings
Jas @thefashionstylefile above sticks to classic shapes and colors with her blazer and jeans outfit.
Check out this similar striped top, blazer, jeans, sneakers, crossbody bag, sunglasses and belt.
2. Jeans and heels outfit
I always think that jeans worn with a small heel look fabulous for a smart-casual night out.
J.Crew Parke Blazer – Misook Scoop Neck Knit Tank – AG Ex-Boyfriend Slouchy Slim Jeans – Aachcol Suede Pumps – Tory Burch Mini Miller Crossbody Bag – Firstmeet Multi-Layer Bead Necklace and Earrings
3. Thigh-high boots with jeans
If you want to ensure that your legs look nice and long, make sure there isn’t too much contrast in the color of your jeans and your boots. You can choose black jeans with black boots. Or, for summer, a paler pair of boots work particularly well.
COS Oversized Shirt – 1822 Denim Butter Slim Fit Skinny Jeans – Shoe Land CARAA Thigh High Stretchy Boots – HOUSE OF WANT We Work It Tote – Firstmeet Multi-Layer Bead Necklace and Earrings
4. How to wear high waisted jeans
Wearing high-waisted jeans can be an effective way to make your legs look very long. If this is your aim, then style with your top tucked in, or a shorter top.
BP. Organic Cotton Pointelle Rib Wrap Top – FRAME Le Bardot Wide Leg Jeans – Dolce Vita Banita Ankle Strap Sandal – Tory Burch Mini Miller Crossbody Bag – Firstmeet Multi-Layer Bead Necklace and Earrings
Emms @beautifuleveryday_uk above looks great in a jeans outfit worn with a blazer and bag in on-trend green.
Steal her look with this similar top, blazer, wide leg jeans, booties and handbag.
5. How to wear straight leg jeans
Straight leg jeans are a classic that won’t date. So you can really wear them anyway you want.
A sweater and jeans look is always a classic.
Ted Baker London Zahra Floral Mixed Media Sweater – NYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle Jeans – Dolce Vita Banita Ankle Strap Sandal – HOUSE OF WANT We Work It Tote – Jenny Bird Doune Chunky Hoop Earrings
Dawn Lucy @fashionshouldbefun above (read her style interview here) wears her jeans with a short denim jacket, and white boots.
Check out this similar top, denim jacket, jeans, boots, bucket bag, necklace and earrings.
6. How to wear skinny jeans
Skinny jeans are always a good option if you want to wear a tunic, or a longer or a looser fitting top as they can keep the balance of your outfit in proportion.
Cinq à Sept Ally Tie Front Silk Top – 1822 Denim Butter Slim Fit Skinny Jeans – Dolce Vita Banita Ankle Strap Sandal – Tory Burch Mini Miller Crossbody Bag – Jenny Bird Doune Chunky Hoop Earrings
7. How to wear bootcut jeans
Bootcuts have never not been on-trend, but they did fall out of favor for a little while when skinnies seemed to be all we saw on the catwalks. They’re definitely back on trend right now, along with many other trends from the 1990s.
Veronica Beard Ozzie Stripe Faux Wrap Shirt – KUT from the Kloth Natalie Bootcut Jeans – Jeffrey Campbell Rosalee Bootie – HOUSE OF WANT We Work It Tote – Jenny Bird Doune Chunky Hoop Earrings
8. How to style black jeans
Black jeans are such a style staple that go with everything. So, choose any top you have in your closet.
vineyard vines Simple Boatneck Top – Anne Klein High Waist Bootcut Jeans – Ted Baker London Art Print Sneaker – HOUSE OF WANT We Work It Tote – Jenny Bird Doune Chunky Hoop Earrings
9. How to wear flare jeans
Flare jeans are particularly on trend right now as many 1970s styles are currently making a comeback. To make sure that your outfit doesn’t overwhelm you, you may want to keep your top or jacket shorter or more fitted, ensuring that your top nips in at the waist. Or wear with your favorite shirt tucked in.
A wider top can also work if it’s short enough or if you’re going for a more bohemian look.
Caslon Split Neck Blouse – PAIGE Genevieve High Waist Flare Jeans – Linea Paolo Verona Platform Wedge Sandal – HOUSE OF WANT We Work It Tote – Jenny Bird Doune Chunky Hoop Earrings
A jeans capsule wardrobe to mix & match your jeans outfits
Below, you can see many of the outfits created above together in one capsule. You could easily mix and match many of the tops to create different outfits.
shop the items above here:
For more advice on a capsule closet, also take a look at how to create a capsule wardrobe.
More jeans inspiration for you
The following capsule is past season, but the styles are all timeless so should still provide some inspiration for you if you’re looking for inspirations for jeans outfits for colder weather.
How do you like to wear your jeans? Let me know in the comments below
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How can women style their jeans at age 70? Can they wear their belt or tuck their shirt in?
It really depends on your body type and which parts of your body you wish to highlight or downplay. I suggest you start with this article: https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-determine-body-shape/
Recommendations on skinny or slim jeans for a low rise and shorter legs?
I don’t bother to hem my jeans anymore. I just tuck the excess under (being height challenged, there is plenty to work with) which means I can team the same jeans with sneakers or high heels depending on the occasion.
One exception to these rules concerns apple shaped women. I measure 35” in the hips and 31” in the waist. I am also very short waisted. Any jeans that go up to my waist will look like clown pants in the hips and thighs. I can ONLY wear low rise jeans and trousers. Yes, they create a bit of a muffin top, but because of my short torso I always wear overblouses and tunics. Otherwise, your suggestions are great..
These are not rules just guidelines and of course you need to adapt them for each body type. You can see our suggestions for the apple shape at https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-dress-the-apple-body-shape/
It’s great that you also included an outfit that would go beautifully with a nice pair of sneakers! I often wear a comfy pair nowadays d/t my health condition and I definitely find this article very helpful and refreshing and I hope you could post one with dress styles that go with sneakers for mature ladies in the near future. Thank you
I am over 80 but definitely enjoy your emails. How abt special advice for us more mature women?
My advice would be exactly the same for women over 80 🙂
Excellent advice/tips and hope you do not mind me chiming in and adding; when shopping for jeans ensure you try on more than one pair regardless they are the same brand/style/size. Reason being when manufactured prior to cutting; the fabric is stacked (often 100 layers at a time) resulting in a slight variance in overall sizing yet all are stitched the same. i.e.: From those on the top and those on the bottom of the stack yet no adjustments are made on seam allowances. Hope this tip helps. -Brenda-
@Reba: IMHO I do agree with Sylvia as I am 73 (and counting) and skinny jeans are actually part of my ‘casual’ wardrobe because they namely suit my body type. (I am toned, slender with little derriere …. ☺.) That said; I pair them with ‘ classic staples’ suited for my age group. i.e.: NO see-through, cropped, plunging necklines etc. tops.
Brenda mrsben: Me, too! At 71 I don’t look my age and was born with great legs and small derriere. I pair them with moto jacket, sweater, you name it EXCEPT styles clearly made for the younger set, no midriff, fringe, plunge neckline etc And no torn jeans either. Except I do have a leopard print that goes so perfect with a moto jacket (both from White House Black Market) and get compliments. Curious if you did animal print too?
I’m so happy to discover this page and I’m looking forward to more fashion tips! Thank you! 🙂
I can’t wait to try wearing like.
And gain all my confidence back.
Hi Sylvia, I love your blog! The fashion tips are awesome but I was wondering if you could do an article on how to dress on a budget. While I love the clothes you show I simply cannot afford them. Thanks
Hi Catherine, Great to read you enjoy the site!
The best way to create a great wardrobe on a budget is to use the concept of capsule wardrobes. You can learn more about that here.
This style interview will give you some ideas and tips as well.
You may also find this article useful on how to stick to a budget.
Hope that helps!
hiii Sylvia ! Enjoyed reading your article . I am 42 . I am slightly bulging at the hip ~ otherwise I am tall and not over weight . What kind of jeans would suit me ? I wear tops that cover my hip…mostly …thanks a ton !
Bootcut jeans come to mind 🙂
Yeah, I’ve completely given up on low- and even mid-rise jeans. I have an hourglass shape and find that high-rise are SO much better for me. My favorite new brand is Good American–I ADORE these jeans!
This is probably a completely ridiculous question but I need answers! Belts? I own two pairs of jeans and one pair of black pants but they all need belts or they fall down and get SO droopy. Is this a fit problem? Maybe it’s time for better jeans? I have one pair on NYDJ and one pair from the Gap. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I also need a cute belt – that will hold up my pants! Or I could just give up and get old man suspenders – haha.
Not ridiculous at all Erin 🙂 It can sometimes be hard to fit jeans especially as we all have unique bodies. You can either take your jeans to a tailor or as you do, wear a belt. We’ve written a comprehensive article on how to wear belts at https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-wear-a-belt-tips-and-tricks-to-get-the-most-out-of-this-accessory/ I also encourage to try on all kinds of brands. They all fit differently and one brand may fit your body well. I personally like Paige (linked to above in the article).
Just started wearing some dark boot cut jeans I thought didn’t fit, feel good. Always like dark ones. Usually prefer cords. But snug but I never tuck tops in so can live with that.
Hi my dear,
your contribution is worth gold. Wonderful as you have presented the different looks. Thanks for the great blog post!
4 weeks ago I have launched my own jeans collection called LADY DELUXE. It’s a jeans for women with kurves, women in life and women who like to wear jeans. My Collection has a blue and a black Jeans – so for Business it is a wonderful possibility to wear a Lady like Jeans. Look at my blog. I hope you like my jeans collection as much as many other ladies over 40.
XO Martina from Germany – Munich – http://www.lady50plus.de
Congrats on launching your line. Wishing you lots of success with it!
Nice update. I am very much a jeans “girl”. Love your examples. You wear them very well.
I don’t wear “our” Paige flared jeans much as I have to wear them with heels and I don’t always want that. Just bought two pairs of wide trousers by Joline Jolink. I am very pleased with them. One is blue and rather sophisticated and the other one is kakhi and makes me look like “Kruimeltje” which is fine by me in my leasure time.
Yes I know what you mean. I still love them though when I really want to appear super slim and tall!
It really bothers me that when you hit your 40’s that there are comments about the inability of wearing stone washed or light washed jeans. I don’t understand what is wrong with that. I no longer wear really distressed, but stone washed, why? I think if your thin and in good shape there shouldn’t be anything wrong with it.
I hear you Lena and I agree with you. I like to listen to other peoples’ opinions and take them in consideration but I always make my decisions based on what I want, so same thing with stone washed jeans. They might not be recommended to wear after a certain age or whatever, but I still like them therefore I still wear them. Meaning if I like it I’ll wear it regardless, but always taking in consideration how well I can wear something and if I will be able to pull it off.
Hi Lena, these are just general guidelines. I wear washed jeans as you can see in the images I shared above. And there’s certainly no ‘rule’ that says you can’t wear stonewashed or torn jeans. It really is all about attitude, the confidence in which you wear certain things. If you have those, you can wear anything.
I had bought a Hue floral legging and a red pair…I’m finding most of my tops just aren’t long enough. I’m 5’6″ and have long legs…I’m thinking of taking them back..I’m also thinking about a pair of boyfriend jeans but I have thin legs. I think I’m getting in a rut with jeans and leggings, what other pants do you recommend?
It all depends on your body type and figure priorities. (please check the how to dress after 40 section). I think wider long pants may be a good option for your or 7/8 cigarette pants.
So I’ve read all kinds of iinformation on line and now I am confused. Do you have to belt jeans?
It’s really up to you. It’s a personal preference. Both belted and unbelted can look great.
Hi, what are “mummy” jeans? Thanks
They are very high waisted super comfortable jeans. The fit tends to be a bit baggy. They usually look very unflattering. However, a newer generation of high-rise jeans is now quite popular and when the fit is right can be a good option for 40+ women too.
Good to know. I don’t think any of my jeans are mummy ones – well not in a bad way anyway!
Just bought my first pair of rip/repaired jeans and waiting for them otherwise do not wear ripped jeans. I am 41 and in good shape but they still worry me! The rip/repair is fairly minimal and Reid Cone brand from J. Crew, hopefully they work! Otherwise I like my slim boyfriend jeans.
I’m sure they look great on you Carie. My guidelines are just general and I have seen many 40+ women rocking those ripped jeans!
I have a question….
Should you dress for your age, how old you feel or how old you look? I am 45 but look much younger and I feel young.
Tough question Reba. I would say, dress on how you feel and trust your own instinct. In any case no matter what you wear, if you wear it with confidence, you will pull it off and look good!
….because of your website and the lovely women who continuously share wonderful fashion ideas, I am now back on my feet and aching to be beautiful again. Thank you so much. I am so inspired. It’s been 12 years of “hermit fashion”, so happy to find you and get out of my cave.
Oh how lovely to hear that Cecilia! You may like to join my upcoming style challenge on Feb 2 to ignite your style even more. Details coming soon!
I simply love jeans, Its very comfortable and we can carry it in any occasions like formal, casual & so on. The skinny jeans are my favorite, I believe that they give a perfect look to me and carrying them is fun if you pair it with the appropriate tops, shirts or T’s.
Very interesting. The best online store for women clothes for me is http://www.missholly.com.au/jeans/ I have bought most of my clothes from there. Greetings!
Is it appropriate to wear yellow pants for 40 years old? It is a bit bright? Not mustard
I feel you can wear any color after 40. I personally would keep the rest of your outfit quite neutral though. Don’t make it all over bright. A white top would look fabulous!
Liked your article 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that your links do not work for the jeans.
Thanks for letting me know Robin. I have now corrected this and updated the page with lots more jeans you can buy right now.
Some of the tips are useful while some do not apply. It also depends upon looks. There are 40+ year olds who look older than they are and have to pay attention to some details such as baggy jeans etc. Actually, baggy jeans are not bad at all as long as they are worn smart according to the fit and to the wearer….Sharon Stone looks great in baggy jeans and she is 54 years old. Teri Hatcher is 47 years old and looks awesome in ripped jeans. But then again, not all middle aged women are in good shape. Bottomline though is that, a FIT woman can look good in anything as long as it is worn with some minor but important changes. For example, for a woman over 45 ripped jeans might look good as long as they are not too ripped and as long as she is fit and in good shape. Over weight and out of shape women, women who look frumpy and unkept in general, they have to be a lot more careful in their wardrobe choices.
You are very right Odysseia. All my advice is quite general and everyone should just make their own judgement about what applies to them. Quite a few women like guidelines which is why I provide them, but I also encourage everyone to do their own thing and break any ‘rules’ or guidelines whenever they please.
Wow! Why bash women who are the heavier side of things? There are a lot of reasons that women gain weight as they age. To assume that an over weight woman is frumpy and unkept is a rather rude thing for a mature woman, don’t you think?
Thanks very much.
I’m from Iran and in Iran women are not free for choosing clothing.
Your set is very good.
Some of the models wearing the clothes you have an excellent and I can wear those in iran.
I agree Terri. I have been overweight my entire life and not due to any medical conditions – completely healthy. I consider myself a classic dresser and know how to dress my body. I receive compliments all the time on my appearance. It’s interesting that the younger generation is becoming more accepting of all body types where as women over 40 are much more critical of those who do not look a certain way or what society has deemed attractive and it’s unfortunate. I am anything but frumpy and proud of how I carry myself in the world.
The best invention South of Europe is that Levi Strauss introduced the “curve” jeans when the realized that the population down here have more buxom and more rounded hips than anywhere else in the world. The joy about the “curve” jeans is that they come in variable shapes of curve, accommodating the pear shapes and making allowances for the wider hips! I personally prefer the bootlegs as they elongate the legs, allowing high(er) heels, and giving instant height (not that I need it at 1.78m) but it does have a slimming effect.
Great tips. Thanks. I’m short and not skinny. I tend to find jeans that fit and look good and then buy 5 pairs. . . all the same. Maybe I should branch out? I’d really like to try jeans which are more tapered at the ankle (and wear boots) but I always feel like those emphasize and enlarge my hips. Thoughts?
Although it’s a good idea to buy multiples of jeans that are perfect, 5 seems like a lot to me. I would try other pant styles or other colours as well. You are right that more tapered jeans put more emphasis on the hips. If that is not an area you like to highlight, you may want to stay away from them. On the other hand you may just need to get used to the silhouette. You could always try a (cheap) pants and see how they make you feel? Another way to wear skinnies and tapered jeans effectively is to wear them with tunics, which is a favorite look of mine. In general though, straight or bootcut jeans tend to be more flattering on most people.
Show of your generous bust….and wear boots with heels
A late comment from me who has 9 pairs of jeans wearing them very often. For me the jeans of “7 for all mankind” are really good as they provide me with a bum. They used to be flared and, unfortunately, low rise, so problems with love handles. I used to wear wider, longer tops until I discovered shape wear. No love handles and…. the jeans feel much more comfortable round my stomach. And also jeans of the brand ” Not Your Daughters Jeans” (NYDJ) are great.
I have to confess that I do wear cropped jeans. Very tempting when you have good legs and you want to show them off. I will take a good long look at myself one more time to see whether it is wise.
Cropped pants and jeans are still very much in style and you will be able to pull those off. But it is a challenging style and on many women I prefer the ‘illusion’ and silhouette of a longer leg which can only be achieved by longer styles..
Like Suzanne I love jeans, too! I have skinnies, straight, bootcut and flares, but so far I stick with blues and blacks. I’ve been thinking of a pair of red jeans though:) I’ve never been a fan of ripped and embellished jeans or very low rises (super uncomfortable), so I’ve kind of always stayed away from them, altough I remember some acid washed ones that I loved when I was in my teens;)
Red jeans are very much on trend right now. I just bought myself some wonderful wide red pants (not jeans) and I’m already thinking up some lovely outfits with them. Stay tuned…
I love jeans! If I had to pick just one item to wear for the rest of my life it would be jeans. I have them in every shape from leggings (perfect with over the knee boots) to flares (perfect with platforms) and in many colors – even a pair of yellow ones to wear to my son’s college football games. I have them at every price point but like them all equally. I do follow most of your guidelines – no light washes (though I do wear white jeans for 3 months of the year), no muffin top or bare tummy. I don’t do crops but will roll up the legs on straight jeans to show off a pretty shoe. I am not one of those people who wear jeans everywhere – I do not wear them to parties and our country club has a complete ban on them, but I am confortable and happy in my jeans.
I’m not a huge jeans wearer although I always take them with me when I visit colder countries. It’s mainly due to the weather. Jeans are just too hot here…
I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts and suggestions I like Talbots but only for business attire..
I was totally disinterested in jeans during the Big Jeans Trend of the 2000’s, but now I’ve become re-excited by them. I’m especially into skinny jeans and colored jeans, which is weird because when skinny jeans first came out I thought they were the least flattering things I’d ever seen. (It’s not a cut for everyone and I can only hope they look as good on me as I think they do.) As a general rule I agree with your suggestions however!
I look forward to seeing you outfits with skinny jeans. As a slight pear, it’s not my favorite model, but I do love skinny jeans with a long top or tunic as I showed in my Zadig & Voltaire post. Would certainly have that in my closet if I lived in a colder country…
I do have more guidlines with my jeans than I used to. I care about fit now more than I had to then.
Thanks for these tips; they are great!
Glad you liked them Paula!
I no longer wear any lower rise jeans at all. I mean anything with a front rise of under ten inches is out completely. High rise is so much more flattering, and makes legs look much better. I don’t avoid mom jeans either.
I still prefer Levi’s to any other brand. They are just far more classy. I’m certainly not going to wear any “not your daughter’s jeans”.