It started, like so many fashion trends do these days, with a photo of Gigi Hadid. The supermodel stepped out earlier this week wearing loose-fitted denim, and it was all the incentive the internet needed to give their skinny jeans a rest day.
“It was time for something new,” says Katrina Klein, co-founder of the label ASKK NY and the first denim designer for both Rag & Bone and J Brand, of the rise of relaxed-fit pants. “The feeling of putting on a good loose pair of jeans after years of constantly putting on a restricting jean is refreshing. And it’s corny but true: When you feel good, you look good.”
High-waisted with holes in the knees, Hadid’s Danielle Guizio vintage jeans sat somewhere between a straight-leg boot cut and a roomy pair of JNCOs. (Remember those?) Hadid paired her pants with a white T-shirt, a blazer, blue sunglasses, and the one thing that’s most crucial to pulling off the trend, according to Klein. “Loose-fitting jeans are all about attitude,” she says.
Not to be confused with boyfriend jeans, “these new loose shapes are built for women and offer her something different,” says Klein. “The cut and shapes are different. Boyfriend jeans are inspired by a men’s jean, tweaked for a woman.” Alternatively, loose-fit jeans are designed with the female figure in mind. They sit higher on the waist and the leg tapers toward the ankle, making them feel less baggy, but still relaxed.
On par with a lot of what’s trending right now in fashion, baggy jeans have retro roots, which means “everyone already has a good number of these in their closet,” Klein says. Or, you could easily find affordable pairs by online vintage shopping. Plenty of brands have released new iterations as well, including ASKK NY, Isabel Marant, Madewell, Re/Done, and Reformation, which dubbed its version the ’90s mom jean. If you really want to make your parents proud, pair yours with some dad shoes.
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