The 10 Best Jeans For Women

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in July of 2020. Blue jeans are a staple of most women's wardrobes. They come in a variety of washes and cuts, and are made from cotton denim that typically includes a touch of spandex to provide a little stretch. From a dark, skinny pair that's perfect for a night out, to a distressed, baggy option that's comfortable while lounging on weekends, these versatile pants accommodate a diversity of lifestyles. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Paige Hoxton Ankle

2. Levi's Ribcage Straight Ankle

3. True Religion Halle Flap

Editor's Notes

August 05, 2020:

The perfect pair of women's jeans are notoriously difficult to find, which is why we wanted to include as many different options on this list as possible. From ultra-body-hugging skinnies like the True Religion Halle Flap, which we loved for its high-end craftmanship and stylish pocket details, to loose-fitting options like the Levi's Dad, which impressed us with its gender-inclusivity and nostalgic aesthetic, we hope these selections include one or several pairs of pants that every woman can feel great in.

We also tried to balance this list with mid-range and high-end designers to provide excellent options for every budget. For example, the Paige Hoxton Ankle is an excellent choice for those looking for a luxe pick. Its chic lines and tasteful distressing rarely disappoint, but it is more expensive than most. Meanwhile, the KUT from the Kloth Catherine Boyfriend is stylish and of excellent quality while also being a more economical choice.

In addition to classic cuts like the Levi's 721, we also wanted to include picks that were off the beaten path, like the NYDJ Teresa Trouser, which offers a professional look with a flared leg, and the Levi's Ribcage Straight Ankle, which boasts an ultra-high waist and a short hemline. We realize that Levi's is the most represented brand on this list, but since it's been the de facto leader in denim for nearly 100 years, we feel this is appropriate.

Once you do find the right pair of jeans, it's important to care for them properly so that they last. While most manufacturers rightly hold that these pants are machine-washable, the reality is you want to wash them as infrequently as possible to prevent the denim from warping and wearing out. Expert advice suggests laundering every five to ten wears with mild detergent, like those found on our laundry detergent ranking, and allowing them to air dry.

Special Honors

Madewell Karen Walker Original Sin Flare An update on a popular 1970s style, the Madewell Karen Walker Original Sin Flare delivers a nostalgic look with uniquely shaped back pockets, a super high waist, and wide legs that are made to completely cover the foot and hit the floor. The gold-orange stitching and buttons offer additional visual interest.

Studio 189 Indigo Wide Leg Pants A fashion-forward choice, the Studio 189 Indigo Wide Leg features an ultra loose fit with unusual cross-hatched fading. It's crafted from 100 percent cotton denim and dyed with natural indigo sourced in West Africa. Incredibly high-end, it's recommended that these pants be dry-cleaned or hand washed only.

4. Levi's 721

5. Kut from the Kloth Catherine Boyfriend

6. Gloria Vanderbilt Comfort Curvy Skinny

7. Levi's Dad

8. NYDJ Teresa Trouser

9. Calvin Klein Slim Boyfriend

10. Lee Riders Plus Size Bootcut

Brittany Miller
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Brittany Miller is a writer, mother, and book nerd based in Los Angeles. Her eclectic professional experience includes writing product copy, managing editorial processes, teaching Literature, Rhetoric, and Creative Writing, and working as a television writer. She holds a BA in English from UC Santa Barbara, a MA in English from New York University, and for a brief time was a PhD Provost Scholar at the University of Southern California. When she’s not at her keyboard, Brittany enjoys running, paddle boarding, decorating (and re-decorating) her apartment, and playing with her son. Throughout her career and personal life, she’s developed expertise in literature, textbooks, automotive gear, office supplies, exercise equipment, home decor, baby products, and children’s toys.

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