It’s my birthday today (62!!) so I’m indulging in one of my favorite style topics…DENIM!! 😍
When it comes to wardrobe basics, there’s no item of clothing I feel more “at home” in than a favorite pair of jeans. They’re both modern and classic, and cool without trying too hard. Perhaps it’s because I live in Southern California (a denim epicenter), but I think with the right pair of jeans, you can go just about anywhere. I like to throw on a light jacket to finish the look.
That isn’t to say that finding the right pair is always easy. Trends come and go, and not every trend works for every body or taste. Rises, washes, lengths, levels of distressing…it can get overwhelming.
And about those trends…judging from what I’ve been seeing online and on the racks, it looks as though both distressing and very cropped lengths have released their choke-hold on the denim-verse. I’m seeing more styles without extreme distressing, though lighter and worn/faded washes and “raw” hems are still popular. And while skinnies are still ubiquitous, I’m seeing more full-length (below the ankle), straight leg styles, yay!
The Case For Straight-Leg Jeans
The reason for the “yay:” I find straight leg cuts to be the most versatile and easiest jeans to style. They can work with just about any footwear and don’t have to be hemmed to accommodate a specific heel height. (Which makes them my preferred style for travel.) They can be worn cuffed or un-cuffed. And they’re often more comfortable than leg-hugging styles. My most often-worn jeans tend to be slim straight leg styles in dark- to medium-blue washes.
As with most denim terminology, “straight leg” can mean a lot of different things, from a cigarette leg, to a wide-all-over silhouette. Some “slim boyfriend” style jeans could also be described as “straight leg” if they don’t taper toward the ankle. It’s really a matter of finding out which brands and cuts work best for you.
Here are a few options, in a range of washes.
If you prefer a nice dark wash, and substantial denim with just a little stretch, these “slim boyfriend” jeans might be your cup of French roast (they run large; you may want to go down one size). Great quality at a price well below premium denim. Offered in multiple inseam lengths too!
For those on the taller side, this dark-wash, mid-rise style has a 33″ inseam.
This higher-rise option in a lighter wash is made from Japanese denim, with just a bit of stretch.
Though I haven’t tried them in some years, I’ve heard good things about Talbot’s jeans. This full-length style in a broken-in-but-not-distressed wash, is offered in Misses/Petites and Plus/Plus Petites size ranges.
If you don’t mind a little fading, here’s a full-length style offered in Regular, Petite and Tall lengths and up to size 20.
No roundup of straight leg jeans would be complete without a mention of Levis: these are the classic straight fit style.
Finally, here’s another “slim boyfriend” style (offered in 28, 30, and 32 inch inseams) that looks to be that perfect shade of medium blue. I have this one on order, will report back!
Edited to add: not everyone is a fan of the higher rises (I am short-waisted, so I get it!); slim boyfriend styles can be a good choice if you prefer a mid-rise jean to a higher rise. They are usually designed to sit below the navel.
Style Your Denim For Spring
What jeans style do you wear most often?