You’re either a jeans person or you're not. If you happen to fall into the former camp of denim fans now and forever, you’ll know there’s nothing quite as satisfying as the discovery of a perfect pair in the pursuit of “effortless” style.
But, when it comes to adopting new denim trends, there are infinite options—some, universally controversial (see the recent return of Y2K-era low-rise jeans) and others, universally wearable and ultimately more comfortable. Enter: the wide-leg jean.
Less of a trend and more of a genre, wide-leg denim is a silhouette that returns every few years with an updated vengeance. Right now, TikTok is millennial-shaming skinny leg jeans (alongside side-parts and the laugh-cry emoji). But baggy denim has been on the up, and on the style loop-de-loop for a while. Soz, Gen Z.
One of the reasons for its consistent reboot comes down to the simple fact that wide-leg denim looks great on pretty much everyone. Naturally waist-cinching and leg-lengthening, the style is a foolproof fit, easily dressed up or down (perfect for upgrading your "jeans and a nice top"), and looks just as good worn with sandals in summer as they do heeled boots in winter. Basically, they are a cost-per-wear calculators’ denim dream come true.
Keep reading to discover the very best versions of your new favourite wide-leg pairs to keep on rotation.
Levi's High Loose Jeans
The latest addition to Levi’s legendary denim line-up, this loose fit, super high-rise pair is a must-have on our shopping list. A modern interpretation of the classic 90s style, these not only look great but are crafted from a water-saving blend of hemp and sustainably grown cotton. Shop here.
Glassons Super High Rise Straight Jean
Available in four different washes (our personal favourite is "Almond Milk") these relaxed fit, wide-leg jeans from Glassons are the perfect choice if you're on the hunt for a more affordable option. Bonus, the extra-long leg length and raw hemlines give a cool update to this classic style. Shop here.
Ksubi Playback Vibez Trashed High Rise Jeans
From the new age legends of cool, these stonewashed Ksubi jeans are on the pricier side—but with a high waist and relaxed fit, you'll want to wear them all the time. Shop them here.
Re/Done Blue High-Rise Loose Jeans
Re/Done knows good jeans and this updated take on a 90s inspired fit is no exception. Crafted from recycled denim, the style features a classic high rise with a loose—almost baggy—longer-line fit through the leg. Shop here.
Neuw Sade Baggy Jeans
Made from mid-weight, non-stretch 100% organic cotton, this baggy wide-leg, distressed style from Neuw is the ultimate throwback. Wear yours with mules, a cropped tank, and a baguette bag for an updated take on a classic 90s look. Shop here.
Lee Beau Jeans
Inspired by dad jeans circa 1992, the Beau jean from Lee is the ultimate slouchy, relaxed chill denim look that's perfect for cruising around on the weekend. Shop here.
Nobody Denim Milla Jean
Made using Nobody's signature comfort stretch denim, these super high rise jeans are slimming through the hip and thigh, flaring out to the hem. They're slightly cropped, which makes them look awesome with both sandals in summertime, and ankle boots in winter. Shop here.
ABrand Slouch Jeans
Channel 90s-style Californian surfers and skater dudes in these extra cool baggy jeans from Melbourne label ABrand. Shop here.
Lee High Baggy Jeans
With distressed tearing at the knee and an overall loose and slouchy fit, this black denim look from Lee can be styled up with heels or kept super casual with a pair of white sneakers. Shop here.
Assembly Label High Waist Flare Jeans
Assembly Label's high waisted flare jeans will roll with just about anything. A linen button-up, a long-sleeve tee, or that nice going out top for date night. Shop here.
Cotton On Baggy Straight Jean
It might have once been hard to imagine a time when loungewear and denim might meet—but these extra chill baggy jeans from Cotton On are the perfect marriage of both. Shop 'em here.
Image credit: Lee
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