It’s no secret that I love a great pair of jeans. Blue, white, black, or any color… I’m an equal opportunity jean lover. The shape of jeans does change year after year so in order to look modern, we need to know what’s current. Today I’m sharing the newest shapes and most wearable modern jeans for women over 50.
Remember those balloon shape jeans we wore in the late ’70s? They’re baaack! I picked a pair up to try on last week then put them right down. I’m not ready to go there again. I may never be ready for them but the good news is we have lots of modern options. I’m back with my friend Cindy for our monthly fashion edit over 50 and we’re talking about jeans for spring.
Modern jeans for women over 50
High rises still reign supreme this year and are a great option to prevent muffin top. Midlife women often need a little more help with the muffin top dilemma so the rise is critical. If you have a short torso and/or are petite, you may get the same benefit from mid-rise jeans. Low rise is mercifully out, but it will likely be back when we least desire it:)
Skinny jeans have been a staple in many women’s wardrobes for years. Word is that they’re on their way out but my guess is they aren’t going anywhere fast. They’re snug from the waist all the way down and flattering on, well, skinny legs. My legs are thin but I’m not a huge fan of skinnies on me because they get stuck on my calf and look wrinkled until I adjust them.
I find skinny white jeans a bit harder to wear than dark ones because the wrinkling and pooling around the ankle are more visible. The above jeans are no-stain skinnies which are a bit more forgiving than many and have a nice high rise.
SHOP SKINNY JEANS
Modern Straight Jeans
These are a natural transition from skinny. They’re fitted through the hip and thigh, then narrow (not tight) from the knee down. There’s a lot of variety in the fit of straight jeans so it’s trial and error to find the most flattering ones for your shape.
The above jeans have a nice high rise in a heavier fabric so they hold their shape well. The pale wash makes them more casual than a darker wash. They’re intended to be slightly cropped but are ankle length on my 5″4″ frame.
The above stovepipe jeans are a slighter tighter version of straight-leg jeans and are slim to the knee then straight to the hem. They’re a great option for the skinny-loving gal who isn’t ready for or fond of straight-leg jeans. You see my hand raised here because these are my current favorites.
These are a more feminine version of the boyfriend jean. Duh 🙂 They’re fitted through the hip and thigh with a narrow leg. The distinction between them and straight-leg jeans is minimal. They’re often in a more substantial fabric which gives them less spandex so they hold their shape and are less prone to stretch out.
Modern Cuffed Jeans
These are popular again this spring in all variations. A wide cuff made by the manufacturer or a casual one you turn up yourself. Cuffed jeans have been popular for years but I’ve avoided them because I know they make my legs look shorter. Maybe it’s a reaction to all we’ve been through the last year, but I’ve decided that if they make me look shorter, oh well.
*Style Tip – style rules aren’t hard and fast regulations. They’re proportion truths we can choose to use or ignore. They may be factual but that doesn’t mean we need to adhere to them. By the time we’ve reached our age, we can wear what makes us happy so long as we feel confident wearing it.
These high-rise cuffed jeans are super stretchy with a nice high rise. They’re intended to be a bit cropped but I opted for the regular rather than petite version so they’re ankle length on me.
SHOP CUFFED JEANS
This trend is still going strong and women of all ages either love it or hate it. The level of distress varies all the way from some tiny frayed areas or unfinished hem to rips and holes the size of a grapefruit. Let’s agree to let other women wear what they like. I’d love to see more women be supportive of individual choices. Fashion is meant to be fun so let’s enjoy it.
Bootcut or Flares
Another blast from the past and the newest versions a quite wearable. A flare or bootcut jeans are flattering on every silhouette so they have a timeless quality depending on the width of the flare. I spotted these awesome flares in Madewell last week but I would have had to cut 8 inches off the bottom to make them work for me. That would destroy the flare so this is one style of jeans that you’re better off ordering in the petite versions if you’re short or shorter than me.
What style of jeans are you wearing this spring?
Now let’s go see what Cindy at Cindy Hattersley Design has to show us about spring jeans for women over 50.
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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