Do We Still Like Boyfriend Jeans Or Should We Break Up? A Try-On Sesh

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Hey, hey, new Mom Edit readers. I know we have new peeps joining us all the time, so I wanted to give you a little heads-up about my jean posts: they **may contain (only) distressed jeans.** My style is casual, edgy, sporty, and a little bit classic sometimes (I love mixing preppy with edgy, like SO much) so if you don’t like distressed boyfriend jeans, just count this as your warning. You will not find dressy, work-appropriate denim in most of my posts (or in this one). Also, being the stubborn Aquarius Sun, Taurus Rising I am, I do not like trying on things I don’t like. Haha.

That being said, I LOVE a good jeans try-on. I just can’t stop testing out all the jeans that seem so good online, in order to find that newest perfect pair each season. It’s seriously my favorite thing ever and kinda what I’m known for around here. To use a term I loathe, it’s in my wheelhouse. Heh. Perhaps I woke up on the sassy side of the bed this morning.

The Abercrombie Curve Love mom jeans we all tried did NOT work for me, so I had to keep searching. I adore my AGOLDE Riley straight-leg jeans so much, but I hadn’t ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, what better time than right now to do some important denim research? Let’s dive in…

What Are Boyfriend Jeans?

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.
Some of my favorite jeans ever. Bring them back please, Madewell!

For the sake of being specific, let’s talk about what a boyfriend jean fit is. Boyfriend jeans are straight-cut, lower to mid-rise, straight leg jeans. I mean, I guess it is a classic men’s cut jean, honestly. I always think of it as a weekend kinda jean, where it’s a bit loose and comfy in the fit — like you borrowed your boyfriend’s jeans. I also think the name is kinda lame and wish they’d just call ’em weekend jeans. Everyone has weekends, not everyone has boyfriends. And I like to think we wear our own clothes, #thankyouverymuch. K, thx for coming to my tiny TED Talk.

I have this amazing pair of Madewell Slim Boyjeans (different wash…you can find some more like mine on eBay) that I’ve loved for years, so could this style work for me again?

5 Pairs Of Boyfriend Jeans, Tried & Reviewed

Let’s dive into the try-ons, shall we? I tried five pairs ranging from under $100 to um…, well over $100, because I can’t resist those high-end washes. We’ve got Citizens of Humanity, FRAME, Free People, Moussy Vintage & Hidden brands in the mix here. I didn’t try any newer Madewell Boyjeans because I just wasn’t blown away by any of the washes.

I sized up in all of these below for a few reasons: a) quite a few were rigid denim, b) I have a booty and thighs that typically need a size up in straight fits, c) who even knows what my actual size is any more or what sizing is anymore, in general. As usual, it’s a bit all over the map (hence, probably why I still have a job here doing exactly this).

1. Best Wash, Cutest In Pics:
Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend

So this first pair, the Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend = one of the more popular pairs of boyfriend jeans out there. They continually sell out in their various washes. I had a pair a few years ago that I wound up passing on because I didn’t love the wash, but I still think about them. So I ordered up this pair to try.

This is essentially 2 sizes up from my typical size, but they were out of 28s. This wash, Tease, is a rigid denim and will give with wear, so I would say only size up one size.

The verdict? These look adorable. I love love the wash, the butt looks good and the distressing is spot-on for my style. The length is even fine on my 5’4″ self, which is rare. BUT. Y’all. I cannot do a lower rise anymore. Perhaps I would if I found bodysuits a thing I’d actually wear regularly. Perhaps. But if you look at the booty-view, you know why low rise is tempting, so tempting but no.

It doesn’t work for um, sitting. At all! Or bending. Or, being human. Ugh. Cute for pictures, not for life. How did we used to survive in these? Haha.

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

CoH Emerson jeans in Medium Blue (29) | tee (m) | mules (similar)

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

CoH Emerson jeans in Medium Blue (29) | tee (m) | mules (similar)


2. A New-To-Me Brand:
Hidden Jeans Ripped Slim Boyfriend

OK, so these are an under-$100 brand at Nordstrom I hadn’t heard of: Hidden Jeans. They are SUPER soft, y’all! The wash is v on- trend, but I’m still on the fence about it. The distressing is great. If you need a really comfy pair of jeans and you like the boyfriend fit, these are great.

I sized up to a 28, and they fit in the butt and thighs, but were loose in the waist, which I think IS that boyfriend cut. So I’d say if you don’t want slouchy, stick to your normal size.

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

Hidden BF jeans (28) | tee (m) | mules (similar)

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

Hidden BF jeans (28) | tee (m) | mules (similar)


3. The Highest Rise:
FRAME Le Original High Waist Boyfriend Jean

This pair from FRAME boasts an 11.5″ rise and while I’m not sure that’s a typical boyfriend fit, it is one of my favorite pairs. Probbbbbly because they look the most like Levi’s, honestly. Haha. I love you forever, Levi’s. These are adorable. These are also rigid denim, so they’ll take a bit of work to break-in. This is the kind that will mold to your shape as you wear them.

To assist in breaking them in, try Julieta’s trick of spraying the tight areas with water and wearing until they dry. I’ve done this with multiple pairs of Levi’s and it works so well. If you want a slouchier look, size up.

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

Frame Le Original jean (28) | tee (m) | mules (similar)

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

Frame Le Original jean (28) | tee (m) | mules (similar)


4. The Ones I’ve Been Curious About:
Moussy Vintage Boyfriend Skinny

The washes on Moussy denim (pronounced moo-see for my fellow language nerds) ALWAYS make me do a double-take, so I decided to order them and try. I’ve only tried them once before and knew they run small, so I tried both one and two sizes up. They did not disappoint, friends. But I get it, whew, that price point. (Ooh, but at least they are on sale right now!)

What I love love about them is the wash and the distressing here. The butt is also good. I’d stick with just the one size up and let them break-in. They’re rigid denim, too. The downside to these is that I adore the back hem distressing, but would want them a bit shorter in front…always the dilemma for us semi-shorties. I think I’d trim the front in a bit of a curved cut and leave the back as-is. So tempted with these.

Moussy Vintage BF skinny (28) | tee (m) | mules (similar)

Moussy Vintage BF skinny (29) | tee (m) | mules (similar)


5. Sadly, Just No:
Free People Slim Boyfriend

It could be these rolled cuffs paired with the mules I’m wearing, but no. These were better in my head when I tried ’em. I think this style would need a heel, which I’m not really rocking right now. These are super soft and comfy. I wouldn’t size up two sizes (sometimes I have to in FP jeans,) but these stretch. A 28, one size up, would have been fine. I also don’t adore the wash. It’s fine. The price point is decent on these, too. Maybe the black pair would be more my vibe?

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

FP Slim Boyfriend (29) | tee (m) | mules (similar)

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

FP Slim Boyfriend (29) | tee (m) | mules (similar)


In Conclusion: I Don’t Like Boyfriend Jeans

I mean, it was worth a shot, right? I just realized while I like them in pictures, I don’t actually like them on my body, especially with flats. I’m used to high rises now and, with the exception of the FRAME pair, these were all mid- to low-rise. And that makes sense seeing as they’re boyfriend cut, but sometimes you just gotta try things on to let it really sink in just why you haven’t tried this style of jean for a while.

Here, for comparison, is a current favorite pair of non-boyfriend jeans. These are the Madewell Perfect Vintage that I’ve had for a bit now, broken in a bit, and hacked off at the ankle. A high-rise and an ankle crop will always be more flattering on me, especially with flats. And maybe that’s just it. Boyfriend jeans are cute for going out, with heels on. And that’s not really happening right now.

I hadn't ventured into boyfriend jeans territory in a long time. So, when better  than now to do important denim research? 5 pairs, 1 try-on sesh.

Madewell Perfect Vintage (28) | sweater (similar) | loafers

Next up? I’ll try out more straight leg jeans for spring! Have no fear. The jeans posts will always keep coming atcha, friends. Per usual, let me know in the comments if you have found a magical pair of boyfriend jeans we all need to try out! Until next time…

xo,

L

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19 COMMENTS

  1. The Moussy jeans look the best. I think it’s the wash I love the most. I have a pair, and love the quality of the material. Probably the best quality (besides my favorite jeans ever-Chimala) in its price point.

    • They really are a good pair! I’ve tried another Moussy wash that was just too much distressing. I love that these are minimal! I’ll have to check out Chimala.

    • Ooh nice! I adore Rag & Bone’s styles but sometimes the fits are tricky for me, but these are worth a try!! Hope you love them.

  2. I am also 5ft 4in and struggle with jeans. I bought the Mother The Insider Crop Step Fray Jeans in the Train Stop Black rinse you recommended and they are AMAZING! They are the most expensive jeans I have ever purchased, but I feel great in them. Please keep the jean posts coming!!!

  3. I have always loved the girlfriend and boyfriend fit of Gap jeans. This year in particular they have been tempting me to buy all the washes. Much more wallet friendly price point as well! You look great in all of these BTW!

    • Hey hey…haha so you know what I mean when I say I don’t want to try on something I don’t want to. Haha. Thanks so much lady!!

  4. I’m here for sassy Laura! This roundup was useful for me, even though I think I come to a different conclusion than you do about the boyfriend cut–I find high rise jeans FAR more difficult to sit in, and I love the looser look, to the point where I’ve been thinking about actually just…buying men’s jeans? It may happen.

    • Haha yay! Some days I’m really feeling my oats…oooh and I’m totes interested in hearing how that works out! I get it with the sitting and high waists. I wish Madewell would bring back more washes in those Slim Boyjeans I linked at the top. I put mine on again yesterday and gosh. They are just a perfect in-between height for my torso somehow. Keep me posted if you try the men’s out!

  5. I too will need to check out Gap–they fit my body it seems. I just purchased over the weekend a pair of Old Navy jeans that fit me like BF ones–sized up–the OG Straight. Exactly what I was looking for and super inexpensive in case I decide I don’t like them after all. $25 after all the discounts. 🙂 Consider these for a quick fix…

  6. Love love love your jean posts (all of them tbh!) my biggest issue with jeans are the super skinny leg in every wash,style and rise..I have big thighs, no way around it. So no matter what I’m trying and returning because somehow brands think everyone has mosquito legs. Pet peeve..slim straights…just NO. This summer I’m for sure trying to break in my rigid denim by jumping in the pool with them on. Got a few pairs of wedgies that need the treatment. Wish me luck xo

  7. Maybe it’s me, IDK, but these jeans ( while looking great on you) aren’t what I would call boyfriend jeans. I generally think of, well, men/ unisex jeans worn a little oversized and baggy- channelling Zoe Kravitz from High Fidelity. I think one also has to resolve the difference between low waisted and low rise. One is chill and modern with maybe slight baggines in crotch ( low waisted). And the other is well, more Friday Night Lights.
    I love my old ratty Levi’s that I guess would be termed boyfriend jeans. I can wear them low slung or cinch them up with a belt for a slight paper bag look. Maybe my jeans are just called baggy… 🙂

  8. Hi Laura,
    Your posts are my favourites but could I ask you not to use the word ‘lame’ and read up on ablism?
    Thanks for the honest reviews!

  9. Ok, so I hate high waisted denim, strong word to describe denim, but the high waist literally feels like it is engulfing my rib cage, I feel stuck. I have recently decided I am sick and tired of following current trends…where my diaphragm is being strangled by some denim.

    Going back to my true denim loves, stretchy mid-rise skinny and super relaxed skinny boyfriend.

    I’m rebelling against the high waist for now. 🙂

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