While we love a matching sweatsuit and the ultimate no-fuss black leggings, jeans are still supreme in our closet for their sartorial resilience as a timeless closet staple. The classic garment is at the very top of our shopping lists year-round, and we’ve got our eyes out for the best jeans for women right now to upgrade your collection. We’ve included a variety of styles, like more contemporary looks that touch upon the top denim and jean trends of 2023, as well as some timeless options.
As far as denim is concerned, there are the heavy hitters (lookin’ at you Levi’s) that are always a safe bet. But retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, Everlane, and Anthropologie have stepped up their game over the past few seasons, which means shoppers have more choice than ever before in the denim department. To help narrow down the search for the best pick of the bunch, we’ve sought the advice of shoppers who’ve doled out their stamps of approval in the form of stars and ratings. From an Everlane Way-High pair with over 1,400 reviews to various classic vintage styles that’s got shoppers racing to hit that “add to cart” button, we’ve rounded the top-rated jeans on the internet to get you closer to your perfect match. Make sure to check back frequently, as we’ll continue updating this roundup with only the best highly-rated jeans by customers.
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The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 1,412 reviews on Everlane.com
Best For: Extra high-waist
There are high-rise jeans, and then there are where-did-my-belly-button-go? jeans — and this premium organic cotton pair by Everlane belongs to the latter category. That means denim that accentuates your true waist while lengthening your legs. No wonder they’ve racked up over 1,400 reviews from some very happy shoppers.
“I LOVE these. Please never stop making them. They are hands down the most comfortable and flattering jeans I’ve ever found,” writes one reviewer. “I purchased these in rinsed indigo, and the fabric is the perfect mid-weight to wear in all seasons. It also has a tiny bit of stretch, which I wasn’t expecting, but I am so grateful for because it makes for a much more comfier fit without compromising a classic, rigid look. I have a 30″ waist, and took a 29, and they are my ideal fit. Not too relaxed, but comfy enough to wear all day every day,” another reviewer shares.
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 136 reviews on FreePeople.com
Best For: A carefree balloon-style look
Love the go-with-anything appeal of denim but don’t like a heavy or restricted feel? Free People has the most relaxed-fit pair of jeans in various neutral hues you’ll be obsessed with. All the details, from the mid-rise silhouette to the front-patch style pockets and cinched-tie ankles, make it a worthy piece in your denim collection. Mind you; sizing can be tricky with this silhouette and design, so double-check your measurements before you order!
“I love these versatile jeans; I have them in three colors. First off, it’s worth noting that the waist runs a little snug so you might want to size up. Also, the length is voluminous, but that’s the point! They are so unique, and I love the various styling capabilities,” raves a reviewer. “I can wear them high-waisted with a belt or no belt and even low-waisted. Also, I love the adjustable cinched look at the ankles. You can wear the ankles tied tight, semi-tight, or full-blown loose-love that!”
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 28 reviews on Anthropologie.com
Best For: An elevated utility look
Witness the stylish blend of workwear-inspired denim and wide-leg jeans with Pilcro’s High-Rise Wide-Leg Utility Trousers. The pull-on jeans touch upon the functional, utilitarian look with their hidden zippers, oversized pockets, and unbelievable stretch, while the wide-leg adds to the relaxed-fit aesthetic.
“These are my new favorite jeans. The jeans are of great quality with an ample amount of stretch. The hidden zipper is also a bonus, as it keeps the front of the jean flattering. The bottoms are fitted in the hips and upper thighs and then flare at the end, giving a slimming look,” exclaims a reviewer.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 736 reviews on GoodAmerican.com
Best For: A pair of comfortable fitted skinny jeans
You’ve heard it here, folks. After a long few years of falling out of fashion, skinny jeans are making a comeback. However, the figure-hugging style is no longer suffocatingly tight. The just-right pair you’ve been looking for is hiding in plain sight over at Good American. The brand’s soft skinny jeans are created with a gap-proof contoured waistband for a snug fit and a comfy high waist.
“I absolutely love these jeans. There’s no gaping in the back which is usually an issue for this curvy girl. The skinny jeans feel soft and not stiff like some denim. I also purchased an ankle pair for my 75 year old mother,” writes a reviewer. “She absolutely loves them and has worn hers numerous times already. So if you’re debating with yourself, stop it and just purchase the jeans you’ll be happy you did.”
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 43 reviews on Madewell.com
Best For: A cropped wide-leg look
Get ready to model your favorite ankle booties or platform heels in these wide-leg cropped jeans. The jeans hem falls perfectly at your ankle for a comfortable fit. And this pair of mid-weight, ankle-skimming jeans were made to move as you move. They have just enough stretch for everyday comfort while being reinforced with the right amount of structure to maintain their shape.
“I have a few pairs of Madewell jeans, which I love, but I am obsessed with this pair. I have a slightly curvier figure and tend to hover between a 28-29, and a lot of jeans can be unflattering to my waistline, but oh my goodness, these jeans are IT,” raves a reviewer. “They hit and hug you in all the right places, have perfect stretch while maintaining a flattering waistline, and I’m a fan of cropped wide-leg jeans. I can wear these to my corporate office job or out with friends for the day, and they’ll look just as good. If you’re on the fence, definitely get them.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 82 reviews on JCrew.com
Best For: A chic modern look
Kick up your heels in an eye-catching demi-boot cropped jean. The contrast stitching, four-button-fly, and frayed hem add a chic touch against the dark wash for a sophisticated look. They can even be styled for a business casual look with work shoes and a relaxed button-up, as the model shows.
“These make everyone look good. I sized down one when I bought this cut at J.Crew,” shares a reviewer. “The style is atypical of most jeans, so it sets off whatever you put on top. Add a pair of above-ankle boots in the winter and transition to some Kiki flats for warmer days. I wear these year-round.”
The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 40 reviews on Frame-store.com
Best For: Traveling in comfort and style
Who would have thought jeans could be included among the best travel pants? Frame has disproved the notion that jeans are stuffy and uncomfortable for commuting with its Jetset Flare. The no-hardware and no-pocket jean is designed for travel with a sleek silhouette that flares at the ankle. The staple travel bottoms are crafted from super stretch denim that conforms to your body for comfort and ease when moving throughout TSA or the transit.
“I bought these for a quick trip and plan to use them on an overseas flight too. They are TTS and are super comfortable and flattering! The jeans are super stretchy but return to their original shape afterward. Highly recommend,” writes a reviewer.
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 1,946 reviews on Abercrombie.com
Best For: A trendy upgraded pair of light wash jeans
Abercrombie & Fitch’s Curve Love Ultra High Rise 90s’ Straight Jeans have the light fading and worn-in appearance of your favorite vintage denim, but the criss-cross waistband makes this pair a unique take on a classic. Buy these statement-making jeans for a ‘fit that everyone will remember.
“The jeans fit perfectly, as expected. The slit on the side goes up about 4 inches which is the perfect little detail to spice up otherwise ‘regular’ looking straight jeans and the color is exactly as pictured. Overall, it’s a great high-quality pair of bottoms,” writes a reviewer.
The Hype: 4.0 out of 5 stars; 519 reviews on Levi.com
Best For: A classic vintage fit
Look no further if you’re searching for a pair of classic black jeans that glide on with that perfect amount of stretch. Your wish has been granted with this sleek and timeless mid-rise style. The fitted hip, thigh, and straight-leg finish gives the jeans a subtle vintage flair.
“I bought one pair in a store and decided I loved them, so I went to the website and ordered two more pairs. They fit perfectly to size and are soft and comfortable. I now have three pairs of this style,” shares a reviewer.
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 424 reviews on Nordstrom.com
Best For: Elongating your legs
Look and feel your very best in a pair of bootcut jeans that elongates your legs while hugging you in all the right places. The brand’s ‘Ab’ construction is crafted with a power-mesh panel and interior waistband to give you a snug, but comfortable fit.
“I am 53, 5’2″, 150 lbs. These jeans fit so well and are so comfortable and so flattering. The mid-rise gives a bit of tummy support but not squeezing my guts out, along with a little bit of a butt-lift,” raves a reviewer. “The dark wash is slimming and sophisticated. I had just about given up on finding some perfect jeans. Found them!”
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 190 reviews on NordstromRack.com
Best For: An everyday no-fuss pair
If you’re not one for the frills and extra details regarding jeans, Kut From The Kloth has various laid-back designs just for you. One of its most popular styles is the Boyfriend Straight Leg, which has a touch of fading and whiskering for a relaxed appearance.
“These fit perfectly with just enough stretch for ‘boyfriend’ light-medium weight jeans. When it comes to the fit, they hang on my waist and button up just below my belly button; the hips and legs are fitted at first. After the jeans stretch a bit, it becomes a super comfy everyday pair,” shares a reviewer. “I do have to roll them up twice, like in the picture. Purchased size 6 Reference: 5’4, 145 lbs, 36-28-34 I’ll be wearing these from spring to fall.”
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