Finding the best jeans can be a lifelong task, especially when it comes to finding pairs we actually trust to look amazing on us every single time we put them on. For years, skinny jeans were our go-to jeans style, and we've found so many styling ideas to go with the classic look, but recently, jeans with a baggy yet tapered fit have been catching our eye. With so many denim styles to choose from these days, we went straight to the experts to find out which will be the most flattering jeans to put on day in and day out.
We reached out to denim experts at 3x1, Paige, and Warp + Weft to weigh in on the matter. While they all have slightly different opinions on the best-looking jeans, they all expressed that, no matter what, the pair that you feel great in will be the one that looks the best. We couldn't agree more, but we also wanted to find out exactly which pairs are expert-approved. So just ahead, each of them shared the number one feature that makes a pair of jeans look great on any body regardless of shape or size.
"The most flattering jeans are the ones you feel your absolute best in. That being said, people come in all shapes and sizes, and although there's no one ideal design solution for everyone, we find that dark-washed stretch denim, oftentimes with tonal stitching, and incorporating a well-proportioned back-pocket size and placement are all ideal things to look for if you're searching for something traditionally 'flattering.'"
Shop Dark-Wash Jeans
1. 3x1 Channel Seam Skinny Jeans
Shop Scott's pick:
"The Channel Seam Skinny features an inseam insert—to take the concept of 'flattering' a step further—that draws your attention to the side seams, which are purposefully set forward on the front panels."
2. Good American Always Fits Good High Waist Skinny Jeans
3. Levi's Ribcage Wide Leg Jeans
4. Madewell Perfect Vintage Jeans
5. Topshop Jamie High Waist Skinny Jeans
6. We the Free Pacifica Straight-Leg Jeans
7. Agolde Stovepipe Straight-Leg Jeans
"For us, it's all about the top block, which includes everything around the midsection and the bum. Our top block, which is the base for most of our fits, is super flattering because it's a mid-rise, which is great on most body types; it has a contoured waistband; and it features back pockets that are slightly larger and essentially accentuate all backsides, from straight to athletic to curvy. We are here to flatter all body types, and by perfecting this, we are able to have success with all the trendy fits, from skinny to wide leg."
Shop Mid-Rise Jeans
1. Warp + Weft ICN Wide Leg Jeans
Shop Sarah's pick:
"Personally, I think our ICN Wide Leg is super flattering for a smart, casual, and polished look."
2. Agolde 90's Mid-Rise Loose Fit Jeans
3. Madewell Kick Out Crop Mid Rise Jeans
4. Agolde 90s Mid Rise Straight Jeans
5. Citizens of Humanity Emery Cropped Straight-Leg Jeans
6. Levi's 501 Straight Jeans
7. Grlfrnd Cassidy Mid Rise Straight Jeans
"A design element that is critical to making the most flattering jeans is the back-pocket placement. I always make sure the bottom of the back pocket meets the cheek and thigh and that the height and width are equal. We are known for the best butt jeans, so I am meticulous about proportion."
Shop Jeans With Proportionate Back Pockets
1. Paige Hoxton Ankle Jeans
Shop Paige's pick:
"I think the most flattering jeans are ones that make your butt look good. My favorite Paige jeans style of the moment is the Hoxton Straight Ankle. It makes you look lean and looks great on all body types."
2. Re/Done Originals High-Rise Stove Pipe Straight-Leg Jeans
3. Levi's Wedgie Icon High-Rise Jeans
4. Everlane The Original Cheeky Jean
5. Good American Good Curve Straight Leg Jeans
6. Citizens of Humanity Charlotte High Rise Straight Jeans
7. Madewell 10-Inch High-Rise Skinny Jeans
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This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.
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