These Zara Jeans Are the Secret Fashion People Don't Want You to Know About

Hands up if you hate shopping for jeans! Yep, I'm never alone on this quest. Whether tall or short, slim or curvy, straight size or extended, finding the perfect pair of jeans is always an epic task. It doesn't matter whether you're after the perfect pair of high-street straight-legs, a wide-leg silhouette or even some cargos, every person and every body has unique requirements. Which I why I have just generally avoided even buying jeans over the past couple of decades. I have a few (very old) trusty pairs that I do depend upon—a dark wash cropped kick-flare from MiH (a brand that is no longer around, but I really wish it was), a mom jean from Boyish (quite good for petites) and some black skinnies from Mother (always such a comfy denim brand). But recently my "mum wardrobe", as I like to call it, has been crying out for some casual staples to keep it going. I'm a dress-and-heels girl at the core but my original outfits pre-toddler just don't cut it anymore and I have forced myself to relent and find some more laid-back items such as cosy knits, a puffer coat, chunky boots and—you guessed it—denim. Especially the kind of denim that can be worn with both flats and heels AND be stretchy enough to roll around on the floor while playing monster trucks. IYKYK.


(Image credit: @monikh)

Style Notes: Monikh chopped the hem off hers which is fine to do as they come cut-off anyway!

So when I saw that one of Who What Wear's most trusted arbiters of classic wardrobe investments, our columnist Monikh, recommended Zara's Marine Jeans, I hopped to it. I had already noticed these a couple of times on the Zara site, and thought that the cut looked timeless, flattering and easy to wear. I liked that they were neat enough to fit around the waist and hips but featured a wide-leg cut that felt a little more up-to-date. I tried a pair on earlier in the autumn as part of Who What Wear's Great Try-On and I liked the stretch-denim and silhouette but the size (which would've been my usual) felt a little snug. 

Skip forward a few months and my denim desperation in full swing, I ordered two pairs of Zara's Marine Jeans in a size up (if you have thicker thighs like me, then I'd suggest you do the same) et voilá, I've kept both pairs. I'm usually a size 12 in trousers and a 29 or 30 in jeans depending on the brand; Zara's size 14 in the Marine Jean cut was just right. This does mean that the size on these jeans is more limited than I'd ideally like to see, however. 


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Style Notes: Deputy Editor, Maxine Eggenberger also tried a pair of Zara's Marine Jeans on earlier in the year and liked the subtle wide-leg.

Since ordering (and swearing my allegiance) to Zara's Marine jeans, I've seen them cropping up both on my social feeds and IRL, with so many fashion editors in the fan club as well. After hearing me wax lyrical, the whole WWWUK team has been after a pair, but it turns out that the style is so popular, getting hold of them is like finding fashion gold dust. Lucky for you, theres just been a restock in most colours and sizes, hence why I felt it so important to share immediately! Keep scrolling to see and shop the best of Zara's Marine jeans, and for some inspo for how to style them for spring and beyond... 



(Image credit: Who What Wear / @hannahalmassi)

Style Notes: This style has a sailor-like patch pocket detailing at the front, and the dark indigo denim feels really polished for days when I need to feel comfy but put-together. 


(Image credit: @monikh)

Style Notes: Monikh has been wearing her pair on repeat for months. 


(Image credit: Who What Wear / @hannahalmassi)

Style Notes: This purpley-brown pair felt like a more trend-led alternative to a classic shade of blue, and will work well with both tan and black accessories. Adding a belt to the high-waist gives a more retro feel. I'll keep these long even though they are supposed to hit above the ankle. I am 5'1'' so this floor-grazing length makes perfect sense…


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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.