Three Things to Consider Before Buying Women’s Jeans

Denim jeans are the most popular pants in the world, but selecting a style and cut is sometimes more difficult than you think.

Womens jeans
Jeans just might be the only clothing where its stylish if a new pair looks like your oldest pair.Rogerio Martins

It’s hard to imagine that it was once considered a risky gamble for the inventor of blue jeans, Levi Strauss & Co., to introduce a line of jeans specifically for women. But in 1934, the introduction of Lady Levi’s proved an unlikely hit that would eventually change the concept of women’s fashion. Today, jeans are a staple of every woman’s wardrobe, with styles that have evolved to cover virtually any occasion. Here are a few tips for wading through this particularly crowded field of fashion.

Shaping Fits

Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women's Totally Shaping Pull-on Skinny Jeans
Ladies jeans are designed to hug and complement a woman’s figure.Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label

Are blue jeans still actually jeans if they are made of polyester, Spandex, or some other space-age material? Does it really matter? Shaping jeans offer that comfortable denim look in a cotton/synthetic blend designed to complement any woman’s figure, accenting curves where they are wanted and slimming where they are not.

Playing it Straight

Levi's Women's Straight 505 Jeans
When it comes to jeans, it’s hard to beat the straight-legged, five-pocket fit of the original style.Levi's

Just like men’s clothing, a pair of five-pocket, straight-leg jeans belong in every woman’s closet. They’re the most ubiquitous article of clothing in the world, compatible with everything from button-downs and sweaters to tee-shirts and tanks.

Western Wear

ARIAT Women's R.e.a.l. Riding Mid Rise Boot Cut Jean
If you want jeans with a western look and feel, look for pairs with weathered fabric and boot-cut cuffs at the bottom.ARIAT

Western wear is a style that not every woman can easily pull off. Like any successful fashion statement, it’s an extension of true personality. But for those who wear the look naturally, boot-cut ladies jeans are a hallmark of the quintessential country girl—to whom the world writes lovesick blues.