7 Truly Genius Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans
Figuring out how to wear boyfriend jeans might not be the most difficult style challenge, but the thing is that they so often seem one-dimensional. No matter what you pair them with, the effect seems largely the same: oversize, undone, and stylish. Which is great but no matter how much we love them, they can start to become a bit (dare we say it)… boring?
But all hope is not lost. There are ways to reinvent the wheel here. In fact, we’ve come up with seven genius ways to wear boyfriend jeans right now that we guarantee you haven’t thought of. Anyone can wear them with a staple button-down, a nautical-inspired T-shirt, or a black leather bomber—it takes innovation to pull off these styling tricks.
Read on for seven genius ways to wear your boyfriend jeans.
Most boyfriend jeans come built-in with a respectable number of small tears and rips—the distressed look is in, after all. But what’s trending now is ripped jeans that are so ripped they almost look like they’re coming apart—you can buy them off the rack like that, or (if you’re feeling brave!) you can take a pair of scissors to your favorite pair. Just remember, as photographer Margaret Zhang illustrates here: The more leg showing, the better.
Far and away, most of us wear our boyfriend jeans rolled at the hems. This is partly because many versions of the trend come in excessively long cuts, but it’s also because it’s been the most fashion-forward way to wear them for some time now. Our suggestion? Try unrolling them for a different, more tailored look. Styling note: You might need to take your beloved jeans to a tailor to achieve the look.
We can all agree that, at their core, boyfriend jeans are ultimately a menswear-inspired trend. So why not take a unique approach to the trend (as illustrated by Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific), and multiply the look’s charm to the nth degree? The recipe is simple: Pair your boyfriend jeans with a set of on-trend sneakers and a letterman sweater for maximum impact.
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Most boyfriend jeans regularly making rounds on street style blogs stick to a light (sometimes almost white) wash. Break from tradition, and pick up a pair in a darker shade, and then pair them with a top in an on-trend pastel, like pink or mint.
The whole model-off-duty vibe never fails to appeal. On that note, pair your favorite boyfriend jeans with a low-heeled sandal and your comfiest T-shirt, and then toss a jacket across your shoulders. Everyone will probably think you’re a model just by association.
The other trend that’s popular right now (and that’s equally as menswear-inspired): military gear. Top your boyfriend jeans with an army green jacket or vest—then contrast the whole thing with a great pair of high heels.
A great way to dress up a classic pair of boyfriend jeans is to wear a business-ready blazer on top; Song of Style blogger Aimee Song illustrates a super cute version of the idea. This is also a smart approach to wearing boyfriend jeans at the office—no one can say you’re being too casual if you’re wearing an ultra-sleek blazer.
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