How to Pick the Perfect Pair of Women’s Jeans

Whether they have an elastic waistband or zip and button closure, here’s how to find your perfect pair.

Jeans: they’re the easiest garments to pair with anything, and the hardest to find the ideal fit. We rounded up our go-to styles in an array of washes and fits, with varying levels of stretch, to make finding your new pair easy.

Available in sizes 2-28, with three different inseam lengths. Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label

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If traditional denim feels restrictive to you, or you’re tired of peeling off your jeans at the end of the day to find angry red marks where the waistband once sat, look no further than a pull-on jegging style. As long as the stretchy waistband is covered, they look just like real denim—but they feel closer to loungewear.

Comes in 13 different washes and four inseam lengths. Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label

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When shopping for comfortable denim, look for a style with at least 2 percent elastane. This gives the jeans stretch and helps them mold to your curves and move with you all day. A midrise is flattering on every length of torso and any shirt you choose.

Runs up to size 38 waist, with four options for inseam length. ARIAT

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Bootcut jeans and flares are obviously made with boots in mind, but the way they fall over heels or sandals shouldn’t be overlooked. A strappy sandal dresses up denim and takes your look from utilitarian to effortlessly chic.

From standard black and blue to white, blush and olive. Amazon Essentials

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Basic black and blue jeans are great building blocks for any wardrobe, but once you find a fit you love, don’t be afraid to experiment with colored denim. A pale, chunky knit over jeans in a similar hue makes for a striking monochrome moment.

These sit just above the waist, so they’re perfect for crop tops or tucking in blouses. Levi’s

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A high rise elongates legs, especially if you tuck in your top and add a heeled shoe.