What jeans are in fashion 2015?

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 108 Comments

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When my book – Unlock Your Style – launched at the end of July last year, I also launched the Styling You forum.

I was super excited about it. I thought it could be a fantastic place for us to hang out and share questions and style solutions.

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It was the busiest six months of my life to date. Exciting, yes; but it left my “bandwidth” at capacity.

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What jeans are in fashion 2015?

Let’s get down to the business of answering a SY reader question:

I started reading your blog two years ago when I was pregnant with my third child, and you convinced me that I could wear skinny jeans! But … I’m still wearing the maternity ones I bought because they’re so comfy, although I have decided it’s time to buy a new pair of jeans. I did read a few articles saying that skinny jeans are on the way out this year and I wondered whether you had any suggestions before I go shopping. 

OH. MY.

This is so why you need to take every fashion trend that comes along with a massive grain of Himalayan rock salt.

I stand by this post I wrote almost two years ago – skinny jeans are definitely the most flattering of jeans styles.

Especially if you predominantly wear flat shoes.

The jeans that are “on trend” for this winter are not designed for the everyday woman; nor are they flattering for anyone who likes to wear flats with their jeans.

And I HATE the nickname they’ve been given … “Mom” jeans.

Seriously.

The name seems to have come about because the sweet young things of the current generation remember their “mom” wearing comfortable, high-waisted jeans in the 1990s.

Cue this parody video in which Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler re-create the comfort for Saturday Night Live.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m very much for comfort. VERY MUCH.

But I maintain that you can get comfort in a jean but also have a jean that is flattering to a non-model shape. And it’s hugely condescending to call a jeans trend “mom” jeans. Does it imply that anyone with kids is not interested in their personal style?

The new trend in jeans can work. If you’re six foot tall, size 6 or 8 and you’re happy to wear shoes to balance out the high-waist and wider leg.

Most of us do not fit that body shape and only bring out our heels for special occasions, not the every day.

So, to answer the question, I think that skinny – or slim-leg – jeans are still very much a good idea. Think of French women. They know a fabulous outfit silhouette when they see it – and they work it as a classic. Want comfort in a skinny jean? Opt for skinnies with great stretch in the fabric.

The ripped, boyfriend-style jean is also still very much around. This is a jean that can be worn flats and heels and, depending on the fabric, can be supremely comfortable.

Here is my pick from what’s out there now – and you will find all denim shapes! Rest assured, I haven’t included “mom” jeans in the mix.

What jeans are in fashion 2015

1. Country Road mid-rise jegging $99.95 |  2. Blue Illusion Le Raquel shaping jean $199.95 | 3. NYDJ Janice jegging $179 (on sale) @ Birdnest | 4. Seed boyfriend jean $89.95 | 5. Harlow skinny leg indigo legging $199

What jeans work for your shape? Share your denim finds below.

Comments 108

  1. High rise skinny is probably the most popular jean now. I also like kick flares and “mom” jeans.( they are very flattering despite the disturbing name). I have also started collecting quite few pairs of vintage Levis. They have a lovely fit, and the quality of jeans when they were made in the USA was so much superior.

  2. Nice collection of jeans in one place. I like skinny jeans. But high rise of skinny denim jeans look classic even now! In the denim department, men also get the same wide variety with so many options to flaunt different body types through Denim jeans. Get high quality of Italian Denim jeans at Dressspace.

  3. I guess this is where the “rubber hits the road”. Do you succumb to fashion or go for style? I chose not to indulge in peplums as they accented my hips. They lasted a season. Maybe flares in the extreme form will be a passing fad?

  4. I agree with you too Nikki. I am 5’2″, 75kgs, 56 years young, long bodied and short legged, so was of the opinion that skinny & straight legs were out of the question. Took the plunge last year while in Melbourne with my daughter, bought a black & white printed pair from H&M and my daughter told me I had never looked better in jeans! Now I have them in every colour & lots of prints. I wear them with flats or medium heeled boots; long tunic style tops; and jackets/blazers & scarves to dress them up.

  5. I agree with you Nikki and think skinny jeans are the most flattering on all shapes. I also think that they are timeless and will never date. I always think of Audrey Hepburn … she always wore slim fitting pants (I think they were called stove pipe) and a classic shirt and ALWAYS ALWAYS looked stylish. And that look has NEVER EVER EVER dated. My mum is has always struggled buy jeans but I convinced her to buy a pair of skinny jeans and she hasn’t looked back. She teams them with a crisp white long shirt and some flats, a statement necklace and always looks stunning. She’s even invested in different colours. Boot leg and straight leg always look icky to me … especially with flats.

  6. I bought .my skinny jeans from target. Size 18, dark denim, shape your body. They are the best jeans I’ve owned, and for only $40, they’re worth a try.

  7. I’ve been trying to lose some baby weight and I’ve avoided buying jeans till the butt in my current ones start to sag. I really want some distressed jeans. Kimba likes told me to just purchase a cheap pair or buy an op shop pair and distress them myself so I’m not outlaying much should they no longer fit.

  8. Any suggestions for skinny jeans with a long length option? I went looking last week and found a pair of Levis Leggings that were just long enough to cover my ankle.
    All the others I tried (including a black pair of skinny Levis) seemed to sit any where from just above to two inches above my ankles. Not really helpful when the weather turns cold.

  9. I think “flares” are making a come-back. I wore them the first time around as a teen but avoided them ever since but I think enough time has passed that I might be tempted to try out a pair. I keep reading that they (flares) make you look taller and thinner – what not to like about that? What do you think SY?

  10. So, can pear shaped average height women wear skinny leg jeans and jeggings? The few times I’ve tried those sorts of things, I felt like a bit of a try-hard… Maybe I should try a different brand?

  11. I have a great pair of Levi skinnies. For me, the denim has to be thick and form-fitting and good back pocket placement to be flattering from behind. Levis do thick denim and large back pockets. Those Country Road harem pants look great too, thanks Lisa.

  12. Love love love Jag jeans, I’ve got them in straight, bootleg and skinny just to cover all options. I’m 5’8″ and 49 years old, and while being reasonably slim have always had trouble finding jeans that ‘fit’. Until Jag that is. And they have good specials from time to time so good price too.

  13. I’d love to be able to wear skinny jeans, but I have inherited big calf muscles (42cm) and so far have not found any that will fit over them! I seem to be stuck with straight legs and boyfriend jeans. Any suggestions?

  14. Totally agree, skinny’s are the go.. I only started wearing them about a year ago because I always thought I was too curvy, but one of the wonderful ladies at Jag encouraged me to try a pair and I haven’t looked back xx

  15. I took your advice Nikki and bought a pair of dark skinny jeans. I live in them, love them and you are so right. They go with everything and can be easily dressed up or down. I gave my bootlegs to charity 🙂 Thanks for the brilliant style and life advice…long may you reign 🙂

  16. I would love a post on the drop crotch jean/pants. I love the look on others and in mags but Ive tried on a few and struggle with the look. I would love to buy a cheap pair to experiment with before commiting to a more expansive pair.

  17. I love my skinny jeans. I wear a stretchy dark wash and live in them through winter. However I’ve just bought a pale wash stretchy boyfriend jean but they’re not baggy as I think baggy makes me look “boxy”. I’ll be wearing these with statement flatties.

  18. Wow…I am not a fan of skinny jeans as they do not balance out the body of a normal woman. The best jean is straight leg or boot cut. These two are really flattering on a woman’s body and don’t look poured on. Sorry, but just my opinion from years in retail

    1. And I beg to differ … unless the woman in question is super tall and loves wearing heels. Flats do not look good with a boot cut at all. A slim straight leg, yes, can work with flats but not a wider straight leg.

      1. You did not have to beg to differ with her. She was replying to your already stated views. No need to reiterate in a snippy tone.

  19. Being short I’m not a fan of flared jeans or even straight leg to be honest! Skinny jeans is the GO!! I also bought a pair of jeggings from Sussan, very comfy and great fabric, another pair I bought recently is the boyfriend jeans (JAG) super soft with a hint of distress..I could practically live in these:) Need to try Country Road next, going by this conversation:))

  20. I really struggle with jeans, I am short, with curvy behind and muscley thighs. I have some skinnies that are okay, I avoided skinnies forever because I didn’t want to emphasize my heavier bottom half. I love the look of boyfriend but I think they actually make me look shorter and stockier than skinnies. Great post!

  21. Oh how I love my skinny jeans! I don’t think I own any other styles anymore! Except jeggings, something I never thought I’d say. Hooray for tunics. My favourites are Ziggy Denim high rise – I have a long torso with a ridiculous amount of skin between my hips and waist so the high rise sit below the belly button. I also love Crossroads denim leggings – black and dark denim. Only ones that come up high enough on me.

  22. Cheap as chips, super comfy, skinny stretch Lee Cooper jeans from Big W..I kid you not!
    A pal who works at bigdubbya informed me this brand walk out the door as soon as stock arrives. With a $30 price point you can’t go wrong.

  23. Cheap as chips, super comfy, skinny stretch Lee Cooper jeans from Big W..I kid you not!
    A pal who works at bigdubbya informed me this brand walk out the door as soon as stock arrives. With a $30 price point you can’t go wrong.

  24. Jeanswest Curve Embracer are amazing. Fit great always and always in the same styles as their fashion jeans. Great price too at around $89.95 or cheaper if you get in when they have their regular 40% off sales.

  25. I agree the NYDJ are worth the money. I went on a mad shopping spree on them in the US a few years ago and they are certainly my go to jeans. Though interestingly I have a pair from Big W I really like as well (but they tend to look better with a belt, half tuck and heels as they are not so high waisted). After months of looking I finally found a style that suited me and I jumped on the boyfriend jean train but “Mom” jeans are not going to happen.

  26. I receive your daily updates and enjoy reading them giving me inspiration with my wardrobe choices.
    Perfect timing with your jeans update to reassure me I am on the right track, as I purchased a pair of Danni Minogue grey stretch skinny leg jeans at Target yesterday – a bargain at the reduced price of $35!!! (Although I will have to take them up if I wear them with flats). I am a petite 155cm and size 8 / 10. Definitely no “mom” jeans for me.

  27. I receive your daily updates and enjoy reading them giving me inspiration with my wardrobe choices.
    Perfect timing with your jeans update to reassure me I am on the right track, as I purchased a pair of Danni Minogue grey stretch skinny leg jeans at Target yesterday – a bargain at the reduced price of $35!!! (Although I will have to take them up if I wear them with flats). I am a petite 155cm and size 8 / 10. Definitely no “mom” jeans for me.

  28. Yes… it definitely depends on the material. Jeggings are terrible at stretching out of shape. Best to chose a pair that smoothes over the body than clings to lumps and bumps though and/or causes muffin tops :/

  29. I won’t be wearing the “mom” Jean Nikki I did it in the 90s and they were ugly on my figure when I look back at photos, so I will be sticking to my skinny jeans,I find they are flattering even on older women,my favourite ones are the NYDJ with the zip ankle and the Katie’s skinny distressed ones and as a person who always wears flat shoes or boots they are perfect for my lifestyle.
    On the apology Nikki it is not needed you have been so busy and I’m glad you have some people to help you Xx

  30. I have just discovered the Billie Jean from Decjuba, and am IN LOVE. They have a comfy stretch waistband that’s subtly done, not with huge pleats like the mom jean trend, they’re a soft but firm denim and are a great length for me at 160cm (I often find a great pair of jeans that are 10cm too long and have to hem them up). I highly recommend them!

    1. Thanks for sharing the tip! I always have to get my jeans taken up too but I’m ok with that as tall women can’t add fabric on. There are brands that do different lengths though so that’s always an option too.

  31. Never thought I’d wear jeggings, but I love my Country Road ones in the dark navy and I have some Trenery ones too that are denim rather than an overdyed fabric that are similarly comfortable an flattering. I think the key is realizing that these work best on me with a longer top.
    I know that with my thighs a straight leg is really more flattering with a short top, so I also have some 7 For All Mankind straight legs that were under $70 (having been marked down 3 or 4 times), at Just Jeans.
    I actually looked at some “Mom” jeans yesterday and decided that they made the models legs look short and thick, so can’t imagine what they’d do to mine!

  32. Never thought I’d wear jeggings, but I love my Country Road ones in the dark navy and I have some Trenery ones too that are denim rather than an overdyed fabric that are similarly comfortable an flattering. I think the key is realizing that these work best on me with a longer top.
    I know that with my thighs a straight leg is really more flattering with a short top, so I also have some 7 For All Mankind straight legs that were under $70 (having been marked down 3 or 4 times), at Just Jeans.
    I actually looked at some “Mom” jeans yesterday and decided that they made the models legs look short and thick, so can’t imagine what they’d do to mine!

  33. I agree with the skinny leg jean being incredibly flattering, I have quite a few pairs.
    I have to say though, being 5’10 with an hourglass figure I have found straight leg or boot cut jeans actually balance out my figure. Boyfriend jeans actually look pretty good on tall women.
    I guess being tall I can pull off wearing those styles, whereas if I was shorter they would just make me look even shorter.
    A high waistband is the most flattering if you have a bit of a tummy and always go a size bigger than your usual size to minimise muffin top. Skinny belts are your friend there. I have found Sussan, Trenery, Dream Diva and Blue Illusion have the best jeans for tall, curvy women.

  34. I complimented my friend on her gorgeous skinny mid blue jeans the other day and she told me they were Mix from Coles and they were the most comfortable pair she ever bought! Who knew!

  35. I complimented my friend on her gorgeous skinny mid blue jeans the other day and she told me they were Mix from Coles and they were the most comfortable pair she ever bought! Who knew!

  36. Totally agree Nikki a skinny or tapered leg are most flattering and there’s so much choice. I’ve recently picked up some dark grey SUSSAN jegging pants, awesome with boots

  37. I find it very frustrating trying to buy jeans. I am 166cm tall with a long body, short legs and a Kardashian backside. I need high rise everything if they are to get anywhere near my hip bones. I seem to end up buying straight leg jeans from Ezibuy. I usually fit into a size 14 if the shape is right. Never found a pair of Jeggings that fit comfortably, They are often too tight around the calf area. Suggestions appreciated.

    1. Hi Lu, I’m absolutely not a fashion blogger, but I have long torso/stumpy leg syndrome and find Crossroads denim leggings the only ones that sit in the right spot. And Ziggy. And I’ve just ordered some patterned jeggings from Ezibuy so you’ve got me excited that they might actually fit, thanks!!

  38. I have a pair of the Country Road jeggings in Navy, they are super comfy! I also have a pair of Hudson skinny leg jeans that are really comfy, and a pair of NYDJ – both are soooooooo comfy, expensive, but worth every cent! The NYDJ suck you in in all the right places and make you feel really good about yourself. I put them on just last night and it was like slipping into a pair of comfy leggings.

      1. You do, they are amazing…my “personal shopper” in Myer helped me with them when I was in Brisbane last….god knows I definitely needed help! I had never even heard of Hudson…but that’s no surprise really, if they aren’t Levi or Wrangler chances are I haven’t heard about them…..get me a life would you.

  39. I bought a pair of JAG jeggings on sale and a pair of darker Hudson jeggings $(ouch) before leaving to go travelling in Europe. They were both fantastic. Easy to wear and comfy to travel in.

    1. I have some Hudsons too Tracey, yes they were expensive but good lord I love them….so comfy, I put them on every night.

  40. I have to say I get many compliments on my Suzanne Grae jeans. Lots of styles, short or longer leg lengths, cheap as chips and stretchy. I’ve even had staff in much higher end stores ask where I’ve got them. Very flattering to the middle aged figure and they also wear really well. Can’t say enough good things about them!

    1. I agree Shelley, I am in my 60’s and I am 157cm and I love Suzanne Grae jeans too. You don’t need to spend big dollars to look good and feel comfortable.

  41. I love my jeggings from Crossroads. Less than 50.00 and supremely comfortable. If you are on a budget as I am, don’t walk past stores like Crossroads. The quality is often there.

  42. I have just bought the new country road jogging a, they are the BEST jeans EVER!!!! Super stretchy, very comfortable, they sit a littl higher than previous versions and a gorgeous dark rinse blue. I tried the black and the vintage wash, both were not as comfortable or as stretchy. I recommend buying a couple of sizes down as they stretch to fit, but not stretch out if shape, I am normally a 12-14 in country road pants, but am a 10 in these. Love them!

    1. I have the EXACT same jeans Claire….soooooo comfy! A few of my friends have tried them on and they were sold straight away.

  43. I am a big fan of jeggings because they have a bit more stretch, they’re a bit lighter and they’re much more comfy than a regular jean. I order mine online from Dorothy Perkins (UK) because they come in different lengths (which is perfect for vertically challenged peeps like me,) a great range of colours and up to size 22. Sizing is pretty generous and if you order at the right time, you can get free international delivery too. I’ve got about four or five pairs. The Eden ones are my favourite. Might have to check out those Country Road ones too…

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