A Girl’s Guide to Jeans

February 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Found & Loved

Jeans! Pretty simple, right? Blue denim, always in style and look better the more you wear them. They are the forever symbol of casual style for your legs. So why is it so hard to find the perfect pair? It turns out that when there are more options, the choices they offer can become paralyzing. And if you’re not sure on what options you’re selecting between trying to find the right pair of jeans can be complicated. So let’s do some legwork on what styles of jeans are trending right now, and consider what styles look best on you.

 denim guideCut:

Skinny jeans are just what they sound like. They’re cut skinny, to fit snugly through the waist, hips and thighs, and ensure they hug your legs like a second skin. Curvy cut jeans are cut with a little more freedom in the hips and thighs, but still designed to hug the calves. Boot cut jeans are designed with a slightly flared leg, so you can wear boots with them (pretty simple stuff).


Rise refers to how high on the hips or waist the jeans ride. The most flattering is medium rise but lately we’ve also been seeing some trendy high waisted jeans and low-rise cuts. If you’re not sure what kind of rise you prefer, err toward medium rise.


Long cut jeans are most flattering on taller figures (as well as with higher heeled shoes).  Boot cut jeans are also usually cut long for this reason. Cropped jeans (a summer favorite) stop mid-calf and look good with sandals or more casual shoes.


Jeans are traditionally made of cotton (denim), but frequently incorporate polyester to increase durability.  Skinnier cuts of jeans incorporate spandex in order to allow for the sleekest possible profile, while still allowing for flexibility.


The “wash” of a pair of jeans represents how the jeans have been treated with dyes. Generally, the darker the wash, the darker the jeans. Jeans are also frequently “distressed” by sandblasting to create a lived-in or bohemian look. Dark denim is universally flattering and also dressier while the distressed is a laid back favorite.

By carefully considering your options, you can be sure to find what style of jeans are best for your personality, style and body type. Best of all, with stores like rue21 currently offering buy one, get one 50% off on most of their jeans, you can afford to experiment a little.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by rue21, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of rue21

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