In recent months I’ve seen perhaps half a dozen articles declaring that skinny jeans are “over” and offering replacements which swing the pendulum far in the other direction: wide legs, fancy sweatpants, 70’s revival flares. Yet skinnies still seem to factor heavily in denim offerings, and (I assume) are still selling well. I’m going to hazard a guess why that would be: they are versatile. Wear them with flats, with heels, tucked into boots.
Some have never really warmed up to skinny jeans, for a variety of reasons, yet bootcuts and flares –while often flattering–can be so limiting, as hem lengths are specific to heel height.
The middle way is gaining ground. Straight leg jeans have been quietly sneaking back into the Fashion Denim market. While they often suffered from a bad rap in recent years (see “mom jeans“), straight leg jeans can be the best of both worlds: providing a more balanced silhouette for those of us with some curves, yet accommodating a range of shoe styles and heel heights. Wear them with flats (as long as they’re not dragging on the ground) or with heels. Roll up to wear with ankle boots, and provided they’re not too baggy in the leg, they can be tucked into knee boots too.
You’ll see straight leg jeans marketed under various names such as “slim boy (or boyfriend) jeans,” “slouchy skinny jeans,” “cigarette leg jeans” and “stovepipes.” To avoid a frumpy effect, look for styles that have a narrow but straight cut (not tapered or pegged) and fit reasonably snugly (not tight) through the hips and thighs while maintaining a straight line from knee to hem. Even some styles marketed as “boyfriend” (such as these by Eileen Fisher) have a more fitted cut that will flatter a variety of body types. Also good news, many of these styles have a higher rise.
I have a couple of pair of these “Alina” jeans from NYDJ, which are sold as “skinnies” but really are more of a narrow straight leg jean.
Are there straight leg jeans in your denim wardrobe? How do you wear them?
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