Swears by: the best jeans for women

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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 jeans – check out our round-up below.

Best skinny jeans

Topshop Jamie Jeans, £40

Topshop Jamie Jeans, £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. #Everytime. #Everyfabric. #Everycolour. #Everyseason. #Everyday. Thank you TopShopJeansGods: we love you most sincerely.”

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M&S Sculpt & Lift Mid Rise Skinny Leg Jeans, £35

M&S Sculpt & Lift Mid Rise Skinny Leg Jeans, £35

If you're after a streamlined, but not necessarily “skinny”, silhouette these M&S jeans are the perfect option. The fit is less skinny, more snug straight-leg. All sizes are available in short, regular, and long lengths, so you won't have to contend with baggy ankles. Who wouldn't want a pair of jeans that “lifts and sculpts”? We're sold.

“They aren't actually skinny, but they're less flappy than straight-leg. They are the most flattering jeans I've ever come across. And I buy a lot of clothes!”

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Next Enhancer Skinny Jeans, £32

Next Enhancer Skinny Jeans, £32

If you're looking for a pair of jeans to make the most of what you've got – these are the ones for you. Designed to enhance your figure by creating an hourglass silhouette, these high-waisted skinny jeans are made with Lycra to make sure they don't lose their shape or go baggy at the knees. Available in petite, regular, long, extra long, and curve fits, there really is a pair out there for everyone.

“Fab – I've just bought four pairs. I'm a size 10 but some skinny jeans make me feel like the back of a bus. These are great and comfortable.”

“There is some 'give' in them, and the long length really is long, which is just what I was after.”

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Hush Boyfriend Jeans, £75

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.”

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Best straight leg jeans

Gap Mid-rise Classic Straight Jeans, £54.95

Gap Mid-rise Classic Straight Jeans, £54.95

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.”

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Boden Cavendish Jeans, from £30

Boden Cavendish Jeans, from £30

More relaxed than a skinny jean, but with a slimmer fit than a pair of boyfriend jeans, girlfriend jeans are perfect for day-to-day wear. Made from authentic denim, but with just enough stretch to keep their shape perfectly, you can wear your Cavendish jeans rolled up in summer and full-length when the weather's a bit chillier. If you need a compelling reason to buy them, check out the beautiful embroidery and side trim options.

“They are a great fit and I love the gold side stripe.”

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Topshop Mom Jeans, £40

Topshop Mom Jeans, £40

You might assume that mom jeans from Tophsop 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 is you're worried about looking like an 80's 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.”

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Cheap Monday Donna Mom Jeans, £55

Cheap Monday Donna Mom Jeans, £55

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.”

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Best jeggings

Topshop Joni Jeans, £40

Topshop Joni Jeans, £40

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 – including this rather jazzy leopard print pair – varying levels of distress (denim, not emotional), and they even have maternity versions so you never have to be without your beloved Jonis.

“Topshop Joni's are the best. So comfy and you also get control versions.”

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H&M Skinny Regular Ankle Jeans, £9.99

H&M Skinny Regular Ankle Jeans, £9.99

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.”

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H&M Over Bump Jeans, from £24.99

H&M Over Bump Jeans, from £24.99

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.”

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Topshop Leigh Under Bump Jeans, from £38

Topshop Leigh Under Bump Jeans, from £38

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.

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Best plus-size jeans

River Island Amelie Jeans

River Island Amelie Jeans

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!”

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Mumsnetters' top picks

  • Best straight leg jeans: Gap Mid-rise Classic Straight jeans – buy now, £54.95
  • Best plus-size jeans: River Island Amelie jeans – buy now, £40

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