Let me proclaim that Jeans are not just the uniform of young women. There are so many various styles available these days that choosing the best jeans for women over 50 should really be a breeze, but once you find a style you like, my advice is to stick with it.
Sure, we shouldn’t be wearing our daughter’s jeans, and why would we want to cramp the style of the younger generation anyway? I believe that women over 50 need to choose elegant jeans that suit our body shape, jeans that have timeless qualities, just like us.
And we don’t need to go all comfy-womfy and always choose elasticated jeans, or baggy fit jeans – no no sisters, we’re aiming for a little pazazz here! But if you like a little comfort, then try to choose stretch jeans.
Before we delve deeper into the sizing, silhouette and fitting, let us accept that jeans are a favourite street-style fashion for women over 50.
Jeans look elegant and chic and can be slimming (How to Look Slimmer in Jeans) when styled properly and are most certainly a trendy look for older women, as well as popular among mature celebrities and style icons.
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Best Jeans for women’s body types
This post will cover the best jeans for women’s body types along with essential advice you need to know about jeans, including …
- How to choose the best jeans for women over 50
- Which jeans not to wear
- Best jeans for curvy women
- How many pairs of jeans should you own?
- Choosing the perfect size jeans
- Best jeans for tall women
What you need to know about jeans
Jeans are fabulous. They’ve been around for a long time (read about the history of jeans here). They’re adaptable to style, easy to pack and probably the most low-maintenance piece of clothing in a woman’s fashion arsenal.
How to Choose the Best Jeans for Women
The best jeans for women over 50 are not your daughter’s low rise styles, and many women will not want to test looking like mutton dressed up as lamb in very skinny jean styles.
When you find that an insanely good pair of jeans that fits you perfectly, makes your waist appear smaller, tucks your tummy in, and lengthens the look of your legs – then you’ll probably buy that brand for ever more.
However, to find the best jeans for women you need to look beyond just the size of your waist. You also need to feel confident all day long and for those days when you might worry about ‘eek is that a leak’ moments, ditch the pantyliners which will not bode well after a long day, but rather choose the more comfortable, more breathable option – washable leak proof pants to wear under jeans, such as Modibodi (my favourites).
How to Choose the Best Fitting Jeans for women over 50
Let us help you decide what to consider when you want to buy the best jeans, particularly the best fitting jeans for women over 50.
Our bodies have probably changed, menopause has seen to that, and what looked good on us a few years ago may not fit the bill anymore.
When choosing the best jeans for yourself there are several points to consider and different styles to think about.
High Waisted Jeans
High-rise jeans, or high waisted jeans work best on nearly every body shape – like those on the model below who’s wearing Crazy4Jeans high-waisted-slimming-jeans.
These gorgeous stretch jeans are probably going to work well, if you have an apple or pear shaped body. These are really flattering jeans for curvy women.
I’m wearing the same stretch jeans as the model, but I’ve turned them up at the bottoms to wear with my black LAURA FRANKiE4 ankle boots. I’m wearing an Elly top in Navy from Vivid International – Vivid International
High-rise styles have a way of subtly concealing your stomach area and making it flatter as they nip and tuck in the right areas.
If they are a great brand they should also do wonders for your bum too. They really are super jeans for curvy women.
High rise jeans can look really flattering with a t-shirt and a blazer, but avoid tucking in your shirt with high rise waistlines unless you have a slim tummy area.
Mid Rise Jeans
If you’re well-toned in the mid-riff section, you can probably pull off a mid-rise pair of jeans.
The waistband sits on the belly button. You can tuck shirts into mid rise jeans if you like, but make sure you give them a blouson effect over the waistband – and don’t try to tuck them in too neatly or tightly or you run the risk of looking ‘bulgy’.
Which jeans not to wear
Low Rise Jeans
We recommend you steer clear from low-rise cuts when you’re over the age of 50, unless you’re of super model proportions, and most of us are not!
You see, after the age of 50, a muffin top (blame the hormones) is likely to appear just around the waistline – as if by black magic – and it’s hard to conceal this spare tyre with low rise jeans.
Ripped Faded Jeans
Lets talk about ripped faded jeans.
The best jeans for women over 50 probably should not include ripped jeans or faded styles aimed at the 20 something market. It just invokes the idea of ‘mutton dressed up as lamb’ to me.
Best Skinny Jeans for women
The best Skinny jeans for women should have a tight fit with a taperered leg and are skinny from hip to hemline.
Generally they will have a low to mid-rise waistline and will best suit taller women with slim legs and small waists.
Some people think that skinny jeans are probably not the best idea at this point in life but from my point of view I enjoy wearing them.
I think if you do choose them, then go for a longer style tunic top to cover your bum and tum.
Best Jeans for Curvy Women
If you have a large tummy but slim legs then slim leg jeans are a great style for you. Wear a blouse that flatters your top half and covers your bum and tum.
A high waist jean will be your best bet, but try flared jeans too.
If you are curvy from bust to toe then go for loose fitting jeans – try straight cut with a wide leg or go for relaxed jeans.
Try Gap, H&M, and NYDJ
Best Jeans for Tall Women
When it comes to jeans for tall women, you really can choose most styles.
The most important thing when buying online is to know your inseam so that you don’t end up with a pair of jeans that are far too short for your leg.
Try these brands: American Eagle, Paige, Long Tall Sally, Nordtrom, NYDJ and Levi’s.
Easy to carry off jeans
Boyfriend style jeans, mom jeans, straight cuts, and slim-fits are some of the style that are easy to carry off and are a little forgiving too.
They allow you the comfort of being able to move around without worrying about being to low slung or too young, and they can look absolutely gorgeous and trendy.
Slim Fit Jeans
Slim fit jeans are more likely to have a mid-rise waistline. They are straight through the hips and slim on the thighs, with a narrow leg.
Slim-fits can work well because they have a form flattering fit and can successfully make your legs appear slimmer than they actually are.
These type of jeans are also some of the best jeans for tall women because your long legs can rock the look.
Bootcut jeans are great for making your legs appear slimmer and longer.
They are great to wear with long boots because the bottom area will flow neatly over the boot.
They should fit to be tighter around the thigh area, and then flare out to widen from the knee to hem.
These jeans are workhorses.
They will generally have a mid-rise waistline and the trouser leg falls straight from the knee to hem with a wider leg opening than both slim-fit jeans and skinny jeans.
Low Crotch Jeans
I’m not a fan of this style, but you might love them.
They are worn low on the waist and have a drop-crotch, which gives them a baggy, saggy look.
We can’t possibly talk about the best fitting jeans for women over 50 without bringing into consideration the colour.
As a simple rule of thumb, darker colours have a slimming effect, so I’d suggest you stick to black, navy or dark acid wash jeans.
White and pale blue jeans work well with the right tops.
If you accessorise well you can really expect to make an entrance with white jeans, but they will generally have the effect of making you appear larger than if you wear dark coloured jeans.
Choosing The Perfect Size Jeans
When it comes to buying the best jeans for women, sizes are all that matter. Each brand may have a different fit, so don’t be vain about your sizing.
Don’t hope to be a size smaller than you really are – all brands have different sizing charts.
If you are buying online then make sure you now your inseam, know your waist and hip measurement, and have an idea of what style of jeans you want to buy.
Don’t be afraid to buy online. You can get some great prices. But tread carefully. Measure well and then follow the brand’s size charts to get the perfect fit.
How to Measure for Jeans to get the Perfect Fit
- Measure you inseam – the inseam is the distance between the crotch to where you want the bottom hem of the pants to fall.
- A regular inseam is between 29 and 32, longer options offer somewhere between 31 and 34.
- Measure your waist. Use a soft tape measure. Place it about 4 inches, (10cm) below your belly button for mid-rise jeans.
- Measure slightly above your belly button for high-waist jeans.
- Measure around your hips at their widest point.
- Measure the front rise from your crotch to your belly button for the rise of the jeans.
- Measure the widest part of your thigh.
There is no substitute for trying on jeans. You really need to look at them from different angles, make sure you can sit down in them without your blood flow stopping, but also making sure that they hug, nip and tuck in the right places.
Most jeans are at their tightest the first time you put them on. As you wear them they will probably loosen up over time and become much more comfortable. My advice is to buy jeans slightly tighter than you really want them to be after the first wash or two.
If you’re buying online then read customer feedback and reviews to get a sense for how the pants fit and if they run true to size.
If you’re buying online also check that there is a good returns policy in place if you need to change them, and once you find a style that suits you online, my advice is to buy two pairs … One pair for high days and holidays and one for when you don’t want to be so nipped and tucked.
I highly recommend you always keep two sizes of jeans in your closet – one for the size you actually are and one just a size above for days when you are feeling a little bloated or carrying a little extra holiday weight around.
There are days when snug jeans just aren’t the brightest idea of all time, and that’s when you get to use your one-size above jeans, and still look great but just feel a little more comfortable.
Jeans have become a year round staple to wear in summer and winter, so it just makes sense to make sure you have a couple of favourite pairs of great fitting jeans to pull out at a moment’s notice.
What’s the Difference between Low-Rise, Mid-Rise and High Rise Jeans?
- Low-rise jeans will sit about 5 to 10 cms below your belly button.
- Mid-rise jeans will sit just below your belly button.
- High rise jeans will fit close to your natural waist.
How Many Pairs of Jeans Should You Own?
- One pair that fit you like a glove which look great for going out.
- One pair a size larger for the days when you don’t want to be nipped and tucked in.
- A pair of white jeans for summertime.
- A pair of skinny jeans that you can wear with ankle boots or knee length boots or high heels and dress up for going out.
- A pair of loose fit jeans, or straight leg jeans for everyday wear at home or away.
- A pair of stretch jeans comfortable for long journeys.
- A bootcut or flared pair of jeans which will make your legs look longer.
What to wear with jeans when you’re over 50
At Lifestyle Fifty we love asymmetrical bohemian tops, ethnic embroidered blouses, snowy white tees or crisp button-ups and blazers – the options to style jeans are unlimited.
You most certainly don’t have to consider things as banal and trivial as your age to be able to flaunt the bad boys above, especially when you successfully find your right fit and style.
Best High Waisted Jeans for Curvy Women
Crazy4Jeans offer great fitting jeans that hug your body in all the right places, like the ones I’m wearing above. If you’re curvy they flatter you where you need it most by targeting your belly, bum and thighs.
They’re also comfortable and stretchy.
Secretly you’ll be thrilled with the way they offer you a better moulded and more toned looking bottom.
In the photos below I’m wearing gifted CYSM Daphne jeans in AU Size 12, USA 07. They are fabulous three quarter length, black skinny jeans. These stylish push-up jeans with a high waist work wonders on your figure.
Over the jeans I’m wearing an Australian size 10, round necked, Vivid International Tammy Top in Monochrome. It’s short sleeves fall to a flattering level and the plain underlay contrast falls slightly lower than the printed top layer which neatly hides tum and bum.
The Tammy Top is a best seller, and really is a nice loose cut top that covers the arms, has a great layering detail that shapes you nicely and the back panel seam detail adds a nice extra touch.
I really like the turn-up style and cute detailing at the hemline of the CYSM Daphne jeans. It gives them a lovely touch of pazazz. You could wear them with ankle boots or strappy shoes.
I’ve styled them with FRANKiE4 SALLi tan leather ankle boots and some strappy wedge heels.
Below I’m wearing Crazy4Jeans super high waisted blue skinny slimming jeans which I’ve turned up at the bottoms instead of wearing them full length.
I think this style of high waisted, slimming jeans really are the best jeans for curvy women.
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For more style tips read The Ultimate Guide to Fifty Plus Womens Fashion.
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“OMG Jo, my new jeans just arrived and they are FABULOUS!!!
I must admit I was sceptical about them, it’s hard enough to find decent jeans when you get to try them on, let alone online.
But – these high waisted jeans from Crazy4Jeans fit PERFECTLY, have lots of stretch in them, and are SO COMFY I can already tell I will be wearing them to death. I got a black pair so now I want to buy a blue pair as well!!!Janet – Middle Aged Mama
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