It’s no secret that we Californians love our denim. We’ll dress it up, dress it down, wear it just about anywhere except yoga class. While skinny and wide cropped styles are still popular, I’m happy that straight-leg jeans seem to be more widely available this season. They’re one of my wardrobe basics: comfortable, easy to style, and can work with a variety of footwear. And there’s a timelessness to this cut that transcends trends.
Above: One Style, Two Washes
As with most denim categories, “straight-leg” can be open to interpretation. Straight-leg jeans can be found in a variety of rises, cuts (slim to full), and washes (dark to faded). Personally, I find a slim-ish cut in a medium to dark wash to be the most versatile. YMMV depending on your shape and style preferences. Just-above-to-just-below-the-ankle length will accommodate most shoes or boots, and can be cuffed if needed.
I recently tried these on in washed black, and the fit was perfect. So I have this style on order in the dark wash denim shown above. (Misses / Petites / Plus) In addition to a good fit, I’ve found Eileen Fisher denim to be of excellent quality, and I like the company’s commitment to sustainable and ethical production.
I’ve had these for years, and they’re the pair I reach for most often for casual days. Plus here. While they’re listed as a “boyfriend” jean, the slim, straight cut and lack of obvious distressing work for me. They’ve softened up nicely with age, too.
This one is more budget-friendly, and available in 7 different washes/colors. The rise was too high for me (I’m 5’1″) but otherwise really liked these. These are offered in sizes 23 to 33/(14), and two lengths, regular and ankle.
What denim style do you wear most often?