We’re in the midst of a denim reset, one you may have seen unfold on TikTok, on the runway, or wherever jeans are sold. According to the NPD Group, a market research firm that tracks consumer trends like I follow Bennifer updates, skinny jeans fell off off their pedestal as the top-selling jean silhouette in the United States.
Straight-leg jeans are now top sellers, but really baggy styles are also on the rise. We’re talking denim with loose legs and floor-skimming hemlines, aided by runway endorsements from Peter Do, Molly Goddard and Stella McCartney, among others. Taylor Tomasi Hill, creative and fashion director at The Yes, says the shift to casual denim is intuitive. “Really, after two years of working from home in day dresses and sportswear, who wants to be flat on their backs trying to pull up super skinny jeans?” she says BAZAAR.com. “Everything is cyclical, so it’s not that tight jeans will never be back, but right now, with such a relaxed vibe and the start of summer, beach vibes and worn-out relaxed fits rule the roost. master.”
Wearing baggy jeans isn’t too different from mastering the resurgence of cargo pants. As Tomasi Hill says, it’s about attracting opposites. Baggy, baggy jeans call for a fitted or cropped t-shirt or cardigan. And, she adds, don’t skimp on personality. Wear them with “a leopard-print cardigan or a minimalist leather sandal or a great belt. Accessories that are cool seem intentional, and intentionality never comes across as random or sloppy,” she suggests.
With this style tip in mind, shop the 14 baggy jeans that will make you forget you’ve ever been loyal to upcoming skinnies.
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The puddle pair
Yummy Puddle Jeans
A starting pair of baggy jeans should have a relaxed leg and a floor-grazing hemline, optional low rise. Mother’s Puddle Jeans is the perfect example.
The white pair
Lasso Jean Tile White
Tomasi Hill credits B Sides with making the jeans she’s most obsessed with, which come from recycled Levi’s 501s. “If you see me in jeans, it’s probably a pair of these! Perfect washes, perfect fit,” she says.
The pair in distress
Odessa high-rise wide-leg jeans
Moussy’s Odessa baggy jeans arrive with a distressed fit and distressed details, so you can look like you’ve been ahead of the trend.
The luxury pair
Loose Straight Leg Jeans
Here are baggy jeans with a runway stamp of approval, plus a little logo-print embroidery on the left pocket to telegraph your style expertise. Black denim is also inherently dressier, so you can wear this pair for a night out with a strappy sandal.
The tapered pair
Organic Baggy High Rise Tapered Jeans
Take Agolde’s signature nipped-waist jeans and add a little more flexibility to the waist and legs. There you have it: baggy jeans for the true denim connoisseur.
The 90s pair
Good coward of the 90s
BAZAAR editors love a good pair of 90s jeans. This pair has a great retro wash, a loose fit, and an inclusive size (up to 24).
Straight leg jeans with split hem
This low-top pair offers volume, with the addition of an interior split hem that shows off the shoes. Add a platform sandal to make the hemline skim the floor.
The semi-distressed pair
Loose ripped jeans
This lightly worn pair bears the co-signature of Tomasi Hill. “I love how these Maje jeans are frayed and ripped, but not too ripped,” she says. “That’s the key. You want a pair to look beloved, but not jagged.”
Editors’ Favorite Pair
Baggy straight jeans
Fans of Madewell’s perfect vintage jeans will find its baggy straight jeans just as comfortable. I wear a size 10 (30 in Madewell jeans) and found the legs still had that relaxed, relaxed look with no openings in the waistband.
The extra loose pair
Boyish is one of BAZAAR the best brands from editors for eco-responsible denim, whatever the cut. But if you’re going for jeans so baggy they look like your most worn sweatpants, Boyish’s Ziggy jeans have your name on it. Right now the style is available in 12 (12!) shades, up to size 32. You might end up buying a different pair for each day of the week, they’re so comfortable.
The Dark-Wash pair
Romy high-rise loose jeans
French denim house Officine Généralé specializes in pairs that will last beyond any fleeting trend cycle. Her dark-rinse Romy jeans have a high, tapered waist and a generously relaxed leg, without the ’90s associations of a lighter wash. The final result ? Baggy jeans that somehow have the energy of the Côte d’Azur.
The High-Rise pair
High-end loose jeans
Go straight to the denim authority for high-rise, floor-grazing jeans that will hold their shape through the hips and waist without sacrificing any sagging in the legs. Reviewers say these Levi’s run small, so consider sizing up.
The pair inclusive size
Anyone can try this starter pair: Warp + Weft’s most laid-back style comes in standard and plus sizes, with four washes to choose from. They’re still slightly fitted at the waist, perfect for a five-second outfit in jeans and your favorite plain tank top or tee.
The eco-friendly pair
The Biodegradable Slouch
If you can’t quite stop narrow hemming, loose jeans with a slimmer leg are for you. This Frame pair, recommended by Tomasi Hill, is relaxed with no puddles at the ankles. They also have an eco-friendly element: when you’re ready for the redux of skinny jeans, you can “plant” the removable, biodegradable buttons.
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