We’ve been cropping our jeans for so long, you guys….SO LONG. I am, after years of mom jeans and cropped skinnies, a fearless, scissor-wielding maniac, and there’s no hem I can’t shorten in seconds. (Hello, ankles!! Welcome to the world!)
But fashion is a fickle friend, so after years and years (and years) of cropping my denim, I’m feeling alllll the feels over this baggy jeans trend.
And frankly, after spending the past year in almost nothing but sweatpants…a pair of oversized, slouchy denim feels like the best kind of bridge back to The Land of Real Clothes.
Baggy Jeans > Skinny Jeans might become my 2021 motto.
Are Baggy Jeans Different From Straight Leg Jeans?
Baggy jeans are loose through the hips and legs, with a very straight leg line — these are not flare jeans. Flares are typically tight to the knee, then swoop down over the shoe, covering it completely. While some baggy jeans may be wide enough to cover the shoes…I much prefer the pairs that are a little more reigned in. Think loose, boyfriend jeans with a full-length, straight leg that is ever-so-slightly too long. The kind that bunches a bit at the top of your shoe.
The vibe is decidedly ’90s.
Since trends rarely return in their original, unaltered form, the baggy jeans of today have a much higher rise than the ’90s version. And I think that’s what makes this trend surprisingly wearable. High-rise jeans lengthen your leg line, and — if you show off the waist by tucking or keeping your top a bit cropped — will create some shape (or at least the illusion of height).
Of course, if you’re tall, the trick is going to be finding jeans long enough. But don’t worry…this trend is just gaining steam, so expect to see more iterations of baggy jeans hitting stores.
What Shoes To Wear With Baggy Jeans?
Whenever I’m trying out a new denim trend, it’s almost always the shoes that trip me up. I’m such a creature of comfort, and am not willing to wear uncomfortable shoes (like…ever). So if a new trend can work with my existing go-to shoes…I’m much more likely to embrace the trend.
While I’m planning to do more “research” (ha!) into the topic of baggy jeans & shoes…I have found two shoe types that pair especially well. They’re practically foolproof.
Styling Baggy Jeans With White Leather Sneakers
The fact that these baggy jeans work with adidas Superstars made this a much easier trend to lean into. It’s been chilly as of late, so I’m wearing my baggy jeans & sneaks combo with a sweater, but this pairing works just as well with a tucked-in tee or strappy little tank top (like I wore on IG, here). I’m excited to play around more with this combo.
The baggy jeans I’m wearing are my longtime favorites: Levi’s 501s. Instead of picking up my usual cropped pair (me in my cropped Levi’s 501s), I went with the 501 Original Fit due to its longer inseam length. My exact pair can be found at Nordstrom, with a 30″ inseam. However, if you go to Levis.com, you can find my exact pair in both 30″ or 32″ inseams. I much prefer my 501s a bit loose, so I’ve sized up one full size from my typical denim size. (I’m wearing a 27 if anyone cares.)
This cropped cashmere sweater has become my wardrobe hero as of late, and if you are a longtime reader, I’m sure you are sick of it by now. I’m wearing a size small, and it’s now sold out at Saks (but on sale at Shopbop).
I have fancier sneakers, but the ones I go back to over and over and over again are my adidas Superstars. I really need to write an ode to them. There’s not a single trip I’ve gone on (in the last 2-3 years) where I haven’t packed these sneaks. I happen to be wearing a limited edition (cause why not?), but the classic adidas Superstars work just as well.
Lastly, if you haven’t yet gotten addicted to Clare V bags…maybe just move on. Nobody needs these. That said…I don’t quite know why I never seem to tire of these bags…but I’ll pick these over Chanel/YSL/whatever it bag any day. (I *did* write an ode to Clare V’s Pot de Miel bag, as an example.)
Styling Baggy Jeans With Heels
Heels, of course, always look good with denim. But I wanted to see if baggy jeans would work with fancy, dramatic heels and they DO.
That said, I probably wouldn’t wear this exact outfit again: there’s a bit too much going on. The bagginess of the jeans themselves is almost like an accessory, so in this case, I wish I was carrying a sleeker bag. OR I wish I was wearing minimalist nude sandals; that would work, too.
Truth be told I’m wildly obsessed with this straw stunner and my excitement may have blinded me a little bit. Rest assured I have big plans for this bag (just maybe not with this particular jeans + heels combo).
Fit Notes: I’ve already talked ad nauseam about my jeans & sweater above…but can we discuss this gorgeous straw bag from AAKS?? It has an inner liner to keep your valuables in place and pom-poms. AAKS is a Black-owned business, and each bag is handcrafted in Ghana. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Nordstrom is now carrying a bunch of AAKS bags. Check ’em out.
Lastly, I’m always happy to wear these (admittedly) slightly over-the-top Loeffler Randall heels. These statement heels are surprisingly walkable, too, thanks to the sturdy heel and ankle-strap.
Where To Buy The Best Baggy Jeans (By Height)
I’m kiiind of a die-hard Levi’s girl: their washes set the standard for that perfectly-faded-blue, and their commitment to sustainability is impressive. That said, I scoured the internets for a few additional options (and was able to find other sustainable pairs, too). And since a key part of this look is finding full-length jeans, I’ve broken my favorites out by inseam length.
For funsies, let’s start with the skeptics first.
The Best Baggy Jeans For Tall Women (Inseam 33″ – 36″)
OK, you long-legged gazelles…here ya go.
The Best Baggy Jeans With A 32″ Inseam
I’ve found that many brands don’t keep a consistent inseam length as the sizes change (even within the same style), so there’s a bit of a fudge factor here. That said, these are the jeans that retailers claimed were consistently longer than 30″.
The Best Baggy Jeans For Petites (Inseam 30″ & Under)
At 5 feet, 3-ish inches tall…this category is where I typically land, especially if I want to wear these jeans with sneakers. As I mentioned above, my beloved Levi’s come in at 30″…but only if you get the original fit, not the cropped fit. Most straight-leg jeans these days seem to fall between 28″ – 30″ so there’s a ton of choice in this category.
What say you, readers? Are you tempted by this baggy jeans trend? (And if you’ve found a perfect pair…SPILL.)