The basic jeans styles

There are a lot of different jeans style from different colour to different wash and style. With this knowledge of styles and an understanding of your body shape you’ll cut your hunt for the perfect denim jeans easier. This reference only covers the basics of the jeans styles.

Most popular Jeans styles

Most popular Jeans styles

A.   WOMEN JEANS RISE CUT

Ultra Low Rise (Brazilian)

Sits very low on your hips, 3-5 inch below your belly button. Not to be worn unless you are a rock star, have toned abs or just really want to show off your butt crack.

Low Rise

Sits low on your waist, 2-3 inch below your belly button. A popular choice when you want to create a visually longer waist. Many women choose low-rise because it sits comfortably on their hips.

However there is a chance that your butt crack will peek whenever you bend. It’s the worst cut if you love handles. But works well on gals with a short rise.

Mid Rise (Regular)

Sits just a couple of inches below your belly button. A good choice if you have fleshy or wide hips. Lower rises will only create extra love handles on your shape, pushing up any amount of fat you have – while a mid-rise holds on to them and tucks them.

High Rise

Fits at your natural waistline. Looks great with a tucked-in blouse. If you have a thick or short waist, add a skinny belt to define your waist and pick high waist jeans in dark wash and pair them up with a dark top as well for a lean upper body.

B.  JEAN LEG CUT

Have in mind that we’re after the longest vertical line on your shape, so choose a cut that streamlines your body frame. An exception would be if you’re tall/skinny and want to shorten your height and/or add some tips to your body figure!

Boyfriend – Straight/cigarette – Bootcut – Wide Leg – Flare Leg – Skinny – Capri – Cropped – Cuffed

Boyfriend Jeans Loose and Comfy

It has a tight fit around your butt but slightly loose and relaxed at the leg. Their loose, baggy cut makes them look like you took them straight out of your boyfriend’s wardrobe. Looks good on thicker legs and thighs and not mention if you want a laid-back look.

Straight cut Jeans Popular

The legs are straight and narrow, and doesn’t go wide at the calves or ankles. If you’re a bit hesitant of skinnies but still want to wear a pair of jeans that fit snugly on your body, these will do good. They’re particularly a good option for curvy gals who don’t want to go completely out there with skinny – the straight leg cut balances out the hips.

Boot Cut Jeans Popular

Sit loose through the leg and wide at the leg opening. This cut look good on all body shapes because it streamlines your body frame, making it look long and lean.

However, it may not be the best option if you’re average built (not skinny nor plus size) Petite – because the slightly wide leg opening tends to swallow up your body frame. See how it works for you – if it overpowers your silhouette then opt for straight leg.

Flare Jeans Sexydelic!

Feature a wide, flared opening from your knees and down. For a chic 70’s look, pair them up with a fitted turtleneck sweater. If you’re Petite and/r have short legs, make sure that the leg sits snugly around your thighs.

Wide Leg Jeans

Feature wide opening from your thighs and down. Looks awesome with a fitted top or shirt.

Unfortunately, they’re not the best match if you’re short. However, if that’s your case then add an inch or two to your footwear – and look for the skinniest and fitted wide leg jeans you can find.

Skinny Leg Jeans Hot and Popular

These are tight jeans that sit snugly around your legs. Looks pretty good on slim and lean shapes, but can be worn by anyone as long as they style them in conjunction with the shape of their clothes.

C.  SHOP DENIM LEGGINGS

Skinny’s emphasize curves – so if you’re self-conscious about your hips, opt for straight leg/cigarette instead. Hemline is just below your knee – often right above or on the calf.

If you’re petite and/or have short legs, pay special attention to how this length looks on you – as hemlines that fall right on the widest part of your legs (calves) make the legs look stubby and can overpower your short body figure.

Suggestions Diesel leggings:

Diesel Livier 881K Supper Slim

Cropped Jeans Trendy

Covers three-fourths of your legs. They look stunning with a pair of high heels. Cropped jeans can make your legs look longer and leaner – just make sure they extend down to above the thinnest part of your ankles and somewhere below your mid-calf.

Also, this leg cut should never flare at the hem unless you’re going to wear them at home.

Cuffed Jeans Stylish

Have the same length as shorts, cropped or capri but refer to jeans that is folded at the leg opening.

If you have thick ankles take extra precautions as details like folds can make them look bigger. Too big cuffs can also drag down a petite’s body frame. Pair the cuff jeans with heels for a maximum leg slimming effect.

D.  WOMEN JEANS WASH

Have in mind that you should choose a jeans wash that de-emphasizes the parts of your body you’re not confident about.

For example, if you’re bothered by your thick thighs, avoid distressed jeans with creases around the thigh-area and go for dark wash in either indigo blue or black to slim them down. Details and embellishment highlight and dark colours minimize. Click here for more fashion advice on the Enhance and Minimize effect.

Dark Wash – Light Wash – Black Wash – Grey Wash – Stone Wash – Acid Wash – Distressed – Destroyed/Ripped

Dark Wash Jeans Classic and Versatile

A deep indigo colour which is quite versatile and makes it easy to combine with all colours and clothes. They can also be worn for casual office settings.

They slim down and make your legs look longer. I advise any fashionista to secure at least 2 pair of dark wash jeans to ward off laundry days.

Light Blue Jeans Stylish

Have either a sun-bleached or light-dye look.

Looks awesome with romantic blouses and even tees for a summer fresh look. This serves a different vibe than the dark wash – fresh, young and airy – which is very much appreciated after months of snow and grey skies.

Black Jeans Classic and slimming on all shapes

Black jeans slim your legs and can be worn by curvy gals. They have a slight punk feel to them which can make your outfit look trendy.

Worn with the right top and shoes, you can wear them to casual work environments.

Grey Wash Jeans Trendy!

Looks super trendy with white and black tops or sweaters and tan colour shoes. Gives that chic grunge look – but is a nice switch form black and blue women’s jeans.

Stone Wash Jeans Casual and light looking. Has a light, more broken-in appearance with a soft feel. If you want to wear a pair of women’s jeans with an interesting details but don’t like the way how acid wash accentuate your thighs then this wash is the way to go.

Acid Wash Jeans Cool

Totally 80’s complementing grunge and rocker clothing styles. Acid have been used to strip off the top layer of the denim dye, exposing the white fabric underneath it.

Distressed Jeans Sexy rocker chick

Looks agitated and strung-out with crinkles and/or fraying. A lot more interesting than regular dark wash which adds a little bit of vintage-punkish feel to your look.

Destroyed Jeans Edgy

Ripped and torned look with holes and shredding. Adds a little edge to your outfit. Looks great with a blazer and pair of pumps for that classy-trendy juxtaposition.