Best Jeans for Women Over 50

Older woman wearing jeans

With maturity comes wisdom, along with the occasional change in our bodies that nothing seems to stop. But that shouldn’t signal a dramatic shift for your wardrobe, especially if you love your denim and can’t imagine a life without it. The key is to embrace the beauty of your body type and slip into the jeans that best suit your figure.

What’s the best way to navigate those all-too challenging racks filled with a seemingly endless sea of light and dark rinses? Start with these styles that capture the spirit of what it means to be sexy in denim, all ideal for women over 50.

5 Best Jeans for Women Over 50

1. The straight silhouette

Simple doesn’t have to mean boring, especially when you slip into a pair of jeans that captures classic style so well. These jeans from Everlane feature a traditional straight-line silhouette that makes them ideal to wear with nearly anything, from your favorite tee to a prim blouse. Keep it Audrey-chic with a pair of ballet flats or go the sporty route in sneakers.

2. The girlfriend jean

A more tailored version of the beloved boyfriend jean, this style is the answer to your “what should I wear?” conundrum. Whether you’re meeting a friend for brunch or catching a football game with the family on a cool Sunday afternoon, this jean will keep you comfortable and relaxed all day long. The beauty here is in its weathered, broken-in appearance — never has laid-back looked so pulled together.

3. The cropped jean

There’s no hard-and-fast rule that states your jeans have to hit your ankles and be the same shade of blue every time. If you’re feeling adventurous, slip into an on-trend cropped pair that keeps you cool and adds a little levity to your wardrobe. These have forgiving flared legs, making them a great partner for a more fitted top.

4. The bootcut jean

When in doubt, slip into a pair of bootcut jeans, like this budget-friendly style from Kohl’s. The famed silhouette is designed to negotiate your curves without hugging you too tight and constricting your movements. The result: endless comfort from waist to ankle, with the added bonus of some give at the ankle. Paired with boots or heels, they also create the illusion of length and are ideal to wear with tunics or lean blazers.

5. The slimming jean

Designed to minimize your personal areas of concern while highlighting your best assets, these jeans have so much going for them — including innovative, moisture-wicking fabric designed to keep you comfortable year round. A hint of stretch ensures a great fit, while a slimming panel at the midsection delivers a smooth silhouette.

Denim Buying Guide for Women Over 50

If the above styles don’t hit your fancy, let’s get you ready to go out and find your own perfect jean. Here are the 5 essential shopping tips you need.

1. Know your body

According to a recent study commissioned by retailer JD Williams, 53% of women over age 50 reported to having difficulty finding clothing that suits them. Knowing the shape of your body and your problem areas can help you narrow down styles that best complement your figure. For example, if your problem area is your stocky thighs, then skip the skinny jeans.

2. Appreciate high-rise

High-rise jeans are making a comeback in the fashion industry among women of all ages, but they can be extra beneficial to women over 50. Why? Because high-rise jeans camouflage midsection bulges comfortably, creating a slimming silhouette.

Avoid low-rise jeans that can create unsightly muffin tops. Want something in the middle? Medium-rise fit jeans, such as Not Your Daughters Jeans, are also a popular choice.

3. Darker is better

Dark denim certainly has its perks, especially when it comes to making the legs and thighs appear slimmer. They also have a dressier, classier look.

You can still go casual though. Just stick with basic mid-rise boot-cut jeans with a bit of stretch in the fabric for comfort. Boot-cut jeans are best paired with boots or sneakers. If you prefer to wear footwear such as ballet flats, kitten heels, or loafers, opt for straight-leg jeans.

4. Stay out of the juniors section

Many styles of jeans are targeted towards teens and favor of-the-moment trends, such as ripped denim, washed out fabrics, and rhinestones and other detailing. Avoid these.

Let the kids rock the bling. Stick with solid colored jeans and spice up the rest of your ensemble with stylish accessories. Opt for classy over trendy.

5. Pair with tunics

Consider pairing your jeans with tunics and longer tops. Shorter tops can make your torso appear out of proportion. Lengthier tops are generally more flattering, especially when paired with boot-cut or straight-leg jeans. To give your figure extra curves, wrap a belt around the smallest part of your waist to give the tunic or long shirt some dimension and to enhance your sexy, feminine curves.

Remember that style is personal — and your good taste supersedes any “rules” that you may worry about breaking, especially where denim is concerned. Slip into what feels and looks great to you, and let your ensuing confidence do all the work.

We know it can be challenging to find great-fitting, age-appropriate jeans over age 50. But don’t let the challenge force you to give up the comfort, look and sex-appeal of denim. Be patient, try on lots of options, and opt for classy, conservative cuts. You can look amazing in denim at any age!

This post about the best jeans for women over 50 was originally written in 2011 and rewritten/updated in 2019.

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    Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.

    Blog Comments

    I’m not exactly “older” – only 31 – but I like to include some more “grown up and professional” looking jeans in my wardrobe. I’d recommend CJ by Cookie Johnson, and also FDJ French Dressing, as brands that look polished and fit curvy hips without riding down or gapping.

    I have the good fortune of wearing a size 4, and having a behind. I’m serious – I love my figure. The problem is that there is a very wrong assumption that everyone below a size 6 has a flat butt. When I was a size 2, I still had to deal with this nonsense. In this day and age, the bias continues. I have yet to find a pair of jeans I don’t have to get altered, in order to fit me well. The problem isn’t with me – it’s with the designers.

    I like all of these options, but I suffer from fit issues as well. I have yet to find a pair that fits my hips and thighs without leaving a gigantic gap between my waist and the waistband. Add to that the fact that I’m petite, and jeans shopping becomes a total nightmare. Maybe you could do some more posts on affordable jeans for different body types?

    Hey Sara-

    We’re working on a jeans guide…. and will include more options for different shapes… 🙂

    What is the best jeans for someone who has saddlebags ??

    Absolutely the best jeans for women (if you have a bit of a tummy or a butt or a waist) that don’t cut off your circulation are the ones made by Diane Gilman. In the USA, I believe these are only sold on HSN. They are NOT lowrise, but just perfect for a woman. She has all kinds of colors, some with a little glitz, some with lots of glitz and many that are plain. They are quite reasonably price and come in a huge range of sizes from either 2 or 4 (I forget) to 3x womens. This entire size range is also available in petite. You won’t be sorry with DG jeans.

    The problem with jeans for me is the ratio waist to hip is not always the right for me. Any one has the same problem?

    I wish jean desingers would make jeans with the adjustable waistband like we see in childrens clothes. I have big hips and small waist and can never find jeans to fit.

    Most advices given here ,for older womens , literally sucks. 
    Some older women look so fit that older womens clothing looks ridiculous on then.
    I think that there should be an advice to teach older women how to combine and mix different styles in oder to adress the problem of older women that as fit as fit can be. 
    I am 59 years old ,a fit long distance runner , i dance ,do yoga i am not only fit but my face is still years younger than most women my age. I find  myself totally excluded from what is suposed to be my peer group.  I don’t want to dress like a Teen , but i like to dress comfortable in a way that fits with my personality , and the way i live my life.

    Size 4 64 year old here.  I want soft comfortable jeans that are neither skinny nor baggy and especially don’t fit my legs like a pair of tights.

    5 feet 4 inches 128 pounds….no figure flaws but I hate the low-rise jeans!!…. I am very young looking but please spare me the hooker type jeans that I see gals wearing!! no one irons…no one hems!! seeing an awful lot of over-weight geriatric looking gals wearing styles that really would look better on a much younger gal!…when my mom was young in the 1980’s I never saw anyone dress as tacky or bad as they do these days!!…also please realize designers out there that we are not all 6 feet tall!! bought one pair of jeans the top came under my boobs! bought another pair and too much spandex~!!

    Great jeans!! Perfectly paired with those over-the-knee boots.

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