The Chicest Over-50 Women Share the Denim Mistakes They'll Never Repeat

Regardless of what year you came into this world, we can all learn a thing or two about style from our wiser fashion counterparts. These are the women who have lived to see generations worth of trends come and go and who have spent the better half of a lifetime honing in on what they can now claim as a strong sense of personal style. Since this group of women offers a wealth of knowledge, I was curious to know what kind of style lessons they can teach the rest of us, especially when it comes to a topic as timeless as denim.

I spoke with two of the many chic older women I've taken to following on Instagram for style inspiration: Grece Ghanem, a 54-year-old from Montréal with a penchant for print-mixing and "Old Céline," and Renata Jazdzyk, a 50-something from the UK you've seen wearing all the buzzy street style looks. Both women shared the "mistakes" they've admittedly made when styling or maintaining their favorite pairs of jeans, what they learned from each that they want everyone else to know, and the inspirational jean outfits they're wearing now.

Keep reading to discover four denim mistakes they've made, shop the best jeans for women over 50 (but really anyone), and get inspired by their best jean outfits along the way.

Best Jeans for Women Over 50

For many years now, women over 50 have named jeans as their favorite item of clothing. You’d probably not be surprised to hear that very few prefer lingerie as something they want to wear frequently. It turns out that older women love jeans as much as teenagers.

However, finding jeans for women over 50 that are flattering is not that easy. Though women over 50 are emerging as one of the most powerful consumer groups and are a hugely lucrative market for the fashion industry, a new study says that too often, designers and retailers fail to understand them and what they want from clothes. This would certainly be true of jeans. Just ask any woman over 50 who has spent any time in a dressing room trying on jeans! While it is hard to make any general statements about which jeans fit a mature body better, there are certainly some designers who are making jeans for women over 50 that are flattering.

Here are some things to consider before you make your selection:

High-rise jeans work best on most women. If you have absolutely no tummy, go for the low to mid-rise and try not to brag about them.

Look for stretch both to show your shape and forgive any fluctuations.

If you are ordering online, order two sizes – one bigger than you think you need and one the size you think you wear. Nothing is worse than going out to dinner in a pair of jeans so snug they cut off the connection between your stomach and your intestines.

(really bad for digestion too). You can always return the other pair.

(really bad for digestion too). You can always return the other pair. Darker washes are always more slimming, but a good pair of white jeans can be flattering for most women.

There’s a magical blend between legging, tregging, and jeans, which are super comfy and pack light for travels, making them the most comfortable jeans for women over 50.

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How many jeans do you really need?

According to “The Princess of Resale” Lorena Shiff, you only need five:

One true to your size (in any shape that works best for your body type). One size up (for those days that you feel bloated). A boyfriend cut, which means straight leg, loose fit jeans – these work best for a casual weekend or running errands. A pair of skinny jeans, always great for any occasion from casual to a party or even work, with high heels or boots, and a cute clutch, you are all set! Look for a well-fitting pull-on style for the ultimate in comfort. A boot cut or even a flared if you want to extend the length of your leg. The boot cut is more versatile, and you’ll keep it in your closet longer, but flares are definitely back in style and extend the length of the leg.

I would also add a pair of white jeans to wrap up summer and look ahead to the future. They are incredibly versatile and look fresher in warmer weather. And consider adding the latest trendy jean, but only if it flatters your body. Right now, try the wide leg crops, ankle lengths, and frayed hems. Just know this one will rotate out when the next trend comes along.

The bigger question is, do the jeans you currently own fit well and flatter your figure? If not, it’s time to clear out your closet and replace them with jeans you will feel good wearing every time you put them on, and since jeans are our favorite clothing item, it’s going to be often. (You’ll find our special UK+EU selections under the American options!)

Shop the Best Jeans for Women Over 50 Below

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How to Rock Modern Jeans For Women Over 50

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

The Rise

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

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.


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.

Girlfriend Jean

These are a more feminine version of the boyfriend jean. Duh

Maryan Barbara
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