SHOpping guide - Jul 14, 2022

29 Very Best Jeans for Women in 2022: Your Ultimate Guide

by gemma prior

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The best jeans for women are those you slip into with comfort and confidence, without a second thought.

You know you’ve found the right ones when you never want to take them off; when they’re the piece in you wardrobe you wear without hesitation, for any occasion.

Sometimes they’re costly, particularly those from brands focused on sustainable fashion, but they’re worth the spend when you wear them over and over again, for years to come. 

But finding the denim brand (or brands) that works for you can be difficult.

These days you’ve got more women's clothing stores online to navigate than ever before, so knowing where to start your search can be difficult. 

So if you’re unsure where to look for the best jeans for women, keep scrolling to find some timeless, classic, foolproof styles and brands to buy now and wear for seasons to come.


29 of the best jeans for women
Outland Denim

Image: Outlanddenim.com.au


There’s nothing you can’t do with the perfect pair of jeans. 

Whether you’re heading to the shops, a cafe date with friends, or an evening out the go-to option for simple but classic style will always be jeans. 

Dressed up with heels and a blazer or styled in a very casual way with sneakers and a sweatshirt, they never fail.

But there are a few basic things to keep in mind to help you find the styles that work for you, which can be a difficult task. 

First of all, mid- to high-rise jeans often sit better and are less likely to cause a ‘muffin-top’ effect (something we all love!). 

They also help to elongate your figure, which is always a plus.

Wide leg jeans are more suited to taller women, while straight- or skinny-leg jeans are great for women with a more petite frame.

And keep in mind that trends will come and go, but the classics will never be outdated.

Below you’ll find a collection of the best women’s jeans from both some well known denim brands and others you may not have discovered yet.

And if sustainable fashion is important to you I’ve also included many options for sustainable and ethical jeans as well as some brands that are making changes to work towards this very significant goal. 

Keep reading to find 29 of the best jeans for women available now.


1. Straight-Leg 

Considered as a universally flattering style, straight-leg jeans are also one of the most popular styles.

Not too tight or too loose, this style skims over the hips to remain relaxed and comfortable yet still looks and feels sleek and flattering.

And it’s one of the styles considered as the best jeans for women with a petite stature, as its streamlined style and generally higher waist elongates the figure. 

Agolde Criss Cross Jean
agolde criss cross jeans $359 AUD, FROM the new trend
Sustainability Rating: 
LOCATION: aUStralia
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Camilla and Marc Betty Jean Black
camilla & Marc betty jeans $320 AUD, FROM camilla & Marc
Sustainability Rating: 
LOCATION: aUStralia
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COS  Straight Leg full length jeans
cos straight leg jeans $115 AUD, FROM cos
Sustainability Rating: 
LOCATION: uk & Others
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Nobody Denim Andi Jeans Secrets
nobody denim andi jeans $229 AUD, FROM vahst store
Sustainability Rating: 
LOCATION: aUStralia
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Nobody Denim Lou jean Balance
nobody denim lou jeans $229 AUD, FROM nobody denim
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LOCATION: aUStralia
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Agolde Criss Cross Jean
nudie jeans co. clean eileen recycled jeans $240 $168 AUD, FROM nudie jeans co.
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LOCATION: europe
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Jeanerica Eiffel Jeans in black
jeanerica eiffel jeans $335 AUD, FROM father rabbit
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LOCATION: new zealand
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Outland Denim Abigail Jeans
outland denim zoe jeans $249.90 AUD, FROM outland denim
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: australia
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2. Skinny- & Slim-Leg 

Another flattering and popular style of jeans for women with petite figures, skinny- and slim-leg jeans are great for any body type so long as you feel comfortable and confident when wearing them. 

Similarly to straight-leg jeans this style elongates your figure.

A pair with a bit of flexibility in the fabric can make them more comfortable than a ridged fabric.

This is also the style to pair with knee-high boots.

Re/Done 90s Ankle Crop high rise jeans
re/done 90s crop high-rise jeans $393 $314 AUD, FROM matchesfashion
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LOCATION: uk
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Arket Slim Stretch Jeans
arket slim stretch jeans $147 AUD, FROM arket
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LOCATION: Europe
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Nobody Denim Frankie Jean Ankle Stretch Esteem
nobody denim frankie jeans $239 AUD, FROM vahst store
Sustainability rating:
LOCATION: australia
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Mother Denim the Stunner Ankle Fray
mother denim ankle fray jeans $435 AUD, FROM sisters & Co.
Sustainability rating:
LOCATION: new zealand
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Levi's Wedgie Icon Fit Jeans
levi's wedgie icon fit jeans $145 AUD, FROM shopbop
Sustainability Rating: 
LOCATION: us
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Boyish the Billy Skinny jeans
boyish the billy skinny jeans $271.17 $245.34 AUD, FROM revolve
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LOCATION: us
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Nobody Denim Siren Skinny Ankle  jeans black
nobody denim siren skinny jeans $219 AUD, FROM nobody denim
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LOCATION: australia
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3. Wide-leg

Generally appearing with a cinched-in top that accentuates your waistline and loose legs that skim over your figure, these are the most popular style of jeans for taller women and a style that’s particularly flattering for hourglass figures.

There are also variations among wide-leg jeans, some being not too different from a straight-leg style while others appear with a very wide, and sometimes cropped, leg.

You might find the narrower, longer leg paired with heels better if you are more petite.

Reformation Cary High Rise Slouchy Wide Leg Jeans
reformation cary wide leg jeans $225 AUD, FROM reformation
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LOCATION: us
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MADE IN TOMBOY
made in tomboy Margherita jeans $361 $144 AUD, FROM matchesfashion
Sustainability rating: Unsure
LOCATION: uk
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Levi's Ribcage Straight Ankle jeans
levi's ribcage ankle jeans $149.95 AUD, FROM shopbop
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: us
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Kowtow Sailor Wide Leg Jeans
kowtow sailor jeans $279 AUD, FROM kowtow
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: new zealand
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Citizens of Humanity Annina High Rise Wide leg Off White Jeans
citizens of humanity annina wide-leg jeans $375 AUD, FROM ssense
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: canada
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Neuw Frida Super Wide Leg Jeans
neuw frida super wide jeans $179.95 AUD, FROM neuw
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: australia
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4. 'mom' jeans

The term ‘mom jeans’ refers to the original version of this style that appeared on the scene in the late 80s and early 90s as popular jeans for older women.

Since their revival the story is different and the jeans we’re seeing - somewhat more stylish than the earlier version - are popular regardless of age.

Generally appearing with a higher waist and a looser leg they offer a relaxed style that's here to stay.

Levi's High Loose Taper jeans
levi's high loose taper jeans $159.95 AUD, FROM the iconic
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: australia
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Zara Mom Fit Jeans
zara mom fit jeans $67 AUD, FROM zara
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: us & Others
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Won Hundred Pearl mom Jeans
won hundred frida super wide jeans $221 $88 AUD, FROM won hundred
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: europe
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5. Loose fit

As the name suggests, this style is quite baggy offering an extra casual look and often sitting lower on the hip.

But even those that aren’t a mid- to high-rise style, the relaxed fit around the waist means they don’t go creating a ‘muffin-top’.

And whether you're the proud owner of a big, small, flat or round bum this style is a crowd favourite.

These are the best jeans for women looking for a very relaxed and comfortable style.

Assembly Label Standard jeans
assembly label standard jeans $100 AUD, FROM assembly label
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LOCATION: australia
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E.L.V Denim Light Blue Match Boyfriend Jeans
e.l.v denim Light Blue Boyfriend Jean $538 AUD, FROM e.l.v denim
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: uk
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Maggie Marilyn 01 Full length Jeans
maggie marilyn 01 full length jeans $204 AUD, FROM maggie marilyn
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: new zealand
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Outland Denim Athina Jeans
outland denim athina jeans $229 AUD, FROM outland denim
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: australia
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Everlane The Rigid Slouch Jeans
everlane the rigid slouch jeans $186 AUD, FROM everlane
Sustainability rating: 
LOCATION: us
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