Contrary to Joan Collins, I’m a firm believer in being able to wear jeans at any age- especially over 50. Since I started working from home, I practically live in jeans – but not necessarily denim.
Here I have picked out styles and suggestions for each body shape. In my own case I see I seem to have a worrying number of animal print jeans in my wardrobe – not too sure if there is a message for me there!
As in any aspect of clothing, choosing the right style of jeans is all about creating balance and proportion.
Although for me it also depends on the time of year – I know that somewhere between pear/hourglass re my body shape, which means that to balance out my curves I should be wearing a boot-cut jean – however, in winter I love to tuck my jeans into boots, so I tend to go for skinny or straight legged jeans.
Brands in my own wardrobe include 7 For All Mankind, Whistles and Biba.
Best style jeans for body shape over 50
Pear shape/Hour Glass
To balance out your curves look for boot cut or straight cut jeans. High rise cuts are best, and darker washes are best for slimming the thighs. High rise (10 inches from crotch to top) cuts are fabulous for elongating the leg. Centrally placed back pockets help to ‘lift’ your bottom. Pockets with lots of detail can add inches – so beware!
If you opt for a stretch style – go for a size smaller – they tend to ‘give’ once worn and the baggy look is not what you’re trying to achieve!
Skinny jeans are great for boyish figures, and either high or low rise works with this body shape. Higher rise will lengthen the leg, but lower rise lengthens the body.
More details: Skinny Jeans from Whistles
Same rules apply in terms of proportion, but if you need to shorten the jeans its always best to get this done professionally as simply taking inches off the hem without altering the lower leg may simply have the effect of making your legs look shorter in relation to your body – the opposite of what a good fitting pair of jeans is supposed to achieve!
More details: Straight Leg Jeans by Biba
As a general rule, if you can fit more than 2 fingers inside the waistband of your jeans you need to go down a size.
If you get confused about cuts of jeans, I have found an excellent video from House of Fraser which explains all!