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NYDJ is made to fit the same through the hips and thighs so whatever leg you choose you get the same flattering effect
Q: I am a 69-year-old grandmother but I still love to look stylish. What are the best jeans for older ladies? I want something simple and stylish - a straight leg and no bootcut styles - what brands would you recommend and what colour and wash should I go for? I am a size 8.
Patricia, 69, Cheshire
A: Every wardrobe needs a great pair of jeans, especially now in the run up to Christmas when we are all whizzing around. James and MiH are two brands which offer comfortable, stylish denim that I would definitely recommend. When you are slim, a super-skinny fit can be a bit too tight, whereas a slim slouch fit can be more flattering. The Phoebe mid-rise jean by MiH, (£209, pictured below) is a great style to try. You can roll up the hem or wear them with a heel or a flat. They come in three different washes as well as with a patch, (which is what everyone’s wearing at the moment).
Also good to try is the Oslo by MiH (£179) - it is straight-legged and slimmer than the Phoebe but not too much so. These would work well if you prefer a more fitted effect. The styles by James, that I would point you towards are High Class (£189) and Hunter (£219, pictured below), both are modern classics and very popular. They come in both a mid and high-rise waist, depending on your taste and also whether your tummy is something you want to conceal.
It is always important when buying jeans to try as many as possible so I would also recommend you look at Paige especially the Hoxton jeans, which are in a very dark denim with a high rise waistband and straight leg (£200, pictured below).
Finally, we have also just started stocking NYDJ which stands for “not your daughter’s jeans”. They would be perfect for you as they are comfortable but with just the right amount of style - they are the kind of jeans that would work for any age. I would recommend the M95C60LT style in dark denim (£149). With regards to washes, black and dark denim will always be stylish, but a vintage classic blue looks chic too. The beauty about denim right now is that anything goes, even jewelled denim, but they should never be hard work. Your jeans should feel like a second skin and be versatile enough to dress up or down.
Sophie MacDonald, personal shopper, Fenwick Bond Street