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How to Look Great in Jeans Even in Your 50s


I'm head over heels impressed by older women who still hold great appeal when wearing jeans. Do you like the way your Levis or Wranglers feel? If you don't, nobody else will either. Sometimes, what seems to be a lack of beauty may also be a lack of inspiration.

Liking yourself is one basis of a charming look. It doesn't mean conceit but reasonable contentment on how you consider your figure and clothes carefully.

How to look great in jeans depends on what flatters your figure. Don't confuse well-fitting with super-tight. If they are obviously tight, it may start to look like you're trying to be a teenager. Remember that at 50, it should look like you know better.

If you choose jeans with a really high waist and peg legs, then you definitely won't look that good. Un-tailored denim pants or a baggy look has the tendency to hang off of your figure and appear too loose making you look lousy.

How to Look Great in Jeans Even in Your 50s


1) Find Jeans That Fit Perfectly

A pretty-fitted pair of jeans has a correct rise, the space from the middle of the crotch to the waistband. A proper rise length also gives the right fit in the "seat area."

This is the most overlooked feature that makes your pants too loose or too tight. The wrong rise typically creates a gap at the back that can show your underwear when you sit down or bend. It can also sag a lot of excess fabric in the booty section that looks like you borrowed the pants.

  • Shorter curvy women will love a higher waistband for a leg-lengthening effect. The higher rise elevates the waistline and covers the belly region yet offers coverage to the hips. A high waist rests 3 inches higher than the navel.
  • Women under 5'4" are slender petite and most flattering is standard medium-rise jeans as they sit naturally at the waist making the hips look wider. This rise sits at or below the navel and is the most friendly to all body types.
  • For the short torso body type, a pair of low or mid-rise jeans will balance out the body by making it appear longer. On the opposite side, low-rises are not appealing to the long torso. Instead, go for mid or high rise.
  • To make the hips look wider, low-rise will give a curvy silhouette of the midsection giving structure to the hips. The low-rise waistband sits 2 inches below the navel.

Here's a video on how to correctly measure your size of jeans:

2) Find the Right Cut for Your Body Shape

It's not the age of the woman, it's the cut of the jeans.

Another problem of 50-year-old gals is the flatness and shapelessness when in their jeans. The trick is to pick a cut of jeans that makes the waist slender. Make sure it perfectly accommodates the crotch.

  • If you have a figure that doesn’t have many curves, extra-flair jeans help create the illusion of a shapely figure. A bootcut flatters the hip and the slight flare at the bottom balances your look.
  • Straight-cut jeans offer a looser fit but are never baggy. It has a cut that is relaxed through the seat and thigh so they don't hug tight against your leg. The cut remains the same from the top to the bottom.
  • Skinny is trendy provided with the right taper but overly tight to the extent that you hardly can sit is definitely off-putting. The slim fit or slim tapered is just perfect. You remain sweet and harmonious-looking.
  • If you have large hips, the size of your booty and thighs also follow. Look for a rise that hits above your natural waist so the jeans can nip you in at the waist and flatter the slimmest point of your figure.
  • To hide fats on the hips that you hate when it spills over the top of your jeans, wear a woven shirt or something loose on the top. An ordinary shirt would not help as the hem can be smooching a lot up as you move around.
  • Even perhaps when you go for oversized jeans, if you wear them with hems rolled or cuffed to above the ankles - you'll look cool. Just add a belt for some definition and tuck or half-tuck the top.
  • Flat-bottomed? Cheer up! Look for jeans with detailed designs on the back pockets. Extra buttons, zippers, stitching, and most of all, flaps - are superfluous backups. While these additions may not be functional, they add interest and volume that gives your back views a nice shape.

∞ Tip for Large-Waisted Women

You can't find the size that caters to your large waist so your only option is to buy men's jeans whether or not the crotch fits right.

My suggestion is to let a seamstress customize you with the right fit for your size and shape. This is a privilege that says no size of the hips, butt, or legs will hinder how a woman can look appealing in jeans.

You actually don't have to spend a large amount of money on designer jeans. If you can't afford one, there are lower-priced brands that offer a good fit. All you need to do is go try them on for a nice fit. It doesn't mean they're cheap that they can't fit well.

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The right fit, cut, size and style of the jeans are what will give the best proportions to your body. Wear them with confidence and show the world how beautiful you are in your middle years.


3) Pair Jeans with Heels

Wearing jeans with some high heels make your legs look longer. It's fashionable, smart, and head-turning.

  • Semi-booted jeans paired with sleek heels gracefully fit middle-aged women. If you like your feet covered, a wider hem draping over them is perfect.
  • What about wearing heels in such a way that the jeans fall just below the arch of your foot, or just enough to hide your ankle and some of the top part of the foot? Leaving your heel and toes showing is appealing even at a distance.
  • Avoid too strappy sandals. Two to three small straps crossing the foot are enough and will not completely cover your feet. This is best during summer so you can show off those beautiful feet!

Note: I don't mean 3-inches or pelican heels. At 50, women should limit wearing uncomfortable heeled shoes. If you must go high - choose square thick heels.

The Jag Jeans Appeal

My first jeans many years ago were made by Jag... until today I still prefer Jag jeans.

I'm continually amazed with its classic cut with a bit of stretch throughout the leg and in the waistband. This designer jeans seem to adapt well to all ages from teens to moms and yes, grandmothers, too. With a perfect fit such as Jag's, I think a bit high price tag is pretty reasonable.

Again.... it may take time to find the right pair of jeans, but finding your BEST FIT is key. Feel free to emphasize femininity so even with the simplest outfit, you throw a sense of charm even at 50 or more.

© 2011 Tonette Fornillos


Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on August 01, 2012:

I too so loved the jeans appeal and with my long-loved Jag-fit, there's nothing more I could ask for. You're right, let's not stop wearing sex No age, shape or size... its in the heart and mind, it's within us. Let's make it shine! Thanks for leaving a very inspiring comment. Lots of love and beauty!

Dianna Mendez on July 31, 2012:

Thanks for posting this hub on women in jeans. I love mine and it's good to know that I don't have to stop wearing them - ever! I agree it's the fit that makes the difference. Good job posting this and the photos add to the content well.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on July 13, 2012:

Hello MariaTheresa. You're a very beautiful filipina inside and out. Like you, I too do try my best to look sexy, lol. It's not the age of the woman, it's her heart that makes the trick. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings and all!

Teresa Martinez from Philippines on July 13, 2012:

This hub so applies to me, I'm so glad I came across it. It just reminded me (again) to still try to look my best even when age advances. Thanks for this hub!

Teresa Schultz from East London, in South Africa on June 17, 2012:

Thanks Tonipet :) and for the links.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on June 17, 2012:

Hi Teresa,

You have that Miss Universe height! I see that you look gorgeous in jeans... it really pays to be tall and curvy. I think a little work out on your waistline is pretty much near your goal, you're not fat so there's no much weight to reduce.

If you would like to try tailor-made jeans, you would less worry about finding affordable, good-fitting, and lengthier jeans tailored just for you. These links might help, or

Thank you for sharing and wish you'll find that one jeans to complete you waist to toe. :=) Keep up!

Teresa Schultz from East London, in South Africa on June 15, 2012:

I think jeans are absolutely wonderful, and I hope to be wearing them well into my eighties. Like christin53, though, I'm also tall, at 5ft 11" making me reluctant to wear high heels too - the other problem I have is finding jeans that are long enough! I feel sick seeing women look so lovely in really long jeans, with just their toes peeping out, and knowing I'm going to have trouble finding the same sort of jeans because I'm so tall. I guess I could have jeans specially designed, or there are some boutique stores about that may stock longer length jeans - but I just want to be able to walk into any inexpensive clothing store and buy any jeans I want that fit well, AND that are nice and long.

In fact, this seems to be quite a problem for many women (trying to find affordable. good, and lengthier jeans) especially in South Africa. I have an old blogsite I don't really do anything with anymore, where I wrote about it not being fair that taller South African women who want long jeans are not catered to enough in South Africa, and that is my most commented-on page on that site, actually one of my most commented-on pages anywhere online. It still gets comments from time to time - there are tons of taller women (in South Africa, anyway) that want it to be easier to find affordable longer length jeans.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on June 06, 2012:

Hello Christin,

What a gift of height for a woman! Your love for the perfectly-fitting jeans is enough to wow the world; tall and trendy, comfortable and amiable, what else could we ask for! Your elegance is an inspiration! I too thank you for that.

Ann-Christin from UK on June 06, 2012:

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is worth all the effort. I couldn't live without mine. I can't wear heels though I'm 5ft 9" they would make me too tall.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on November 04, 2011:

Haha always wondered why Levis don't like 5'4 gal butts, it never fits on me either, but it's great brand. I bet you’ll like Jag. They may not be fashionable for some as Jags among the oldest brands, but they feel good it has remained on top of my list, and they fit best when I am smack in the middle of my healthy weight range, so that’s a good thing. I should say it was used to me and I was used to it :=)

This might help I was always in love with the really nice cut trouser style. Goodluck!

Stephanie Das from Miami, US on November 04, 2011:

I actually had never heard of Jag, but I will keep my eye out for that brand. There are certain brands that I know never fit me, like Levis (unfortunately). Sometimes Banana Republic and Gap release special jeans that look nice on me. Somehow, women on TV who are curvy but not tall (like me) always look sexy in their jeans, so I'm always comparing my jeans to those standards. Too bad, those women probably spend a fortune on clothes. I guess you get what you pay for! Until I hit the jackpot, I'll have to keep searching for an affordable brand with the right fit. Like I said, I'll keep an eye out for jag.

And you see that I rambled? Told you I could spend ages talking about jeans.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on November 04, 2011:

Good job Steph. I appreciate your mom, she’s a woman who hasn’t lost perspective for good clothing and a sense of fashion that she can carry off. You’re a source of all fashion knowledge for her and she’ll be wearing those jeans feeling boomerful-good!!

Have you tried nice tailored, trouser-style jeans? I do have similar moments myself about the “flattering” thing so I never purchase jeans straight off the rack without taking too much time fitting. If the bottom piece fits, the top is often way too big…On the flip side, if the top fits properly then the bottoms are generally far too tight... perhaps the fun moments of finding the right fit. It's why I prefer Jag. Thanks for sharing, you're awesome :-)

Stephanie Das from Miami, US on November 03, 2011:

This is true. A lot of jeans are just a bad cut, and with the variety of shapes, it can be difficult for women to find form-fitting jeans that are flattering.

I for one could talk for ages about jeans. I'm young, but I always have trouble finding flattering pants. I'm 5' 4" too, so the jeans are ALWAYS too long (I like to think of the rolled-up look as my own style, unless they're hemmed), and the are too wide in the leg, too narrow in the hip, and have an annoying flap that sticks out at my lower back. It honestly drives me up a wall.

My mom is in her 50's, and for a long time had resigned to the high waist and peg legs. One day I was shopping with her and convinced her to try on a more modern cut, and boy did it change everything! She had so much more confidence, and she even bought high heels. People may think that clothes are a superficial thing to worry about, but they really do have power to improve your self confidence and mood.

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