16 Common Jeans Questions Answered

A style staple deserving of a place in every woman’s wardrobe, plus size jeans are, without question, the ultimate fashion must-have. 
Indigo Lucy High Waist Skinny Jeans
Indigo Lucy High Waist Skinny Jeans
Indigo Tencel Denim Wide Leg Trousers
Indigo Tencel Denim Wide Leg Trousers
Black Shape & Sculpt Skinny Jeans
Black Shape & Sculpt Skinny Jeans

With the option to style them up or dress them down, jeans are super versatile and ideal for building a whole range of different looks. So, whether you’re heading out to a swanky cocktail bar with the girls or you’re simply grabbing a spot of lunch down at the local pub, you can always count on a pair of jeans to create the perfect outfit base.

However, whilst jeans are incredibly functional and practical, many of us still have a lot of questions about them. Questions surrounding the different styles of jeans, how to wear our jeans and how we should care for our jeans are ever-popular online searches. So, for this blog post, we thought we'd answer those questions & educate you in all things jeans!

1. How To Shrink Jeans

Believe it or not, one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to women's jeans is 'how to shrink jeans' -  a clear indicator - if nothing else - that a considerable number of women are still walking around in jeans that either A) don't fit, or B) simply aren't flattering their figures.

The truth is, unless you're planning on losing/gaining weight, there's no reason why you should ever need to shrink your jeans. Why? Because your dream denims are already out there! Here at JD Williams, we've got tons of plus size ladies jeans available for you to choose from - each expertly developed to hug your curves and amplify your best bits. So, before you throw your jeans in on a boiling-hot wash, consider treating yourself to a brand new pair first. After all, you deserve the best!

Still determined to shrink your existing jeans? You can find out more about how to shrink your jeans with this article on Bustle.

2. How To Rip Jeans

It would appear that these DIY fashion hacks are more popular than we thought - 'how to rip jeans' is another frequently asked question, so we simply had to include it in this post.

Ripped jeans are, without question, very fabulous indeed. Perfect for creating that cool & effortless, off-duty chic vibe, no woman's wardrobe is complete without a pair. And of course, you can count on us to bring you the very best collection of ripped jeans for plus size women.

If you ask us, unless you're an expert, you're never going to achieve the same effect at home, so we'd advise buying a pair of ripped denim jeans, as opposed to doing all the cutting and pulling yourself. However, if you're still interested to find out more about the DIY method, then Marie Claire's article 'How To Rip Your Jeans' is definitely worth a read.

3. What Are Mom Jeans?

Mom jeans - we've all herd of them, but so many of us still don't know what they actually are. Fortunately, we've got everything you need to know right here...

So, if you were to type into Google 'what are mom jeans?', then this is the first thing you'd see the following definition: women's jeans of a style regarded as unfashionable or unflattering.

Yep, mom jeans haven't always been a particularly desirable style, but nowadays, the stigma attached to this style of jean is now a lot less negative. In fact, women are now going out of their way to get the mom jeans look. So, if you're keen to update your denim collection, then a pretty pair of mom jeans is 100% the way to go.

4. What To Wear With White Jeans

Particularly popular during the summer months, white jeans are a fashion must-have that no woman's closet is complete without. So, if you haven't already, then now's the time to buy a pair.

And if you're in need of some fashion inspiration/top tips on how to style your plus size white jeans, then you'll be pleased to hear that we've got an entire blog post filled to the brim with beautiful white jeans outfit ideas you'll love. Check out '6 White Jeans Outfit Ideas' now, and get ready to wow the world with your enviably voguish ensembles.

5. What Are Bootcut Jeans?

An ever-popular pick in the denim world, bootcut jeans are characterised by a fit that tapers at the knee before loosening a little at the ankle. This loosening and extra room at the bottom of the jean therefore allows for a boot to be worn underneath the jean without any awkward stretching or pulling.

People often confuse the bootcut jean with bell bottoms and flares, but bootcut styles are much more subtly styled.

24/7 Blue Bootcut Jeans Regular Length
24/7 Blue Bootcut Jeans Regular Length
24/7 Black Bootcut Jeans Long Length
24/7 Black Bootcut Jeans Long Length
Petite Shape & Sculpt Dark Indigo Jeans
Petite Shape & Sculpt Dark Indigo Jeans
Mid Blue Premium Shape & Sculpt Bootcut Jeans
Mid Blue Premium Shape & Sculpt Bootcut Jeans


6. How To Wear Bootcut Jeans

Bootcut jeans are very versatile, but tend to look their best when worked into a casual-chic look. A blazer and t-shirt combo will compliment your bootcut jeans perfectly and of course, the footwear has to be a pair of boots! For that all-important finishing touch, stow your essentials into a large, black shopper bag and accessorize with a chunky watch.


7. What Are High Waisted Jeans?

Also known as ‘mom jeans’, high-waisted jeans sit higher up on the waist as opposed to on the tummy or hips.

These jeans are famous for their figure-flattering tendencies, and are often styled with blouses and shirts tucked into the waistline.

Petite High Waist Lexi Indigo Slim Leg Jeans
Petite High Waist Lexi Indigo Slim Leg Jeans
Infinity 4 Way Stretch High Waist Skinny Jeans
Infinity 4 Way Stretch High Waist Skinny Jeans
Kim High Waist Boot Cut Jeans
Kim High Waist Boot Cut Jeans


8. How To Wear High Waisted Jeans

A great pair of high-waisted jeans will cling to your curves & compliment your best bits, and what’s more, there are tons of different ways to wear them!

For a wow-worthy outfit that’ll turn heads for all the right reasons, tuck a long-sleeved jersey top into the waistline of your jeans and draw further attention to your middle by accessorizing with a statement belt. Footwear wise, don’t be afraid to go all-out. If you’re heading for drinks or a fancy meal out, strappy heels will provide the perfect finishing touch. Alternatively, for something a little more low-key, swap the heels for some knee-high boots.

9. What Are Skinny Jeans?

Defined by their second skin style fit, skinny jeans are the one style of jean that just never goes out of fashion.

One of the many great things about skinny jeans is that they suit every body shape. Providing your skinny jeans are the right size (try not to go too big or small, or you’ll lose the effect), this classic closet essential will prove the gift that keeps on giving.

Rich Indigo Infinity 4 way Stretch Skinny Jeans
Rich Indigo Infinity 4 way Stretch Skinny Jeans
Together Skinny Jeans
Together Skinny Jeans
Mid Blue Snake Side Sadie Slim Leg Jeans
Mid Blue Snake Side Sadie Slim Leg Jeans
Violeta By Mango Snake Print Jeans
Violeta By Mango Snake Print Jeans

10. What Shoes To Wear With Skinny Jeans

Curious as to what shoes you should wear with your skinny jeans? Well, you’re in luck - when it comes to skinny jeans, your footwear options are virtually infinite!

From leg-lengthening over-the-knee boots to ankle boots, court shoes, ballet pumps and even sandals, skinny jeans present the perfect opportunity to get inventive with your footwear and give your shoedrobe a style refresh!

11. How To Wash Jeans

Knowing how to wash our clothes in the right way is so important - and our jeans are absolutely no exception to the rule. In washing our jeans correctly, we not only help keep the fabric feeling soft, we also protect the colour of the jeans, preventing any fading, and stop them from shrinking, too.

Denim is one of those fabrics that is prone to shrinking when washed - particularly when popped in the washing machine - so if you want to retain that perfect fit, be sure to pay close attention to the washing label.

When you buy your jeans, they should come with a washing label on the inside which will instruct you on how best to care for your jeans. Generally speaking, a lower degree wash is recommended (between 30 & 40 degrees) and shorter cycles are preferred, too.

If your jeans have been stained, you may wish to increase the temperature of the wash or introduce some intensive stain remover, too.


12. How Often Should You Wash Jeans

Washing jeans is a tricky thing to master, and one of the biggest dilemmas that we seem to encounter is the age-old question of ‘how often should we wash them?’

According to Marie Claire, we should be washing our jeans ‘not too often.’ In fact, according to their article Heads Up Denim Fans...You’re Probably Washing Your Jeans Too Much, writer Penny Goldstone suggests reducing your once weekly jeans wash down to once every two weeks or even once a month instead.

Of course, if your jeans have been subjected to an unsightly food or drink spillage, chuck them straight in the washing machine.

13. How To Remove Chewing Gum From Jeans

Chewing gum might keep your breath smelling fresh, but due to its sticky, stringy tendencies, if it lands anywhere but your mouth - primarily your clothes - it can cause a whole load of issues…

So, how do you remove chewing gum from jeans (or any other garment of clothing for that matter!)?

Today's Parent shared an article titled ‘3 Easy Ways To Remove Gum From Clothing’ back in 2016, and the tips including the following:

1. Microwave a bowl of vinegar for one minute before dipping the fabric into the bowl & scrubbing the gum off with an old toothbrush

2. Heat up the gum with a hair dryer & scrape away with a plastic knife

3. Pop ice cubes on top of the gum for 30 minutes before moving the fabric to a flat surface and scraping the now frozen gum away with a knife

Whether or not these tips will prove effective in every single case of chewing gum faux pas is impossible to say, but hey, it won’t hurt to give them a go!

14. What To Wear With Grey Jeans

Grey is having a serious moment right now, and as well as being a popular interior design colour, it's also a super versatile shade to pop into your wardrobe, too. So, it'll come as no surprise that so many women are super keen to discover fresh and innovative ways to wear grey jeans.


One of the many great things about grey is the fact that it's so functional. Your grey jeans will team up effortlessly with a whole ton of garments and accessories. The possibilities are endless!

For a timelessly trendy look that's sleek and sophisticated from top to toe, we recommend styling your grey skinny jeans with a chic, white blouse and a statement red handbag. Footwear wise, a pair of animal print mules will bring a wild finishing touch, meanwhile lashings of jet black mascara will help instantly dial up the glamour.

15. How To Turn Jeans Into Denim Shorts

At some point or another, we've all tried to transform a pair of unwanted, old jeans into ripped denim shorts - but honestly, it's a much better (and wiser) idea to buy your frayed denim shorts ready-made.

Not only does buying your denim shorts remove the risk of any nasty accidents, you'll find that the finish is a lot more polished, too.

We've got countless pairs of plus size denim shorts on offer for you to pick from, so save yourself the hassle, and buy a pair instead!

16. Can You Wear Jeans On A Night Out?

And finally, if you've been wondering if you can wear jeans on a night out, or if you can wear jeans in the evening, then you'll be pleased to hear that the answer is 'YES - absolutely!'

As we've mentioned previously, women's jeans are incredibly functional and versatile, meaning that they can be worn morning till night and still look totally fabulous. To take your look from off-duty chic to full-force glamour, simply swap your flat shoes for a pair of wide fit heels, and layer on the lipstick. Gorgeous!

At JD WIlliams, we’ve got a fabulous range of women’s and men’s jeans to choose from including Levi's jeans, maternity jeans, cropped jeans, straight leg jeans and more. So, no matter what it is you’re looking for, we’re confident we can deliver the goods.

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