The Best Three 2021 Denim Trends That Will Last More Than One Season

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Considering we’ve spent last year mostly in our homes wearing comfy knits, it’s easy to not know that denim trends are changing. This is a pretty big change, as denim trends seem to stick around well beyond their welcome. What are the best 2021 denim trends and which ones will be sticking around more than one season (AKA worth actually checking out)?

Remember how straight legs switched to bootcut and we were so relieved to have a silhouette that worked better with a curvy frame and a chunky shoe? When skinny jeans came on the scene so many of us swore, we’d never cave into such a trend, we’d never abandon our beloved bootcuts.

I bet the majority of us in 2007 who said one couldn’t catch us dead in a pair of skinny jeans now has at least one pair in our wardrobe. Skinny jeans now seem so… easy. They slip under cozy sweaters, button-front shirts, and blazers. They look good with knee-high boots, trendy sneakers, ankle booties, and flats. If they’re too long you can cuff them without changing the silhouette, ill-fitting you can hike them up when you rise from the couch, and you can get them in any size, any color, at any pricepoint.

Celine Spring 2021 Ready to Wear Denim
Celine Spring 2021 Ready to Wear: Looser denim that covers the ankles in a lighter wash

Just as we found straight legs and bootcuts and boyfriends to be essential work with everything jeans, we will be able to see life beyond the skinny jean. And while the skinny jean is still a wearable look, I encourage you to see beyond them and at least try a few different 2021 denim trends this season.

Think about when you were 25, what kind of jeans did 50-year-old women wear? There were those who had no f*cks left to give and wore what they liked. They wore well-worn Levi’s or crisp Wranglers or a chambray pant with an elasticized waist that helped them achieve their life goals and with it, achieve badass personal style. There were also those who seemed to be stuck in a past decade, and often with those dated jeans wore dated shoes and a dated hairstyle.

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Chanel Spring 2021 Ready to Wear: Baggy denim reminiscent of the '90s skater jeans

I am not telling you that you need to embrace any of the 2021 denim trends. I am saying you, and me, us fellow grown-ass women, we are at a point in our style journey where we either need to say:

  • I have no f*cks left to give and am going to rock what I own with joy and confidence and that joy and confidence is going to make the jeans that I love wearing look perfect on me.
  • I am not yet at that no f*cks left to give stage, but I surely don’t want to look like I don’t give a sh*t so I may try something new to me (or a new version of something I tried a while ago). However, I am at the point where I know I don’t have to embrace any trend that makes me uncomfortable or changes me, and I know I deserve clothing that works with, not against my body and my lifestyle.

What Are the Best Three 2021 Denim Trends To Try?

Below I share three of the 2021 denim trends that I predict will stick around beyond a season or two and become a stylish replacement for your skinny jeans. Use this as a guide, not gospel. I have filtered out the oh hell naw trends that should be reserved for GenZ and the True Fashionistas and left ones worth checking out.

Bootcut Jeans for 2021

Many denim trends have tried over the past decade to dethrone the skinny jean. Mom jeans, boyfriend jeans, girlfriend jeans, kick flares… they all have been worthy adversaries, but none have truly made a dent in the denim trends of the 21st century. It took a leader from history to shake up this monarchy.

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The 2021 Bootcut Jean: higher in rise, slimmer in leg

Top row: NYDJ | Lane Bryant | Old Navy | Old Navy | Levi's | Universal Standard
Bottom row: Warp + Weft | NYDJ | Lane Bryant | Reformation | NYDJ | Gap

The bootcut is back, baby. It’s here to soothe your calves, style your lug soles, and give you the confidence to consider tucking in tops again. With just a hint of a flare, the bootcut jean, made to fit over boots, as well as those shoes from the back of your closet that have now become a daily necessity since you don’t want to wear heels with your mask to the grocery store.

That doesn’t mean you can go into your attic and pull out your Citizen of Humanity or True Religion jeans from 2002 and be an instant fashion maven. Us grown-ass women have learned from experience that when trends come back, they’re not exactly the same as they were the first go-round.

The 2021 bootcut is slim, higher in rise, and just a hint of kick out at the bottom. These are not flared jeans, and the best bootcut jeans for 2021 are a heavier weight denim so they are structured and not at all resembling jeggings or stretchy skinny jeans.

denim trends for 2021 bootcut

First row: Wit & Wisdom | Madewell | Talbots | Wit & Wisdom
Second row: Wit & Wisdom | Wit & Wisdom | AE | NYDJ
Third row: Jag Jeans | AE | Kut from the Kloth | Wit & Wisdom

How to Style Bootcut Jeans for 2021

The modern bootcut is by far the easiest to incorporate into your existing closet. You can wear them with your ankle booties, your lug-sole boots, your sneakers, and even a pair of pumps. The only thing that looks weird with bootcut jeans are flats, especially ballet style ones. They get lost under the flare; it’s better to use a shoe with some volume and structure.

A bootcut jean, like an ankle jean, can be worn with tops tucked in or left out. I wouldn’t wear a tunic with them because it may create a weird optical illusion, but otherwise bootcut are pretty easy to wear. I’d encourage you to try the tuck; I know it can feel scary but for inspiration, visit this blog post and read the comments. You may be pleasantly surprised with the result!

Straight Jeans for 2021

Remember your beloved stonewashed Levi’s 501s? Well, they’re back… sort of.

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The 2021 Straight Leg Jean: higher rise, clearly not a skinny jean

Top row: Levi's | Liverpool | NYDJ | Universal Thread | Warp + Weft
Bottom row: Eileen Fisher | NYDJ | Madewell | Lane Bryant | NYDJ

This is the denim trend for 2021 that is most possible to wear if you kept your old pairs of straight jeans in the attic. The look is a slim straight jean that hits the waist or even higher, can be a zip or button fly. This is a lengthening style, with a higher rise and a longer leg – no exposed ankles! These should fit well (you’re not cuffing these) and are worth being tailored to the right length for your footwear and your shape.

what jeans are in style 2021

First row: NYDJ | SLVRLAKE | Madewell | Gap
Second row: AE | Torrid | Levi's | J. Crew
Third row: Wild Fable | AG | Madewell | Topshop

How to Style Straight Jeans for 2021

This is not an ankle jean, I know you may be used to having your ankle bones exposed and this is major change. I’m telling you, you’re going to like it. First of all, warm ankles for the first time in a decade are going to feel delicious. Second, you’re going to find that extra inch or two of length is going to modernize your wardrobe. A twinset with ankle jeans is twee, a twinset with straight jeans is cool. A Breton tee with ankle jeans and ballet flats may feel tired, but a Breton tee with straight jeans and a pair of Chucks or driving mocs will feel French Girl Chic.

The straight jean is a great time to do denim on denim. Forego the denim jacket for a denim shirt, worn buttoned and either tucked in or left out. If you leave it out, roll up the sleeves, add some shine at the neck with a cool link necklace (this is my go-to) or a silk scarf, and a polished-looking shoe (an ankle bootie or pointed-toe flat or loafer in brown leather or tan suede is a safe choice) so it feels purposeful, not sloppy.

Baggy Jeans for 2021

Call them relaxed, dad jeans, mom jeans, barrel jeans, or skater jeans but this year, jeans are comfy again and a bit exaggerated.

Unlike the last time we rocked baggy jeans with our belly rings and lower back tattoos on display but our hemlines dragging in puddles, baggy jeans in 2021 are deceptively well fit. With a higher rise than the last time we rocked this look and a length that covers the ankles but isn’t long enough to have much of a “break” at the top of the foot, this is a jean that is loose, but can be styled with relaxed and loose tops without looking like you’re swimming in your ensemble.

denim trends for 2021

Top row: Topshop | H&M | Banana Republic | Madewell
Middle row: Old Navy | NYDJ | Madewell | AE
Bottom row: Lafayette 148 | H&M | Torrid | J. Crew

Again, choose faded denim to get the freshest effect, and don’t be afraid of some distressing. Unlike the chewed hems of past seasons, the distressing this season is more with worn edges and the occasional kneehole. If you have to cuff, just make it a single fold-over.

How to Style Baggy Jeans for 2021

The baggy jean needs a top tucked in (unless you’re down with a cropped top). Think your merino turtleneck, your cashmere crew, your favorite graphic tee, maybe a fitted tank with a relaxed crop cardigan. Unless your personal style is loose over loose, you likely will feel most confident with some balancing of the volume with a sleeker, or at least tucked in top.

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The 2021 baggy jean is relaxed but not sloppy, with a fitting waist and hems that don't drag

Top row: Lane Bryant | Reformation | NYDJ | ELOQUII | Levi's
Bottom row: Universal Standard | Reformation | Lane Bryant | Warp + Weft | Ulla Popken

As for shoes, this is the silhouette that begs for your most comfy footwear. Pull out those boots with the arch support, embrace the return of Doc Martens, rock your sneakers, and come warmer weather, wear your baggy jeans with your Birkenstocks. If you love to mix tough with soft, a baggy jean looks ultra chic with a heel and a silk blouse or camisole.

How to Make Denim Look Modern in 2021

Go High(er) Rise

The biggest change in denim in the past few years is the rise, which is the length from waistband to crotch. While there have been murmurs that low-rise jeans are making a return, don’t feel you need to embrace this trend. Instead, I encourage you to try a slightly higher rise for a modern take on denim with an otherwise historic style.

Sure, there are jeans that will touch your bra band, but there are a lot of styles in between boob height and hip bone height. I recommend looking for something that is at or slightly above your belly button. If you haven’t tried a jean that is higher than your belly button, at first it may seem uncomfortable. But try it more than one slip-on in front of your bedroom mirror. You may be pleased to find that a higher rise jean stops muffin tops, won’t fold over if you’re sitting all day, and won’t slide down as easily when you bend over, or when you get up from sitting all day.

If you have no idea where to start with rises, many jean brands offer 9” and 10” rises. This height of rise is higher but not ribcage-skimming. If you are petite, I recommend looking for petite jeans so the rise is not quite as high, but it’s also proportionally cut to work with the natural curves of a torso that is shorter.

Go Faded and Vintage

We have had quite a few years of rinse denim, of darker denim with “whiskering” and strategic fading on the thighs, and colored denim. 2021 is about the faded denim.

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Victoria Beckham Spring 2021 Ready to Wear: Faded and patchwork denim and a high rise

I know, after years of being told that darker colors are more polished, darker colors are more classic, darker colors are more slimming and leg-lengthening, it’s really hard to stomach a pair of faded jeans. It’s possibly harder to stomach than trying a non-skinny jean. But I encourage you to try it because it is going to look the best with 2021 colors and silhouettes.

The thing is, faded jeans can look really dorky if they aren’t a current silhouette. Faded flares will look like a costume, faded skinny jeans and ankle jeans can look really dated.

But the faded trend is really good for thrifters. A pair of old Levi’s in a size or two larger than you usually wear, taken to the tailor to fit right at the waist and be the right length, can be way more stylish than that $350 pair at Shopbop.

One Perfect Pair versus Ten Okay Pairs

This season’s jean is about fit, length, silhouette, and is of a thicker, more classic denim that better holds up. No, it’s not as comfy, but think about your jeans not as a weekend workhorse but a style item. Use them to glam up t-shirts and sneakers, to add interest to your merino sweater and ankle boots, to modernize your blazer and turtleneck, to add a fresh touch to your wardrobe classics.

Tom Ford Fall 2020 Ready to Wear: Baggy jeans that fit at the waist and don't drag on the ground

To have them be this great, it requires time and effort. They likely will need to be tailored to be the right length and fit. They should be line dried to keep their color and prevent any possible distressing to increase and make them unwearable. They will take multiple wears (unless vintage) to break in and have them perfect for your body.

This is why I say get one perfect pair versus buying a bunch of okay good enough pairs. Because let’s be honest, if you don’t need any jeans right now. Skinny jeans may not be the hot trend, but you don’t need to get rid of what you have. And your denim trousers, high-rise wide legs, mom jeans, and straight legs you currently own will be just fine.

Do I Have to Get Rid of My Skinny Jeans?

Quick answer? No. I don't plan on donating mine. They're easy, they're comfy, and they've already been paid for. However, if there are any jeans in your closet that you don't love, use this as an excuse to finally let them go. We're living in a new time, and unless you need them for your job or hobby, you don't require several pairs of jeans.

There is no need to embrace any trend. Ever. The most stylish people in the world aren’t trendy. They wear what they want and wear it proudly. If your personal style is dark rinse ankle jeans or purple skinny jeans or patchworked flares you go with your bad self, rock them because knowing your personal style is incredibly chic.

And if you aren’t sure of your style but you are happy with the denim currently in your wardrobe, don’t buy any. Remember how slowly bootcut jeans faded out? They faded so slowly, many readers over the years have asked me where to buy bootcut because only once their pairs bit the dust did they realize they were no longer at retailers. The same is going to happen with skinny jeans.

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Will I Look Clueless in Skinny Jeans?

GenZ can tease so much about jean and hair styles, we did the same when we were their age. Remember the joke about mom jeans? Now what do you see in every store? The jeans we mocked moms wearing are now being worn by those moms’ grandkids without an iota of irony. My point is, you do you, grown-ass woman, just like the badass women before you. The way to make it stylish, is to own it.

I hope this post either reinforces the fact that you are a badass person right now, with whatever denim is in your closet, or that it is never too late to have fun with fashion and try new trends. You have earned the right to wear whatever you damn well please. Just be sure that what you wear makes you happy.


  1. Kim
    April 27, 2021 / 9:59 am

    Live.. Laugh…and be you! It doesn’t matter what jean you wear,
    only that you are confident in the jeans that you do wear
    Present yourself as the Queen that you are!

  2. Chantal Walsh
    April 21, 2021 / 10:52 pm

    I will never go back to low rise jeans. I have retired my whale tale lol.

  3. Whats Going On
    April 10, 2021 / 9:02 pm

    I feel like its too damn soon to give up skinny jeans? And sh*t i still wear jeggings! I do however like mom jeans and the baggy cut as ling as there are rips in the baggy jeans but I cant give up skinny jeans! This makes me so sad smh

    • Afua
      July 31, 2021 / 1:53 pm

      Me too! Lol Long Live Skinny Jeansbut I will try some modern bootcut after reading this article. Thanks

  4. E
    March 22, 2021 / 8:29 pm

    I want so badly to get into bootcut again, but trying them on at 34 I feel shorter than ever before and I hate how they draw attention to my hips. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind my hips, just that I’m not into the silhouette created with the flared-out leg. I don’t want to wear heels every day but I also am not into those big sneakers. I was an early adopter of skinny jeans, back in 2005 before they were even called skinny jeans. Everyone thought I was nuts but I loved them, and soon everyone I knew joined the dark side too. I was also 19, so, things were different then. I love balloon jeans and straight-legged jeans, I love a very high-waisted wide-leg, a la Jesse Kamm, but bootcut? Sigh, I put them on and I’m instantly transported back to high school and I feel stubby and awkward. I guess I just haven’t found my pair yet.

    • Andrea
      March 31, 2021 / 2:26 pm

      I’m 52 and I’m wearing skinny Jean’s because I can, but I have my straight legs which are my fav from years ago.. wear whatever you want. We are not the runway models who by the way are over 6ft tall and 110lbs!!! Anything and everything looks good on them. Lmao. Pick what you like in the colors and styles u like and prance around like a princess! I do and even my hubby calls me that. Haha. After 34 years, I’ve earned it

      • Stacie
        June 2, 2021 / 2:56 pm

        I love how you think. I will be 50 in July. I love my skinny/ jeggins. I feel pretty stinking good then. My husband loves me in them. Like you said I wear them because I can. For my birthday I want to wear a nice pair of jeans with a fancy pair of heels that I have only worn twice. lol our 27 yr wedding anniversary is in a few weeks. Might wear the heels then. Lol

  5. Stargeek
    March 17, 2021 / 3:50 pm

    Awesome & informative article Ms. BA:) & is a keeper. I love that you broke down each type of jean available and tips on how to style. Keep up!

  6. Shari Jackson
    February 28, 2021 / 3:49 am

    I really loved your article. I’m thinking I may be the most f*ca trends person? Can’t stand fabric touching my bellybutton. Frustration beyond belief that I can’t buy low rise jeans. Please tell me they will make a come back. The best out there right now is the rare straight leg mid rise. 53 & set in my ways.

  7. Jax
    February 25, 2021 / 6:33 pm

    Ha, in the early aughts my sister and I wore nothing but bootcut jeans (or the Express Editor pants) with ballet-type flats (sometimes with a 1/2″ heel). We just tried to make sure the hems weren’t dragging like they often were on so many pairs. But it was always a delicate line to walk — where could you hem to without them looking too short too.
    I think I just gave away a pair of almost unworn Old Navy bootcut jeans, sob.
    I’d read a commenter on a style blog (maybe this one) say that she teaches fashion in a college class and the students had agreed that skinny jeans are actually here to stay — they’re really classic jeans now — not in or out, just evergreen. I think I agree — at least, the straighter-cut jeans in a medium or dark wash without any of the annoying trends — rips, overdone whiskering, contouring lightening/bleaching front thigh areas, and not the overly tight jeggings. They’re actually too comfortable and versatile. Many a woman with wide hips, a bigger butt or thighs appreciated a skinny jean with some stretch. I just saw this great Refinery29 article on what skinny jeans have meant to a lot of women:

    • Jax
      February 25, 2021 / 6:47 pm

      I know that flattering isn’t necessarily the most important priority to every jeans consumer, but for me, the baggy or balloon jeans definitely won’t work, unless I want to stumpify my short, thick legs even more and lose what little waist I’ve got. The baggiest jeans I’ve tried usually are the boyfriend jeans style, but I finally admitted defeat with the 3rd pair that they do NOT flatter — they make my butt look flat and waist non-existent. All the other styles listed here have potential.

  8. Shelly
    February 25, 2021 / 12:06 pm

    Hi Alison,
    I just put away all my bootcut that had been hanging out in my closet for eons, but will pull them back out and see what looks current. I have trouble with almost every style of jean slipping down after wear, even if I’ve taken up the waist. I’ve tried NYDJ (the tummy seems to be emphasised on me with NYDJ styles), Wit & Wisdom, Talbots Curvy petite (I’m 5’3″, 195 lbs). I hope to try some of these newer styles. Any suggestions for styles/brands that might not slip down? Also looking for fashionable sneakers that act more like athletic shoes. Flat sneakers just don’t work well for me unless I’m walking very short distances in them! Thanks for all the great info you share!

    • May 24, 2021 / 2:19 am

      Wear some suspenders underneath. I borrowed some from my Dad (who just died of Covid-19, BEWARE). I am older now and have a figure like he did. And he did lose his pants in public! Bigger waist and top, skinny legs. Skinny Suspenders. Saves total em- bare-ass-ment.

  9. Faye
    February 25, 2021 / 4:40 am

    I don’t follow trends, never have and never will. I wear whats comfortable, looks good and works well with my body shape.

  10. Cat
    February 24, 2021 / 11:39 pm

    Thank you for such an informative and supportive article. Exactly what I needed to hear!

  11. Karin
    February 24, 2021 / 7:17 pm

    Thanks for the sum-up. I recently got sick of the sloppiness of yoga pants and joggers after 10 months and bought two new pairs of straight leg jeans to wear around the house and feel like I was “getting a grip” on myself again. Who knew I was being fashion forward?

  12. another Alison
    February 24, 2021 / 4:16 pm

    Great article, I love how you break it down with such a down-to-earth voice! I guess the NYDJ very subtle bootcut that I got last year because I just plain like them will be looking up to date this year. I was very slow to switch over to tunic length shirts to wear with ponte leggings and narrow pants and I imagine it will take me as long to switch back, though I do still have some tops that end at waist tucked away. I turned 49 this week and enjoy that I feel much more interested in my style vs. fashion, though of course fashion impacts what is available in stores.

  13. Patty
    February 24, 2021 / 3:08 pm

    Hmmm. I think if you have to keep saying that you’re badass, then you’re not.

    J crew jeans are the best.

  14. Mary O'Driscoll
    February 24, 2021 / 1:29 pm

    Thanks so much for the post. I’ve been watching in horror as wide leg jeans and pants have come back into fashion. But I’m turning 60 this year, and I’m quickly approach the no-more-f*@ks-to-give stage. I am going back to the jeans I had 15 years ago, from Chicos, that are boot-cut and still in fabulous shape. Even if I’m not what I was at approaching-45, I think they’re still wearable. I’m more worried about fitting my 5-0 height and Noom-worthy weight into baggy pants. I used to wear flares in my professional life, and often they made me look shorter and stockier than I already am. I have my professional pants from way back, I tried them on last weekend, and I think I’ll be OK on that front. I just bought so much into the boyfriend jeans (LOVE THEM) and the ankle pants (LOVE THEM) and in summer, I’m all about being comfy. Maybe I’ll revisit in the fall, but seriously, I’m so glad I’m of a certain age that makes me increasingly immune to this new trend. Until I change my mind, of course. In the meantime, LOVE your posts!!!

  15. Mary O'Driscoll
    February 24, 2021 / 1:27 pm

    Thanks so much for the post. I’ve been watching in horror as wide leg jeans and pants have come back into fashion. But I’m turning 60 this year, and I’m quickly approach the no-more-f*@ks-to-give stage. I am going back to the jeans I had 15 years ago, from Chicos, that are boot-cut and still in fabulous shape. Even if I’m not what I was at approaching-45, I think they’re still wearable. I’m more worried about fitting my 5-0 height and Noom-worthy weight into baggy pants. I used to wear flares in my professional life, and often they made me look shorter and stockier than I already am. I have my professional pants from way back, I tried them on last weekend, and I think I’ll be OK on that front. I just bought so much into the boyfriend jeans (LOVE THEM) and the ankle pants (LOVE THEM) and in summer, I’m all about being comfy. Maybe I’ll revisit in the fall, but seriously, I’m so glad I’m of a certain age that makes me increasingly immune to this new trend. Until I change my mind, of course.

  16. Cynthia
    February 24, 2021 / 12:56 pm

    Amazing amount of information here, but what I love most is your attitude. You rock, girl. I love being told, “Here are the trends but you go ahead and do you.” Now I can make some informed choices about a new pair of jeans.

  17. Hill
    February 24, 2021 / 10:21 am

    This was a great to read and thank you for all the tips and links!

  18. Michele
    February 24, 2021 / 10:03 am

    SUCH A FANTASTIC ARTICLE! Thank you so much! I loved it so much I posted it to my FB news feed! Thank you from this 52 year old, who still wants to look stylish without looks stupid or like a Gen-Z.

  19. Cheri
    February 24, 2021 / 7:30 am

    Great read as usual! I love all the details that you share and especially how you sum it up. You do you, or dare to try something outside of the box. Whatever makes you happy. Thanks, Alison!

  20. Amy
    February 23, 2021 / 6:50 pm

    I really enjoy your articles, you are very well informed and are a brilliant writer ..

  21. Anne
    February 23, 2021 / 6:11 pm

    Great article; fun to read! My 2 favorites from the past ( I’m older than you): 1975 Landlubbers and 1983 baggies ( not sure what to call them- they hugged your butt but had baggie legs-yet somehow sexy)

  22. Bonnie Grove
    February 23, 2021 / 5:15 pm

    Love this “book” on denim and how to feel current & fresh, and also suit a grown-ass women’s lifestyle – especially one who may or may not have any f*cks to give! I for one am not giving up all my skinny jeans but I am embracing the comfy fit of a wider leg and relaxed fit. Thanks Alison! 🙂

  23. Kathryn
    February 23, 2021 / 1:03 pm

    I’m perfectly fine trying out a slimmer straight leg/cigarette jean to complement my existing collection of skinnies, but as far as the rest of it…

    I’m only 33 and I’ve lived through all these denim trends before. I wore midrise flares and bootcuts in the early ’00s in middle and high school and into my first year or so of college before switching to skinnies. It was hard to find jeans that weren’t “distressed” or “destroyed” back then. Wide leg denim was the thing when I was in grade school in the late ’90s, and mom jeans were just that- jeans worn by our moms that we wouldn’t be caught dead in because they were for the most part an ’80s holdover. Stiff, uncomfortable, prone to causing an unflattering “pouch” effect in the lower stomach, with either elastic waists or a super high rise or both. Suddenly we’re supposed to pretend this is cool and flattering? Eesh. While I’m delighted to see full length jeans coming back- I live in the upper Midwest and have completely sat out the cropped trend because I like socks and warm ankles- I’m going to give pretty much all of this a miss.

  24. Rachel
    February 23, 2021 / 12:08 pm

    I so appreciate this post, its tone, and the realization that it gave me: I still have some fucks to give, tho not many!

    I honestly love these trends and was so late to the skinny jeans thing, but my hips are WIDE, and I am SHORT, and I don’t know if I can pull any of this off without looking like a toddler or an 8th grader in jncos (hello 90s!), but thank you for giving me a place to start from!

    • Jax
      February 25, 2021 / 6:55 pm

      LOL, jncos. Good flashback!

  25. Jennifer King
    February 23, 2021 / 11:31 am

    Thank you, Alison, for putting all this information into a great article! I love how you are always reinforcing women to continue to be their badass selves along with permission to try or not try what is trending. I’m a dark wash kinda woman, but I’m going to try some bootcut faded denim per your recommendations. Thanks 🙂

  26. Jacqueline
    February 23, 2021 / 11:19 am

    Love those Celine jeans – what is your recommendation for a lower priced alternative?

  27. Christina
    February 23, 2021 / 10:22 am

    Hi – I was disappointed not to see the Chico’s jeans from yesterday’s post featured. I made myself a note to go try a pair on – they were fabulous on you!

    • February 23, 2021 / 1:35 pm

      Those are great jeans, and I’ll wear them again, but I hadn’t tried them when I began crafting this post and didn’t know how they fit. Also, they are a dark rinse wash. But thank you, I love them too!

  28. Lacy
    February 23, 2021 / 10:14 am

    Thanks… I was just thinking this morning that it would be great for you to try on a few of the newer styles, so I can see how they will look on my similarly shaped legs. I am ready for a looser fit on my large calves. I think straight leg jeans always have a funky bulge or gap at the side of my knee since they fit too close at my calves. Maybe the modern flare/bootleg would be good…?
    I’d love to see a try on!

    • Leu2500
      February 23, 2021 / 4:10 pm

      You’re in luck! Alison did a post awhile back on a Talbots Breton T & bootcut/flare jeans.

  29. Krista
    February 23, 2021 / 8:57 am

    This is a great post! So helpful. I just got those Torrid jeans you have featured. And had them tailored to the correct length. I love them with a fun t-short and my Birkenstock’s or Chacos (basically the only shoes I wear, pandemic or not). This. It’s nice to know I’m trendy even though I just wanted to cover my ankles.

  30. E
    February 23, 2021 / 8:39 am

    Super informative post. I guess I still have a f*ck left to give (LOL) in that I read it and tried to imagine which of the styles I might look good in. At the same time, I cannot stand the metal button on jean waistbands that cuts into my stomach, no matter how lose I buy them — and it’s pretty much impossible to remove the button or tailor the jeans to change it. If you run across options, please let us know, thank you!

    • February 23, 2021 / 9:38 am

      A lot of brands have pull-on styles that with an untucked top, look just like traditional jeans! They even work with a loose French tuck. A few I’ve seen that are cute:
      Chico’s: (they have other styles too and don’t be afraid of their jeggings, it’s more the stretchy denim than being skinny like leggings)
      Wit +Wisdom (I think I shared these above but they’re worth sharing again):

      If you search “pull-on jeans” at any online department store (Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, etc.) you’ll find several brands, many featured above, but then you can see a variety of brands and silhouettes in one place!

      • E
        February 23, 2021 / 12:04 pm

        Thank you, Alison. My dream pair of jeans is high-waisted, side zip, wide-legged, and loose. In a Tall length! Fraying, yes! Probably an impossible combination, but I’m still looking…

      • another Alison
        February 24, 2021 / 4:12 pm

        JAG Jeans also has some pull on styles.

  31. Christy
    February 23, 2021 / 8:14 am

    This is the most useful post about denim trends that I have seen on any of the fashion blogs/sites. Thank you so much!

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