Types of Jeans

Here is a great guide to all of the different kinds of jeans that are in style this season, with an emphasis on types of jeans for women, or at least jeans that are marketed towards women, but can be worn by any person.

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans were brought to their peak of popularity in the 2000s, and many celebrities from Paris Hilton to Paramore were seen rocking them. They are still a suitable style of jeans for today, but the younger generation of fashionistas are typically no longer purchasing this style. Skinny jeans are a tapered cut that is extremely form-fitting from top to bottom hence the term “skinny.” They are a good style of jeans to dress either up or down, depending on what you pair them with. If you’re wanting to dress them up, you could choose a pair of black skinny jeans with some black pumps and a flowy blouse. To dress them down grab a pair of chucks and a hoodie!

Boot Cut Jeans

Boot cut jeans are typically form-fitting jeans that flair slightly at the ankle. I would say that what is more important than the boot cut of a pair of jeans these days is the waist height. Boot cut jeans could be making a come-back, depending on what other garments and shoes you pair them with. They’re called boot cut because they have space to wear boots, so rocking some heeled booties and a strappy tight-fitting top could make you the bell of the ball (or the bar).

Straight Leg Jeans

Straight-leg jeans are not tapered, but a straight cut down the whole leg. There are some options with the fit of this cut. They can either be tight-fitting or baggy like boyfriend jeans. Both are great and pretty trendy these days. The slim-leg often comes with frayed hems at the bottom, a style that came to be a few years ago which many have adopted since. These slim-fit straight-leg jeans would go nicely with some platform shoes and a big knit sweater. The baggier version would look good with chunky sneakers and a tank top.

Bell Bottom Jeans

Bell-bottoms came to rise in the seventies, and they have made something of a comeback, but they’re definitely a statement item that you don’t see quite as often as these other cuts of jeans. They are tight-fitting on the thigh and then puff out like a bell at the calf hence the name bell bottoms. If you want to go for a seventies retro look, grab a pair of high-waisted bell-bottom jeans and pair them with a turtleneck sweater and some doc martin boots. Flower power!

Wide Leg Jeans

Wide leg jeans are just a relaxed fit through and through, they are loose around the knee and the calf and they’re definitely in style right now. A fitted top and a pair of wide-leg jeans work great with boots or sneakers, and a statement belt. This cut can also be bunched at the bottom to create a different look, but typically the bottom is like bell bottom jeans, without the tapering from the knee so the pants have a very different and distinct fit.

Ripped Jeans

Any of these styles can come in a ripped format! From skinny to wide leg, rips are commonplace for jean companies these days. Rips are typically around the thighs or knees, but some people are wearing jeans with rips under the seat of a pair of jeans, which is a relatively new trend. Rips at the bottom of a pair of jeans are popular for jean shorts and the straight-cut jeans I mentioned earlier. Rips and holes in denim have caused quite a stir among people who think they look good and people who don’t understand the appeal. Either way, ripped jeans have been here for a while and they don’t look like they’re going away any time soon.

Mom Jeans

Mom Jeans are typically high-waisted jeans, and they’re usually not skinny jeans. They can be a straight cut or a boot cut pair of jeans, but the most important part is the high waist. These jeans are similar to what people wore in the seventies, so many people whose mothers still wear jeans like this refer to these pants as mom jeans. The waist of the jeans is around or above the navel, where one’s true waist is. Other jeans button below the navel or at the hips making them either mid or low rise. High-waisted jeans were extremely in for the past decade, but slowly we are seeing the trends tip towards low rise again. A lot of people have very strong opinions about where their jeans button, so it’s often better to wear the jeans that you love that feel comfortable to you no matter the current trend.

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