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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.

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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.

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Jeans style advice: What you should know


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