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13 Types of Jeans for the Ever-evolving Fashionista

Show me an item of clothing that has become a wardrobe staple over the years and I’ll show you denim. The beautiful thing is that there are many types of jeans available in the market.

You just can’t get enough.

Even the stylish footballers and the stylish Nigerian musicians never fail to don a pair of jeans.

It’s a must-have for everyone, whether you see yourself as a fashionista or not.

I’m pretty sure you already know some of the types of jeans.

But before we look at them in details, let’s have a quick throwback.

Brief History of Jeans

lady wearing yellow blazer with ripped jeans

First, let’s establish the fact that jeans are pants made with denim fabric.

It was invented in 1873 by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis. The clothing got its name from the city of Genoa in Italy that manufactured sturdy cotton corduroy fiber.

It happened that one of Davis’ customers asked him to create a pair of pants that could withstand rough work.

To achieve that, Davis bought the denim fabric from Levi Strauss & Co. He added copper rivets on the  pockets, then called it blue jeans.

lady wearing black net top and ripped jeans

Afterwards, Davis later wrote to Levi Strauss so he could patent his invention. Two of them became partners and started a big denim factory. 

And that was how jeans were born.

Even though blue is the most popular shade, jeans now come in different colours. They could be light wash, dark wash, black, white, pink, etc.

Jeans aren’t for hard jobs anymore as they were initially.

They have become a fashion statement which you can use to achieve any type of outfit so long as you know how to style them.

Types of Jeans

guy wearing jeans with sneakers

Got plans to buy a new pair of jeans? Don’t buy yet. Go through these types of jeans and decide on the one you want to see in your wardrobe.

1. Skinny Jeans

lady wearing grey sweater with skinny jeans

These are tight-fitting jeans made with stretchy denim. They are designed to hug your body, particularly your butt, thighs, and legs.

man wearing wearing sweater with black skinny jeans

They are also perfect for framing and accentuating your physical assets.

2. Bootcut Jeans

man wearing bootcut jeans

This style flares out slightly at the ankles. It isn’t as tight as bell bottoms are around the thighs and butt.

lady wearing bootcut jeans

Moreover, these jeans are designed to allow the legs to fit over boots. Little wonder the name bootcut.

3. Bell-bottoms

lady wearing blue top with black bell bottoms jeans

Bell-bottoms have a snug fit around the thighs and flares out at the knees to the leg opening.

lady wearing orange top with black bell bottom jeans

The flare of this type of jeans is more pronounced than that of bootcut.

4. Mom Jeans

lady wearing layers on top with mom jeans

Mom jeans are high-waisted jeans that stop at the ankles. They are spacious around the crotch, leg, and zipper. Some have elasticated waistbands while others have belt loops.

In addition, mom jeans usually come in a solid, light-blue color, with no form of stone washing or fading.

lady wearing crop top with mom jeans

They came into the fashion scene in the early 1990s, left and returned around the 2010s. And up until now, mom jeans remain a trendy attire.

They are best paired with tees, blouses, sweaters, and sweatshirts.

In addition, when you wear a pair of mom jeans, they give you the illusion of a flat and long rear end.

5. Boyfriend Jeans 

lady wearing boyfriend jeans with sneakers

These ones also have a relaxed baggy fit like the mom jeans. They are loose and comfortable.

lady wearing boyfriend jeans

 And the extra length of these types of jeans is folded up into a cuff. 

Nowadays, cropped boyfriend jeans are common in the fashion sphere.

6. Straight-cut Jeans

man wearing straight cut jeans

Straight-leg jeans have a straight cut from top to bottom. They aren’t flare; neither are they tight-fitting.

lady wearing black straight cut jeans

They could be baggy or slim-fit. Their key identity is the straight cut.

7. High-rise Jeans

lady wearing high rise jeans

High-waisted jeans extend from your waist to your belly button. They are great for hiding belly fat.

lady wearing orange top and high waist jeans

And depending on how you style it, you can achieve a casual, smart casual, or business casual look with a pair of high-rise jeans.

8. Low-rise Jeans

lady wearing low waist jeans

Low waist.

That’s the funny name Nigerians called this 1990s fashion trend.

lady wearing low rise jeans

Low-rise jeans usually sit below the waist. It can be bootcut, Bell-bottoms, skinny, etc. The dominant feature is the fact that it sits below the waits 

9. Distressed Jeans

lady wearing top and distressed jeans

These jeans have a worn-out look. They also have bleached spot and fraying which is made with a frayed fabric.

tattooed guy wearing distressed jeans

10. Ripped Jeans

lady wearing lemon top with jeans and top

These jeans have holes or rips in the denim. The rips can be found anywhere but are usually around the knees.

man wearing jean jacket wit black ripped jeans

Distressed jeans and ripped jeans aren’t the same. You should learn the differences between both so you don’t mistake one for the other when buying.

11. Cuffed Jeans

man wearing black cuff jeans

These jeans have cuffs that are rolled up at the hem above the ankle.

lady wearing cuff jeans

They are designed like that to give you that effect especially if you love to roll up your trouser ends to show the inner part.

12. Jeggings


If you need a pair of jeans that feels like leggings on your skin, go for jeggings.

They are made with soft denim and are really stretchy.

Victoria Willie wearing jeggings

In fact, jeggings are leggings made to look like skinny jeans. They don’t have belt loops and sometimes the pockets are faux.

So, if you don’t like sturdy jeans and you don’t want to wear leggings, buy these jeans.  

13. Frayed Jeans

lady wearing black overcoat

This type comes with worn-out edges to create a distressed effect around the hems. 

lady wearing frayed jeans with black heels

There you go with the types of jeans. But you must remember…

It’s not enough to know the different styles of jeans. That alone won’t save you from buying the wrong thing.

guy wearing jeans with sneakers

That’s why you need to learn how to identify original jeans.

It’ll save you cost and ensure you don’t buy what you’ll regret.

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Victoria B. Willie

Writing has always been a part of me. From writing stories as a young child to studying Communication Arts in the university, it has always been more than a medium of expression to me.

And then one day, I found myself toeing the path of an entrepreneur and becoming a fashion enthusiast. This made me develop an interest in content marketing and copywriting which I've been chasing alongside my fashion career.

That aside, when I'm not sharing style articles, selling with stories, or creating fashion-forward pieces for Ria Kosher, you'll find me telling wild stories that always come with a twist.

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  1. I like that you talked about how a lot of kinds of jeans are available in the market now. I was chatting with my wife last night and she mentioned we need to buy new clothes. First off, it seems she wants to buy Miss Me jeans.

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