The Only Women's Jeans Buying Guide You Need

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Confused about buying a new pair of jeans? This definitive buying guide will help you learn everything you need to know about measurements, a jeans size guide for women, the most common styles available, and the best women's jeans to buy at Harris Scarfe.

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How Do You Choose Jeans For Women?

As one of the most hardworking apparel types in your wardrobe, denims are also incredibly versatile and timeless. The fabric is durable and looks smart and trendy. They're a wardrobe must-have, so it's essential to approach jeans buying with a lot of patience. This guide is for you if you've always struggled to find the right pair for your body type.

As a rule of thumb, don't be tempted to rush. You'll want to try on your jeans and sit in them to see how comfortable you feel. Also, allow enough time to try on a few pairs and move around in them before you decide to zero in on one.

But how do you know what size to pick? It's handy in this case to first do a round of measurements. Use this women's jeans guide to get started.

How To Measure Yourself For The Best Jeans Fit

Grab your best-fitted pair from the wardrobe and use its measurements as a starting point. You'll want to measure the jeans' in-seam, rise as well as your waist and hip and then use Harris Scarfe's online sizing guide.

Step 1: Measure the rise

Measure the distance between the top of the waistband to the crotch seam where the pant legs meet. This is the rise. So, for instance, high-rise jeans are the answer if you want to make your legs look longer.

Step 2: Measure your waist

Once you've picked out the rise, measure your waist. Use a soft measuring tape to wrap around the smallest part of your waist and note the number.

Step 3: Measure the inseam

Wear the shoes you'll wear with the jeans. Then measure from the base of your zipper to the bottom of the leg's opening. Understanding the inseam is crucial for getting your fit right.

Step 4: Measure your hip

Wrap a soft measuring tape around the fullest portion of your hip area and rear.

Once you have your measurements, view our jeans size guide for women.

Pro tip

If you're shopping online, don't forget to read the product description, as this will help you determine the type of fit, stretch, colour and denim treatment.

Common Types Of Women's Jeans To Consider


Ideal for layering during the colder months, jeggings pair beautifully with shirt dresses and can be accessorised with heels for a formal look. Alternatively, you can pair them with tops for a casual setting.

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Skinny Jeans

A fashion favourite, skinny jeans look stunning with high-heeled boots, sports trainers, white sneakers, stiletto heels and more. Skinny jeans are typically available in both high and low-rise options. These jeans are fitted around the ankle, making them ideal for accentuating long legs. A shorter inseam is vital if you like skinny jeans to sit at your ankles. Alternatively, if you want the fabric to bunch up at the ankle, ask for a longer inseam in sync with your height. A dark wash is a great idea if you desire a slimming effect.

Look for stretch fabrics for day-long comfort. If you're wondering what to wear with black women's jeans or blue, then refer to our online Hub for more inspiration.

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Boot Cut & Flared Jeans

Tapered at the thigh, then widening down the knee to the hem, boot-cut jeans offer a lot of extra width around the calf and ankle areas. Flared jeans, on the other hand, fit tightly around the thigh and upper leg area while the bottom half flares out. This popular style is akin to the fashions during the 60s and 70s. With highly pronounced leg openings, both these jeans types are excellent for a body slimming or flattering fit.

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Straight Leg Jeans

This is a classic style that never seems to go out of fashion. If you're looking for a skinny silhouette, this is a versatile pair of jeans to invest in. You can take them from day to night by simply switching out your sneakers during the day, to a pair of stilettos for a date night. Jeans with straight legs have widths that don't change down the length of the leg. The fit is snug around the thighs, calves, and ankles. It's crucial to ensure your straight leg denims break at the ankle. Anything longer might show extra bulk, so you'll need a pair of heels to compensate.

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Wide Leg Jeans

These jeans are wide down the entire length of the leg. They're also popularly referred to as baggy or loose-fit jeans.

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5 Tips For Choosing Jeans For Your Body Silhouette

  • Curvy: We highly recommend high-rise jeans for women with curves and a smaller waist or upper body. Opt for jeans that taper at the ankles for a slimming effect. Shop plus size pants and leggings.
  • Straight: Mid-rise women's jeans are ideal for those with a more athletic straight or even lower body structure. You could opt for wide-legged, boot cut or flared jeans for a well-fitted stylish look. Be wise not to have jeans that are too tight or skinny.
  • Plus sizes: or a wide and curvy frame benefit from well-structured fits with mid-to-high-rise jeans in blue or black. Also, opt for stretchable fabrics such as jeggings to create the appearance of longer legs and a good fit.
  • Tall: for tall and skinny body types, mid-to-low rise work perfectly.
  • Petite: the petite body type benefits from ankle-cropped or high-rise jeans with 3/4th length. This helps with a taller appearance, especially when paired with high heels.

Buy The Best Women's Jeans At Harris Scarfe

Use this women's jeans buying guide to invest in the perfect pair of denims this season. Harris Scarfe offers designs across sizes, colours and body types. View the full range of women's denim jeans and jeggings to choose the ones that work best for your body type. We've also got some fantastic tips on the Hub if you're looking for styling advice with your Khoko jeans. If you're wondering what to wear with black women's jeans, we recommend a quick look at our entire range of women's clothing. You'll find a variety of trendy tops, blouses, and jackets that pair effortlessly with your jeans.