Boyfriend jeans are a chic and wonderfully comfortable alternative to the staple skinny jeans. Oversized and rolled up at the hem, “boyfriend” references the idea that if you casually tossed on a pair of your boyfriend’s jeans, they’d look as casually cool as these pieces. Boyfriend jeans broke into the modern fashion scene in 2009, when Katie Holmes was regularly photographed looking fabulous in her then husband Tom Cruise’s jeans. For women not built like runway models and married to a tiny, svelte male movie star, buying boyfriend jeans designed for your body is strongly advised.
Boyfriend jeans usually feature a lighter denim wash and distressing. The ideal cut of boyfriend jean hits just above your ankle so they can be worn rolled up or down with flats, boots, and heels. Now comes the fun part: boyfriend jeans are meant to be beat up, shredded, ripped, or even covered with embellishments such as this Season’s super on trend patchwork. The looser fitting your boyfriend jeans are, the less distressed they should be; otherwise you take the chance of looking sloppy. Women with petite frames look great in a skinnier boyfriend jean, whereas taller women can really rock the baggier cuts.
A new way to show skin: ankles, shoulders, and arms are effortlessly sexy. Take a classic pair of boyfriend jeans (faded, ripped, and rolled) and contrast casual with formal for a look that’s just right. Pointed toe ruby heels add flirt and fun to a sensual strapless peplum bustier and gold oversized watch that makes this outfit half androgynous, half feminine, all adorable.
Shine bright like a diamond, strut wide like a baller. Rihanna paired a ripped, rolled, washed out pair of boyfriend jeans with dazzling plastic pieces for a fun yet functional outfit. This look might seem thrown together, but look closely and you’ll see a silver base ties together Rihanna’s crop top, clutch, and open toed sandals.
Zoe Saldana takes on androgyny by exaggerating the natural masculinity of boyfriend jeans. With a darker wash and wider cut, Zoe’s lets her boyfriend jeans hang loose and low. If you’ve got similar style, go all out andro with a fitted blazer, rumpled button up, and polished oxfords.
Nicole Sherzinger shows off toned arms and tight abs with in this laid back boyfriend jean look. Perfect for Summertime in the city, Nicole rolls the lightly distressed denim ever so slightly to reveal black ankle straps on her gorgeous gladiators. All American from head to toe, Nicole’s skin-skimming cotton tank top ties into both her sandals (black) and boyfriend jeans (androgynous basic).
Ultra baggy boyfriend jean meets fitted Winter wear in this street style snapshot. The baggier your boyfriend jeans hang, the less distressing/embellishment they should have. Ultra baggy styles look best left hanging; rolling them up will add unnecessary bulk to an already wide silhouette. Loose bottoms look best paired with a fitted top and high heels.