Whenever I wanted the comfy, baggy look, I sized up on my straight leg jeans.
They also are low enough rise and baggy enough that I can pull them off without unbuttoning them. I prefer to wear them with a semi tuck rather than full tuck but then I am not much of a tucker to begin with. Thanks for unpacking it all for us! Thanks Angie for this post! Thanks for spelling it all out, Angie. You definitely push our horizons and encourage us to try things out! Thank you for writing this post Angie! The hips are super-straight too, and the back pocket placement is definitely all boy.
Now that I see there are snug BF jeans out there too, I feel more confident about them. DH will certainly appreciate the figure flatting aspects of this pair. BTW, do I have to roll them? Thank you so much for this post! I love BF jeans. Such a nice alternative to the more form-fitting jeans of the past few years. Thank you for the super helpful breakdown Angie! I have boyfriend like jeans in the middle style baggy legs but fitted waist.
This is easy for me to achieve since my waist is proportionally bigger than my hips and legs. I have never tried to deliberately size up but will be on the look out!
Can I ask one more question? Angie, do any of your older clients wear these in the really slouchy, baggy way? I could see older women wearing the first two looks above, but the last two, not so much. Thank you for continuing to bring new and interesting trends to our attention. Or is that just a reflection of my own immaturity. Well, my SBF jeans arrived just in time — now I can use this post to decide whether to keep the light, dark, or both.
Fit-wise, I am on these teams:. Baggy — 2 sizes up like Angie! The whole point for me is to change up the silhouette. Too skinny and I feel I may as well wear skinnies. I like the mid-rise on the Gap Sexy Boyfriends — just enough drop since my body has a short rise.
Tapered — I like how a narrow hem draws attention to the slimness of the calf and ankle after all that expanse of bagginess. As it is, I make do with my low-top Converse Chuck Taylors. Mine are on the loose side, but the legs are not wide. They sit very low on the hips and I can yank them off without undoing them, like yours, so they require a belt.
They are the perfect shade of dark yet distressed-looking denim — no holes, but they look lived-in. Because they are on the loose side, I must wear them with a top that at least suggests my shape. They seem to work best with a drapey not boxy top that sort of follows my curves. I tend to tuck the top in at the front, so my belt will show, and to hint at a waist. Thanks for the post Angie! I think I like the more fited style for myself. I like both fitted and baggie on others.
They are more fitted. I will have to go to the Gap and try them on in a bigger size to see what I think about them more baggy. I think I like them more tapered, too. It really helps to have some examples to look at!! Is it a total faux pas to wear this basic style fit like the middle row as full but scrunched length?
I thrifted a comfy pair, and with my short, short chunky legs rolling up is horribly unflattering but scrunched with a chunky heel looks good to my eye. I find that slouchy but not too baggy jeans worn low at the hips with cuffs rolled or not, and with a top that obscures my waist give the illusion that my thick waist is in more feminine proportion to my small hips and butt, and they give me the room I need in the thighs.
The super baggy BF style was not working for me because it made me too boyish for my comfort zone. Besides, having my pants constantly drooping was annoying. I will only go so far for style! This post is perfectly timed! I have no problem with the looseness and baggy nature and I like a distressed wash. Anne, you are not crazy! I have seen non-celebs wearing them at least since if not earlier, so celebs wearing them since at least would fit with what I recall.
Thanks Angie for this extremely instructive post. Thanks for this informative post! I am reading and following with much interest! I think my baggy sweet spot would be more baggy than skinnies, but not so baggy that I feel clownish. Have to experiment with this.
Low in hips, crop length, light wash please. Yes, Thanks for the advice! It has made me re-evaluate my knee-jerk prejudice against boyfriend jeans, although I am still a very long way from buying a pair for myself! But the US is the home of the jean, and this seems to be a trend that has been comprehensively embraced. I have to respect that. I also suspect there is more than a cultural element to the fitted vs boyfriend styles. It is definitely the cut preferred by Parisians. And the easiest to wear with everything.
I definitely lean more toward the slimmer cuts. Someone earlier said this is a fad and not to spend too much. I now have 4 Cameron True Religion boyfriend fit jeans with one more pair on the way! Umm, really, I can quit anytime I want! Even when made out of substantial denim. These are year-round pants and yes, ultra-casual. I do not regret in the least spending this much for garments that make me so very happy! I have my own way of wearing these. The Camerons picture 3 are not super baggy although I have 3 different sizes represented in my collection to get various effects.
I wear mine rolled, almost full length, pushed down on my hips so the crotch is a little dropped. The effect is a loose skinny fit jean with rolled hems, rather than so much the slouchy cropped boyfriend fit which I never really cottoned to.
It is really liberating not to wear tight pants every day, and I encourage everyone who loves wearing denim, to try these out and find a way of making them your own. Hmm — a tunic over baggy jeans sounds like a volume-on-volume disaster for a short person….
I love the feel of loose pants against my skin, and I adore jeans. I think they will look just fine at full length and have worn my matchsticks full length at the office. I think that jeans wearers, myself included, are desperate for something less form fitting than skinnies and less overwhelming than wide legs.
Isis and Rae, the low slung waist is imperative for me too. That drops the crotch point, a look that tickles my fancy just as much. Claire and DonnaF, no need to roll the hems if they are full length unrolled. Joy, my 70 plus clients are not wearing BF jeans at all, but my 50 plus clients are, in both baggy and streamlined versions.
By all means wear them a little more structured. Try on a pair and report back to us! Liz, I am fluent in Dutch and although I am now so used to seeing the brand at Nordstrom, I still giggle every so often. La Francaise, I am in total agreement with your comment.
April, there is no need to tuck tops and wear a lower waistband. Sounds like you are after a more structured pair that allows you to wear untucked tops and a higher waistband. Going to try to style them tomorrow and post. Whenever I wanted the comfy, baggy look, I sized up on my straight leg jeans. Of the examples pictured, only the final two are what I think of as boyfriend jeans.
I likd the True Religion semi fitted ones… they look like so much fun and a little edgy.. Such a helpful and timely post, Angie! I went on a BF shopping trip — tried on lots of styles, lots of sizes, tooks lots of pics, and confused myself. Out of the experience, I think I decided that my short legged pear shape prefers moderate bagginess and very tapered calves where the rolled part is.
Now i just need tech help getting the pics off my phone and into a thread. MaryK, it surprises me that you are at all on the fence about BF jeans.
Wear a more structured pair with a Kate Spade pair of heels and a blazer. Kate, the definition of BF jeans seems to be evolving. Never a boring moment in the fashion industry! I guess they are Rute, but in another form. I am all over the boyfriend jeans look and will be referring back to this super helpful post regularly. I have the same reaction each time I see the name: I do also love the super baggy, slouchy look with dropped crotch and all, and am determined to find a pair of those for myself as well.
Sadly, they were a no go. I plan to keep trying. Of the samples posted, I lean toward the middle photo on the right — with the thongs.
This is nice balance — easy, but without a droopy crotch. BF jeans look too baggy for me, although I do have a pair of boyfriend twill pants from Talbots that are cooler and cover more leg in the summer. Angie, thank you so much for this post. I have my BF jeans for a week and I have already worn then twice. I think they are a great alternative to tight jeans of the several last seasons — both in comfort and in the change of the silhouette.
Honestly I did not experiment with different levels of bagginess. I sized up one size in mine and I like the fit. It does not have a dropped crotch and I cannot take them off without unzipping but they are loose in the hips and thighs with pretty tapered legs.
I think they work well with my style. I also like the soft lighter wash — great for summer! However saying that I am willing to try a baggier pair too — maybe I will go to the mall and try GAP ones 2 sizes up… One in my style mottoes is: As for the first 2 pictures not looking like BF jeans — I think models wear them sized down.
The first pair on the left is the same Kut Catherine I have but in a different wash and it does not look like this on me at all! I had a pair of B. I really like the latest version because they have the distinctive shape that allows the rolled leg. I have been unsure re. Thanks for the informative pics and how-tos Angie. Well, it looks like I jumped on the bandwagon without realizing it. Actually, with the hem rolled up, they look more like the first model here.
And they wear best with semi tucked top. I notice the footwear here: I guess extremes work best, not in-between, right? My legs are small, and with this style, if I wear ballerinas for instance, my legs look ridiculously short, as if frankly I was disproportioned.
With respect to the volume-versus-exposed-tummy issue, the way I used to wear my BF jeans was actually with a leotard in the wintertime, with a turtleneck leotard that I wish I still had. There was no exposed skin issue and you could actually see that I had a shape under those big, baggy jeans. Top with a medium-weight cardigan depending on the weather, finish with flats.
Of course, that was before I had 5 kids. Thanks for the breakdown about boyfriend jeans. There are more options available than I thought! I loved the ones that I tried that were the largest when I looked at myself in the front — but the backside was pretty disturbing, in that it appeared as though I did not have a backside — only slouchy, gappy denim, hanging in a way that suggested a droopy, wet diaper. That is where I got confused!
Thank you for this VERY informative post! I love the look of boyfriend jeans… but am really not loving them for myself. For myself, in theory I would prefer super baggy, low on the hips with a little drop crotch, and very faded wash.
For example, I tried the Kut Catherines at the Rack a couple days ago, everything from my usual size 4 all the way through a 10!! Plus they all had stretch, which I feel defeats the purpose? Very disappointing since several forum members have had good success with this cut. I tried on several pairs of BF jeans today. Still love them, just a little bored with them. Get the casual boyfriend denim look for your closet by shopping this myriad of colors, styles, and washes.
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