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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 but not impossible. The first thing you’ll want to remember when selecting jeans is to consider both the fit and style. It doesn’t matter how stylish a pair of jeans are. You’ll never be comfortable in jeans that are too tight or too loose, and they will be unflattering. The good news is that there are a lot of jeans you can try. Keep trying new brands and styles until you find a fit that works for your body type.

How to Style Jeans

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different tops, shoes, and accessories. I love experimenting with my clothing so I don’t get caught in a rut. You can dress a classic pair of jeans up or down depending on the occasion, making them a versatile and essential piece in everyone’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.

Choosing the Right Style and Fit of Jeans

We all know that when we were younger, everything seemed to look good. But, for women over 50, it can take a little more effort. Try higher-rise jeans if you haven’t already since they can be more flattering. This style of jeans helps to elongate the leg and create a long and lean look. Straight or wide-leg jeans can also be more flattering than skinny jeans because they create a more balanced look.

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 dressy, slimming, and elongating, making them a good choice for women over 50. Most ladies over 50 don’t care for faded and overly distressed jeans, but slight distressing is fine, just leave the huge gaping holes to the younger crowd. A darker wash with minimal distressing will always look timeless.

I know it may be painful, but it’s okay to splurge on a high-quality pair of jeans. These jeans can be a wardrobe staple and worn for many years. Look for brands that are known for their fit, comfort, and durability. If they make you feel confident and comfortable, then they are worth the extra money spent.

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

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. Some styles are trendy jeans are frayed hem jeans, jeans with distressed, cropped wide-leg jeans, etc. 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.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is styling Fall jeans for women over 50 from Nordstrom18
Double Breasted Wool Blend Peacoat (similar) || Olive Turtleneck Sweater (similar) || Madewell Vintage Jeans (size 29) || Brown Eyelet Belt || Western Boot || Olive Leather Handbag (SimilarSimilarSimilar) || 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace || Sophee Drop Earrings

Rules for Wearing Jeans Over 50

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.

Wide Leg Jeans

Trouser Jeans (Size .5) || Fox Sweater – Sold Out – (Similar) || Leather Eyelet Belt (Sm/Med) || Brown Faux-Leather Blazer (Med) || Western Boots (TTS) || Maya Cuff Bracelet in Gold || Maya Hoop Earrings
Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is styling 3 casual fall outfits with one top34
Floral Tie Shirt – Sold Out || Wide Leg Crop Pants ( large) – Only Available in White || Faux Suede Mules – Almost Sold Out

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

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62 Comments

  1. I’m 65 5’4” and weigh 118#. I look great in my skinny ripped jeans! I even wear short shirts with bellybutton showing. I get compliments all the time and people can’t believe I’m 65. I don’t think anyone should tell older Women what they shouldn’t wear. Wear what you want to wear, is nobody’s business . If other people don’t like it that’s their problem.

  2. Rebecca Robinson Porter says:

    what’s with all the high waters these days!? yours are the 3rd article I’ve read today and in my opinion, all of you have too short of jeans on. but of course I’m probably the anomaly add in 63 sitting here with my Miss Me jeans on not giving two poops if anyone thinks I’m too old to wear them. When it’s time to meet my maker, I’m certain I’ll care way more about the things I DIDN’T DO than the things I did. highwaters included… 🤷‍♀️

  3. I actually think the Marilyn straight leg jeans look best on you, and the trouser jeans look a bit like they are swallowing you. Appreciate you sharing your perspectives.

  4. Julie Lozano says:

    Thanks Tania! I am having a jeans crisis.. and you’re a big help in opening my eyes to new styles. I Haven’t tried the Marilyn’s yet, but I’m a big fan of NYDJ. (The Ava Flares from QVC are fabulous). God Bless and thank you. 😃

  5. Julie Lozano says:

    Hi, I’m Julie and I turn 55 next month. I was a HS/JH Band Director for 31 before I retired in 2022. Now I’m a consultant just for Flute and I teach 4 hrs a day. I hang out with HS kids each day and love wearing jeans and trendy tops. I’m 5’1 and about 117 lbs. I read your blogs on how to wear jeans but no matter what I do I still feel frumpy and old. You look so fabulous in you pictures wearing jeans. I always do my hair ( I’ve got shoulder length hair with highlights) and use my makeup, but I still feel ancient. How do you stay motivated?
    Thank you. Julie

    1. Julie, I bet you are harder on yourself than anyone else. It sounds like you are doing everything correct to look modern and youthful looking.

  6. Today I celebrated my 70th birthday! I was feeling old last night before midnight, until I realized I needed to thank God for sustaining me for 70 years. It’s quite a wonderful gift. Anyway, I love your blog because there isn’t anything on it I wouldn’t wear except for a few t-shirts. Also, I’m plus sized, but I know most of your choices would look good on me. Thank you for your wonderful blog. You are beautiful. You go girl!

    1. Happy Birthday!!! You are right about being blessed. So many people weren’t as lucky, so we should appreciate every year we have been given.

  7. Thank you so much for all the information….man oh man it is sad to say I WAS TRYING TO HARD and didn’t even know it, But I do now! I’m going to have to take out a small loan to get age appropriate (oh my) clothing! lol Thanks again look forward to reading more of your posts!

  8. Elizabeth Llorente says:

    To God goes the glory for sure! I’m thankful for your direction in stylish yet tasteful attire now that I’m 60.

    1. Deborah Anders says:

      Love 7 for all mankind but hard to size – what size are you wearing?

  9. I am loving the straight legged jeans. This reminds me that I need to get rid of my really distressed jeans! Thank you for the reminder!

  10. I enjoy my skinny(but not tight) jeans, as well as straight leg jeans from Old Navy. The Talbot’s straight legs look great, too.

  11. Kim Oswald says:

    I absolutely love NYDY jeans. Fit is fabulous. I buy them in 2 colors. My favorites are the wide leg crops and the Marilyns.

    1. I love those, too. I also love the Teresa wide leg jeans.

  12. Krista Preston says:

    Great tips on jeans, thanks

  13. Thank you for sharing all the different styles and ideas. It’s definitely hard to find a good pair of jeans. I buy jeans and within 2 hours they’re stretched out and falling down in the waist. Enjoy your weekend.

  14. Hilarioys about the bacon!! 😂😂 I’m about to be shopping for new jeans. Thanks for sharing ideas!!

  15. Good morning Tania! Thanks for showing us some great options in jeans. Hope you have a great day!

  16. I am not between sizes right now, I am now above my fat jeans weight, hard to find Jeans, that
    fit right. Recently gained due to medical issues and can’t find anything that looks right, I am to big in the butt and belly and hips, help what would be the best jeans to try – I am more apple then pear shape??
    Suggestions???

    1. Jeanne, since apple shapes tend to hold their weight in the middle of their bodies, you want a wider leg or flare leg jean to try and balance out your shape.

      1. Thanks I do like the wider and flare leg jean, so maybe it will work.

    2. Try plus sized Levi’s. I wear size 22. They stretch and bend. Very comfy and very stylish.

  17. I’m skeptical, but I guess I need to try the wide leg jeans. You’re right, it really just takes time and patience to find the right jeans that work for you.

  18. I am 59, chubby and despite owning more pairs of jeans than any one person needs, I will admit that I don’t love any of them. I am at that awkward spot that regular size jeans aren’t comfortable for my tummy and plus size jeans are too baggy. I carry my weight in the middle and have fairly slender legs. I describe myself as being DEEP not WIDE!

  19. Linda Conner says:

    I’ve always been a “Forever in Blue Jeans” girl. Lately, though, I’ve noticed that I have lost my rear end somewhere, and now I try to disguise my flat behind with back pockets strategically placed to give me a bit of a better behind.
    BTW, I think your hair color looks beautiful on you now. 😘 God bless.

  20. great advice for best fit

  21. 2nd pic, green button sweater and jeans, absolutely hands down my favorite style and you look great!

  22. sue koren says:

    I LOVE straight leg jeans the most

  23. Ginger Hiller says:

    Great post Tania! My favorite style jeans are straight and flared, high rise, and have some tummy control.

  24. Sue Quinn says:

    Thank you! Great run down on jeans. I appreciate your hard work.

  25. If I can’t wear shorts then I love a good fitting pair of jeans. I recently tossed all my skinny jeans because I didn’t like how they fit.

  26. Good advice. I like straight leg ankle jeans to wear flats with. I save my wide leg jeans and flares for when I went to dress up more and wear heels. I do have bootleg jeans to wear with sneakers and flats. I’m trying to find a “baby bootleg” ankle jeans. I bought corduroy ones but would like jean material. So glad we have options for different jeans and rises. I love high rise.

  27. Love jeans in all shapes and sizes. The only thing I wish jean makers would quit doing is fading them for us. I’d rather have the chance to fade them on my own over time.

  28. Thanks for the jean options and great selection!

  29. Christy Tandy says:

    You always look fabulous!!

  30. Summer H. says:

    Love all your fall looks with jeans! I discovered NYDJ jeans about 7-8 years ago and they’ve become my go-to brand! (I was thrilled to discover our local Ross Dress for Less often carries them for a fraction of department store prices!)

    I’m not usually a graphic sweater fan, but the fox sweater is adorable! I bought a similar one at Loft last weekend and now know how I want to style it!

    1. I’m so glad that you found this post helpful! ❤️

  31. Can go wrong with the Talbots straight leg jeans.

  32. A nice pair of jeans and a shirt for just about any occasion! I prefer non-distressed jeans, but am good with skinny, straight-leg, wide-leg, and flare-leg! Love jeans in any color!!

  33. I will be looking for the straight leg, high rise jeans. I love the look with the loafers you are wearing, which is perfect for fall. But I always struggle with what kind of boot/bootie to wear with them once the weather turns because they are too wide to tuck in and not wide enough for most boots. Any suggestions?

    1. Donna, that is a conundrum. I love wearing ankle booties with my flare and bootcut jeans. If I want to tuck my jeans inside my boots, then I’ll wear a skinny or slim pair.

  34. LOVE the blue sweater with the blue heels outfit!!! It’s stunning on you!!

  35. I think that shopping for jeans is almost as hard as shopping for bathing suits! Thanks for sharing so many different styles!

  36. I so need to buy some jeans! My current wardrobe includes too many skinny styles that are just so uncomfortable.

  37. Great ideas! Jeans are my go to! Thanks for all the ideas.

  38. I love jeans. Still haven’t found the perfect pair. I’ve decided even though my legs are relatively long, my stride is short. So high waisted pants end up almost up to my bra when I sit. 😂 And stretch is nice, but too much is not good. Also even though my midsection has exploded since I turned 50, I still have to wear a belt to keep my pants from sagging. Oh the struggles!

    1. Sheli, I actually prefer a mid-rise jean because I hate jeans that are around my rib cage.

  39. Elizabeth Ty says:

    Some really cute things. So disappointed the fox sweater is sold out. Also I didn’t see a link for the picture right after that. That olive shirt/jacket is adorable. I need to buy some new jeans!

    1. Elizabeth, most of these photos were from previous posts, and that olive jacket has also sold out.

  40. Linda Shearer says:

    Love the Talbots straight leg jean. They are so flattering. Liked the chicos shacket too but already sold out.

  41. All of the jeans looked great. I wear jeans every day. I despise dress pants as I had to wear them to work. I’ve embraced my “life is short so wear what I want” phase. Recently wore dark jeans and a blazer to my grandsons baptism. I looked great and won’t apologize!

  42. I love a few of these styles. I especially like the wide leg crops. You look good in all of them.

  43. Mary Kinard says:

    My most favorite post this week! Thanks for the jean options and styling suggestions!

  44. Great jean suggestions, so many!

  45. Do you feel wide leg jeans make short girls look shorter? I’m 5’2” and just feel they will make me look shorter and wider.

    1. Shari, wide leg jeans can make anyone look shorter if you don’t tuck your shirt or wear one that is cropped.

  46. Love the faux leather shacket/blazer outfits! Very flattering…

  47. Love, love, love the blouse from Loft! Great post.

  48. Karrie Knutson says:

    I love this post! I am going to order the Kutt raw hem ankle length hight waist jeans from Nordstroms. I will look current, and professional when I pair them with a blazer and boots for jeans day at the office.

    1. I’m glad that you enjoyed this post! Thank you for commenting!