This post was written by Clara Anderson with additional information from Anjali Chatterjee and Elizabeth Shults.
We’ve all had those days. The alarm clock decides to go off thirty minutes late, you forgot to turn on the dryer the night before, or in my personal experience, the cat peed in the laundry basket. You’re running late, and that stained hoodie from the 90’s is looking like your only option. You look around the house desperate to find anything that could be worn as clothing. As you’re eyeing up the drapes, you see it… your boyfriend’s crumpled up jeans in the same place under the couch where he took them off two weeks ago. You look at your watch and back to the jeans. With five minutes to spare, it’s time to ignore the questionable stains, and put on your big boy pants.
In all seriousness…boyfriend jeans are cute, trendy, and nostalgic. While the thought of Dumb and Dumber might make you cringe, this 90’s fashion statement is making a strong comeback. And like chokers, overalls, and plaid flannels, boyfriend jeans have been welcomed back with open arms. Despite going through bowl cuts and grunge, this tomboy-inspired look has trended its way back into fashion relevance in 2017. It is relaxed, comfortable, and one of the hottest looks we have seen in a while. What more could we ask for? The only problem is how DO we style it? There are several different ways that people may not even have thought of and that is where I come in! So, whether you dig the new trend, you’re stuck wearing dirty couch pants, or you just loved Full House, I’m here to help you style boyfriend jeans.
Rips, rips, and more rips:
Boyfriend jeans with small rips are back, and they are great, but to add a little more fun, rip those holes more! This creates that casual, distressed fit that will bring you back to the grunge phase you tried so hard to forget. But don’t worry, Kurt Cobain chic is a thing, and we won’t blame you for it. You can purchase boyfriend jeans with large holes already or DIY it! Many pairs of boyfriend jeans come with small holes, but if you’re feeling it, take some scissors and spice up the look a bit! Seriously, the more holes, the better it looks. But don’t get too excited, because one wrong snip can leave your lady parts a little exposed. Obviously, the more holes and rips you add, the more casual the jeans become; but, it also adds a certain trendy factor that will take your look up a notch. If you go a little crazy with the scissors, don’t worry. Adding a pair of lace or patterned tights underneath your jeans adds a flirty and less revealing option.
Dress it up:
Most boyfriend jeans come rolled up at the bottom, which can give you that spunky, Saved by the Bell style which looks great in converse or vans. However, boyfriend jeans aren’t exclusively casual, and if styled appropriately, can look sexy and sophisticated. To dress it up a bit, add a pair of heels or booties.You would be surprised how well heels go with boyfriend jeans. The contrast between the tomboy look and the classiness of heels creates a stylish and trendy look. If your heels are high, boyfriend jeans can look just as good with the legs rolled down. Adding a few inches to the bottom can make your legs look much longer, and make the look more composed. Adding jewelry like a colorful necklace or several small bracelets can also keep this look flirty and feminine.
We’ve all had our bad boy James Dean phase, right? Or was that just me? Whether or not you were drawn in by his perfect hair or irresistible charm, you’ve got to admit he had good style. James Dean took a white tee and jeans and made it into an unforgettable style that’s still around nearly seventy years later. Although it’s simple, it can also be extremely fashionable whether you’re staying in, or going out to a fancier dinner. If you’re going for the full “Dean” look, some army style boots look both tough and stylish. Boots can go great with a leather or denim jacket, but if you aren’t feeling like A Rebel Without a Cause, style your jeans with a pair of sneakers or cute, mini heels.
Denim on Denim on Denim:
Most people assume dressing in all one color can make you look boring or blend in. In Tips and Tricks to Dressing Effortlessly Chic, I discussed how monochrome and neutral outfits can actually help you stand out, and are an easy way to look composed. That’s why I love matching denim with, you guessed it, more denim. Who knew looking like you just walked out of a Levi’s store could be so fashionable? Mixing different hues and shades of denim eliminates the struggle of finding two matching shades. So you won’t have to go through the same pains of matching blacks or whites. Honestly, as much as I love denim, I can never really have enough. I’ve matched my jeans with denim shirts and jackets, but I’m still trying to find denim shoes.
Ditch those stomach strangling skinny jeans and try something more comfortable, practical, and unique. Whether you’re showing off your sultry side or embracing what’s left of your 90’s spunk, boyfriend jeans are perfect for every style and personality. If you already have a pair of boyfriend jeans, what’s your favorite way to style them?
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