Your denim dilemmas…and our genius solutions

Facing denim dilemmas on your quest for the best jeans? Here’s our fashion team‘s genius solutions.

Marilyn Monroe Denim
The original denim icon Marilyn Monroe in 1953. Image: Alamy Stock Photo

Q. I’m struggling to find smart, tailored cuts

A: Stay away from light washes, rips and raw hems. Dark blue styles in straight or bootleg cuts can offer clean lines and look great with more formal tops and footwear.

Wide leg, £130, jigsaw-online.com

What are the best quality jeans for the budget of less than £30?

A: A good pair needn’t break the bank. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and range of styles on offer in supermarkets. Primark and Next denim is also highly rated. 

Boyfriend, £28, next.co.uk

Straight, £16, George at direct.asda.com

I love to wear jeans that are a bit different. Give me some ideas!

A: We think of jeans as a timeless wardrobe staple but details change from season to season. This autumn look out for tie-waists, statement piping, exaggerated turn-ups and side panelling.

Kick flare, £230, agolde.com

Cropped wide leg, £200, 7forallmankind.co.uk 

Wide leg, £70, boden.co.uk 

Straight, £59, stories.com

Q: After having surgery around my tummy area, I need a pair of jeans that will be comfy

A: Denim waistbands can be tight or rub sensitive areas, so jeggings are a great alternative. A good pair can do a fantastic job of imitating jeans with maximum comfort. Look for designs with thick fabric and all the details you’d expect to find on a classic pair. We love the styles at M&S, Uniqlo, Boden, Dorothy Perkins, H&M and Gap.

Jeggings, £22, dorothyperkins.com

Jeggings, £34.95, gap.co.uk 

Jeggings, £24.99, hm.com 

Q: I’m a size 24 but it’s hard to find denim brands that cater for me

A: There are some great plus-size lines that don’t skimp on quality. River Island’s Plus goes up to size 28, Oasis’s Curve is up to size 26, Long Tall Sally has jeans up to size 24, Debenhams stocks up to a size 26 and Bon Prix goes up to size 28. 

Skinny, £39.99, bonprix.co.uk 

Wide leg, £70, longtallsally.com 

Q: Which jeans styles will draw attention away from my calves?

A: Cropped flares are a great style for this. Available in a range of rises, they hug the waist and thigh then loosen from the knee down. If you’re not a fan of the flared look, Mom jeans will also work by tapering around the ankle but hanging loose around your calves.

Cropped flare, £95, levi.com 

Mom, £80, frenchconnection.com