The best jeans for women
Being inside doesn't mean you can't look stylish. Finding the right pair of jeans can be life-changing (or, at least, wardrobe-transforming). We've trawled the Talk boards to find Mumsnetters' most beloved pairs – from skinny to plus-size.
Mumsnet's top picks
Our style and beauty forum gets over two million views a month and, as you can imagine, the holy grail – ie finding the perfect pair of jeans – gets mentioned a fair bit.
So to save you browsing online and visualising your bottom half in different denims till your eyes bleed, we've done the hard graft for you. Here are the best jeans for women, as recommended by women.
- Best skinny jeans: Topshop Jamie jeans – buy now, from £30 (was from £40)
- Best boyfriend jeans: Hush Boyfriend jeans – buy now, £75
- Best straight leg jeans: Gap Mid-rise Classic Straight jeans – buy now, from £55
- Best mom jeans: Topshop Mom jeans – buy now, from £15 (was from £40)
- Best jegging: Topshop Joni jeans – buy now, from £36
- Best maternity jeans: H&M Over Bump jeans – buy now, from £25
- Best plus-size jeans: River Island Amelie jeans – buy now, from £40
Best skinny jeans for women
1. Topshop Jamie Jeans, from £40
Skinny, high-waisted, and available in every wash under the sun, Topshop's Jamie style are the holy grail of jeans. The high waistline elongates your legs while the super stretchy denim sculpts them, ensuring a flattering fit on all body types. Dress them down with trainers and a jumper for the school run, or pair them with block heels, a crisp white shirt and a dash of lippy for a night out. You might need more than one pair…
“I've just bought some Topshop Jamie jeans – the ankle grazer style is perfect for my 5'3 short-arse legs. Fabulous rise on them and everything is snugly contained”
“Another vote for Jamie jeans. I’m a complete convert: perfect length, perfect waistline, comfortable, a little stretch on them but pretty structured.”
“Jamies! Boom. Every time, every fabric, every colour, every season, every day. Thank you TopShopJeansGods: we love you most sincerely.”Buy now
2. Wrangler Women's High Rise Skinny Jeans, from £13
Crafted from high-stretch denim, these skinny jeans flatteringly hit the smallest part of the waist. Their look is a tinted, pale stonewash with natural-looking fading, complete with Wrangler 'W' stitching on the back pockets, which is a nice touch. You might also be able to snag a bargain on Amazon as some of the styles start as low as £23 (but most do hover around the 50 quid mark), retailing on the Wrangler website for £70.
“I always used to wear the same Wrangler jeans, just in different colours.”
“The Wranglers look amazing! I am off to hunt some down myself”Buy now
3. G-STAR RAW Women's Lynn Skinny Ankle Jeans, from £17
Definitely on the pricier side, G-STAR RAW jeans are arguably an investment pair. What makes them more special than the other jeans on here? Well, the manufacturer boasts the use of untreated 'raw' denim as well as a distinctive silhouette – made using '3D thinking'. This Lynn fit is a modern take on the classic jean, with a wider waistband and is apparently inspired by G-Suit – the outfit worn by astronauts to protect them against the effects of acceleration force… Evidence enough that these jeans can hold it all in?!
“I got a pair of G-STAR RAW skinnies (in my early 20s) and they are great.”Buy now
Related: Looking for something a little smarter? Take a look at Mumsnetters' favourite trousers
Best boyfriend jeans
4. Hush Boyfriend Jeans, £75
Take a break from the skinnies and update your look for spring with a fresh, modern, looser-fitting jean. Mumsnetters love the Hush Boyfriend Jeans for their easy fit and cool, faded wash. Plus, they'll rival your favourite skinny jeans for versatility: wear them with white trainers and a Breton tee for day-to-day, and add a cami and heels for an evening look. Rolling them up for a flash of ankle is encouraged, although not mandatory.
“They are the comfiest jeans ever and very flattering.”Buy now
5. Levi's Women's 501 Crop Boyfriend Jeans, from £50
These jeans boast the iconic Levi's 501 silhouette in a relaxed 'boyfriend' fit, making them a modern yet still a bit vintage look – emphasised by the range of fades with names such as Jive Stonewash (blue) and Dancing in the Dark (grey). Made from low stretch denim, the jeans have a medium waist and are cut with a straight, cropped leg. Including classic five-pocket styling.
“Straight leg – good ole Levi's 501s”
“My all-time favourites are Levi's because I think they are the only jeans that improve with age.”Buy now
Best straight leg jeans
6. Gap Mid-rise Classic Straight Jeans, from £50
Available in eight different washes, these leg-lengthening jeans are a wardrobe staple for many Mumsnetters. Their slim-fit makes a refreshing change from skinny jeans but they also look smarter than boyfriend-cut jeans, making them ideal for smart-casual wear. Plus, if you're trying to make your wardrobe more eco-friendly, Gap's commitment to sustainability means that these jeans require 20% less water to produce than conventional denim.
“I recommend Gap Mid-rise Classics, they're really good jeans – not too baggy with a nice slim cut. I have a tum with slimmish hips, and they work well. I have them in indigo and coal. They wash brilliantly and I haven't found that they bag.”
“I have to agree, I love my Gap jeans. They're such good denim and a great style.”Buy now
Related: The coolest and comfiest trainers
Best mom jeans
7. Topshop Mom Jeans, from £15 (was from £40)
You might assume that mom jeans from Topshop are designed exclusively with lithe seventeen-year-olds in mind, in fact, they're comfy and versatile enough for actual mothers to wear them. Trust us. They look as good with trainers and a Breton top on the school run as they do with block heels and a blouse for an evening out on the town. Just opt for a darker wash if you're worried about looking like an 80s throwback. It is worth noting that this style doesn't have much stretch – and Topshop sizing is none too generous – so it might be worth sizing up.
“I have the Topshop Mom jeans and I am 46. Comfiest jeans I own. I wear mine rolled up with Doc Marten shoes or my New Balance trainers. I was wearing them when I got asked for ID last week so can't look too frumpy or mumsy in them!”
“I love them and think they're super-flattering, particularly if you have a small waist. Mine were a real staple last summer with tucked-in Breton tops, and either brogues, Converse or flat sandals. In winter I've been wearing them with tucked-in blouses and rolled up to just on top of Chelsea boots.”Buy now
8. Cheap Monday Donna Mom Jeans, £28 (was £40)
Slim, but not skinny, with a retro feel, Mom jeans are a great everyday jeans option. Made from organic cotton with a bit of stretch, this pair from Cheap Monday fit like a dream with tapered cropped legs and a high-rise waist. There are plenty of shades to choose from, but we especially love this black acid wash pair.
“I love love love my Cheap Monday Donna jeans. Good quality denim and super flattering.”Buy now
9. Topshop Joni Jeans, from £15 (was from £36)
If you take skinny jeans seriously, Topshop's Joni Jeans are your perfect denim match. These super high-rise, spray-on skinny jeans are a lot comfier than they sound (we promise). They keep their shape, thanks to their power stretch technology. You can choose from a huge range of washes and varying levels of distress (denim, not emotional), and they even have maternity versions so you never have to be without your beloved Jonis.
“Topshop Jonis are the best. So comfy and you also get control versions.”Buy now
10. H&M Skinny Regular Ankle Jeans, £10
You needn't splash the cash to get a pair of great-fitting jeans. This H&M style scores highly with Mumsnetters thanks to their quality and affordability. High-waisted for a flattering fit and cheap enough to buy more than one pair, you'll want them in every colour.
“I love H&M's £8.99 jeggings. They have a button and zip fastening like normal jeans, they're very comfortable, they come in a variety of colours, and they're not low-waisted. I have four pairs and so far nothing has ripped or split, and they've not gone baggy at the knees.”
“The H&M ones are good – I’ve got a few pairs for everyday. They're very comfortable and they wash well.”Buy now
Related: For more of Mumsnetters' favourite super-stretchy jeans, take a look at our round-up of the leggings and jeggings they swear by
Best maternity jeans
11. H&M Over Bump Jeans, from £25
From super-skinny to bootcut, H&M have a pair of maternity jeans in your preferred pre-pregnancy style, which means you can keep rocking your signature look (albeit with more tiredness, nausea and back pain) throughout your pregnancy. With a wide, ribbed bump band for plenty of support, these jeans will stay put and keep your bump cosy in chilly weather.
“I bought some H&M over the bump ones and they are amazing. I normally find H&M sizing to be all over the place so was a bit sceptical, but I bought my normal pre pregnancy size 12 and they fit perfectly.”
“H&M 100%. They're not only amazingly comfortable but they're also actually skinny.”
“Mine were H&M. Found them a great fit from about 18-20 weeks and good and stretchy for the last few weeks.”Buy now
12. Topshop Leigh Under Bump Jeans, from £36
If you prefer an under-bump fit, Mumsnetters recommend the maternity version of Topshop's classic Leigh skinny jeans. Made from soft stretchy denim with a jersey panel to support your growing bump, you'll be able to wear them throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Under-bump styles are ideal for early pregnancy, when your old jeans are a bit too snug but you;re not ready for an over-bump style yet, or for hot weather when you really don't need the extra layer provided by a big bump band.Buy now
Best plus-size jeans
13. River Island Amelie Jeans, from £40
They look just like jeans, but with added stretch to make sure they don't bag or gape, these River Island jeggings are designed to flatter and show off your curves. Dress them down with trainers for day-to-day wear, then just add heels and a going out top for a night on the tiles.
“I swear by River Island, either Amelie (mid-rise super skinny jeans) or Molly (mid-rise jegging). Really comfy, hold their shape and never go baggy. I wouldn't buy anything else now!”Buy now
Prices and information correct at the time of writing. Mumsnet carries some affiliate marketing links, so if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale (more details here).