I’m a Fashion Editor— These Are the Flattering Jeans I Always Wear With Sandals


If you’re not a dress person, it’s hard to know what to wear in summer. I could direct you to this edit of linen separates, or shirt-and-short co-ords—but if, like me, you find it very hard to part with your beloved jeans, then you’re probably currently casting around for ways to wear dependable denim in the warmer months.

Of course, you can just add a classic tank top or floaty blouse, but the tricky bit, I always find, arises when you try to pair your favourite jeans with sandals. Some work, and some just don’t. Personally, I’m particularly struggling since I invested in more full length jeans—which I lived in paired with heeled boots in winter. Being 5’2”, though, they all just look a bit overwhelming puddled over sandals. 

Karina looks amazing in this patch pocket style. 

After a recent frustrated try-on of every single pair I own, I came to realise that there was one jeans shape in particular that always looks good with sandals— a cropped wide leg. Not only is this one of the most flattering jeans styles thanks to them hugging the bum in all the right places and skimming over the thighs, the key is that they show off a bare ankle, which means they pair effortlessly well with sandals of all types. 

Kim is a denim expert, and a big fan of a cropped wide leg. These are from & Other Stories. 

Proof you only need simple additions to make these jeans look chic. 

So, for all my fellow denim addicts out there, I’ve compiled an edit below of the very best cropped wide leg jeans on the market. Some I own myself and can personally vouch for, and others I’ve only heard great things about from my fellow editors. Trust me, all you need for a chic, reliable summer outfit is a pair of these, a crisp white T-shirt, a classic sandal and maybe a basket bag for good measure. Keep scrolling to see and shop for yourselves…

How classic is this blue. 

I really rate M&S denim and these are great value. 

I love these in black. 

These are the best on the high street, hands down. 

You can always count on Levi’s

Reformation denim is sustainable and stylish. 

These are such great value. 

Of course Mango does a great pair. 

I love them in beige too. 

An off white pair looks great in warmer months. 

H&M denim is SO good. 

Totême’s pair are the perfect shape and crop in my opinion. 

Added patch pockets make for an extra chic look. 

These are perfect for petites. 

I have these and love them. 

The turn ups on these will complement sandals perfectly. 

A smart dark blue. 

These remind me of something French girls would wear. 

Raey do beautiful classics like these jeans. 

These are a celeb fave. 

These are particularly cropped, so good if you’re petite. 

A great flared wide-leg. 

Agolde is one of my all time favourite denim brands. 

A timeless blue pair. 

These will also pair well with heeled ankle boots in winter. 

I love the detail of the tie waist. 

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