What Are the Different Types of Jeans?

The six basic types of jeans are skinny jeans, classic straight leg jeans, boyfriend jeans, flare jeans, bootcut jeans and trouser jeans. Depending on the basic type, jeans come in a variety of rises from high-waisted to super-low cut, and a variety of washes and color shades.

Skinny jeans are made from stretch denim and fit tightly from the waist to the ankle. They are available in rises from super low to high. Straight leg jeans are cut evenly straight from the hips to the ankle and also come in many rises. Boyfriend jeans fit loosely with a medium rise and are often distressed and worn cuffed.

Flare jeans fit tight through the thigh and then flare below the knee, while bootcut jeans have a looser fit through the thigh and a more gentle flare toward the ankle. Both flare and bootcut styles feature a longer length than other jeans to pair with heels. These curvy jeans are available in mid- and low-rise styles.

Trouser jeans are cut in a style similar to dress pants. They have relatively high waists, side-slash pockets and professional detailing. The fit is tight at the hips with wider legs and ankles. Trouser jeans typically come in dark washes and subtle pinstripe patterns.