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How regular-fit jeans should fit

How regular-fit jeans should fit

When it comes to jeans, trends come and go – from the wide-legged 2000s to the super-skinny 2010s – but the humble regular-fit is a timeless, understated hero of the denim world. Thanks to their straight cut and easy fit, regular-fit jeans are flattering, moveable, and work for most body types and leg shapes – but it’s this simple versatility that often leaves them overlooked in favour of more trend-led styles.

Regular-fit jeans, though ubiquitous-sounding in name, fit easily into most contemporary trends. They’re easier to pull off than skinnies or boot-cuts, they work with any shoes from trainers to boots, and they can easily be dressed up or down with a plain white tee or an Oxford shirt and relaxed blazer. Sold? Now you just need to nail the fit.

Photographed: Levi's ® 501® Original Fit ($85)


Regular-fit jeans should sit on your waist rather than your hips. The waistband should fit snugly so if you're wearing a belt, it should be as an accessory rather than a necessity.


When trying on regular-fit jeans, lift and squat your legs to make sure they fit comfortably in the seat. If they feel like they’re going to tear, they’re too tight. If you can grab anything more than a pinch of fabric, they’re too loose. 


Unlike slimmer styles, you should be able to pinch a small amount of fabric away from your thigh. There should be room around your leg without feeling too loose and breezy, or too tight on the knee.


The calf of regular-fit jeans should feel roomy, but slightly tapered towards the ankle unlike straight-leg jeans. If they’re tapered in enough to touch your leg, they’re too tight – as with the thigh, you should be able to pinch some of the fabric away.


Regular-fit jeans look best with a rolled ankle, but if that’s not your style, make sure they fall just to the top of your foot, and avoid anything long enough to get caught under your heel which will inevitably result in scruffy, frayed ends.

Words: Ella White
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Millie Rich
Styling assistant: Toby Standing