Boyfriend jeans aren’t my normal silhouette of choice, but they’re trending right now so I thought we could talk about how to wear boyfriend jeans and who should wear them.
Boyfriend jeans have been around for a while, and the latest iteration of this trend is the “girlfriend” jean or the “slim boyfriend.” Basically all that means is they’re not quite as baggy as the boyfriend jeans of 2014, but they still have a loose, slouchy fit, and they’re usually a little bit destroyed. I found these slim boyfriend jeans at J.Crew, and they were 30% off last weekend. Woot!
As far as who can wear boyfriend jeans, I think they’re easier to wear if you’re taller and/or short-waisted, but there are ways to get around that (i.e. high heels, shorter top, etc.) Personally, I don’t love the look of boyfriend jeans because I prefer my jeans to be more figure-hugging, but they’re fun for a change.
Because they’re baggy, boyfriend jeans can look sloppy, so here are a few tips to pulling off the look with panache.
How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans
- Keep it structured on top. Whether it’s with a tight t-shirt or a fitted blazer or a moto jacket, you want to offset the baggy bottoms with something more form-fitting on top.
- Wear a delicate shoe. Pointy-toe pumps, high-heeled sandals, or strappy flat sandals all work well with boyfriend jeans. You can wear fashion sneakers, but I think that’s a harder look to pull of. I’ve also seen ballet flats work. Again, the idea here is to off-set the baggy pants with something more delicate and slimming on your feet.
- Add a feminine accessory. Since the boyfriend jeans are a little bit edgy, carry a leopard clutch, wear a lace top, throw on a statement necklace, or break out your favorite stilettos. Even if you’re going for the casual weekend look with Converse and a cropped sweatshirt, add diamond earrings or a colorful bag for a feminine flair.
I kept it simple with a white v-neck tee that is fairly form-fitting. This is the Perfect White Tee from ThirtySomethingTees, and you can save 10% with code Jolynne10. For size reference, I’m wearing a medium.
These thong sandals have a casual vibe while the shiny gold coordinates with the necklace and keeps the look feminine.
A white t-shirt and blue jeans is pretty basic, and my shoes are a neutral, so I wanted an accessory to liven up the outfit. This leather lariat layering necklace from Stella & Dot is trendy and fun, and it draws attention up and away from the baggy jeans. It can be worn 4 different ways by removing various strands, but for this outfit, I kept it all together.
While I think this outfit works fine with the flat sandals, I also wanted to show you the look with heels. Generally, I think boyfriend jeans look better with heels, although I am more comfortable wearing them with flats.
I see a lot of pointy toe pumps with boyfriend jeans on Pinterest, an I admit I love the look, but that whole look feels a little “out there” to me, considering my casual lifestyle here in the ‘burbs. These neutral wedge sandals are a great way to elevate the look (bwahaha! I’m punny, aren’t I?) without getting all fancy with stilettos. They’re a little more practical than pumps while still giving the look a more uptown style than the flat sandals.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
J.Crew slim boyfriend jeans (similar for less) // perfect white tee (similar for less) // Stella & Dot layering necklace // assorted Alex and Ani bangles // Déjà Vu Stone Studs (worn backwards) // Sam Edelman gold thong sandals // similar wedge platform sandals // red crossbody
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