Joanne Hegarty: Dream jeans? They are flattering and fit well.

In my trusty flares from & Other Stories. Blazer by Chloe, bag by Elleme

In my trusty flares from & Other Stories. Bag by Elleme, Blazer by Chloe 

The most comfortable piece of clothing that you’ll reach for to relax this weekend? The thing you slip on to go and fetch your takeaway caffè latte?

I bet it’s your favourite pair of jeans. The pair that require the least effort, give you a good bum and have become a little faded over time – which makes them feel all the more ‘yours’. But if you feel you haven’t found a pair quite like these yet, you’re not alone. It’s not easy to find the right jeans.

First designed as workwear for labourers on the farms and mines of America’s Wild West in the late 19th century, jeans have outlasted everything else in fashion. These jeans are still one the most popular pieces of clothing today.

Net-a-Porter reported a 25 per cent increase in denim sales year-on-year in 2020 and original denim brand Levi’s keeps reinventing itself and is thriving. Ask anyone why they wear jeans and you’ll get a range of answers. For some, they’re comfortable and easy. For others they’re a fashion statement, sexy and chic.

It can take a lifetime to find the perfect couple. 

Different people have different meanings for Jeans. Shopping for jeans is now much easier than ever. The unforgiving, leg-hugging Jean has been replaced by a flattering and looser style. RIP skinny jeans.

The favourites in my wardrobe are a pair of vintage 501s with a straight long leg, which fit better now after several wears; a cropped, soft dark-wash pair called Piper from Frame that I picked up in Paris, and a high-waisted flared blue pair from & Other Stories. Here are my tips on finding the most flattering up-to-date denim shapes for winter and how to style them…

Straight leg jeans make a great staple. But, although they can also be worn cropped, it is more popular to wear a longer, high-waisted pair of jeans. The flattering shape makes your legs appear longer. You can tuck in your favorite chunky rollneck at the waist, or pair it with a white tee and a stylish belt. To shorten the legs a bit, you can use your scissors. A small fray makes denim look even more appealing.

Bootcut jeans are back! This 1970s style looks amazing with loafers and a shirt.

White jeans are not only for summer. Pair it with dark sweaters and coats and a cropped pair of denim for winter.

For a balanced silhouette, flares can be worn with a fitted top or a structured shirt.

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Back in, the bootcut looks chic with blazers. Jeans, £29.99,

Team this cropped style with winter coats. Jeans, Totême, £220,

Instant glamour = chunky bling Bracelet, £130, Laura Lombardi,