Bootcut jeans, as the name suggests, are ideal for wearing with boots. They are narrow in the thigh and slightly flared below the knee, allowing you to comfortably wear boots underneath them. This cut emphasises the feminine silhouette and is particularly suited to more womanly figures. The gently flared leg balances out wide hips, lengthens shorter legs, and even helps very thin women appear curvier. Bootcuts are the standard go-to when it comes to trouser cuts.
Drainpipes and skinny jeans are tight, figure-hugging jeans. They tend to be slightly tapered towards the ankle, fitting close to the leg all the way down. Note: if you have a curvy figure, try wearing your skinnies with a long camisole or tunic. Top it off with a pair of high heels to elongate your legs further – instantly gorgeous. Skinny girls should emphasise their figures by teeming drainpipes with short, tight tops and cropped jackets.
Carrot cut jeans are wider at the top and taper off at the ankles – a shape reminiscent of a carrot. Nowadays, carrot cuts with high waistlines are all the rage. They’re worn best by women with slim hips, otherwise they can appear unflattering. Team these jeans with a long top to prevent your legs appearing too short and your hips too wide.
Here, trouser legs are straight all the way down and are neither tapered nor flared. They can instantly narrow your figure. For curvy women, these jeans, also known as “cigarette cut jeans.” They are the more forgiving variant of skinnies, with legs which are narrow but not quite as tight as drainpipes.
Flares, like bootcuts, are narrow to the knee – but unlike bootcut jeans, feature a wide flare over the lower leg so that your shoes are almost entirely hidden under your trousers. Flares are typically narrow in the hips. This cut suits every body type.
Wide fit trousers feature a wide cut leg all the way down, but are tight around the bum. These trousers are also known as Marlene trousers. They’re particularly well-suited to women with more muscular thighs, as the wide cut balances them out with the rest of the leg. High-waisted wide fit trousers aren’t particularly well suited to women with wide hips, as they can widen your silhouette. But when Marlene trousers sit lower on the hip, this effect is reduced. Shorter women should just make sure that their Marlene trousers aren’t cut too wide as this can make one appear even shorter. Generally, though, Marlene trousers make your legs look long and slim – and are stunning with high heels.
This is the classic borrowed-my-jeans-from-my-boyfriend look, also sometimes called relaxed fit. The simple, casual cut with a wide leg sitting low on the hip is unbelievably comfortable as the trousers are supposed to look a little oversized. Tip: roll the ankles up a little and team them with flats or heels – this elongates your legs and narrows the trousers a little.
Hipsters, as the name suggests, sit low on your hips. The waistline shouldn’t come up any further than your belly button. Manufacturers typically state in their product descriptions whether their trousers are hipsters (low-waisted) or have a standard cut (high-waisted). Hipsters don’t have a particular leg style, so pay special attention to the trouser shape when you purchase a pair of hipsters. Note that it’s generally better to avoid hipsters if you happen to have a bigger stomach, as they can look unflattering.
Chinos are trousers made from twill. They can look sporty with a pair of trainers and a T-shirt or classy with smart shoes and a blouse.