As much as your old skinny faithfuls will always have a place in your wardrobe, the new breed of denim creeping up everywhere is a lot more about a relaxed yet tailored fit.
Think higher waistbands, no-stretch denim and a form-fitting silhouette that moulds to your body without looking sprayed-on. In short? These are a boyfriend/girlfriend/mom jean hybrid which can be a skinny, straight, cropped or slightly flared leg that suddenly makes everything look cooler. Wear with trainers, slides, block or kitten heels for a look that screams now with just the right amount of 90s nostalgia. Here are the top 10 styles we’re loving at the moment.
Editor: Marisa Remond
The ultimate in no-fuss denim, these jeans are genius in their simplicity.
SHOP: Bessette jeans, $199
Distressed denim with a beachy-vibe, just add slides for summer.
SHOP: Rollas jeans, $150
A mini-flare with a split-hem add interest to these leg-lengthening jeans.
SHOP: Madewell jeans, $192
The holy grail of the deconstructed jean movement, you can’t really go wrong with a pair of vintage-inspired Levi’s.
SHOP: RE/DONE jeans, $384
If you can’t commit to a true, 90s style mom-fit, these high waist, straight leg jeans are a good way to ease in to the trend without going full ball.
SHOP: J.Crew jeans, $212
Think of these jeans as a blank canvas and tweak as you see fit – add a frayed hem, cut a hole in the knees or simply leave as is for a clean, minimal denim look.
SHOP: Mango jeans, $80
We definitely recommend adding at least one pair of black jeans to your wardrobe, and these have a perfect worn-in feel without looking too grungy.
SHOP: Raey jeans, $225
If you can’t quit your skinny leg denim, try opting for a slim-leg style for a slightly more relaxed yet polished look.
SHOP: Khaite jeans, $458
Yes, you probably owned these about 20 years ago, but don’t let that stop you from trying them out now with a tucked-in shirt and fabulous mules.
Levi’s’ Wedgie Jeans are iconic for a reason, they’re the ultimate in a classic American denim fit.
SHOP: Levi’s jeans, $126
Our Top Tips For Shopping This New Style of Denim:
-Don’t be afraid to size-up. Jeans with minimal or no lycra don’t often fit the same way as their stretchy counterparts, so you may have to try a few different sizes before you’re comfortable with how they look and feel.
-A mid-to-high waistband is everything. This is key in refreshing your denim wardrobe and making everything else you already own look fresh and exciting. Tuck in shirts, tees and camisoles for a shapely spring look.
-Haven’t worn a belt in years? Now’s the time to try again! Higher waistbands mean belts are back in the spotlight adding interest and shape to classic denim styles.
-Bootcut, straight-leg, mini-flare, tapered – the choice in leg style is up to you, just make sure you‘re showing a little ankle to make the overall look feel summer-appropriate.
-We’re not going to lie, no-stretch denim takes a little getting used to, so don’t be afraid to shop around and ensure you feel comfortable in all the new shapes and styles available. Good luck!