Tapered jeans are denim pants that become skinnier as they approach the ankle, rather than wider like bootcut jeans. These pants are form fitting, and are similar to skinny jeans but are usually a bit wider at the top. Tapered pants were more popular prior to the skinny jean, and tend to sit above or at the waist.
Tapered jeans can be worn by men and women alike. In both genders, they are roomier, and typically ankle length. For women, tapered jeans create a curvier look. Some people use tapered and skinny jeans synonymously to mean jeans with a 14- to 16-inch ankle opening.