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

Fonda wears skinny pants | 40plusstyle.com

This looks dressy and has the added advantage of making you look slimmer. A pair of dark blue jeans really is one of the most versatile items you can have in your closet. Wear with almost anything.

Fonda @savvysouthernchic above chooses a classic pair of skinny dark jeans.

Get her look with this similar blouse, cardigan, skinny jeans, flats, bag and headband.

PAIGE Transcend - Manhattan Bootcut style

PAIGE Transcend Manhattan Bootcut Jeans

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 PAIGE jeans below are a great basis for many outfits.

PAIGE Claudine Ankle Flare Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Claudine Ankle Flare 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 PAIGE straight leg jeans below are a great example with a very subtle distressed feel.

PAIGE Amber Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Amber Raw Hem Straight Leg 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

Cropped flare jeans from Paige | 40plusstyle.com

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.

PAIGE Colette Transcend High Rise Flare Leg Crop Jean | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Colette Transcend High Rise Flare Leg Crop Jean

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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.

Max Mara High Waist Stretch Ankle Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Max Mara High Waist Stretch Ankle Jeans

For more tips on avoiding muffin tops check out my hiding belly tips.

6. Jeans look great with longer tops too

Karen wears a tunic with slim pants | 40plusstyle.com

If you’re wearing skinny jeans, slim fit jeans or crop flare, you can combine your jeans with a longer, tunic style top like the one below. The asymmetry adds extra oomph to any look and is effective at hiding a belly.

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.

LARACE Color Block Tunic Top | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE Color Block Tunic Top

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.

Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda Classic High Rise Tapered Jean | 40plusstyle.com

Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda Classic High Rise Tapered Jean

8. Flared jeans or wide legged jeans is a fabulous trendy option

Wide blue jeans layered with printed sweater and printed jacket | 40plusstyle.com

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 particular 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.

Nikki wears wide pants | 40plusstyle.com

Nikki @40notfrumpy above tucks her shirt into her wide leg jeans, which creates a long-legged look.

Steal her look with this similar blouse, wide leg jeans and sandals.

PAIGE Harper High Waist Wide Leg Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Harper High Waist Wide Leg Jeans

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).

Liverpool High Rise Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Liverpool High Rise Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans

Want to know more, check all my tips for wearing leggings over 40.

10. Cropped jeans is a great option when styled well

Abi wears crop pants and a blazer | 40plusstyle.com

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 a cropped tops. That way, you will make your torso look shorter and your legs look longer.

Abi @stealmystyle40 above wears her cropped jeans with sneakers an an on-trend oversized blazer.

Check out this similar tee, blazer, jeans, sneakers and tote.

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 | 40plusstyle.com

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.

No Nonsense Stretch Denim Leggings  | 40plusstyle.com

No Nonsense Stretch Denim Leggings

12. Boyfriend jeans are great for a casual vibe

Julie in jeans and a white shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Jennifer Aniston loves wearing her boyfriend jeans with a blazer. Take a look at how to dress like Jennifer Aniston.

Julie @stylishparadox above (read her style interview here) wears her boyfriend jeans with a white shirt and flats.

Recreate her outfit with this similar shirt, jeans, flats, bag and earrings.

KUT from the Kloth Catherine Boyfriend Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

KUT from the Kloth Catherine Boyfriend Jeans

13. Avoid really baggy jeans

Unless you are going for a VERY casual vibe, you may want to avoid really 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 Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans

14. be careful with really low rise cuts

Carelia wears jeans and a striped shirt | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Carelia @carelia_medich above (read her style interview here) looks fabulous in her mid-rise jeans and tucked-in striped shirt.

Check out this similar shirt, jeans, sandals, handbag, earrings and sunglasses.

WallFlower Instastretch Luscious Curvy Bootcut Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

WallFlower Instastretch Luscious Curvy Bootcut 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!

Adaline wears cropped jeans | 40plusstyle.com

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 important 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.

Adaline @sdmomstyles above chooses a pair of jeans that show of a little ankle.

Steal her look with this similar tee, jeans, tote, sneakers and sunglasses.

PAIGE Bell Canyon High Rise Flare Jean | 40plusstyle.com

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

Dark bootcut jeans from Paige | 40plusstyle.com

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 Regular Fit Bootcut Jean | 40plusstyle.com

Lee 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?

Melissa in raw hem jeans | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Melissa @melissabultburns above chooses a pair of jeans that have an on-trend feel because of the raw hem detailing.

Check out this similar top, jeans, sandals, handbag, scarf and sunglasses.

NYDJ

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 | 40plusstyle.com

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 Kelsey Fab Ab High Waist Straight Leg Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

KUT from the Kloth Kelsey Fab Ab High Waist Straight Leg Jeans

PAIGE

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 Denim Transcend Hoxton Ultra Skinny Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Denim Transcend Hoxton Ultra Skinny Jeans

what to wear with jeans

How to wear jeans over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Below is a capsule wardrobe with lots of outfit ideas on what to wear with jeans. I’d love to hear about how you wear your jeans in the comments.

Kimba @kimbalikes above cuffs her jeans and tucks in her shirt.

Get her look with this similar shirt, jeans, sneakers, handbag, belt and sunglasses.

9 outfit ideas for your jeans

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.

Mom jeans outfit | 40plusstyle.com

River Island Ruched Sleeve BlazerRiver Island Asymmetric Seamed CamisoleMANGO Mom JeansDREAM PAIRS Pointed Toe PumpALDO Faux Patent Leather Envelope Candy ClutchRF Rizir Fashion Seed Bead NecklaceNordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital Earrings

2. Jeans and heels outfit 

Melanie in white jeans | 40plusstyle.com

I always think that jeans worn with a small heel look fabulous for a smart-casual night out.

Melanie @melanie.rae.miller above chooses a pair of nude jeans with her white skinny jeans.

Steal her look with this similar top, skinny jeans, pumps and necklace.

Jeans and heels outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Open Edit Oversize Linen Blend BlazerNordstrom V-Neck Tank TopMax Mara High Waist Stretch Ankle JeansDREAM PAIRS Pointed Toe PumpTory Burch Small T Monogram Jacquard ToteNordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital Earrings

3. Thigh high boots with jeans

Most wider jeans look best with shorter jackets and tops.

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 for winter. Or, for summer, a paler pair of boots work particularly well for a boho outfit.

Thigh high boots and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

SweatyRocks KimonoTed Baker London Yensine Open Stitch Sweater TankCaslon High Waist Skinny JeansAllegra K Rhinestone Over the Knee BootMonica Vinader Deia Huggie Hoop EarringsMarc Jacobs The Director Leather ToteBienvenu Wide Brim Wool Floppy Hat

4. How to wear high waisted jeans

Natalia in flare jeans | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Natalia @nodins.stylish.me above chooses high-waisted jeans and high platforms that make her legs look a million miles long.

Check out this similar top, jacket, wide leg jeans, tote, platforms, necklace and sunglasses.

High waisted jeans outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London Tavia Smock Long Sleeve Wrap TopPAIGE Harper High Waist Wide Leg JeansSkechers Beverlee High Tea Wedge SandalTory Burch Small T Monogram Jacquard ToteMonica Vinader Deia Huggie Hoop Earrings

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 blazer, shirt and pointed flats is always a stylish, casual combination.

How to style straight leg jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Open Edit Oversize Linen Blend BlazerEquipment Signature Silk Button-Up Shirtrag & bone Dre Featherweight Slim Fit JeansFEVERSOLE Pointed LoaferTory Burch Small T Monogram Jacquard ToteMonica Vinader Deia Huggie Hoop Earrings

6. How to style black jeans

Alison in jeans and a blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Black jeans are such a style staple that go with everything.

Alison @wardrobe_oxygen above (read her style interview here) wears hers with a relaxed blazer.

Check out this similar blazer, jeans, sneakers, handbag and earrings.

How to style black jeans | 40plusstyle.com

River Island Ruched Sleeve BlazerTed Baker London Yensine Open Stitch Sweater TankLevi’s Ribcage High Waist Ankle Straight Leg JeansAllegra K Slingback Block Heel SandalNina Glitter MinaudièreBOCAR Layered Link Crystal Beads Necklace

7. How to wear skinny jeans

Skinny jeans are always a good option if you want to wear a tunic or a looser fitting top as they can keep the balance of your outfit in proportion.

Skinny jeans outfit idea | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE Color Block Tunic Top1822 Denim Butter Skinny JeansTOMS Majorca SandalMarc Jacobs The Director Leather ToteNordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital Earrings

8. 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.

How to wear flared jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Check out this printed top that you can wear with this similar pair of jeans, sneakers and crossbody bag.

Bootcut jeans outfit idea | 40plusstyle.com

Free People Temecula Embroidered Cotton Top1822 Denim Flare JeansLucky Brand Mindra Espadrille Wedge SandalTory Burch Small T Monogram Jacquard ToteMonica Vinader Deia Huggie Hoop Earrings

9. How to wear flare jeans

Sara in bootcut jeans | 40plusstyle.com

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.

A wider top can also work if it’s short enough or if you’re going for a more bohemian look.

Sara @style_designco above styles her flared jeans with sneakers.

Nordstrom Drape Neck Short Sleeve TopPAIGE Claudine Ankle Flare JeansLucky Brand Mindra Espadrille Wedge SandalALDO Faux Patent Leather Envelope Candy ClutchBOCAR Layered Link Crystal Beads NecklaceNordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital 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.

Jeans capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

shop some of 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.

Jeans capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

How do you like to wear your jeans? Let me know in the comments below

Continue reading:

  1. What Shoes To Wear With Different Styles Of Pants
  2. The Best Fitting Jeans For Women: Choose The Best Jeans For Your Body Type
  3. The Best White Jeans For Women Over 40 – Our Top Picks
  4. The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You

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