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What Are The Best Jeans For Women Over 50

Jeans are probably the clothing item that I wear the most. But, when you ask women what clothing item is the hardest to find a good fit for, jeans will probably be the answer. So, today we are going to address what are the best jeans for women over 50.

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is hard; it’s important to consider both fit and style. Jeans that are too tight or too loose can be unflattering, so it’s important to find a fit that works for your body type.

For women over 50, a higher rise can be more flattering, as it helps to elongate the leg and create a smoother silhouette. A straight or wide-leg silhouette can also be more flattering than a skinny leg because it creates a balanced and proportionate look.

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When it comes to style, there are many different options available for women over 50. Classic jeans are more timeless and universal, while trendy styles are more current, but they may go out of style more quickly.

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Classic jeans

  • Straight-leg jeans in a dark wash
  • Wide-leg jeans in a medium wash
  • High-waisted jeans in a classic blue wash
  • Boyfriend jeans in a dark wash

These styles are usually more subtle and understated and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Trendy jeans

  • Skinny jeans
  • Distressed Jeans
  • Cropped wide-leg jeans in a light wash
  • High-waisted jeans with a flared leg
  • Baggy jeans with a relaxed fit

On the other hand, trendy jeans tend to be more attention-grabbing and fashion-forward. These styles tend to be bolder and statement-making and can be a fun way to add some personality to your wardrobe. Just be careful not to get too crazy with your jeans choices – no one wants to see a 50-year-old woman trying to rock a pair of acid-wash, low-rise jeans from the 90s. Trust me; it’s not a good look.

There are a few types of jeans that women over 50 should “generally” avoid. However, there are no concrete RULES that say you can’t still wear any pair of jeans you prefer. You might not end up on the cover of Vogue in a pair of skinny jeans, but the fashion police won’t come and arrest you either. I still have a few pairs of skinny jeans in my closet, but mainly just to wear with my knee boots. I’ve replaced most of them with slim straight-leg jeans instead.

  1. Skinny jeans: Skinny jeans can be unflattering on women over 50, as they tend to cling to the leg and can make the leg look shorter, and your body doesn’t look proportioned. Instead, opt for a straight-leg or a wide-leg silhouette, which will elongate the leg and create a more balanced and flattering look.
  2. Low-rise jeans: Low-rise jeans can be unflattering on anyone, but especially on women over 50, as they can cut off the leg at an unflattering point and create an awkward silhouette. #muffintop Instead, look for a higher rise that will elongate the leg and create a smoother silhouette.
  3. Overly distressed or faded jeans: Don’t get me wrong…I still love my distressed jeans. I am choosing to go with smaller holes and distressing. While distressed or faded jeans may be trendy for younger women, they can make you look like you’re trying too hard. A darker wash is more slimming and elongating, and although it isn’t trendy, it is always classic and chic.
  4. Tight or restrictive jeans: As we age, it’s important to choose comfortable clothing that doesn’t constrict movement or circulation. Avoid jeans that are too tight or restrictive, and look for styles that offer a little bit of stretch for comfort.

When shopping for jeans for a woman over 50, it’s important to consider the fit, wash, and level of distressing. Darker washes tend to be more slimming and elongating, making them a good choice for women over 50. Avoid overly distressed or faded styles, as they can make you look older. A classic wash and minimal distressing will always look timeless and age-appropriate.

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And remember, it’s okay to splurge on a high-quality pair of jeans. After all, they are a wardrobe staple and can be worn for many years. Look for brands that are known for their fit, comfort, and durability, and be willing to pay a little extra for a pair that makes you feel confident and comfortable.

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When it comes to styling your jeans, don’t be afraid to experiment with different tops, shoes, and accessories. A classic pair of jeans can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, making them a versatile and essential piece in any woman’s wardrobe. For a dressed-up look, try pairing your jeans with a blouse, heels, and statement jewelry. For a more casual look, try pairing them with a t-shirt, sneakers, and a denim jacket.

In conclusion, the key to finding the most flattering jeans for a woman over 50 is to choose a fit that is comfortable and age-appropriate and to style them in a way that is both stylish and comfortable. Don’t be afraid to try on different brands and fits, and remember to accessorize to create a look that is both stylish and age-appropriate. And above all, have fun with your jeans! After all, fashion is meant to be enjoyed, not taken too seriously.

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  1. I LOVE all of your jean outfit ideas! I’m going to my closet to see what I have. I may need that oversized button blouse from Target! Thanks!

  2. Love your blog and really enjoyed this post. I love jeans and wear several different styles. I’m 5’6, 135 lbs but have a horrible time putting outfits together. Would love some suggestions on what to pair with wide leg jean, including tops and shoes. I’m not a fan of many layers because of hot flashes. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Teresa

  3. I enjoyed your post on various jeans for the “over 50” group. I am in disagreement with you on a few items, though. I really don’t like the look of wide leg pants or crops on anyone. they’re baggy and tend to make everyone look frumpy. Flares look to me to be a trendy item for younger people, as do ripped, torn or frayed jeans. In my opinion straight leg, and skinny, but not skin tight, are more flattering. And, higher waisted eliminates the muffin top.

  4. I am having trouble find jeans to fit me. I am small waisted and big hips. The past couple of weeks I have returned countless number of online ordered jeans. Would love to be able to go into a store and try them on but we are a hour drive from the closest store. Thanks for sharing your blog today

  5. I love this post, and NYDJ jeans are probably my favorite full-length style jeans since most come in petite (shorter inseam) sizes.

  6. Great post! My favorite jeans are WHBM and Talbots. Both of their curvy jeans fit me the best. I buy the plain jeans at WHBM. Not a fan of the embellished jeans or ones with other treatments that limit what you can wear with them or they go out of style quickly. I’m wearing slim straight leg, bootcut, and still like my skinnies. I’m in Dayton, Ohio and I still see women wearing them. We’re not exactly at the cutting edge of fashion around here. 😄

    1. WHBM is my favorite. I am 71 and have maintained a slim figure. I do like the slim fit and distressed look but not torn. Advising women over 50 to wear a certain style of jeans is wrong in my opinion. Wear what looks good and makes you feel good. Maybe some day I will need “mom jeans” not anytime soon.

  7. Thanks for your advice on jeans. As a 5 ‘3” Plus Petite this is definitely my most challenging garment to wear. I appreciate your guidance.

  8. Wow…I have been wearing skinny jeans for maybe the last eight years, have a closet full of long tops and ankle booties, and now you tell me they are trendy! Every fashion blogger says they are out. And so now I need to do the opposite of “slow fashion” and dump them all into landfill. And so now I struggle with several different leg shapes and lengths and finding the right top and shoes to go with each. And to make matters more confusing, “they” say skinny jeans are “out” but leggings are still “in”, even though it’s actually the same look. Take a deep breath…..

  9. Thank you Tania! I need some new flattering jeans and always struggle. Looking forward to trying some of these.

  10. Good suggestions – I love jeans but sometimes they can be tummy restrictive when they hit at the wrong place. You mention high quality jeans – I agree they look great but I cannot spring for the cost of $200 for jeans or any pants for that matter. I love your put together looks.

  11. Thanks Tania for the tips on buying jeans for us gurls! I’ve been following you on Pinterest since early fall. You have inspired me to get outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been on a weight loss journey for 4 months and I have had to buy a whole new wardrobe! It’s been so much fun because you have inspired me to wear different styles and accessories. I found the perfect jeans for my style, body type and budget. I love the high rise straight leg Levi jeans from Walmart. I really never liked clothes shopping until I found your blog, now I can’t wait to see what you’re styling and I’m enjoying shopping for clothes! Thank you for working so hard to find all the great things!

  12. I have always loved the look of wide legged jeans! I really hope that you feel better soon!! Have a better Tuesday!!

  13. Thanks Tania. Always, always, struggle with jeans. Have way too many and not enough that fit properly!! Great post 🙂

  14. Nice post today! I’m a big fan of jeans and have them in several different understated colors. The reviews for the gray slim ankle jeans aren’t great, but I have them in a lighter gray as well as black, muted pink, natural, and of course, blue and they fit great and are flattering.

  15. Love this post, i have a hard time with finding jeans that fit and look good. This give me some ideas where to look!

  16. Love this post on jeans and you look great in all of them. But Chicos jeans were not mentioned and they fit me the very best! They are known for their quality and fit. I loved the gray Talbots jeans. They are beautiful.

  17. I have to tell you that I started E2M May 2022 after seeing your posts Dec 2021. Yes it took me a while to get my head right to take the plunge. It has changed my life in so many ways. I say all this to tell you “Thank You!” I had fallen in October 2021 breaking my shoulder 😫 which caused me to not be able to commit to the program until May. I am well on my way to not having any more falls because 40 lbs are successfully off of my body. My balance has improved and this 61 yr old is looking 20 years younger.
    Thanks again for sharing this program!! Blessings to you!

  18. Love the suggestions! I’ve never seen so many Jean options all out at the same time! My question is about Jean length- is there such a thing as being to short anymore? Some hit me at the top of the foot and some are well above my ankle. Are they all appropriate?

    1. Diana, always struggled with wearing cropped and ankle length jeans because I have long legs. When I was a child, my jeans were never long enough, so that has made me self conscious. However, cropped and ankle length hands are very much in style.

  19. Love the gray jeans! That’s definitely on my list for 2023… I like light gray, like yours, and washed-out black.

  20. Thank you for this very informative post! I have learned that buying petite jeans in my favorite brands can help in achieving the perfect length.

  21. Great post Tania! I’m still rocking my skinnies–with a long, tall frame and very thin legs all around, this continues to be my most flattering style! With a 34″ inseam, I have to find brands that make a Tall/Long length as well–right now, my best options are Levi’s and Ann Taylor (their coated denim is sharp–great for a slightly dressed up look for a night on the town–they look like leather and fantastic fit!). Very upset that Talbot’s took Tall pants out of their lineup for most of their trendy pant styles. Love Chico’s for tops, sweaters and jackets but their jeans– even in Tall–are still too short! I tried the newer flare look–my whole body gets swallowed up by all the fabric–just not flattering. . .glad I only bought 1 pair; they’ll be in the donation box soon.

  22. Hi Tania, and thank you for today’s post on jeans! That is about all I wear & I’d love to always look as put together as you do! I’m afraid I’m still wearing my skinny, distressed jeans so I’d better get shopping! SO sorry the storms give you fits w your shoulders & headaches! Sounds like you need a masseuse!

  23. Hi Tania,
    I love to wear jeans more than anything else. You look great in all of your selections. I just purchased a pair of the SPANX jeans from one of your recents blogs. They are coming in the mail this week.

  24. Blue jeans are my go-to pants and finding a pair that I love is not easy.
    Thanks for the information on the best jeans.

  25. Great options! Thank you. And, also for reminding us to spend a bit more on jeans. I wear mine all the time so it would be worth it.

  26. Because of you, I bought a pair of Spanx Flare Dark Jeans. They looked so good on you and we are the same height, I knew that I would like them. Yes, they are expensive but the cost per wear makes them a steal. I wear an 8-10 in jeans, I ordered a size medium. They felt a little snug when I was putting them on but, 5 minutes later they were the most comfortable jeans I have ever had! I did have to get them hemmed because they were extremely long, probably a 34″ inseam. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a dressier pair of slimming and elongating jeans.

  27. Interesting options for jeans! However, I didn’t see my favorite here: Slim-Sation denim pants. I usually can find them on Amazon.

  28. I’d love it if your readers could weigh in on whether $200+ jeans are worth the splurge. I would spend the money if the fit and quality are truly great and the company is reputable.

  29. Hope you are feeling better. Thank you for being so open about your life. I too get headaches with shoulder pain when fronts pass through. I feel for you. Would love to hear more about your new years diet plan in your upcoming blogs. With you on that one too!

  30. Great selection of jeans. I like high waisted and straight leg jeans. Today is the day to start walking and eating better.

  31. Aaah – jeans and swimsuits… both needed but shopping for either can be exhausting. I appreciate that more stores are offering a “curvy” cut! Thanks for sharing some fun examples.

  32. I still enjoy wearing my boot cut Levi’s jeans. They are reasonable and always my go to jeans since being retired. Thank you for continuing to share your fashion ideas. Happy New Year’s!

  33. I need to get back to eating sensibly again, so I’m right with you on the diet thing! I have really enjoyed wearing the higher waist bootcut jeans this fall and winter. They only problem is that I have a lot of tunic tops that I wore with skinny jeans that add too much volume to a bootcut or flare jean. So, I’ve been searching for tops/sweaters that are more waist length. I like a lot of your jean picks, but I don’t want to spend $100 in a pair of jeans. I’ve found a lot of my favorite jeans at Kohls. The only problem is they seem to be out of sizes since the holiday. Hopefully they will stock up again. Thanks for the post and hope the front passes and your head clears up!

  34. I love my jeans and wear them most days when I’m out and about. Thank you for the suggestions.

  35. Prefer high waisted Jean’s but they must be comfy. Living in Florida we have a short window of opportunity to wear jeans because by April it’s just to warm so I prefer cute crop pants. Love it when we have cool weather so i can wear my Jean’s and dress them up a bit! Love the
    he many options in your post.

    1. Judy, that is how I feel too. I wear a large in them. They feel tight at the waist when I first put them on, but it only takes me a minute to adjust to that feeling. They look great, not at all like they are tight.

  36. I love to wear jeans but most are not within my budget. I really enjoy Levi bootcut that I recently purchased and they didn’t break the bank. Always enjoy your posts.

  37. I tried, tried, tried to love flared and boot leg jeans. I just can’t. I,too, have two leftover pairs of skinnies that I wear with long tees. But ankle-length, dark wash with a slim leg are my go-to’s. I’m 73.

  38. thanks for this helpful post! I hate buying jeans, yet I need some more. Now I will know what to look for.

    Have a great day!
    Stephanie

  39. Great post ! Might need to do some closet cleaning with these guides.

    Can you do a post like a “day in the life of”. You so such a great job and seem to have so much to do I for one would love a behind the scenes glimpse to a normal work day/ week.

  40. I love the return of high waisted jeans! I’m apple shaped, all my weight is in the middle. High waisted pants/leggings make me feel more held in. I do love my skinny jeans though, because my legs are long and slim. Something looser on top of skinnies is my go to look.

  41. Thank you for having a variety of price ranges to choose from. Clothing is not always where I budget splurges do thanks for doing the legwork for me.

  42. I hope you feel better Tania. Thank you for showing/explaining the many styles. I’ve always liked the “Joe” brand. I haven’t tucked in my tops for a few years. You inspire me!

  43. I really like a high rise, dark or mid wash jean. Cropped jeans tend to make my legs look shorter so I opt for ankle or full straight leg. I love some of bling options that I’ve seen at Chico’s too!

  44. Love jeans! You are right, finding the right fit can be difficult. I discovered Wit&Wisdom and love the fit.

  45. I’m in love with those spanx jeans! I am very short so I sometimes struggle with finding the right rise. I want to avoid the muffin top but can’t do the popular high-rise because they will hit my ribs! What we women have to go through lol. Thanks for another great post.

  46. When I wear jeans, I always wear NYDJ jeans. I can’t wear jeans that don’t have a good amount of stretch.

  47. I’m 5’2″ and find it hard to get jeans that fit in length well, some petites are too short. I do like the crop length which is just about right for me!

  48. What a great post!!! I have been trying to find jeans and be trendy but can’t find anything I feel comfortable in!! I love your posts and start each morning over coffee looking at your site and saying a prayer! Thank you for all your wonderful content!! Looking forward to see many more in 2023!! God Bless!!

  49. Thanks for this! Who would have thought that finding the right pair of jeans would be so complicated? I have tried on so many before I finally find the one pair that fits, looks good, and I m comfortable in. Have a good day!

  50. I’ve been looking at the Madewell vintage for a long time , they look great on you ! I also am a fan of the higher riser jeans and I’ve kept my skinnies around for boots .

  51. Thank you for all you do!!! You offer a wide variety of low and higher price clothing which is appreciated. Hope you feel better soon and best of luck on food plan!!! I know how difficult that can be!!! Your style is probably my favorite of all those I follow. Happy New Year!!!