How to Find The Perfect Pair of Jeans

 From skinny to straight, boyfriend to girlfriend, and everything in between – finding the perfect pair of jeans can be overwhelming. To help you find the new season shape that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up the six key denim styles at Fenwick, along with expert advice and styling tips from our knowledgeable denim buyers.

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Jumping up and down in the changing room, sucking in your stomach, and trying to squish yourself into a pair of jeans you're certain looked bigger on the hanger - we've all been there. With every new season,  fashion unveils the latest denim trends that will shape our outfits for the foreseeable future. Whether it's a brand new style that comes straight from the catwalk, or a re-purposed vintage pair from the '70s, we face the old age question; how do you find the perfect pair of jeans for you?

With a large number of styles, cuts and washes to choose from, not to mention how one pair of jeans can look totally different on a number of body-shapes, finding the perfect pair can be tricky. But fear not, we're making it simple! With top brands including Paige, MiH, AG Jeans and NYDJ championing the latest jean trends in store, we've rounded up our top six styles along with top tips from our expert denim buyers on how to wear the key shapes of the season.


The Black Jeans

"Paige do stylish, yet timeless denim that looks great on a range of body types - particularly if you need a straight leg. The Jacqueline Straight in black has been a bestseller for us this season - it is a straight fit but with a raw hem so a nice fashion update for the lady looking for a more forgiving fit."  - Phoebe Unwin, Women's Denim Buyer at Bentalls Kingston

A modern workwear staple, the trusty black jeans are a wardrobe must-have. These look great paired with silky shirts to take you effortlessly from desk to drinks. Plus, the black straight-leg shape is perfect for those who feel uncomfortable in super skinny jeans, but still provides a sleek, slimming silhouette.  

Paige Jacqueline Straight Leg Jeans with Frayed Hem, £225; Available at Bentalls Kingston



The Straight Leg Jeans

The straight leg jean is quickly emerging as the new fashion favourite. The poker straight leg and mid to high-rise waist elongates the legs and gives the illusion of a flatter stomach, plus you can style them with pretty much anything, especially when they're in such a classic blue denim wash, like these MiH pair.

Throw on some flats or trainers with a t-shirt for casual days, or pair with a crisp shirt and mules for a modern smart casual look.

MiH Cult Mid Rise Straight Jean£185; Available at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells


The Girlfriend Jeans

An update on the boyfriend jean, the girlfriend cut has a slimmer shape that flatters the silhouette but is still fairly relaxed.  Tall, boyish figures look great in this style as you can create more shape around the waist in contrast to the looser leg fit.

The girlfriend is a comfortable alternative to skinny jeans jeans and trousers if you're looking for a modern shape. Wear with slogan sweaters, leather jackets and trainers on lazy weekends. 

AG Jeans Isabelle Straight Leg Girlfriend Jeans, £245; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross


The '70s Jeans

"Nod to the '70s with these Daily Split Ankle Jeans from MIH. The mid-rise on this pair elongates the leg, while just a hint of stretch maintains your shape without being too restrictive." - Fabienne McCreary, Women’s Denim Buyer at Fenwick of Bond Street

Create the illusion of longer, slimmer legs with these fab throw-back-to-the-70s' jeans. We love the slight kick flare that looks great on all body types, but are particularly flattering for curvy shapes as it balances our larger hips and bottoms when paired with a mid to high-rise waist that flattens the tummy.  The gorgeous indigo colour marries perfectly with the copper buttons and side splits. Just add suede boots and anything tasselled for ultimate cowgirl chic.

MiH Daily Split Ankle Jean, £215; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street



"Tap into the reworked denim trend in a casual way with Citizen’s best-selling Liya mom-fit jeans.  Style with sneakers and a white tee for your laid-back weekend look." - Fabienne McCreary, Women’s Denim Buyer at Fenwick of Bond Street

These on-trend jeans tick all the boxed: they're easy to style, suck you in at the waist and are super comfortable. Wear with big jumpers tucked in at the waist and flats for stylish laid-back days, or pair with heeled boots and structured shirt for an effortlessly chic look.

Citizens of Humanity Liya Shadow Side Seam, £350; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street





The Coloured Jeans

If you're looking to refresh your denim collection but want to stick with a fail-safe skinny cut, why not try a different colour?

A number of brands have brought out jeans in different fabrics - velvet is a key trend from this season and will come into its own over the festive season - as well as a range of autumnal earthy shades, like these stylish washed khaki jeans from NYDJ. Wear with neutral shades to avoid clashing colours and pair with your favourite pair of heels for an evening out.  

NYDJ AMI Skinny Ankle Jeans, £149.95; Available at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells

By Ellie Hamilton