Leg Types for jeans

No matter what your figure, a woman really needs at least two lengths of jeans, one to be worn with flats and the other with high-heels. Unless, you want to wearing boots with the jeans tucked inside, or you always roll up the legs and wear flats.


This is probably the most important styling decision. Here are some examples of leg cuts:

Leg shapes
  • Straight leg jeans

    Traditional cut with a straight narrow leg that does not flare at the ankles.

  • Boot-cut

    Cut to skim the thigh with a slightly flared lower leg.

  • Tight/skinny

    A close fit throughout the leg.

  • Capri

    A leg cut that usually ends just below the knee or at mid-calf. The term "cropped" is sometimes used interchangeably with capris, but should actually refer to pant legs that fall about 3/4 of the way down the calf.

  • Flared leg

    Narrow at the knee, and an extra wide flare at the leg. Most common leg type on low rise jeans.

  • Bell bottoms

    A wider, more exaggerated flare named and made popular in the 1960s, often used with low rise jeans and ultra low rise jeans.

  • Cropped

    Jeans can be cropped any length from the mid-calf to the knee. Ankle-length crops give a summery look.

  • Cuffed

    A fold at the end of the legs (not strictly a leg cut).

  • Gaucho

    Denim gaucho pants may be a passing fancy, but they sure are fun and can look great paired with the right boots.

  • Stovepipe

    As the name implies, an over-sized straight leg cut.

  • Tapered leg

    Jeans narrow towards the ankle.

  • Boyfriend Fit

    Loose style, boyfriend borrowed jeans worn low slung. A shapeless fit which can help hide bigger thighs & legs.


Jeans style advice: What you should know

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