Andy Warhol famously said that he wanted to die with his jeans on. Who can blame him. There’s nothing better than a pair of well worn in, snug in all the right places, and just sexy enough jeans. They can get you through a day at the office and a night in the club…and whatever comes after :). Here’s our best bets for whatever gets you through the night.

Style guide: how to choose a pair of women’s jeans

When choosing a pair of women’s jeans, there are a couple of things worth knowing.

Choose for your body shape

Different jeans suit different figures—it’s the way of the world. These are the best jeans for your body type. 

  • Wide-hips – pear-shaped women should seek out high-waisted jeans in dark shades. Light colours draw attention to certain body parts so avoid jeans that fade in places like your thighs. Boot-cut and wide-leg jeans are a good choice.
  • Curvy – structured and straight-leg jeans will make your legs look longer and dark shades are most flattering. Flares and boot cut styles can elongate legs and balance out bigger thighs.
  • Petite – skinny and straight-leg are the best options while high-waisted styles will make your legs look longer and create curves. Avoid baggier styles which can drown small frames. Lighter coloured washes are also a good choice.
  • Tall – there is such a thing as legs that look too long and high-waisted jeans can have that effect. Instead, opt for mid and low-rise styles. Shading breaks it up.

Different jean colors and materials

Raw denim is basically unwashed denim and is usually dark blue, rigid, and with a classic and iconic look. Mid wash and light wash jeans have been washed for longer to give a lighter hue.

Lighter washes are great for a cool and casual summer look. White jeans are a current fashion favourite. Darker washes like indigo are endlessly versatile and flattering. Black jeans are always in style and offer a great day-to-night look.

There’s also the option of stonewashed and acid-washed jeans, which create a punky and playful vibe. Stonewashed jeans are—quite literally—washed with stones which abrade the surface, removing some of the dye. Acid washed jeans are bleached to create that ultra-faded effect.

You can also experiment with other shades. Whether it’s neon or neutral, there are a million other hues to choose from. We recommend trying green for some camo-style cool, or brown for something more traditional.

Other features to look out for

  • Stretch – if you’re buying skinny jeans, look for denim with a bit of stretch so you can get your ankles through the openings.
  • Deconstruction – whether it’s ripped knees or fraying edges, deconstructed or deliberately distressed denim can add a rugged and retro vibe.
  • Whiskering – also known as hige, whiskering refers to those thin vertical lines found around the front pockets of jeans, used to create a pre-worn effect.
  • Panels and patches – patchwork denim is currently very in fashion, harking back to the 70s. Opt for subtle patches in varying hues for a low-key version of the trend.

Top tips when buying women’s jeans

  • Play around with the sizing. Not all jean brands fit true to size.
  • Waistbands should be tight fitting when you first try them on as they’re only going to loosen. You should be able to fit two fingers down the back—but no more than that.
  • Bring different shoes with you to try on. You want a pair of jeans that are versatile.
  • Give yourself lots of time and take a trial-and-error approach.

Levi’s

No list of the best denim brands can start without first mentioning Levi’s. Levi’s basically invented jeans. They’ve been making denim since the 1870s and the iconic Levi 501 Jeans emerged in the 1890s. While they were once the remit of cowboys and lumberjacks, they are now a staple in any modern woman’s wardrobe—and probably the best jeans in existence.

The quality is peerless, for one thing. There’s a reason why every thrift store is full of Levi’s. These jeans never fall apart. 

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And there are so many styles to choose from. Whether you opt for classic 501s, the Ribcage jeans—the highest of high rises and a best-seller—the super skinny fit, or a pair of jeans from the brand’s premium line, Levi’s: Made & Crafted, there’s a pair of Levi’s out there for you.

Levi’s immediately conjures up an aura of old-school Americana cool—even though these days you’re just as likely to see them in the front row of London Fashion Week as out in the Wild West.

 

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Best for: Iconic and classic jeans from a denim legend
Sizes: XXS to XXL
Fits: Super Skinny, Skinny, Straight, Bootcut, and Boyfriend
Price: $

Lee

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lee

If you like your jeans with a bit of history, you’ll appreciate that Lee was founded in 1889. As a matter of fact, Lee invented the first overalls! And while we’re more interested in jeans than overalls, we can definitely get behind the salt-of-the-earth vibe. Look out for the signature Lee spade pocket. Perfectly designed to give shape and definition to your rear.

We like Lee bootcut jeans, in particular, with their classic cut and flattering mid-rise fit that makes them comfortable and timeless. Or there’s the Lee High Rise Skinny. Slim and chic, with a subtle stretch so you glide through daily life with ease.Team with a shirt to wear to the office, or with a casual t-shirt and walking shoes for weekend antics.

Lee jeans are also able to withstand daily wear and regular washesLee understands that the best women’s jeans are meant to be worn—again, and again, and again. Oh, and did we mention it’s one of the most affordable women’s jeans brands?

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Best for: Affordable jeans from a brand that understands women
Sizes: S to XL
Fits: Straight Leg, Bootcut, Skinny, Tapered-Leg, Boyfriend
Price range: $

Rag & Bone

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British label Rag & Bone is the cool kid of jean brands. Bringing traditional English tailoring to classic American casual wear, the Rag & Bone vibe is all about high quality with a gritty and down-to-earth aesthetic.

There is a big difference between good and great quality when it comes to denim. You’ll understand when you try on your first pair of Rag & Bone jeans. It’s obvious from both the outside and the inside: these are some of the best fitting jeans out there. 

Mostly made from non-stretch denim, Rag & Bone designs range from the trend-busting to the timeless. The washes are low-key and neutral, making them fantastically versatile and wearable. Meanwhile, the cuts are universally flattering and the jeans all have that covetable lived-in feel.

Rag & Bone jeans are  not cheap,  honestly, you’ll forget all about the price tag once you’re racing around town in some of their dreamy denim offerings.

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Best for: High-end denim from the kings of cool
Sizes: XS to L
Fits: High Rise, Skinny, Low Rise, Straight, Mid Rise, and Cropped
Price: $$$

7 For All Mankind

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7 for All Mankind originally made a name for itself with its innovative line of premium denim—outstanding fits and finishes that had jean-lovers everywhere swooning.

Referred to as ‘Sevens’ by anyone in the know, the brand is a staple in the wardrobes of the world’s A-listers and fashionistas, including Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Alba, offering designer jeans for women who like their denim to be luxurious. 

One of the world’s best denim brands, 7 for All Mankind’s pioneering approach to fashion means that it’s always launching exciting new designs. Taking advantage of advances in technology, the label offers unusual twists on conventional styles, quickly scooped up by denim-hungry fans.

Washes range from sophisticated neutrals to dark and inky hues. And fans swear by the comfortable form-fitting cuts.

Nothing beats a pair of Sevens. Sturdy, reliable, and consistently flattering, your quest for the best pair of jeans ends here.

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Best for: A pair of upmarket jeans with cult-status
Sizes: XXS to L
Fits: Flared, Straight, Skinny, Slim, Cropped, Wide Leg, Bootcut
Price: $$$

J-Brand

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j brand

J-Brand is a women’s jeans label that has a simple mission: to make great jeans and to make them well. So if you’re looking for a trusty and versatile pair of jeans, J-Brand is the place to start.

With an intuitive understanding of materials, construction, and fit, J-Brand makes some of the best women’s jeans out there. The company was also the first to launch a skinny silhouette—now universally popular and a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.

The collection includes everything from high-rise skinnies with fraying cuffs (team with a bodysuit for a night out) to its custom-developed ‘Photo Ready’ denim, designed to lift and contour your figure. And check out Dellah—skinny with an elastic waistband—for a pair of jeans that could actually change your life.

 

J-Brand also makes some of the best jeans for curvy women

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Best for: Trendsetting style from a brand that’s always one step ahead
Sizes: XXS to XL
Fits: Skinny Leg, Straight Leg, Flared, Wide Leg, Cropped, High Rise
Price: $$$

Frame

Frame
Frame

If there’s one decade that did denim well, it was the 70s. Which is why top jeans brand Frame has taken inspiration from this era of epic style to create a line of jeans that brings the free-spirited idealism of the hippie counter-culture to the 21st-century woman.

Frame makes flares. We know what you’re thinking. But these are modern flares. Subtle, flattering, and a great office-friendly wear. Check out the ‘Le Palazzo’ style in particular. With its wide-leg and high-waist, it would look spectacular with espadrilles.

But even if you’re not convinced you can pull off this iconic silhouette (although you definitely can), there are heaps of other styles to choose from, including the ‘Skinny de Jeanne’—a best-seller and the perfect tight-but-not-suffocating skinny jean for women.

Fans of Frame include A-listers and Instagram influencers. All the evidence you need that this is one of the hippest denim brands in the industry.GOLDSIGN

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Best for: 70s-inspired designs with an effortless modern edge
Sizes: XXS to XL
Fits: Skinny, Straight, Boyfriend, Flared, Wide Leg, Cropped
Price: $$

Wonderly

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Wonderly is a premium jean brand—but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Like all the best jeans, Wonderly denim has that desirable thrift-store vibe, mixing nonchalance and irreverence with high-end sophistication.

Offering wearers authentic denim made by master craftsmen, Wonderly also makes sustainability a priority. This not only means environmental awareness but a next-level commitment to quality.

The brand takes as its mission the goal of reinventing classics. Think baggy jeans with pleats, belted or wrapped-around waists, and high-waisted jeans with ballooning tapered legs. Its white denim offerings, in particular, are a summer must-have. We’re already imagining them teamed with a white blouse and chunky sandals.

Wonderly is less interested in fleeting trends than what women actually want to wear. These are comfortable jeans whose subtle twists on conventional silhouettes are subtle enough to allow your own individual fashion flair to shine.

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Best for: Cool yet comfortable designs with an eco-conscience
Sizes: XXS to XL
Fits: Straight Leg, High Rise, Mid Rise, Wide Leg
Price: $$

Liverpool

Cotton's Blue Jeans Go Green | Zappos.com

Liverpool is named after the LA neighborhood Silverlake—misspelt, of course, because this is a seriously street-wise brand. With their laid-back style that transcends trends, these are some of the best jeans for women.

Liverpool pioneering open-weave cotton allows its jeans to attain an exceptional depth and vibrancy of color. They have a rigid fit—like all good quality jeans—but are still incredibly soft, and they all have that inimitable Californian brand of cool.

The collection ranges from tailored and streamlined classics to more utilitarian designs featuring intriguing details such as asymmetrical pockets. They’re pretty much all high-rise, and we’re not complaining. It’s the most comfortable and flattering silhouette around.

Whatever you go for, Liverpool jeans are likely to become the mainstay of your urban uniform—whether you’re a high-flying professional dashing from meeting to meeting, or an artist who works from home. Dress them up, dress them down. These jeans can do it all. 

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Best for: Vintage-inspired jeans without scouring second-hand stores
Sizes: XS to XL
Fits: High Rise, Mid Rise, Straight Leg, Slim Leg
Price: $$$

Citizens of Humanity

Three words that pop up again and again whenever anyone is talking about great jeans: Citizens of Humanity. A luxury jean brand that makes denim designed for good days, bad days, and everything in between.

Check out the brand’s eco-collection for jeans made of organic cotton. Not only will you look good as you wear them, but you’ll be doing good too. In fact, in general, the brand is a leader in reduced waste manufacturing processes.

With a pair of Citizens of Humanity jeans, the details are mostly minimal and the cuts are endlessly wearable. Seek out the brand’s cropped straight-legs for jeans calling out for a pair of ankle boots. Or opt for a faded pair of boyfriend jeans for some perfect weekend wear. Any of the white denim styles are also a dreamy summer staple.

Scrolling through the Citizens of Humanity collection is like taking a peek into our dream wardrobe. Just think of all the ways you could wear these designer jeans for women.

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Best for: Form-flattering denim from the best in the business
Sizes: XXS to XL
Fits: Skinny Leg, Straight Leg, Wide Leg, Cropped, High Rise
Price: $$

GRLFRND

Revolve Clothing Becomes Jeans-Maker With In-House Brand: Grlfrnd Denim – WWD

There are good jean brands, and then there are great jean brands. GRLFRND is another absolute winner when it comes to high-quality denim designed to compliment any and all-female figures. 

GRLFRND jeans capture that pre-worn look that’s an absolute must-have when it comes to denim. There are plenty of ripped knees as well as frayed hems, and styles include slim-leg and straight-leg. The brand’s flattering high-rise straight-leg silhouettes offer some of the best jeans for curvy women, while those jeans with lighter washes are the ideal summer wardrobe essential.

The designs take all the best looks of our favourite 90s supermodels—and add 21st-century sophistication. The materials are premium and locally sourced, and, like all the best women’s jeans, GRLFRND jeans age wonderfully. They’ll become more comfortable and fit even more snugly as time goes by.

The question is not so much what these jeans would go with, but what they wouldn’t go with.

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Best for: Well-fitting jeans from a brand with an innate sense of style
Sizes: XXS to XL
Fits: Skinny Leg, Straight Leg, Wide Leg, High Rise
Price: $$

PAIGE

Paige Genevieve High-Rise Flare Jeans | Anthropologie

Seeking out jeans you can basically live in? Then top jean brand Paige has you covered. This California-based label aims to provide you lucky people with timeless denim classics.

Offering high-quality construction, meticulous attention to detail, perfect fit, and a wonderfully easygoing aesthetic, Paige is not so much a jean brand as a lifestyle choice.

Each item is wash and wear-tested so you can be confident that it will last. The nine stitched bars on the back pocket of every pair of jeans represent nine lives—the idea being that you always have the opportunity to keep growing, keep evolving, and keep trying.

Jeans that motivate us to keep doing our best? Sounds good. Whether you opt for a simple t-shirt and jeans combo or push the boat out with a denim-on-denim ensemble, then a pair of Paige jeans will set you in good stead for the day ahead.

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Best for: Jeans that have your back (and your butt)
Sizes: XXS to XL
Fits: Slim Leg, Skinny, Cropped, Bootcut, and Flared
Price: $$$