Jeans Fitting. Leg Styles

This is probably the most important styling decision in finding jeans that fit. Options in leg cuts can be summarized as follows:

  • Straight Leg Jeans: Traditional cut with a straight narrow leg that does not flare at the ankles
  • Flared Leg: Jeans Narrow at the knee, and an extra wide flare at the leg. Most common leg type on low rise jeans.
  • Boot Cut Jeans: Cut to skim the thigh with a slightly flared lower leg
  • Tapered Leg: Jeans narrow towards the ankle
  • Capri: A leg cut that usually ends just below the knee or at mid-calf. The term “crops” is sometimes used interchangeably with Capri, but should actually refer to pant legs that fall about three fourths of the way down the calf.
  • Tight/Skinny: A close fit throughout the leg
  • Stove Pipe: As the name implies, an over-sized straight leg cut
  • Bell Bottoms: A wider, more exaggerated flare named and made popular in the 1960’s, often used with low rise jeans and ultra low rise jeans
  • Cropped: Jeans can be cropped any length from the mid-calf to the knee. Ankle Length-Cut just above the ankle is used for a summery look
  • Gaucho: Denim gaucho pants may be a passing fancy, but they sure are fun and can look great paired with the right boots.
  • Cuffed: A Fold at the end of the legs. Not strictly a leg cut, but a common finish, sometimes added by the designer and sometimes by the user of the jeans for a personal touch.