Hold up, are skinny jeans out of style? According to TikTok, yes, and Gen Z has drawn a line in the sand with the side part hairstyle, the excessive use of the laughing face emoji, and your beloved skinny jeans are canceled. So if you are presently wearing said skinny jeans with a side part, which is clearly not the superior hairstyle, this post is for you — and be sure to check out my trending jeans for fall post and my trendy mom outfit.
Fashion trends come and go, and while skinny jeans were a revelation in the mid-2000s, I’m here to tell you, skinny jeans are officially dead. If you’re over 30, you lived through the rise and fall of baggy jeans and the departure of extra low-rise jeans…which rumor has it, they have been threatening to make a comeback. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus, please, for the love of all the fashion gods, never bring back whale tails and jeans. Not even Britney Spears can rock those anymore.
If you’re feeling out of the loop, you may be asking yourself, if skinny jeans are out, what’s in? Don’t worry, I’m here to keep you cool.
9 Alternatives To Skinny Jeans
1. Wide-Leg Jeans
My prayers have been heard. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of wide-leg jeans. The cut of the wide-leg can be high rise, mid-rise, crop, or full, and they are straight through the hip and thigh. I pair mine with a cropped sweater or slim-fit white tee and almost always a belt.
- Low Rise Stride Jeans with Washwell
- Limited-edition Point Sur sailor patch-pocket jean in Marina wash
- Meg High Rise Fab Ab Wide Leg, Exclusive (Descriptive Wash) – Kut From The Kloth has a lot of stretch
- 3×1 Kat Tinted Jeans – this brand is on the pricier side, but they last forever!
- 3×1 Flip Crop Charter Jeans
- Superwide-Leg Jeans in Parson Wash
- Côte Wide-Leg Jean
- AGOLDE Dagna Pleated Baggy Jeans
- The Way-Wide Crop Jean
- MOTHER The Spinner Skimp High Waist Wide Leg Jeans
- Sienna High Rise Wide Leg
2. Baggy Loose Fit 90’s Jeans
Yes, you read that right, those loose-fit 90’s jeans are back! All this gal needs is a flannel shirt, Doc Martens, and some Pearl Jam…then all would be right in the world.
3. Tapered Leg Jeans
If you’re not quite ready to burn your skinny jeans (which I’m not saying you should), try on the tapered leg jeans. They gradually narrow towards the ankle and have that same inverted shape. It’s kind of a skinny jean and straight-leg two in one.
- The Baggy Jean
- Low Rise 90s Baggy Jean
- Pilcro The Joey High-Rise Relaxed Jeans
- Closed Braden Jeans – these are giving Girbaud vibes
- Khaite Preen Jeans – pricey but so cute!
- Free People We the Free Tinsley High Waist Baggy Jeans
- Moxie Pull-On Barrel Jeans
- Baggy Tapered Jeans in Dressler Wash
- The Cheeky 90’s Jeans
- AGOLDE ’90s Fit Loose Fit Jeans
- SLVRLAKE London Jeans – this brand always run small for me
3. Barrel Leg Jeans
For me to get on board with these, I think I’m going to have to try them in-store. I have big enough hips from having babies that I’m unsure if I want to accentuate that part of my body even more. A barrel cut will be more fitted at the waist but roomy in the hip and thigh with a tapered leg. I’m eyeing these high-rise barrel jeans because they have almost a boyfriend fit to them.
- Long Barrel Leg Jeans
- Levi Barrel Women’s Jeans
- Extra High-Waisted Non-Stretch Balloon Jeans for Women
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5. Bootcut Jeans
Yes, bootcut jeans are trending, but that does not mean you can dig your old hip-huggers out. The bootcut jeans of 2021 have a higher waistline (again, thank you, Sweet Baby Jesus), a slimmer cut, and less of a flared ankle. Bootcut is definitely a trending denim style you’re gonna see a lot of this year. They look super chic paired with a boot.
6. Flare Leg
These are not your 70s-style flare. Slim fit through the thigh with a slight flare at the knee.
- Mavi Women’s Marcia Bootcut in Deep SuperSoft – no one talks enough about Mavi Jeans
- Levi’s Women’s Mid-Rise Bootcut Jeans – totally affordable option coming in at a whopping $29
- Kick Out Crop Jeans in Cherryville Wash: Raw-Hem Edition – raw hem means these will fray, and after washing, you’ll have to trim the longer strands.
- AG Alexxis High Waist Bootcut Jeans
- The Rigid Bootcut Jean
- Mid-Rise Kicker Boot-Cut Jeans for Women
- High Rise ’70s Flare Jeans with Washwell
- Mid-Rise Wow Boot-Cut Jeans
- Natalie Bootcut, Exclusive (Sustantial Wash) – I’m also a fan of the Excel Wash
- Mavi Women’s Molly Mid Rise Bootcut in Indigo Supersoft
- Paige Manhattan High-Rise Bootcut Jeans
7. Boyfriend Jeans
Similar to the straight-leg jeans, but more relaxed through the hip and thigh. I love boyfriend jeans. They are soft, comfy, and the loose fit allows for movement, but buyers beware. Since they are slightly slouchy and oversized, you can quickly go from laid-back cool girl vibes to frumpy and ill-fitting.
- Crosby High Rise Jeans
- The Slouchy Boyjean in Rosewell Wash
- Cuffed Slouchy Boyfriend Jean
- Dre Low-Rise Boyfriend
- Juliet Slouchy Boyfriend Jeans
- The Niki High Waist Ripped Roll Hem Boyfriend Jeans
- Emerson Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans
- Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans With Washwell
- Limited Edition Point Sur Canyon Mid-Rise Boyfriend Jean
- Baggy Dad Women’s Jeans
8. Straight Leg Jeans
Fitted through the hip and thigh, with a straight leg down to the ankle. Straight-leg jeans hug you in all the right places and give off those old-school vibes. They’re a great basic that rarely goes out of style. In fact, I still have my favorite pair tucked away in the maybe they’ll fit again drawer. A pair of Chip & Pepper jeans…RIP…make my butt look so good. Because all the celebs wore them, hunting a pair down was a feat. They were harder to find than a Cabbage Patch Kid doll in the 80s. I’m on a quest to find a pair that fit as well, only for my post-baby body.
- Limited Edition Point Sur Vista Straight Jean
- Stovepipe Jeans in Leaside Wash
- Mv Brighton Wide Straight Jeans
- Insider Crop Step Fray Jeans
- Remi High-Rise Straight Ankle Jean
- Nico Mid-Rise Straight Ankle Jean
- Ultra High Rise 90s Straight Jean
- Mid Rise Split-Hem Vintage Slim Jeans
- Olivia High Rise Slim Jean
9. Cropped Jeans
It should be said that almost all of these skinny jeans alternatives can be worn in a cropped style. However, I’m going to throw another curveball at you. Try wearing your cropped jeans with socks and a pair of loafers. And no, I’m not talking about those no-show socks; I’m talking a pop of color or something with a bit of an ankle. Think back to the penny loafers of the late ’80s.
In short, skinny jeans are officially the new mom jeans. We hear you loud and clear Gen Z. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of skinny jeans, so when I discovered they had been declared old and uncool, my breakup with the skin-tight denim was swift and quick. It also might have been easier because I’ve been wearing sweatpants for the last 365 days. And now that I foresee a post-pandemic return to everyday life sans sweatpants, I promise to rotate a few of these different styles into my wardrobe. Will you?
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Last Updated on January 27, 2023 by Kyla Herbes