After a year of lounging in nothing but sweats and leggings, donning a pair of jeans feels strange. Luckily for us, this season’s favourite fit, high-rise wide-leg jeans, is the perfect silhouette for post-lockdown life.
The oversized, wide-leg structure is the coolest shape at the moment. Not as dramatic as bell-bottoms but definitely wider than a straight cut, these pants hug you in all the right places while still leaving room to breathe. Equally suited for running errands, chilling at home when friends come over or even for laid-back days at the office, the relaxed and voluminous silhouette offers maximum ease and comfort and makes for great year-round denim as opposed to its clingy alternative—skinny jeans.
Since the slightly wider bottom adds some nice dimension for the overall silhouette, the high-rise wonder can rise to any occasion. Team it with a bodysuit and statement accessories for a night out on the town, or French-tuck a shirt for an effortlessly cool look. Want to take it up a notch? Throw on a blazer and boots to add instant polish to the relaxed denim.
Adopted by celebrities, stylists and influencers alike, wide-leg denim has everyone’s stamp of approval. Anushka Sharma and Pernille Teisbaek make a case for ripped jeans in 2021, while Ananya Panday balances out her fun, tie-dye number with a neutral tube top.
While everyone’s favourite wide-leg ribcage jeans might be sold out, we’ve rounded up the best pieces for you to snag right now. Scroll on to see our top picks—these are the jeans worth adding to your rotation:
Blue jean baby
Classic blue denim? A fail-safe option. You can literally wear it with anything.
A pair of black jeans might be the most versatile denim you own—the perfect going-out jeans.
Ivory, cream, ecru—there’s nothing as chic as white denim in the summer. Pair yours with a breezy tank top to a brunch date or a sundowner. Style Gucci’s high-rise jeans with the loafers for a retro vibe.
Ripped jeans are back, baby! Just ask Malaika Arora, who teamed hers with a crop top and sneakers. Or Olivia Wilde, who was spotted twinning with her beau Harry Styles.
Fitting with the Y2k trend, patchwork jeans are perhaps the most sustainable option out there. Doodlage’s upcycled number offers a whole lot of kitschy fun.
If you’ve been hoarding basic tees and crop tops, let your jeans do the talking. Marni’s piece is more subtle, but if you want to go all out. These fun pants are to dye for.