I know most people ditched their jeans during the pandemic, but I was one of the very few to still enjoy wearing mine.
People say they’re uncomfortable, but a pair of well-fitting jeans make me feel supported in all the right places. That and the fact I’ve been embracing looser fits has meant my love affair with denim hasn’t dipped.
I’ve been shopping denim from Zara for as long as I can remember. They’re not right for everybody, but they work for my body shape perfectly.
Can we also talk about their incredible selection? Whether you’re looking for a long-lasting and versatile pair of relaxed light wash jeans or a pair with a bold print, there’s so much to choose from.
Fortunately, Zara jeans seem to last a long time despite being much more affordable than premium denim brands — definitely under the usual £150 mark for premium brand jeans.
Of course, I recommend taking good care of them and not washing them too often. You can also read more about how to care for your denim to ensure it has a long life and you get more bang for your buck.
The Spanish label is also offering an abundance of wide-leg, paper bag, flared and mom jeans, so if you’re a jeans hater, you’ll be swayed by how comfortable they are.
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How do Zara jeans fit?
Jeans are a tricky item to purchase. It often takes a long time to find the right size and fit, so if you’re ordering online, it’s always a good idea to order a couple of sizes to try at home if you can.
While I love the styles available, Zara’s jeans sizes do run small and some are prone to stretching. One hot tip is to stick to those that are 100% cotton and size up, but even then you may need a good try on before finding the best fit.
If you don’t know your size, Wear Next’s nifty guide to working out denim sizing will help you find out.
But as Zara’s sizing can be confusing, I tried on 5 pairs of Zara jeans in the same size to see how they fit.
Firstly, I tried the 70s high-rise jeans but sadly these were too small. The style is now sold out, but if you’re looking at any of their high-rise styles, I recommend sizing up. I’m a regular UK size 10, so expected these to fit.
ZW The Slim Cropped Jeans, now £19.99 – buy now
Next up was these slim cropped jeans, which were far too small to even do up. Disappointing as these were my favourites!
Z1975 Mom-Fit Authentic Jeans, £29.99 – buy now
Next up, I tried Zara’s mom jeans, which come in a wide variety of washes and colours.
Unlike the pairs I tried on before, these fit pretty well. They were quite tight, but with a bit of wear I’d say they’d give. You can buy these in your regular size.
Mid-Rise Flared Trf Jeans, £29.99 – buy now
I tried on the flared full-length jeans, and these were surprisingly roomy. Mine were high-waisted, but now they only seem to offer mid-rise fits.
As jeans tend to stretch, I’d even suggest going down a size but as the style has changed, it may be worth trying a couple of sizes.
Z1975 High-Rise Straight-Fit, £32.99 – buy now
These now sold out jeans are the Z1975 straight leg style, a style which Zara still offers. These were ‘long-length’ but for context, I’m 5″7 and these don’t seem to be super-long.
However they fit really well in my regular UK size 10.
ZW The Marine Straight Jeans, £32.99 – buy now
The Marine straight fit so perfectly! These have plenty of stretch however, so they may be prone to drooping (never a good look).
The wash I’m wearing is lighter than the product above, as sadly these have now sold out!