Jetset Style :: Ode to Boyfriend Jeans

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Editor's Note: In observance of Remembrance Day {Tuesday, Nov 11th} in Canada, we will only be posting on Thursday.

The ultimate weekend look, boyfriend jeans have evolved from trendy to timeless since Katie Holmes pranced around New York in a pair of baggy, pegged jeans six years ago and we all noticed. The look arguably goes back another decade; before we borrowed from our boyfriends, we poached from our dads. The height of 90s high school style was oversized jeans, belted and paired with a tank top, a flannel shirt and MAC Spice lip liner {set to a soundtrack of The Smashing Pumpkins and The Cranberries}.

Whether you call them boyfriend jeans, mom jeans or normcore, this modern classic is a relaxed fit alternative to skinny jeans. The new boyfriend jean is slim and slouchy with endless styling possibilities.

Trip Styler Tip: Feel the breeze in warmer climates by choosing boyfriend jeans over skinny jeans. They don’t cling, they don’t need to be peeled off and they’ll keep you cool especially when they’re ripped and cropped.

Styling tips

  • Show a little skin with heels, sneakers or ankle boots for a feminine touch. Avoid stuffing your jeans into tall boots or rain boots.
  • Perfect the cuff. For a classic look, fold 1” two times. For a casual look, fold 2” two times and then tug down. For a pegged look, pinch at the seam and roll 1-2” two times.
  • Cut your hems 1” above your ankles and toss your jeans in the washer/dryer for some DIY. While you’re at it, slice a couple holes at your knees.
  • A belt, a slight crop top, a tucked-in tee and an oversized blazer or jacket will highlight your waistline.
  • For a laid-back look I saw in Sweden, wear a white tee, bomber jacket or leather moto jacket and low-profile sneakers.
  • For a French look, wear with a crisp button-up shirt and loafers or heels.
  • For fall and winter, wear with an untucked button-up and top with an oversized sweater.

GUYS :: Calling all dads, Seinfeld fans and Obama-on-the-weekend copycats, the boyfriend jean equivalent for men is a lighter wash, relaxed fit denim. For an elevated approach to this style, avoid the clothing section at Costco and opt for a light-to-medium wash, soft, slim cut jean instead of the dark raw denim you’re already sporting.

Left to right: Acne Studios pop it vintage jean, Hope stay patch jean, River Island mid wash ashley boyfriend jean, Madewell slim boyjean, Mother drop out tequila jeans

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

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