The best jeans to shop this summer, as chosen by a fashion editor

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  • An absolute wardrobe essential.

    Ask any fashion editor: the best jeans are the one item you’ll always need in your life. No matter the cut, good quality denim will see you through the seasons, and complement your existing items perfectly.

    If you’re unsure which style to go for, the foundation of any timeless wardrobe amounts to three pairs of jeans: a high-waisted wide leg, straight leg mum jeans and a great skinny pair.

    From there, it’s easy to build any outfit. You can add a t-shirt and an oversized blazer, a cashmere knit or a sparkly top and you’ve got three effortless day-to-night looks, whether you want to accessorise with trainers, chunky boots or heels.

    Shopping for jeans can be a tricky affair and takes a lot of trying on to find out the correct style for you. To make it easier for you, I’ve scoured my favoured designer and high street denim brands to find what I feel are winning trousers for everyone.

    In terms of trends, I spoke to the Styling Team Lead at Stitch Fix UK, Farrah-May Archer, who said: “Unsurprisingly, this season we’re seeing denim trends toying with Y2K and 90’s references, on runways such as Blumarine, as well as across the high street. Now is the time to embrace nostalgia and make a statement with your denim choices, by opting for extreme baggy styles, cool cargos or maximalist looks.”

    “Meanwhile, we’re also seeing the understated straight leg making a resurgence, and in my opinion, this is the most versatile of jeans.”

    How to choose the best jeans

    “I would prioritise nailing down your budget, fit and preferred style in advance,” advises Farrah-May. “When my Stitch Fix customers request a pair of trusty denim jeans, I pay particular attention to their sizing, so I can then find the perfect match. If you’re going to invest in a good quality pair of jeans, you want to ensure the fit is perfect.”

    How can I prolong the life of my jeans?

    Once you’ve found the right pair, you want to make sure they last as long as possible. We’ve got a whole guide on how to stop your jeans going baggy. But before you read that, make sure to check out Farrah-May’s tips.

    “My main trick is to avoid over-washing your denim so it will maintain its shape and colour.  I also recommend air drying your jeans, as opposed to putting them in the dryer, as high temperatures can cause long-term damage to denim fibres.”

    What are the best jeans for my body shape?

    As for which style will best suit your body type, think about proportions. If you’re curvy, a high waist is more flattering.

    Worried about height? Whether you’re tall or short, many brands like Levi’s and M&S offer most styles in different lengths. For those 5ft or under, cropped styles that show off the ankle really elongate the frame.

    So now that you’re an expert on all things denim, scroll down to shop the best jeans of the season. For more inspiration, don’t forget to check out our guide to the best sustainable jeans, too.

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