Let’s be real. Nothing beats a good pair of worn-in sweatpants or leggings, but when it comes to finding non-workout clothes that are just as comfortable as those you lunge and squat in, who can you trust if not your beloved team at Women’s Health? Sure, real pants and jeans can sound like a total drag, but I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to be at all. The jeans on this list aren’t just comfortable—they’re size-inclusive and super stylish, too.
If you’re in the market for some new denim, there are so many options out there that shopping can feel like a totally overwhelming experience. With all the style, comfort, fit, wash, and material variations you can choose from, there’s a lot to think about, but consider this article your guide to finding the perfect pair(s) of denim for you.
First things first: Do you prefer a button-fly or a traditional zipper? Or, maybe you want a simple pull-on option with an elastic waist. Then, consider the type of denim fabric you want. Some jeans are extra stretchy with a leggings-like feel while others offer a more structured fit, and some even have a denim look but feature a soft, 100 perfect cotton fabric. If you want to go the full-on trendy route, faux leather jeans are a must.
After that, it’s all about the fit you want. The jeans below come in skinny, boot cut, flare, jeggings, wide leg, boyfriend, cropped, and more.
See below for 21 of the best jeans for women:
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Best Straight Jeans
Mid-Rise Sweet Straight Jean
These Lucky Brand jeans have a “skinny” fit throughout the thighs, but that’s just because they’re a true straight fit from the hips through the knee and to the ankle. The mid-rise and light stretch makes these a great essential pair of jeans.
Best Boyfriend Jeans
Catherine Boyfriend Jean
No need to squeeze yourself into these boyfriend jeans that have a relaxed, loose fit. They come in five cute washes, and also have cuffed hems. These will definitely become your new go-to when you still want to feel like you’re in your fave sweats.
Best Affordable Jeans
High-Rise Skinny Jeans
Amazon does it all, including making their very own line of jeans. These high-rise skinny jeans come in four washes, and have five(!) pockets. For just $30, you might as well grab a few.
Best Bootcut Jeans
Basic Bootcut Jeans
Bootcut jeans are having a serious moment right now, and these have a tiny bit of stretch for added comfort. They come in 26 different washes (whoa)—at least a few of which are bound to be your new faves.
Best Cropped Jeans
Mid-Rise Crop Straight Jeans
Every closet needs a pair of cropped jeans to show off those cute ankle booties, socks, or sneakers. Bonus: These feature a stretchy fabric in six washes to comfortably match any outfit.
Best Curvy Skinny Jean
Curvy High-Rise Skinny Jean
These stretchy Jessica Simpson skinny jeans were built to flatter your gorgeous curves with expertly-placed pockets and a contour-enhancing light acid wash from the hips to knees.
Best Wide Leg Jeans
High Waist Baggy Denim Jeans
Thank goodness these wide-leg, ultra baggy jeans are super stylish right now. Not only are they essentially glorified pajamas, they’re affordable and come in nine washes including black. I’ll take one of each, please.
Best Shaping Jeans
Totally Shaping Pull On Skinny Jeans
These Levi Strauss jeans are a number one best-seller on Amazon, and it’s no secret why (just check out one of the 40,000 five-star reviews!). One reviewer said they loved the tummy-slimming panel and uber-soft stretch so much that they bought 10 pairs.
Best Lightweight Jean
Alfred Dunner Denim Pant
These pull-on denim pants are all about comfort. They have a stretchy waistband and loose fit made with an extra lightweight fabric that’s perfect for hotter temps.
Best Extreme Flare Jeans
Retro High-Rise Flare-Leg Jean
These Wrangler jeans deliver major flare—the brand dubbed them “colossal.” They’re perfect for pulling off that fun ’70s vibe that’s super trendy right now.
Best Petite Jeans
Lee Petite Relaxed Fit Monroe Straight Leg Jean
If you’re on the shorter side, finding a pair of jeans that won’t trail beneath your heels can be difficult. These high-rise petite jeans come in a relaxed, straight style that make them an essential for anyone with a smaller lower half.
If comfort is key for you, snag a pair of jeggings (i.e. a mix of jeans and leggings). These ones from Wit & Wisdom feature the brand’s highest stretch material, and it’s available in petite sizes, too.
Best Button Fly Jeans
Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Varney Wash
A button fly detail adds a fun flare to any outfit, even if you’re just pairing these jeans with a simple t-shirt. They come in petite, standard, and tall styles for a custom fit.
Best Faux Leather Jeans
Leather ’90s Icon Pants
Okay, so technically these aren’t denim jeans, but leather pants are practically an essential nowadays. These high-rise, straight-leg pants come in this cool brown color as well as black—each of which are sexy, chic, and stylish.
Best Destroyed Jeans
Stretch Ripped Highest Waist Mom Jean
If you like a distressed look, it doesn’t get more destroyed than these American Eagle jeans. They also have a cool crossover button, super high waist, and roomy fit in the hips.
Best Athletic Jeans
Flex Ultra Skinny Jean
These Athleta jeans were made to get active in for hiking, climbing and exploring. Available in regular, petite, and tall inseams, they’re the perfect multifunctional piece you’ll love to travel with.
Best Maternity Jeans
Maternity Ultra Stretch Jeans
If you’re expecting, investing in a comfy pair of maternity jeans is a must. These super stretchy ones from Uniqlo have a soft jersey material around the middle, plus an adjustable waist to keep them in place as your body changes.
Best Corduroy Jeans
Free People Pull-On Flare Corduroy Pants
Corduroy is super in right now, and the fabric happens to be mega soft as a bonus. The retro flare and pull-on fit makes them just as comfy as they are stylish. Plus, you can choose from five groovy AF colors.
Best White Jeans
Cropped Denim Leggings
Finding a good pair of white jeans can be hard, but these ones from Spanx are the most comfortable you can find, and they aren’t sheer. They have a pull-on design with a smooth front and tons of stretch, available in petite, regular, and tall inseams.
Best Embroidered Jeans
Embroidered Vintage Daisy Mom Jeans
How cute are these embroidered jeans?! The mom jean silhouette is covered in vintage daisies, but the neutral colors mean it’ll still go with nearly everything in your closet.
Best Printed Jeans
Mod High-Rise Straight Jeans
A statement jean is a super easy way to mix up your outfits without much effort. Simply pair these printed jeans from Reformation with a t-shirt and prepare for a ton of compliments.
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