It’s been years since mom jeans reentered the sartorial zeitgeist, but they quickly became everyone’s denim style of choice. And if you take a day off from those beloved high-waist, vintage-inspired jeans, then it’s usually the skinny jean that takes its place. It’s hard to recall what it feels like to wear jeans with a waistband that doesn’t crush your ribcage, or seams that don’t cut into your thighs. But that’s exactly what the newest denim trend is all about. It's time to re-learn how to style baggy jeans.
Relaxed, with a loose-fitting, sometimes low-rise waist and slouchy leg, baggy boyfriend jeans have suddenly hit the scene as the denim style du jour. Not only are they comfortable, but they’re surprisingly chic when paired with the right accoutrements. Whether you go for something wide-leg and ‘90s-inspired, or opt for a straighter, elongated silhouette — which you can cuff or uncuff as you see fit — oversized jeans look best when you keep a few things in mind. First, create a shape. If you wear loose layers on top, a belt can help balance the bagginess on bottom (unless you prefer the oversized look — that's cool too). Second: Get some height. Heels, however small, can help keep ultra-laidback denim from seeming too lax.
Below, find out how to wear your baggy blues and shop slouchy styles to recreate the look. (Raiding the closet of any fashionable guys in your life is also a totally acceptable option.)
Cardigan + Jeans + White Boots
Take your cues from Bella Hadid and lend a sensual touch to boyish blue jeans with a soft knit cardigan worn without anything underneath. How many buttons you choose to leave unfastened is entirely up to you.
Sheer Blouse + Jeans + Pumps
A romantic sheer blouse is just the kind of contrast you need to balance out oversized, raw-hem denim. Complete the feminine ensemble with a pair of classic cap-toe pumps for extra sophistication.
Blazer + Jeans + Heels
As anyone who’s ever worked in an office can attest: A blazer is a lifesaver when you need to transform a low-effort outfit into something polished and classy. The same holds true when you add a tailored menswear jacket with baggy jeans. It instantly pulls the look together.
Oversized Topper + Jeans + Boots
Baggy on top plus baggy on bottom is doable, but carefully. The key here is to diversify the fit of your layers (e.g. a fitted blue turtleneck peeking out from a voluminous wool jacket), and also to cinch at the waist in some way. A casual semi-tuck can have a big impact.
Fitted Top + Jeans + Kitten Heels
An easy, no-fail rule of thumb is to wear something cinched at the waist or more fitted on top when you’re going big and loose on the bottom. A simple white tee tied-up or layered under a cropped bustier top is an unexpected and unique way to do it.
Boho Blouse + Jeans + Colorful Shoes
Who said flared denim is the only way to do bohemian chic? Wide-leg trousers look perfectly suited to that free-spirit vibe with the help of a flowy floral blouse and thick brown leather belt. Accessorize with suede extras to make the most of the motif.
Denim Jacket + Jeans + Sock Boots
If you’re daring enough to take on baggy jeans and double denim, a longline jacket or shirt dress worn open will help break up the look and add dimension. With so many blouson layers going on, a fitted black turtleneck and ankle-hugging sock boots act as a necessary base layer for this look.