The time of 'one jeans to fit them all' is long gone. Nowadays, you have lots of different styles and cuts to choose from. Since we don’t want you to get lost in the vast jungle of jeans, we created the ultimate women’s jeans guide to guide you on your quest to find the perfect jeans.
Jeans fits, what’s in a name? The fit is the way denim brands describe the design, cut and the shape of a pair of jeans. We all know the classic jeans such as skinny, slim, straight, bootcut and flare jeans, but let’s not forget about trendy fits such as barrel, mom, boyfriend and wide leg jeans. Although denim fits depend on the style, all jeans should fit snugly around the waist. A good rule of thumb: you shouldn’t need a belt to keep your jeans on. If you do, your jeans doesn’t fit right. It’s as simple as that. There are currently 9 fits that are rocking the jeans universe, each with their own distinctive style. Let's take a closer look!
The skinny fit
Snug fit through the hip, thigh and all the way to the hem.
The slim fit
Fit through the hip and thigh and cut a bit straighter from the knee to the hem.
The straight fit
The mother of all jeans and an all-time classic. A straight cut from hip and thigh to the hem.
Fits close to the thigh and leg but widen a bit from the knee down to the bottom. This results in a very comfortable yet fashionable fit. The bootcut is an excellent choice for curvy women, because of its slimming effect.
The flare fit
Similar to bootcut jeans, but more pronounced. The hem is distinctly wider than the bootcut and makes a fashion statement in doing so.
The mom fit
Cut high at the waist with an easy fit through the hips and tapered through the leg. Mom jeans are mostly made of rigid denim.
The boyfriend fit
Relaxed through the hip and thigh with a straight leg. The fit of these jeans is borrowed from the boys and has a slightly baggy fit. The boyfriend jeans has a loose silhouette, is meant to be worn relaxed and the legs are usually cuffed. There’s also a slimmer version of the boyfriend fit, aka the girlfriend jeans. The difference lies in the tapered leg, which provides a more flattering and classic shape.
The barrel fit
Hangs down low on the waist and offers ample room for the thighs. This fit has an ankle length silhouette with exaggerated, curved, cocoon-like legs.
The wide leg
Almost as feminine as a skirt, but casual as a pair of jeans. These jeans combine a wide cut through the thighs with a maximum leg length and a flowing hem width. This style has the loosest and most comfortable fit of all jeans types and offers great styling options.
Apart from the fit, there’s another important element that determines a pair of jeans: the jeans rise. The jeans rise is part of the so-called 'top-block' and determines how high or low the jeans will sit on your waist. The jeans rise is basically the distance from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch. The measurement of the jeans rise affects the fit and overall look of the jeans.
o Measures around 7 - 8 inches
o Hits at the hips, not at the natural waist
o Perfect for a petite frame
o Measures around 8 - 9 inches
o Not too high, not too low: the perfect medium for a comfortable pair of jeans
o Good for any body shape
o Measures 9 - 10 inches or even more
o High waisted denim is very trendy
The inseam is the distance from the crotch to the bottom of the leg opening. The length has a crucial impact on the overall look of the jeans and can be used to create optical illusions.
o Inseam of 26 inch or shorter
o Stops about 1 inch to 2 inch above the ankle
o Inseam of 27-29 inch
o Falls right at the ankle or just above
o Super versatile length
o Inseam of 30-32-34 inch
o Depending on the height, the jeans falls between the ankle and the ground when barefoot
Last but not least, you should also have a look at the cut of the waistband. There are basically two types of jeans waistbands.
Straight cut waistband
Can gap at the waistband if you have full hips and rear, combined with a small waist.
Contoured cut waistband
Cut on a curve to follow the curves of your body in order to prevent gaps. This design keeps the backside covered, which means that the back of the jeans is a bit higher than the front.
The good thing about jeans is that they never go out of style, even if some jeans fits come and go. Why limit yourself to one particular jeans style if you can have them all? There truly is a jeans fit for every body type and occasion, you just have to know where to find them. At Ansi | PGT, we focus on the ever evolving fashion trends and sustainable, innovative techniques. That way, we can offer our clients high quality jeans following the newest jeans trends. Because don’t you forget, there is no business like the jeans business!