There's no denying that a good pair of jeans is essential to any wardrobe. Finding a pair that’s figure-flattering, stylish, and comfortable, however, can be a tall order — especially as we get older. Thanks to changes in our body shape that come with age, sussing out the best jeans for women over 50 can be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. But fear not, friends — we've found plenty of pairs of denim that will not only fit you perfectly, they'll be versatile enough to wear with everything from sweaters and fall boots to tees and tanks. Read on for our best tips on how — and where — to find them!
Types of Jeans
First thing's first: What type of denim is right for you? From trendy styles, like boyfriend jeans and distressed denim, to classic boot cuts or straight legs, the choices can seem daunting.
The good news is that outdated rules about choosing jeans solely based on your body type are long gone. Shorter women look just as good in bootcut denim as they do in slimmer cuts, and anyone can rock a pair of black jeans or a darker wash.
Ultimately, the best jeans for you are the ones you feel the most comfortable and confident in. The ideal pair won’t ride up or slide down, bunch up at the bottoms, or restrict you. They’ll feel like a second skin (almost as cozy as your go-to pair of leggings), while looking great both dressed up with a blazer or jacket or down with your favorite tee.
How to Find Jeans That Fit
Most women find that mid-rise or high-rise styles work best — particularly when it comes to preventing any unwanted exposure when you sit. Low-rise jeans can also lead to that unpleasant "muffin top" look we all do our best to avoid, in which the sides of our waist begins to spill over the sides of our jeans.
Finding the right fit may require taking a few specific measurements, such as your inseam (aka the distance from the inside crotch seam to the bottom of the leg), your waist (which should be taken slightly above your belly button), your hips at their widest point, and the circumference of your thigh.
Jean sizes may vary greatly by retailer, however, so if you’re ordering online and are unsure of your size, it might be helpful to check the reviews to determine if the specific pair you're eyeing fit more true to size or if they run small or large. Reviews can also tell you if they tend to stretch out over time or get overly baggy.
In-person, you can avoid fitting room frustration by bringing multiple sizes into the dressing room, which will reduce the amount of time you spend searching for the most flattering and figure-friendly sizing for you.
Having a pair of jeans on hand that’s a size larger than your normal size is never a bad idea, either —especially on days when you’re feeling bloated or simply plan to enjoy a big meal.
How to Wash Jeans
You’ll want to wash your jeans inside out separately before your first wear, as some dyes tend to bleed onto other clothing items. After that, you might want to continue washing them inside out in order to best preserve their color: The more you wash them, the faster the color can fade, so keep that in mind for your new jeans.
As for how often you wash them, it's really a matter of personal preference. Some women prefer to launder after each wear, while others wash them only when they become stained or stinky. Others still opt to hand wash their jeans by soaking them in water for 15 to 30 minutes and rinsing well.
Tumble-drying your denim is where things get tricky. Not only can high heat fade your denim, it might lead to shrinkage over time, so line-drying your denim is not a bad idea — even if it means your favorite pair is out of commission for a day or two.
The Best Jeans for Women Over 50
Ready to shop? Right this way: We’ve rounded up the chicest and comfiest pairs of jeans out there for the . most stylish older women around. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best jeans for women over 50.
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