Jeans are one of the most difficult things to buy until you find a style you love. That's where we come in. We've compiled a foolproof guide to fiding the best jeans to suit your style, shape and budget...
Jeans are a total wardrobe staple, yet they’re one of the most difficult things to buy. Whenever you need a pair, it’s impossible to find any that fit, let alone look nice, unless you’ve got a style you buy again and again.
Once you know which fit you want – maybe skinny jeans, high-waisted jeans, boyfriend-fit jeans or straight leg jeans – then you’ve got the wash to decide upon. Maybe you’re a bleach-wash girl or just a simple black jean wearer.
Then what? Then you have to trawl the shops getting all hot and bothered as you pull tough denim on and off until you get fed up and go home… Not any more. The Marie Claire team have put their heads (full of years of jean experience) together and come up with their reliable favourites for you to try.
Check out our Marie Claire Jean Edit to find a pair you’ll love enough to buy again and again…
Uniqlo is a great destination for denim, they never stretch and are incredibly cheap (plus there’s a free tailoring service to take them up) so you can get a pair in every colour.
Boyfriend jeans are a staple part of any off-duty wardrobe, and we think this distressed pair from Zara is a great choice. The mid-blue wash, low-rise waistband and adjustable turn-up hem makes this one of our favourite styles.
If there is one thing you buy for the new-season, let it be a pair of flares. Retro 70’s-style flares have stormed the catwalks, and we couldn’t be happier, as thisis one style that is super-flattering. Victoria Beckham went for this classic style in a luxe-looking blue wash.
Marques Almeida is the coolest denim brand around, and set to launch a collection with Topshop, this fash-pack favourite is definitely worth a look.
Topshop have taken the classic skinny jean, and given it a cool new-season edge with the addition of a 90’s-style frayed hem. We love the fail-safe skinny shape that we have come to know and love from Topshop, and the blue black hue is a fun alternative to black, too.
The cropped jean is back, and it’s creeping higher, this season sitting mid-calf. We love the Row’s version, with a flat front, a darl 90’s wash and a slight kick flare at the hem.
BLK DMN have put a cool spin of the staple skinny jean, creating this coated pair. The high-rise, slim-fit will prove undoubtedly flattering, while the coating creates a luxe-look that is the ideal way to amp up your knitwear.
Ripped jeans has made a much-welcomed return to our wardrobes, and the style if far easier to wear than you might think. This pair from Zara feature everything you need from an everyday pair of jeans – mid-blue wash, super-skinny and falling just above the ankle – and feature a subtle but stylish rip detail on the knee.
Stella McCartney’s studded boyfriend jeans are an ideal update for your denim collection. The blue wash is ideal for everyday wear.
Not one to keep it low-key, Mary Katrantzou has created the uber-statement jean, complete with insect illustration. The skinny fit and dark denim wash is oh-so-flattering, while the quirky design will transform your look in seconds.
The jegging may sound like an unflattering style, but Oasis have totally nailed it with this pair. All the style of a skinny jean, with plenty more comfort, these have extra cool points with a flat front design and ankle-grazing length.
If you love the boyfriend jean and want to go that step further and pick up something uber-cool and fashion-forward – check out the Phoebe from MIH. A firm favourite among the fash-pack, this low slung, loose-fit, turn-up denim is all you need to nail your off-duty look. Just add a breton and some mules and you’re good to go.
You can’t go wrong with a white skinny jean, this style will always be around season after season, and if you’re going to go for a pair, let it be this pair from Saint Laurent.
If you’re not one for a classic style but love everything about the classic fit – go for this pair from Paige. The coated denim – creating a chic leather look – and biker detailing at the waist adds a cool edge to this style, while the ankle-grazing shape and slim leg will fir perfectly.
High waisted, distressed and a total bargain – this pair is definitely worth a look.
The J Brand 811 is unbeatable when it comes to style and fit, and ever ahead of the trends, for the new-season this winning style has been updated, now coming in a chic pastel pink hue.
Whistles have offered up a whole new way to wear the boyfriend jean, and the solution? Slim-fit. Ideal for those looking to flatter the hip and thigh area, the dark wash, high-waist shape and skinny ankle shape make this style a great choice.
Gap will awlways be a destination for great denim for those on a budget, and their 1969 Always Skinny style is a popular choice in the Marie Claire office. This grey style is one of our favoruites.
Tu Es Mon Tresor is the brand you need to know about if it’s statement denim you’re after, and we’ve handpicked this pair to be our faveourtie. Keep the rest of your look casual and team with a navy crew neck knit.
Marni have nailed the loose-leg, cropped jean and added a super-cool velvet trim. Wear with a stripe top and chunky heels to complete your look.
If you love the skinny jean, but want something super-flattering, why not try Marks & Spencer’s sculpt and lift style? All the perks of a skinny jean style, with that little extra support, what’s not to love?
The Acne Pop jean is so versatile, and the thick denim fabric will sit perfectly in place and last far longer than most soft denim jeans. Wear them rolled up with flats, or rolled down with some pointed courts. We guarantee these will prove a worthy investment.
Pick up a pair of purse-friendly pair of flares for your autumn wardrobe and go for this classic style from H&M. H&M denim is always a great fit, and the wide-leg flare will sit perfectly over your platforms.
Frame Denim is the breakout brand in the jeans world, offering up so many cool styles, it’s hard to pick just one. This pair is a favoutie not just for the distressed detailing at the knee, but the cropped length, low-rise and perfect blue wash.
70’s-style doesn’t neccessarily mean flares, and Cos have the pair to prove it. This light wash, wide leg, cropped style is just so cool, and would look perfect with a breton top and platform heels.
If it’s something statement and showstopping your after – this is the pair to go for. The on-trend khaki colour, the biker design and the zip detailing on the leg all make for a super-cool pair of jeans that we predict will be worth every penny.
Topshop Baxter jeans have proved to be the skinny jean on the high street, not just for their cool style, but for the glove-like fit, too. And for just £40, why not buy two pairs?
J Brand have gone all out and updated the flare to really channel the 70’s vibe, oting for a velvet fabric.
House of Holland have brought their signature flair to their denim range, offering up this embellished pair.
Two-tone is always a great choice for a fun denim option, and H&M’s blue black style is our favourite.