As far as shopping experiences go, finding a great pair of jeans on the high street used to be tough. But over the past few years, there's been an influx of affordable styles, lengths and shapes that suit every body shape. It's no longer good enough that "cheap" jeans should feel cheap, so gone are the days of ill-fitting saggy pairs made of fabric that quickly wears away.
Seeing as I only have one body (and different figures suit different jeans), I decided to ask my female friends on Facebook and a few fashion insiders about the high-street jeans they consider to be the best. Out of the 30 women I spoke to via Facebook, WhatsApp and email, as well as taking a look at which brands influencers rate, these jeans below were consistently voted as being the best and most expensive-looking.
All of the pairs selected had a few things in common. Firstly, they were devoid of any embellishments—no fringing, tears, or coatings. On the whole, they tended to be high rise and straight leg, although there were a few wide-leg and flared versions creeping in too. Most were in a classic blue, but white and black also got a look in. I think it's fair to say that when it comes to finding expensive-looking high-street jeans, it pays to keep it simple. Now keep scrolling to shop the best ones around…
Style Notes: How great does Who What Wear editor Emma Spedding look in these flared jeans from Topshop? Another great style from the high-street store is the Editor Jeans, so keep an eye out for them too.
Who What Wear UK's Social Media Editor Alyss Bowen told me these became her favourite jeans after she spotted Lizzy Hadfield of Shot From the Street wearing them. "I have them in light blue and darker blue, as they're quite possibly the best jeans I've ever owned. They're stiff but still comfy, hold their shape and make your bum look great while still maintaining the ultimate straight leg."
White jeans are great for summer, as long as you stay away from the Sangria that is. We don't need to keep telling you how much we love Weekday. Why not pair these with one of the brand's signature knits?
Who What Wear UK's Deputy Editor Emma Spedding loves these Weekday jeans. "These are good straight-leg jeans and go with everything," she says. "Even though I ordered them online, they were a great fit. Bonus points for the fact that all of Weekday's jeans are sustainable," says Spedding.
Embrace kick-flare jeans as part of a '70s influence to your new-season wardrobe. We promise that you won't look back. River Island is mostly known for its party wear, but what people don't know is its denim is super soft, well-cut and typically available up to a size 18.
Arket is fast becoming a go-to for jeans. There's something about the simple designs and effortless fit that has cool girls like Lindsay Holland always wearing them. Sage is key for spring/summer, so naturally, it's a key denim choice.
If you want a pair of straight-leg jeans that'll last, John Lewis and Partners are key. They stay black for longer than most, have a slight stretch and are the ideal length to wear with flats and heels. Sold.