Jeans have always been a difficult piece of clothing for me. When I find a pair that fit they are either uncomfortable, continually slip down or very expensive. But for some reason, this year I have found not 1 pair I love but 5! I suddenly have so much choice. Sitting at my desk for long hours means that comfort is the number one requirement, but they need to look good and wash well too. So here is where to buy this season’s best jeans that I am wearing on constant rotation.
This season’s best jeans
White Jeans – I have mentioned them several times here and in videos so you won’t be surprised to learn that my top pick are the Pure Collection White Cropped Jeans (they also come in blue mid wash, Blush and Coral) unfortunately stock is quite low and on a pre-order on the Pure site but there are still some available here.
They are 98% cotton and 2% elastane so they have a little stretch but they stay put and are comfortable to sit in. They are a mid to high rise and I would say the fit is pretty true to size (I got them in a size 14) They fit on the thigh but aren’t skin tight and are a slim leg rather than a skinny.
Top – last year’s white here in 14 & 16 //
I took them on my recent trip to Dallas and wore them for the first day of shopping. By the end of the day they had given a bit but still looked good and they weren’t too hot to wear in the Dallas heat. In the past I have had white jeans and hardly worn them, mostly because of the weather and because you wear them once and they need washing. But I seem to have already got a lot of wear out of them this season as you can see and they have washed well.
Wide Crop Jeans – I love the look of wide cropped jeans and found this pair by accident and they were an absolute bargain at £28 reduced from £70!
They are more of an ivory than a pure white and they feel more casual than the Pure pair because they have large patch pockets on the front. Again they have enough stretch to be comfortable but not fall down. They look good with heels or flats – I have worn both – and can be dressed down or up. Again these fit on the thigh but aren’t tight and are a mid to high rise. Again pretty true to size and I have them in a size 14.
Skinny Jeans – I have two pairs that fall into this category.
The first are a pair of NYDJ Sheri Alim Ankle Jean. I have had several pairs of their jeans in the past but always felt like they were a little frumpy because they were quite wide. The fit though is always good. These are different because they are a slim cropped style and they have a frayed hem, but it’s neat and not overly obvious.
They recommend that you go down a size because of their Lift Tuck Technology and sizes are often shown in US sizing (you need to go down 2 sizes from your UK size so if you are a 14 you would be a 10 in US sizes) so normally taking a 14 I went down to a UK 12 (US 8) They look like there is no way they are going to fit but they do have amazing stretch and are incredibly flattering. Again they are a mid to high rise and sit comfortably without digging in. So whilst these are at the higher end of the price scale, I think if you want one great pair of jeans these are worth the money.
Necklace – old // Sweater (gifted) //
I wore these on the 10 hour flight to Dallas and they were supremely comfortable. They are also very soft, more like a brushed finish than a stiff denim.
My second pair of Skinny Jeans are the Soft Touch Straight Crop Jeans from Next (they also come in full length if you don’t want cropped) If you want a great pair of budget jeans then I highly recommend these.
They come in 13 colours, in sizes from 6 to 22 regular, petite and tall and are £26 for the cropped version or £28 for the full length. Like the NYDJ they look small but again they stretch well and fit comfortably. They are predominantly Tencel (64%) which is what makes them so soft. Again I wore these on the flight back from Dallas and slept comfortably in them. I would say they are even more comfortable than the NYDJ pair. My only negative point about them, which isn’t huge, is the hem is slightly wider and I think it is the way it has been sewn. But really for £26 I won’t complain. The fit is so flattering I can put up with that. I have since ordered a second pair in the Coral and am tempted with a third!
My final pair are also from Next (well done Next!) and are the Straight Crop Jeans and these are only £25.
A great basic pair of jeans. Stiffer than the Soft Touch ones, they have only 1% of Elastane so they aren’t as supremely comfortable but are still a good all day wear. Again available in sizes 6-22 and in regular, tall and petite. I bought them in the Dark Blue and they also come in Mid Blue (more faded) They are also pretty true to size, the 14 is perfect on me.
So there we are, my roundup of this season’s best jeans. This is a big deal for me because I have bought jeans so often with high hopes. They have felt good when trying on, only to discover that I am forever pulling them up, or that they dig in. I am happy to recommend all of these pairs, all purchased by me, including the Pure pair (I was gifted the straight leg white jeans, not shown here, which are also a good option but I prefer the slim crop style)
Do you have any recommendations for great jeans? Not that I am going to need to buy any for a while. I can put that constant hunt on the done pile now!