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Do or Don’t: Balloon Jeans

Last weekend, I posted a photo of our family playing hide-and-seek at the park, and a friend commented “#sweatpantlife.” It made me laugh because it’s painfully true — I’ve worn the same pair of sweats all fall and winter. But! Today, Madewell launched some new jeans that I’m into.

The balloon jean. They’re a take on an iconic ’80s style, with a fitted waist and curved wide legs.

Thoughts? Would you wear them? I’m always here for a new jeans silhouette, and these look comfy and cool. Also, I love this vintage fit, this simple dress and this jean jacket (the back elastic!!!).

P.S. More dos and don’ts, including a wedding first look and two duvets on one bed.

  1. Amber says...

    These remind me of the jeans I wore in 7th grade (1999?) And I loved them!! Apparently skinny jeans are out lol

  2. Lisa says...

    This is a don’t for me. I have a long torso and something about the leg cut looks so wrong for me

  3. S says...

    These look so comfortable! I think they’d be great for a pear-shaped figure like my own. As some people have mentioned, you can balance out the “baloon” shape with something more fitted on top.

  4. meg says...

    I nearly burst into tears when I got that Madewell email.
    It’s such a big NO for me.

  5. Anon says...

    Balloon pants: I like the wide leg but not so much in denim. Couldn’t say until I tried them, but if people like them, go ahead and wear em’. Probably they would look horrible on me, and I need long pants anyway as I live in a cold city.

    A commenter below also mentioned “dark eye circle trend”. I had no idea that was a thing! Honestly, though, as a person who has to start working much earlier than my natural rhythm, and who naturally has some dark circles, I love this trend! Ha!Ha! I am so happy that I can look so on-pointe when I am exhausted.

  6. Lori says...

    These are NOT okay with me.

  7. Ash says...

    These pants are hideous!

    ,)

  8. Rainbow says...

    Sorry, but I am with the hard pass votes. It might be “in”, but it is still an unflattering and boring look.

    • Katy says...

      A hard pass

  9. Rachael says...

    OK, I have a question for everyone and also this is funny because as a millennial I’ve recently been informed by ‘Gen-Z’ that skinny jeans are no longer acceptable. I honest to God called my girlfriends this week and asked them if I should give away my Madewell skinnies, the general concensus was no, but… I think that may be because we are all nearing our 30’s-lol. So I pose this same question to you all now: are skinnies no longer in style? Or are they a classic look?

    • Marisa says...

      For me, the super skinnies that are basically jeggings are a no (also a millennial) but I like a good straight-leg cut. Does Gen Z lump straight leg in with skinnies? haha

  10. Robyn says...

    Whoops Bessette

  11. Robyn says...

    I’m 61 and have seen countless jean trends come and go. Trends are something I’ve stopped paying attention and wear what works for me. For now, I switch between straight leg and boot cut. The boot cut are new and I love the balance they to my body type plus thy look good with boots, clogs and athletic shoes. Secondly, until recently people have worn full length jeans with no shoe issues. -Experiment and see- I have a couple of style heroes, Carolyn Bisset Kennedy is one. When in doubt I look at inspiration pictures of her.

  12. Stephanie says...

    I bought a pair similar to these last year and they are not flattering. Wanted to like them but they really only look good on certain body types. I looked frumpy and not in a chic way. Insta stars can pull them off with perfect angles and filters but that is about it.

  13. Court says...

    I’m here to say that I like-no LOVE the show-your-ankles jean trend and I never ever ever want to go back to full length jeans. I think full length jeans are AWKWARD for shoe purposes. Also, I will support this Jean style as long as we never go back to low rise jeans. I lived through that Paris Hilton low slung-sit on your hips jeans and I will stop wearing pants if we go there. High rise for life.

    • Brenna says...

      I completely agree about the ankle jean–for non-winter seasons. They are fantastic and flattering on everyone. But I have the hardest time wearing them in the winter with boots and socks! I never seem to get socks that are tall enough to cover the gap that shows when I sit down, so my dry, hairy shins are on full display :)

  14. Laura says...

    HARD PASS.

  15. Olivia says...

    Absolutely yes yes yes to these jeans! These are big in London right now – popular with all ages, shapes and sizes. They seem to elevate whoever wears them to a level of cool that is hard to explain?! I’m late 30s and these are perfect for my body now its post-kids and not as firm and youthful as it used to be. The trick to these is not caring too much – wear whatever shoe you like, whatever socks you like your favourite t shirt, some good lip stick and not too perfect hair, and you’re there! I’m a big fan of this silhouette and it’s so much more interesting than the “skinny” silhouette that’s been around forever. I hope you bought a pair Jo!

    • Gen says...

      I was going to say that I didn’t like these jeans, but your answer made me change my mind! Noe I want to tru them :)

    • court says...

      Olivia-I bought these jeans with this comment in mind. Thank you for the boost!

  16. Allyson says...

    I’m plus size so it’s always hard to imagine IF something would look good/as intended on me. And because I mostly shop for clothes online, I’m not able to try before I buy. I really love brands like Tuesday of California that are intentional about making and modeling clothes on a diverse range of sizes. All of that to say, I cannot imagine buying these jeans. ha!

    • Miri says...

      I’m pus size and can’t wait to find a pair in my size. I would love to wear them as I think they will hug my figure beautifully while enhancing the best there is: my shape.

  17. IJ says...

    A big YES from me, a 5′ 3″ curvy UK size 12-14. I’ve been wearing this style for a year now and they make everything else in my wardrobe look fresh when I pair it with them. Summer – flat sandals/Bensimon trainers, winter Clarks lace-ups or thick-soled Chelsea boots. Seeing a lot of cool, arty women in London in this style, usually with an oversized coat and a beanie hat.

  18. Vava says...

    Totally into these jeans. I have several pair from Zara last winter and LOVE them. The length is fine, wear cute boots with them in the winter (Matisse has some great ones that fit nicely at the ankle and give lower leg coverage) and all sorts of sandals in the warmer months. They’d be cute with ballet flats, too. I’m 5’8″ so these types of jeans are definitely cropped on my legs.

  19. Lane says...

    Ew. This is one of those fashion trends that everyone is going to look back on in 10 years and be embarrassed about. Hard pass.

    • Claire says...

      exactly how I think about skinny jeans, which I consider a horrendous fashion trend. To each her own.

  20. Kate says...

    When I see short pants it reminds me of middle school when I was too tall for jeans and all the boys made fun of me saying, “Where’s the flood?”

    These jeans should come with a trigger warning lol…it’s a hard no from me. But I love the idea of Man Repeller fashion – women dressing for themselves, and each other. Fuck the male gaze! I think it’s this mindset that really moves fashion forward.

    • jillian marie bedell says...

      did all middle school boys have access to the same handbook of being a dick? There wasn’t the internet in ’92, so how did they knowwwww??

  21. I accidentally started wearing balloon jeans every day. My perfect-fit levis gave out in the waist, so I installed elastic in the wait band (just like in little boy pants). Now they are niiiice and stretchy and v loose everywhere else. Then, I wanted to cuff them because I like my ankles to breath but the leg opening was too wide, so hemmed the leg width on the bottom for about 4 inches. Less bulk=easy cuffs. I look ridiculous, but they are so comfy. And they are very me.

    • Ellen says...

      Emma, I like your style! Ridiculous, comfy and personal sounds sweet and delightfully confident. You also figured out a way to make it work – love!- I recently told my kids that if I ever got a tattoo it would be a singe word, small and in simple script “improvise.”

  22. Jen says...

    Like other commenters, I am drawn to items of clothing that are in some way challenging. It feels like a fun creative problem to solve. And I fully believe that clothes do not always have to make you look “good.” Sometimes it’s a matter of self-expression and feeling good in them.
    That said, I am always a little skeptical of how barrel jeans look from the back view. The tailoring around the butt is often desperately lacking. Everlane has a pair of barrel utility pants very similar to these that have a promising back view.
    For the commenters looking for shoes to wear with cropped length pants in cool weather, I love my Blundstone heeled Chelsea boots. I wear them with skinny jeans cuffed and relaxed fit cropped jeans.

  23. Emma says...

    In the immortal words of Chief Wiggum, “I say if it feels good, do it.”

  24. Yulia says...

    I bought these today! I’m 5’2”, have a waif-like top half, zaftig bottom half, and by all accounts these should look weird, weird, weird on me. But they’re great! I tried a few sizes to get the fit I liked best. Forever will I part my hair to the side, but I have joined Team Balloon. Am available to answer horrified questions about what they’re like in real life.

    • Beth says...

      Totally feel that body type description, Yulia!! Do you mind if I ask what size you ended up with??

    • Yulia says...

      Beth, I got a size 24! I’m about 120 lbs these days. 26 would be my usual size (a snug 2) for this weight, but the 26s were they were very loose. The 25s felt fine, but were a little longer than I wanted. The 24s were a little snug around the belly, but I loved that the difference in length made them ever so slightly cropped. (And skinny jeans, for the record, are “a little snug” literally everywhere!) I bought the jeans yesterday, have been wearing them today, and can report that although they ARE snug around the belly and hips they’re not restrictive. To me they feel like they should be this way. The denim is very thick (99% cotton, 1% elastine or something like that) and I feel a comforting sensation of being held in, not squeezed. Also noticed a definite butt-flattening effect. The legs balloon ever-so-gently, then narrow, and if you give them a single roll the narrowing effect is a little stronger. Which I love. Hope this helps. I think trying on multiple sizes is the way to go! My Madewell store happened to have their fitting rooms (very safely) open for the first time in months and months. Let me know if you get a pair! They feel so old-school yet cool yet don’t-care-if-they’re-cool… you know?

    • Beth says...

      Yesss excellent! I fluctuate between 115-120 depending on the day and I love a slight crop so your sizing advice is spot-on. I think I’ll try them!! Thank you!!

    • Yulia says...

      Beth, let me know how it goes and if you are/aren’t a fan of them. So invested in your Balloon Experience!

  25. JS says...

    I waited a day to read this post as I wanted to get a full on bucket of comments! And indeed I did. I recently Levi Ribcage’d and they make me feel so comfortable. Not clingy! That said, I have zero idea what shoes to wear with them in the winter. Boots? Runners? Socks / no socks? I hemmed them up higher than ankle, but… now what (other than wait until summer shoes are an option). I am a medium 5’5 and they are good.

    • Manuela Balbi says...

      I so feel you! In winter I am still stuck in in skinny Jeans. Although I find that lace up boots complement wider jeans very well.

  26. HM says...

    I think these might look nice on a tall, slender, small busted woman, but as a short-waisted, woman with big boobs and big hips, I have to say no thank you.

    • Erin says...

      I am a tall, slender, small busted woman and I feel like I would look ridiculous in these! (I am also not very fashion forward).

  27. Viv says...

    These have been widely available here in Germany for a couple years now and I think I was drawn to them because they’re both edgy and hard to pull off, and all the negative reviews online encouraged me! I felt kind of bony and bizarre after giving birth (like, motherhood has made my figure less “motherly” than ever before?) and I’ve leaned into this style like, “Yes, I too am edgy and hard to pull off, just like this cut!” It’s been kind of freeing, actually, especially because I only ever found them in weird colors like washed brown or too-bright red.

    • Viv says...

      Also, re: cold ankles–I wear mine year-round with longjohns underneath and boots of various heights. Even less flattering, but I dig it.

    • Des says...

      Just borrowing this whole amazing attitude next time I try to buy jeans.

      Though let’s be real, I may never wear jeans again thanks to the explosion of pandemic inspired loungewear.

    • Greta says...

      Fabulous. I love your style Viv.

  28. Nicole says...

    Ahh, these remind me of being 11 and 5’10…wearing jeans that were undeniably too short. I just can’t. Plus, pre-cropped pants are often capris on me, yikes!

    • Courtney says...

      I feel so at home in the 90s and I don’t think I ever want to leave.

  29. Shannon says...

    Not a fan of that style of jeans (I’m old enough to have through them TWICE now) but I am a huge fan of that sweater the first model is wearing! Any possible way to figure out where to buy that? It’s exactly the kind of cardigan I’ve been seeking for a very long time now.

  30. Sarah says...

    Yesssss very Elizabeth (Keri Russell) from The Americans. Would look so good with a fitted t-shirt or bodysuit!

    • KJ says...

      Obsessed with her style on that show!

  31. Megan says...

    Miss me with these.

  32. Maywyn says...

    Summer, ocean, seaglass hunting on the beach, rolled up cuff, they would look stylish, and I suspect, comfortable. As a go to jean, the silhouette is not flattering, looks like too many pairs of draws got bundled up in the legs.

  33. Jennifer says...

    I have a similar pair of these that I bought during the fall. I love them, but I shouldn’t – they aren’t super flattering on my figure, but they are high waisted and for some reason I just feel…cool in them? I think I was just ready for a change from skinnies. My husband hates them, though, haha.

  34. Emily says...

    The contrarian in me loves these so much.

  35. Daria says...

    OMG that’s a big no for me. It just isn’t flattering, and I still value beauty over comfort. I guess if you’re 18 and beautiful, you can pull this off. But that’s also true for a pyjama or an old’sweatshirt. Doesn’t mean that it will make someone in their 40s look beautiful in them…

  36. Jessica says...

    Just gonna add, that in addition to rocking my beloved balloon/lantern/barrel/high-fashion-clown pants today, I am also attempting a center part.

    Thanks, tiktok kids! In these boring, home-bound times I appreciate the style challenge! And thanks CoJ for giving my old-AF self a clue!

  37. ACS says...

    I don’t like them. NO THANK YOU!! LOL. But to each her own :)

  38. Kelly says...

    They’re a no for me. I’m tired of boxy styles: shirts, pants etc. As a short woman, I just want to flatter my figure and emphasize my waist. I’m so tired of weird, baggy, boxy styles.

    • Kari says...

      Same! As a 37 year old mom of three, the boxy look just doesn’t fly on me. And while I can’t handle wearing skinnies anymore these balloon jeans would do nothing for me. But I’m all for everyone doing their own fashion/vibe so if it feels right to you…

  39. I love the confidence of women who wear what they are comfortable in! But I am tall and willowy, and this style to me is a nightmare. It reminds me of being the tallest girl in 7th grade, no chest and no butt, and wishing Lerner sold jeans that were long enough to at least cover my toothpick legs. I still have no chest and no butt, but have stopped worrying about it. Yes to getting older! And the models are both beautiful.

  40. Maryann Moore says...

    I’m so sad for my poor ankles. Balloon or not, I’m ready for full length denim again… Unless… are we adding a scrunched down sock?!

  41. nade says...

    Ha ha, I suppose the length is the key here. The shorter the length the better?

  42. Diana says...

    Oooo, can we get a Cup of Jo post where we see a bunch of different women with different body shapes wearing their own jeans (ideally ones that are still sold online or in stores!) that they absolutely *adore*? And they can say what they love about them? Not like a “how to find flattering jeans” article that reinforces this idea that we all must strive to appear as slender or curvy or whatever as possible but just highlighting real people happily wearing jeans? I feel like jeans – and pants in general – are a REAL struggle for me. I dread shopping for pants, because I feel like I have no idea what I’m looking for and it’s so demoralizing to try on twenty pairs that all make me feel like my body is not shaped “right”, which is just BS. But I really prefer wearing pants over dresses or skirts when I go to work, which will presumably happen again someday. Anyways, I’d love to get some real life inspiration :)

    • Sadie says...

      I get a little thrill that people feel so strongly about their jeans.

    • Catherine says...

      YES! I simultaneously love and loathe jeans. I love the idea of these styles coming back again, but I feel like I’m too old and too “Mom” to pull them off. I want my jeans to feel good, fit right, and fade into the background.

    • Stella says...

      I LOVE THIS IDEA

    • Ram says...

      This is a great idea!! Please include all shapes and sizes- especially short and pear shaped!!

    • Gina says...

      I would love this too! I love all the fashion crowdsourcing posts! I have discovered so many good and new to me shops and designers via the comments section of this blog! We need a jeans post for sure!

  43. Joy says...

    One of the best things about aging, as a woman, is the give a shit factor is soooo much lower. And, that definitely applies to fashion. Not, as in, giving up and wearing cat sweatshirts, but more as in, wearing what makes me feel good about myself. Whatever that means-I feel sexy, I feel comfy, I feel cute… regardless of the trend or what my 18 year old, or tik tok is telling me is in/out of style. There is also a level of confidence that has come with turning 50-add that to the lowered give a shit factor and you can rock whatever style of jeans, bathing suit, haircut, etc you like.

    • Roxana says...

      I love all of this.

    • Jane says...

      I really needed this comment because I live in jeans and I’ve been wondering what’s going to happen when I get to old for them (I’m in my late 40s). I distinctly remember my mom rejecting jeans in her late 50s because she hated how her bum looked in them at that age. Denim is my favorite thing to wear and cannot imagine packing them away in favor of… I don’t know? Chinos, cords, skirts? I need to wear what I like and have zero you-know-whats to give.

    • Turtle says...

      Affirming this comment and adding this view from 64: eventually the give a shit factor totally morphs into the happily wearing whatever I want attitude, which joyfully coexists with the saying what I’m thinking instead of dancing around it stance. Getting older is pretty darn great for all sorts of reasons. Letting go of other’s expectations is one of the best of them.

  44. riye says...

    I’m not crazy about the jeans but the cardigan in the first photo looks great!

  45. Alexis says...

    I don’t really dig them as jeans, but Roucha has been making “curved” pants in different styles and fabrics for a while. I love them and their sizing philosophy!

  46. Mary says...

    I’m glad there are jean sizes and shapes for everyone, but I am 5′ 2″ tall and wide legged anything makes me look like a tree stump!

  47. Cheryl says...

    Noooo, don’t do it!!! If you’re going for comfort, at least high-waisted wide leg jeans would still be flattering. These are just awful, like they’re intentionally trying to make you look extremely bow-legged.

  48. Steph says...

    I acknowledge that these would probably fit me well as a small waist/larger thighed person, but mom jeans are also serving that purpose right now without excess fabric. No thanks, balloon pants.

  49. Caroline says...

    …..I feel crazy…I think these jeans look awesome and am very interested!? Surprised to see so many say no! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahah yes! I really like them, too!

    • Amy says...

      Same, I love them! I’m super on board with loose jeans, they are so comfortable and make me feel like a rugged badass, or maybe like a cool artist? I have been tolerating skinny jeans for so long, my legs are ready to move freely again!

      I admit that I couldn’t care less about clothes being “flattering” — that just seems like an outdated concept to me, and I’m glad to see younger generations challenge it.

    • Sandi L Meier says...

      I love this discussion! I saw these on another blog and thought I just had to try them. I ordered these https://www.livefashionable.com/collections/best-sellers/products/the-whitney-boyfriend and when I took them out of the bag I thought, “no way”. However, I tried them on and love them! My friend at work thought I had lost weight which made me love them even more. The looseness is very flattering. They look great with boots and a chunky sweater! I’m in! ( and I’m 66!)

  50. Asia says...

    I have a pair from Everlane that are a dark wash, and definitely “interesting.” I look forward to wearing them with sandals in warmer weather. I’m finally at the point in my life where I’m like, fuck flattering, I want to wear what I like and I like these!

  51. katie says...

    Rudy Jude makes a beautiful pair of unisex jeans that are a similar natural waist, straight/balloon leg. And a woman-owned company with ethical practices!

    • liz says...

      they’re great but they’re straight leg, not balloon!

    • Sandi L Meier says...

      Yes, these are not technically “balloon”. These are straight. I’m a hard no on balloon but love these.

  52. Connie says...

    Oh, those on my shape would do me ZERO favors. lol.
    I think I was totally cute in JNCOs, and now as an adult I gravitate towards stretchy skinny jeans or a very straight-leg boyfriend jean. I feel like that shape of jean would bell out in The Worst Place.
    Hard pass. :)

  53. Kara says...

    In the past few (more than few?) years, I’ve noticed an explosion in the styles of jeans, and I am absolutely here for that! No one style looks great on every body, and I love seeing people embrace the clothes they love, they feel great in, no matter what’s trending that minute. Or is this just a sign of getting older? Gen Z says skinny jeans are uncool, so it probably is, but I feel great in skinny jeans and will continue to wear them because of that. I’m also open to trying this silhouette because who knows, I may feel great in it, too! When people dress for themselves, their confidence is what makes their clothes stylish.

  54. Mara says...

    Heck no to these jeans! I am impatiently waiting for the day when we’ll have more style inclusivity. As a short woman, 9 times out of 10 these styles are intended for willowy types. Not cool. I think it was last spring that the trend was a high-waisted, wide-leg pant that cut off just below the knee. (???) It even took me years to give in to skinny jeans, which were nearly all you could find anywhere and make my thick thighs looks like sausages. You know what I miss? Boot-cut/bell-shaped jeans (particularly of late ’90s fashion). Those to me were slimming and made my legs look so much longer. I’ve heard rumblings that skinny jeans are out, and I’m happy to boot mine to the nearest donation depot.

  55. Frankie Rose says...

    There are an absolute no for me! High rise skinny/slim leg for life! As I get older I realize I just need to stick to silhouettes that I know flatter/make me feel comfortable, no matter the trends.

  56. Emily says...

    Hands down my most comfortable jeans were the midrise bootcuts that Express had in the early 2000s. I know a lot of people hate that style, but I truly love being able to throw them on with a pair of tennis shoes and not have my socks showing. I search Goodwill for them now.

    • Kate says...

      Try Poshmark!

  57. Living in New England, I need jeans that come down over my ankle. I like an exposed ankle during warm weather, but I find ankle pants difficult to wear when the weather is cold. Sure, you can tuck them into boots or wear high ankled booties, but for a versatile jean (or pant) in cold weather, give me a longer length please!

  58. Emma says...

    Oof, I had a visceral negative reaction to these jeans, haha. Absolutely not! My ideal jean is a high-waisted straight leg.

  59. Ugh, definite don’t. They will only look good on the tall and willowy, and will make the rest of us shorties look dumpy.
    I’m all for comfort but just no.

  60. SJ says...

    Those are cute but I think they’re too similar to mom jeans, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy them.

  61. TS says...

    I’m all for a more relaxed style than the ol’ skinny jean, but balloon jeans seem the other extreme and I can’t figure out who they are supposed to be flattering for? I am 5’1″ so wide leg styles make me look like a kid whose parents made them wear their older siblings’ clothes. I have a couple pairs of “mom jeans”, which are high waisted, fitted through the hips but relaxed in the leg, and I think they are the perfect age-appropriate alt to skinny jeans for an elder Millennialalt while still being flattering.

    • Amy says...

      This “elder Millennial” would like to know what your mom jeans are! I’m still in skinny jeans because I just can’t figure out what’s next for me. I love jeans and live in them, yet when I look at all the styles out there I just think….nah.

      I dislike it when my clothes “flap” around me; they need to move with me. Neither should they constrict my movement. I sound like someone who moves a lot…disclaimer; I do not.

  62. Cadence says...

    It’s a YES for me. During the pandemic I’ve been embracing my personal style more and, if I’m being honest, I always felt like an imposter wearing skinny jeans. I’ve vowed that once we head back to the office I’m going to keep wearing the things that make me feel like me. Balloon jeans included!

    • Danielle says...

      I second this. I’m not into the balloon jeans because they would look horrid on my body but I’m done with skinny jeans. Total imposter!

    • Kim M says...

      I also cannot stand skinny jeans and am glad for all the options these days. I have a picture of balloon jeans with flat mary janes on my Pinterest board that I love but not sure if I can pull off the look: is the look too young? does it make sense for my corporate mom lifestyle? how willy my butt look?

  63. Kelly says...

    These are a pass for me. I get that they look “cool” (relative, I know) to many people, but it seems like one of those things that is going to be on trend for a couple of seasons, then look super dated. I mean, if you want to incorporate these into your personal style forever, whether they’re on trend or not, more power to you. Otherwise, I say skip them.

  64. Jo says...

    Eileen Fisher has made pants in this silhouette for years and call them “Lantern” pants, although not in denim. I think they look AMAZING when they fit well and paired with a sleek top. I prefer them in other fabrics because part of the beauty of this shape is how it flows and settles in a fabric like silk, crepe, linen, etc., but I would consider jeans like this too. They look so much more comfy than all my skinny jeans lounging sadly in my drawers right now.

    • Jessica says...

      Yes! This shape has been working well on older bodies for a while now – Eileen, Toast. The kids can play with it for a while as a jean, but I’m sticking with it for the long haul. Balloons forever!

    • Rae says...

      Agreed. These are actually a pretty classic shape for pants in other fabrics. I was introduced to them (in a fabric course in art school) as an Eastern Work Pant but I don’t know how accurate that is. I think they look extreme to some folks here because our eyes are used to seeing very skinny silhouettes on the bottom. The beauty of using a more fluid and easy shape is that one doesn’t need to use stretch for comfort. All stretch fabric that isn’t a knit contains plastic fiber. For environmental reasons this is not sustainable.

  65. Tina says...

    One of my huge pet peeves is that even though brands are becoming size inclusive with their models, they are not becoming height inclusive. Us short ladies just never know how something will look. But I suspect these would not look great on a 5’1″ frame.

    • Kay says...

      Yes Tina, 100%. And when a short model is shown, she’s also very thin. Would love to see size inclusive short models! I’m 5’0″ and size 8. Pants like this look a whole lot different on me!

    • Kate says...

      The plus sized models almost always have the same proportions as “straight” sized models too, which isn’t much of a help!

    • Gina says...

      Yes 100% agree with this! I am petite but by no means a size 2! I have short legs and a mum tummy and I would love to see a model with my proportions.

  66. Jessica Camerata says...

    As a die hard Madewell shopper, I am SO upset about how ugly these are, ha! I’m worried this is going to become the trend and we’re just gonna have to deal with them for far longer than we need to.

    xo Jessica

    • These look TERRIBLE! This is a definite NO. Women, please don’t fall into this Madewell terrible trend. Oh man!

  67. Isabel says...

    I see the appeal (in fact, I own a pair), but I’d go with “no.” :)
    My husband, who never notices when I cut my hair, color it, or wear new clothes, had a visceral reaction to them when I wore them for the first time. “Those jeans are dreadful, just awful, why are you doing this?” I told him he had no idea what he was talking about and continued about my day. But he just wouldn’t drop it, which I found hilarious.
    That evening I looked in the mirror with the jeans on. I think I like the concept of jeans (ok, and maybe how it looks on the models in the pictures who wear them), more than how they look on me. So, yes, he had a point.
    Still, had it not been for those bubble/mom jeans, I would have never known that he actually pays attention to these little things ;)

    • e says...

      “Why are you doing this” hahahaha!

    • EmBed says...

      Haha, yeah, when you know a husband who never notices fashion notices something, it’s either really good or really bad.

      In that vein, I definitely don’t think all clothes need to look “sexy” –I’m definitely not a skin-tight, high heels, miniskirt type BUT I don’t want to look like 100% vehemently non-sexy, you know?

  68. Ruth says...

    UGH no. Basically only flattering on super tall skinny girls.

    • liz says...

      Disagree! My roommate is 5’1″ and looks great in the ones she has from Levis. You never know!

  69. Jules says...

    Pear shape girl here… I think these might swallow me whole but I do love them pictured here!! Look so comfy.

  70. Blythe says...

    Oh my gosh, I hate these so much. I teach high school and most of the girls are wearing both these and “mom” jeans… they can pull it off because they are confident and beautiful, but there are so many more flattering cuts available!! To each his own, but I can’t imagine putting these on and feeling good about the way they look.

  71. Claire says...

    Yes, I would probably enjoy wearing these- they look classic, elegant and comfortable – what I think of as real bluejeans, like the jeans Marilyn Monroe used to wear.

  72. Uhhhhhh…… NO!

  73. liz says...

    i’m that extra late in life kid in my family, so my siblings are way older than me & i have the best bunch of 20-something year-old nieces & nephews (who mistakenly think of me as their cool young aunt). one of my nieces wears this style of jeans all the time and she just looks so laid-back and elegant at the same time that it really sold me on the style! wfh during quarantine in wintertime, i have found myself wearing balloon jeans w sweaters tucked in & it makes me feel weirdly put-together! maybe just cuz pants.

    • Abbie says...

      Cuz pants! It’s so true lol.

  74. Sam says...

    Not for me!! Lol I’ll stick to joggers — it’s just where we’re at.

  75. Megan Snyder says...

    I just cannot get with these jeans, lol! I recently saw that Gen Z has cancelled skinny jeans and I’ve been a mess ever since :-(

    • liz says...

      not just Gen Z!!! they’ve been on the decline for a better part of a decade, thank god

  76. Heidi says...

    Hard pass for me. I’m fuller in the middle and my legs are more slender so these wouldn’t be flattering on my body type. But these women look gorgeous in them! Wear what you love and what makes you feel good. Life is too short.

  77. Susan says...

    I think they look cute and comfy. But I’m really on the lookout for a comfortable pair of elastic waist jeans :)

  78. Melanie says...

    Wide leg pants- YES!

  79. My daughter wears these. She’s almost 16. Somehow they look fabulous on her in a way that might look really awful on me. :) But I agree: skinny jeans have run their course. I just don’t know if I can wrap my head around actively making myself look bigger and frumpier. Some things the 16-year-olds get to have, enjoy and flaunt in our faces.

    • liz says...

      I think real style is not always trying to look your skinniest. Embracing curves and different silhouettes, is in my opinion, what makes a lot of not thin but super stylish people really stand out and look amazing. Trying to look your thinnest is out

    • allie says...

      which brand is she wearing, please? cut makes all the difference in a look this weird so I’d love to know if she has found a good one! thank you!

    • MJ says...

      Exactly, Lisa. I need no help looking larger, and frumpier. Although this look is “fresh,” it wouldn’t suit me. I’m an advocate of wearing what makes you feel good so it may work for some people my age and size but I believe it wouldn’t make me feel wonderful in any way.

  80. CK says...

    My 11 year old wears this style and she looks amazing. I don’t think I would do it, although I would probably be into it in another fabric.

  81. Maria says...

    I like it, looks comfy 🙂

  82. Madalena says...

    Here in Portugal we are seing those jeans in the street a lot from the past two years. At first they were a big no for me but now i love them! YES :)

  83. Kat O says...

    Not these for me, I think, but in general I’m very into anything that’s not a skinny jean. Straight- and wide-leg jeans all day (and don’t forget the high waist)!

  84. Midge says...

    Neauxp.

    • Hani says...

      LOL

      (Ditto)

    • Frankie Rose says...

      Haha

  85. AM says...

    I have learned…from many months, nay one year…of online shopping due to Covid one very important rule when buying pants online: I ask myself, “does the model wearing the pants I like have hips in the picture?” That’s my new litmus test. If the model does not have hips, then I can conclude that the pants or jeans she’s wearing look best with a body like hers. Thank goodness for inclusive models who can show me what pants will really look like when I buy them! I know this for sure, because when I recently bought pants like these balloon style pants, I realized I look nothing like the models online, and a lot like a lady with hips in poor fitting clothes.

    • Claire says...

      Yes! and I read the customer reviews carefully, but only those that are about the size I would buy, or even a size up.

    • Cecily says...

      So relate, I also learned this the hard way online shopping! I now ask myself if I actually like the item of clothing or if I just like the way it looks on the thin model! When I’m honest with myself, it is often the later.

    • Lisa Magoun says...

      The model in the picture, too often, is 5’10” and wears a size 4. That sure isn’t me.

  86. Stacey says...

    This trend is a BIG hell yes from me! Normally with trends I wait like five years to jump on board, but the second I saw balloon jeans I bought a pair, and they’re the only thing I’ve been wearing during covid (when I leave the house – obviously I only wear sweatpants at home, like the rest of the world). I got rid of all my skinny jeans. They were the worst anyway. Skinny jeans never worked for someone like me, with large calves, thighs, and butt, and a smaller waist. If they fit my legs, they were way too big in the waist. I know tailors are a thing, but they’re not my thing. Plus, being a more full-figured woman, balloon jeans end up looking like boyfriend jeans on me, which was a trend I always wanted to try, but every time I would put on a pair of boyfriends they’d feel like skinny jeans.

    Also, maybe it’s all the time I’ve spent at home learning to love my body during covid, but I no longer feel like what I wear needs to be traditionally “flattering” i.e. makes me look skinny. I’m not skinny, and I don’t feel like I need to hide that anymore. I have curves, and big thighs, and a nice little belly pouch, and those things are beautiful! And I deserve to be comfortable, dammit, and balloon jeans give me that comfort. So what if they make me look a little bigger than I actually am?

  87. MJ says...

    I think they look cool! And the term flattering always irks me, it seems to imply “looking skinny” or portraying some kind of proportion decided by someone to be the most desirable. “Unflattering” clothes can be fun, comfortable, and express your personality :)

    • allie says...

      ‘flattering’ does not mean skinny nor is it related to proportions – these are your own misconceptions. ‘flattering’ in relation to clothing means something that makes you look your best – it has nothing to do with size. don’t give up on looking YOUR best. so many women just give up because they cannot be bothered to figure out what is ‘flattering’ to their own bodies. that’s just lazy and slothful. please love yourself more than that.

      FYI: Nordstrom’s has FREEE (zero affiliation) stylists who can help you figure this out.

    • MJ says...

      Allie, that may be your interpretation of it, but based on many of the comments here the women are using the word to mean looking smaller. Lots of people are saying, sure this looks flattering on someone who is a size two, but this would make me/my thighs look huge. I would love your definition of flattering, but I don’t think that’s how many people use the word. I don’t think the alternative would be not wanting to look your best — there are lots of creative, expressive and avant-garde ways to dress, though they may not make your butt or waist look smaller. Confidence in how we are presenting ourselves, as a true expression of who we are on the inside, is how I believe we look our best :)

  88. Meggles says...

    No.

  89. Kylee says...

    These are a no for me, but I’m a strong proponent of wearing what makes you feel confident (or most comfortable) in! Joanna, your coolness factor could totally pull these off. :)

  90. Monica says...

    Style yes, denim no. I am absolutely into wide leg pants after years of leggings and skinny jeans. I actually love the Arthur Pants from Sew Liberated – the pattern is available for those who sew or want to pay an able person to create custom pants!

    Also, Meg McElwee would be an amazing wardrobe guest and her models are gorgeous and size inclusive!

    https://sewliberated.com/products/arthur-pants-digital-sewing-pattern

    • Ingrid says...

      I second Meg McElwee being a wardrobe interview — she and her patterns are fabulous! I also have had wide leg pants on my sewing radar. I’m hoping to make Closet Core Patterns’ Jenny Trousers soon. I made shorts last year and they fit so well I’m going to give making my first pair of pants a try!

    • Elizabethkatt says...

      Absolutely want to second a post about Meg McElwee; her style is so cool! Big fan of the Arenite pants here.

    • Marit says...

      Oh Yes! She’s an icon! Would totally adore a wardrobe portrait of hers!

    • Shannon says...

      Thank you for introducing me to Meg and Sew Liberated! Love everything I’m finding and seeing here! :)

    • Another fan of Meg and Sew Liberated here! (also, fun to see other sewists in the comments :) ) I appreciate her style and her approach to clothing. I love her Arenite pants, too, and the Arthur pants have definitely caught my eye. I think my next pants to make are the wide leg sailor pants… Persephone Pants by Anna Allen.

    • Larissa says...

      Another fellow sewing here, and fan of Meg and her patterns. I’ve also been loving Anna Allen’s patterns, both the Persephone and Philippa pants fit like a dream. They are now my go-to for denim, twill and cord’s, and so comfortable they are work from home appropriate too!

    • Erin says...

      Another enthusiastic yes to a wardrobe interview with Meg McElwee! Also, hello fellow sewists. :)

      P.S. Hard no on the balloon pants. I’m indifferent to most trends, but had a visceral reaction to these.

  91. Bethany Miller says...

    I say pass on them.

  92. Kim says...

    The first photo: “maybe, could be cute?” The second photo: “just kidding, nope.”

    • EmBed says...

      Same. With the perfect styling and a VERY willowy frame (like the first model) these can look cute, but on a 5’4″ lil schlub like myself this is just gonna look frumpy as hell.

    • Kylee says...

      Haha! Yep, that’s what I thought.

    • Mouse says...

      5′ 2″, 60 yrs old, 130 lbs; definitely a NO.
      But on a tall skinny youngster with no hips, sure!

  93. Cindy says...

    Hard No!!!!!!

  94. Bethany says...

    I heard of this jean style recently and I have got it into my head that it’s going to be the perfect jean silhouette for me. All straight-cut jeans end up being too tight on my big hips, butt, and upper thighs, so I imagine the balloon cut with some extra curvature might allow the same cool-girl effect? Fingers crossed!

  95. madeleine says...

    i have to admit i’m most disappointed that the release of this new style coincided with removing plus sizes from their jeans. that makes it hard for me to get excited about a new style and i would love to see an emphasis on expansive and inclusive sizing of brands featured on CoJ!

  96. Kirstin says...

    I don’t like jeans…. any jeans. I really don’t understand what would make anyone wear them. They are so hot, and bulky, and never feel like a nightie or pjs, which is my main criteria always. Even my wedding dress was an unfitted satin gown.

  97. Emily says...

    This is a hard no for me. They look terrible!

  98. Rachel says...

    I love these! I just ordered a similar style from Mango, so we’ll see how they turn out. Every time I’ve put on a pair of skinny jeans in the past year I immediately go “nope” and have reached for a straight leg bigger pair of 501 vintage jeans.

  99. Amanda says...

    Levi’s released balloon jeans about 2 years ago… I tried on one pair and fell in love. Added another pair 6 months later. I wear them more than any other jean that I own. That all being said, at 40 I have fully embraced wearing what I want, experimenting with color, playing with shapes, and not focusing on what makes me attractive to someone else. I get dressed to have fun.

  100. Kristin says...

    Uniqlo did a better pair a few months back. Definitely worth an online search! Better quality, better length, and better wash. Same nice balloon silhouette.

  101. Laura F says...

    I miss the well-cut trouser jeans of about 2007. I was in college during Reagan’s second term, and this balloon silhouette boomerangs me back to popped collars, bad synth new wave, color-blocked leather jackets, high-top red Reeboks, peroxided spiky mullets, and terrifying economic policy.

    • Emily R says...

      I had two pairs of trouser jeans and wore them to DEATH. How I wish they would come back.

  102. Robin says...

    Over the last 6 years I have become so seduced by Madewell’s aesthetic and fit that I put basically no effort anymore into hunting for other clothes. It’s embarrassing!
    Release me from your spell, Madewell!

    Just kidding, don’t leave me! I’ll wear your balloons!!

    • Kari says...

      Yes, Robin! SAME. All my bottoms are Madewell and about 80% of my tops. I only shop their clearance section, and they let me stack my teacher discount on top of that, too – it’s become incredibly affordable for me! Which is a blessing because I simply swoon over their aesthetic!

  103. Charlie says...

    Yikes – These are not even flattering on the models.

    Madewell, NOOOOOOOO.

  104. Amanda says...

    No… I don’t think the fit looks flattering at all. To each their own though…

    • Sylvie says...

      Agreed…so not attractive…but unattractive is a fashion « look ».

    • Erica says...

      Between these and the dark under eye circle trend, I am ok with not being cool.

  105. Jessica says...

    This is the first time I’m seeing these and I am very, very intrigued. Unfortunately (but really fortunately! ☺️) I’m pregnant, so it may be a while before I can try them out. Hopefully they’ll still be around when my body’s ready to give them a try. Sadly , affordable maternity fashion does not live in the world of actual style, so no chance of me finding cool affordable maternity jeans. And the fact that this is a pandemic baby means I’m leaning into maternity sweats hard.

    I’m sooo sick of skinny jeans so any new silhouette is welcome. I’ve been getting excited about bold, looser, geometric shapes in all aspects of fashion lately, so these fit right in with the aesthetic I’ve been leaning into.

    • Al says...

      Nooooooooo.

    • Lyse says...

      I’m pregnant too and feel your pain! I “invested” in two pairs of madewell maternity jeans — one was on sale for $40. They are both not skinny jeans— looser through the legs— which makes me feel more like me. Otherwise I basically bought a few more loose styles for post pregnancy too— really loving the vibe at Hackworth Design House— a sustainable independent brand hand made in Minnesota with including sizing and models. Good luck in your pregnancy ❤️❤️

  106. Lori says...

    I’m short and this style does not compliment my build, so it’s a no from me. I don’t care what the trend is, if it doesn’t look good on me, I won’t wear it. The skinny jean era wasn’t fun, but neither is the super high rise trend! I’m still wearing jeans I bought during the glorious full length wide leg trend of the mid-2000s!

  107. Sydni Jackson says...

    Never ever. Sorry.

  108. Jw says...

    I was young in the 80s. No way to these jeans!

    • Robin says...

      Hahaha same! Never again.

  109. celeste says...

    Think I liked the paper bag pants trend better. Skinny jeans for me.

  110. Linda Lavendar says...

    My thighs would fill those right up. Can’t say this “balloon” look is much of a balloon.

  111. K says...

    i can’t believe i wore skinny jeans for 10 years before i realized, wait…i guess they make my butt look big… but they also very easily look unflattering everywhere else because of where the fabric bunches and creases, and the thicker stiffer ones are uncomfortable! i just got used to the discomfort!

    in any case, i’m very into not form fitting (but still tailored) clothes these days.

    I got these on sale for $88 and love love love them https://www.shopbop.com/wide-leg-jean-goldsign/vp/v=1/1583564628.htm

  112. Bren says...

    My one (perhaps never to be realized) request, regardless of cut, is to return to jeans cut BELOW the ankle. Balloon, skinny, wedgie, straight, boot, flare – I don’t care. Let’s put to bed this always cropped jean insanity. It’s -7 degrees in the Midwest this week – we need to give our ankles a frostbite barrier a good 1/3 – 1/2 of the year, my plea to you amazing fashion designers!

    • Sydni Jackson says...

      I support this.

    • Greta says...

      AMEN SISTER!!

    • Elle says...

      TRUTH!

      And please stop the bogus “faded” crease marks that ruin the fronts of so many of Madewell’s jeans.

    • Alex says...

      Please!!!

    • Emily says...

      Yes x100!!!

      I want the whole pant!!! I am too old (43) for cold ankles.

      I’m also tired of the 7/8 and less workout pant.

    • S says...

      LOL. I LOVE cropped pants and wear them almost exclusively. I dread them going out of style! But, whenever it’s a bit chilly and I’m headed out with an exposed ankle my husband looks in horror and says “you’re going to catch a cold ankle!” (he’s not a native English speaker). It makes me laugh every time.

      I just hope moving forward we have more options so that everyone is happy! Remembering the decade of low cut jeans still makes my blood run cold…

      Hard pass on the balloons.

    • Now this is a trend I can get behind

    • Megan M Kongaika says...

      Same for non-jean pants! Seriously I can’t buy a pair of slacks for work ANYWHERE without full ankle exposure and, as you pointed out, it is LEGITIMATELY -7 degrees in Montana right now.

  113. Cass says...

    I hate them the most… but to each their own. Nice for those who were soooo done with skinny jeans but I just can’t. It’s partly why I like classic shapes that are timeless. I never look back at old photos wondering what I was thinking.

  114. MK says...

    The jeans look fine, but can we change the name? Jean names are always so bad! Skinny, mom, balloon? It’s almost like the jeans are on store shelves and then someone is all “wait, what are we going to call these?”

  115. Tracey says...

    Absolutely not!

    She says now – and said then … about skinny jeans, and coloured jeans, and stretchy jeans, and button fly, and tencil jeans … give it time and I’ll be wearing these clown pants and acting like I always liked them.

    • Noelle says...

      Haha, this!!!

      I think they’re incredibly unflattering. She says now….

    • Kelsey says...

      Haha, all too true! How I mocked skinny jeans when I first saw them! Little did I know…

    • Em says...

      Hahah 1000% same!

  116. Colleen says...

    Hahaha, I was looking at the photo and fondly thought of a lovely pair of jeans I had in college. Then read your remark about the 80s and LOL’d. Class of ‘87! And yes, get them, you will love them. Adorable with flats and Tretorns. IYKYK ; )

  117. Christen says...

    Fashion will have to pry my skinny jeans from my cold, chapped hands. This new trend is the only reason why I am thankful my city is about 5 years behind the fashion trends. Maybe we’ll sit this one out?

  118. No thank you :)

    Not sure I can be trusted though as I’m still on the overalls, bell bottoms and laugh-cry emoji train ;-)

    • Tyler says...

      Oh no is the laugh cry emoji out of style?!

    • Tyler, gen Z’ers are apparently roasting millennials for using they emoji in a viral video(among other things)

  119. Jenny says...

    I don’t love these for my life. It’s hard to ride my bike in them and they give me a mouse in jodhpurs silhouette.
    My philosophical gripe with them— which applies only to me, you do you— is that like “boyfriend” jeans that imply you are beautiful because you are in contrast to stereotypically masculine body projections (“over-sized”), my strong, thicc-er body rejects this premise. I wouldn’t wear a style that emphasizes an absence of thigh like these by emphasizing them. That’s what these glistening quads, like twin dolphins in these scrubs, are for!

    • Calla says...

      Thats so interesting, I also have thick thighs but love looser jeans. I definitely like how my legs look in tight pants too but lately just find them so uncomfortable (especially behind the knee, just me?) I feel you on the bike thing though, as the legs start to get wider it is such a pain

    • Rachel P says...

      Jenny, I feel a deep, resounding kinship with you. Bless you, the mouse-in-jodhpurs version of you, and your scrubs, whether you are caring for humans or our animal brothers and sisters.

  120. Jacqueline says...

    At first I thought “NO!” until I realized it’s just because I’m so used to the skinny jean being “in”! But realistically… skinny jeans are SO UNCOMFORTABLE. So in that sense, these balloon jeans look heavenly.

  121. Karin says...

    I have 2 pairs of this style, one from levis and one from uniqulo, both of which I LOVE even after a year and get compliments on from people with similar style ( which I love so it makes me happy). They are not “sexy” or maybe even “flattering” in the traditional sense but they are interesting and unexpected and are often just what an outfit needs to make it my own. They balance sexy tops or shoes so well!

    • liz says...

      yup! well said

    • Rae says...

      Yes, yes. Interesting, architectural, and such a nice balance with more fitted tops.

  122. liz says...

    yesss anything other than skinny jeans honestly haha

  123. Lisa says...

    Wore these in the 80s and they worked on my 25-year old long-waisted body. Bought a pair from UNIQLO last year, wear them absolutely all the time.

  124. Betsy says...

    What’s the phenomenon where you hate a song at first but exposure makes you love it? That’s me with literally every new jean silhouette that comes out (low rise, high waist, tapered, straight, wide leg, sailor).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha yes! Same

  125. L says...

    i love this style of jean! i am sooo happy to move away from the everyone-in-skinny-jeans phase. these type of jeans have such a cool effortlessness to me, which i am sooo into right now.
    on another note, i saw madewell’s IG post about this release and was so disappointed by some of the comments, which bordered on fat-shaming to me. not everyone’s style goal is to look like a size 0. coming here and seeing comments like “cool but not for me!” without commenting on weight or size was much more reassuring and reminds me of how much i enjoy the space created by CoJ here.

  126. Emily says...

    Wait, what are people using instead of the cry-laugh emoji??!

    • K says...

      according to tiktok, the cat cry-laugh emoji. which if true, me not being able to remotely fathom it makes me officially feel old.

    • Sadie says...

      a skull or coffin to symbolize, “ded”

    • Calla says...

      This is my question too! When did it become uncool? I honestly have no idea how to express myself without it

    • Emily says...

      Don’t you remember being young and being absolutely embarrassed for the older generation bc of how uncool they were?? Guys, WE ARE THEM.

    • Rusty says...

      😹

  127. Hah I opened the email from Madewell this morning about the balloon jeans and immediately remarked to my sister how cringe-y they are.
    I’m sure you could pull them off, but I don’t think I can

  128. Eloise says...

    I so wanted to say “Nope, Nope, Nope, No Way, Yuck,” but then I remembered where I am and will say, “Good for her! Not for me.” (And….Ewwww!)

    • clare says...

      Yes! I use that phrase all the time now :)

  129. Ro says...

    Do! Not every clothing item has to be “flattering.” In fact, I find trends that fly in the face of our traditionally accepted body proportion so cool and fun. I’m
    ready for new silhouettes after years and years of skinny jeans and mom jeans. If not these, then maybe wide leg jeans, or jeans that cut off/flare above the ankle.

    As a semi-related side note, I’m so done with the male gaze. I have a friend who gives me crap all the time for dressing “frumpy.” But I love playing with proportion and wearing things that aren’t “sexy.” It’s fun and makes me feel cool :)

    • Bethany Ball says...

      AGREE!! And anyway, remember how bananas skinny jeans once looked? And yet we all wore them.

    • Jeanne says...

      You know, I really like your comment about not dressing for the “male gaze”. That seems to be a primary driver even if it’s in the background noise. It’s a powerful statement whether or not one is pro or anti balloon jeans.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I totally agree! I used to always dress with the goal of looking as pretty/thin/etc as possible, and now I try to dress in pieces and shapes that I like, even if they’re not traditionally flattering.

    • Jo says...

      Yes to this, Ro! It is so freeing to where what you love, what is comfortable, and what makes you feel most like yourself.

  130. LLBR says...

    I love wide-legged pants–my forever favorite–but this balloon-style with tapering at the ankle looks silly to me. No thank you.

  131. Holly says...

    OMG, I just saw these in a Madewell email promotion and when I clicked through and saw the models I just thought, nope.

    If it doesn’t look amazing on a model, why would I buy it for my normal body, haha.

    • Kiana says...

      Same!

  132. Jennifer says...

    Lol no

  133. T says...

    I wonder what it says about me that I suspect these would just look like regular jeans on me.

    • Same. Jeans with this “exaggerated” shape just look like regular straight leg jeans on my hips and butt.

    • Calla says...

      Same here! You can kind of see it on the model with the white pants too

    • Emily says...

      Same. I have a slim waist but very athletic thighs and butt. These like boyfriend jeans fo not fit me as intended. They are huge in the waist and skin tight in the leg. Hard pass

  134. Erin says...

    Wowowow so much fabric!! Hahaha def not a look for me but I can see it being cute on other people. I have yet to wear anything other than joggers/jeggings/etc etc this year so I’m also not an authority on current fashion

    • NM says...

      “I have yet to wear anything other than joggers/jeggings/etc etc this year so I’m also not an authority on current fashion”

      Made me laugh!!

  135. Liz says...

    “They’re a take on an iconic ’80s style”.
    Taper Jean Girl?

  136. Sage says...

    Oh…no. No no no. I don’t think I’ll ever wear any jeans but skinny jeans, haha.

    • Calla says...

      I said that about hip hugger flares when skinny jeans came out and of course I caved. I always do. I feel like it takes about a year of being exposed to something before it inevitably starts to look good to me

    • Colleen S says...

      Skinny jeans work for me. As a teen in the 90s, it was all about hip-hugger flares. On me, they fit like wide-leg jeans and it was terrible. Skinnies made me look good, they fit right, and they are comfortable. The oversized jean look feels outdated, but people will wear what they want. I personally feel anyone over 25 shouldn’t wear distressed jeans, but they still do.

  137. Calla says...

    I love these! Mostly because I have an athletic build with a thick butt and thighs. I always wanted to get on the vintage-cut jeans bandwagon but never found a pair that fit both my waist and hips. Also “straight” pants always look skinny on me because of my calves.

    I bought a pair in this silhouette from uniqlo and on me they finally look like the vintage-y straight cut I’ve been after.

    • Lisa says...

      Yes! These are the ones I have. For the long and narrow of waist these are perfect. I wear them long and cuff them.

    • Kristiana says...

      Please share the link to those?? I have the same problem.

    • Calla says...

      @Kristiana Looks like they sold out but they were called “Uniqlo U Women Wide-Fit Curved Twill Jersey Pants” . If they ever restock them I’m buying in every color. I feel like I saw some “curved fit” jeans there once too but am not seeing them online right now

  138. Sarah says...

    Highest endorsement of everlanes new sky high pants in this shape-ish

  139. Emily says...

    Yes please! As long as I can find a pair that actually reaches past the ankle. #nomorecoldankles

    Someone please kill the cropped trend.

    • Calla says...

      Ooooh gonna disagree with you there. As a woman with short legs, I hope cropped pants never die, I always want to look like I am growing out of my jeans haha. Full length pants have never been my friend

    • Emilie says...

      Yes, Emily, YES! I am tallish (5’10”) so this trend is really driving me bonkers. “Cropped” or “ankle” actually just means mid-shin unless they make a version for taller folks. Shorter folks can just rough hem too-long jeans given the current style, but it’s impossible to add length. Endless online shopping trouser frustration.

      Otherwise these look cute! ‘:)

    • Summer says...

      Haha I love the cropped jean trend because they are actually full length jeans for shorties like me! I am envious because I never get to actually try the cropped jean trend.

    • Lauren says...

      Yes! Absolutely agree! I would love to find some full length jeans!!!

    • Deb in Oklahoma says...

      Ohh, thank you! I’m okay with cropped for summer weather. But sometimes “dressing like a grown-up” calls for pants/jeans/slacks with hems that properly break across the top of the foot, and make a prettier (and more sleek) silhouette.

    • liz says...

      agree!! uughh cropped jeans are the worst. If you want your jeans cropped, that’s fair. get them hemmed. I don’t understand why all of our ankles need to suffer!! even jeans that claim to be normal length all seem to be somewhat cropped. WHY?!

    • I.M. Short says...

      Emily, in response to “Shorter folks can just rough hem too-long jeans” yes, possible, no, not always cute… usually not cute. Because then we have a knee-break just above our ankle, or like in a skinny jean, where it’s supposed to taper at the ankle, we get a wide calf-width ankle that flares out, bc it’s calf-width hitting at our ankles. No one wins, Emily, no one wins.

    • ali says...

      I’m 5’2″ and have hated any kind of cropped pants since I first saw
      them on Martha Stewart. She was doing her show in the 90’s and
      I thought “what the hell is up with her pants”? In the 60’s we wore
      bell bottoms with platforms and the pants just skimmed the top
      of the shoe or even longer and it made my legs look at least 2 inches longer. Cropped pants emphasize my shortness and just
      look plain stupid IMO.

    • Emilie says...

      Dear I.M. Short – I am sorry to have discounted you’re frustrations – clearly any of us that divert from the (VERY narrowly construed) “norm” are suffering. The answer should be easy! More affordable brands providing Short/Reg/Tall options (though praise be upon Abercrombie for their effort, and for their frequent sales). Until then, I will continue to seek out and creep-follow 6ft+ women wearing the Perfect Long Pant and demand they out their sources to me.

      In solidarity.

    • Emily says...

      Wow to these responses! I sympathize with the short folks here – my mom is 5’1″ so I know her frustrations – but I firmly believe that as a 5’7″ woman I shouldn’t have to search out a “tall” option that still barely hits my ankles! Especially living in a colder climate, there is a significant portion of the year where bare ankles don’t feel great but it’s not quite cold enough for boots. (I completely gave up on finding full length maternity pants.) It’s fun seeing so many points of view on this! I just don’ t think it’s too much to ask for companies to have ONE inseam option that’s 28″ or longer. Much love to all my even taller ladies out there.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so cute!

  140. Abbie says...

    “Good for you! Not for me” applies very well here. ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha

    • kiki says...

      ha! yes, this. My mama belly / apple shaped body would not work in these. there would be no cute little tuck at the waist, just ALL BALLOON everywhere. But, can see how it would be cute on those with a tiny waist / thick hips

  141. soama says...

    tl;dr: hard pass unless they are properly exaggerated as street fashion.

    the only one they looked ~ok~ on in the examples was the second one in the striped tshirt; everyone else’s just looked like hard*core mom jeans – not a look to strive for. to work as intended they need to be a tad more exaggerated, Tokyo street style, and that eliminates them from the mainstream.

    • Calla says...

      In my experience these look super different on different sized people. E.g. they look really exaggerated on the thin models, but on people with bigger thighs they just look like straight-leg pants.

      Totally agree though, the look is too much for me when the silhouette is really pronounced like in the photos.

    • soama says...

      I’m saying the only way they would look good is when they ARE exaggerated. . .

    • LET says...

      So interesting you’d say that — mom jeans are what’s in now if you ask anyone under the age of 25. They are exactly what you strive for if you’re trying to be trendy.

  142. Brooke says...

    I’m so in for this. My current style is what my husband refers to as “the new wedding ring.” It just means that my outfits are all made of soft, stretchy, flowy materials, and that anyone passing by knows I’m taken (by a toddler). I’m totally good with this. Throw on that fanny pack and we have a complete look!

    • Claire says...

      haha “the new wedding ring”, I love it!

    • liz says...

      took me a second but that is hilarious!

  143. Jessica says...

    I was wondering when Madewell would get on this trend!

    I Looooooooove this cut – plenty of room for back-sides and thighs, but some nice waist definition and a little less wide than the high/wide Kamm pant knockoffs everyone has been doing for the last 3 years (see: the Everlane wide crop). I got my first pair of pants in something like this cut from Toast last summer and I became obsessed – so roomy, so comfortable, but also actual pants! It’s a really good cut. Levis also has a bunch of “balloon” & “barrel” cuts, now, for really reasonable prices.

    Also, it’s a relief to see something that looks fresh and interesting without giving any oxygen to those folks who are trying to make low rise happen, again. (Stop trying to make “fetch” happen, Gretchen! And by “fetch” I mean low rise pants)

  144. Carmen says...

    This post is so relevant, as it was recently brought to my attention via the viral insta post that side-parts, skinny jeans, and the laughing emoji are not “cool” anymore. I have been scratching my head for days trying to figure out what replaces the beloved skinny jean, and this seems to be it. Honestly, if this is it, I am fine being “uncool” in my skinny jeans.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha we were talking about this very thing on our team zoom today. (but I will never stop using the cry-laugh emoji!!!)

    • C says...

      I feel like skinny jeans, my side part, and excessive laughing emojis are all central to my being! Lucky for me I don’t care if I’m uncool! :)

    • Emily says...

      Wait, what are people using instead of the cry-laugh emoji??!

    • Kara says...

      Can someone please explain to this uncool person why the cry laugh emoji is no longer cool? I googled and got nowhere haha. Is it a tik tok thing?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes, on TikTok, apparently it was said that the laugh cry emoji is uncool, and instead to use the skull emoji. Omg I feel so dorky writing this out! Hahahaha

    • liz says...

      I had no idea about the cry laughing emoji! it’s without a doubt my number one haha

    • a.n. says...

      wow. i use the cry-laugh emoji more times than i can count in a day, have a side part errrrday, and the only jeans in my closet are skinny jeans. COOL. COOOOOOL. (insert cry-laugh emoji here)

    • Madeline says...

      The reason I know I am no longer cool is I just tried to google “viral insta post what is cool.”

      also my drawer full of skinny jeans.

    • Kara says...

      Madeline, I want to respond with alllll the cry laugh emojis.

    • Laura B. says...

      Canceling skinny jeans is like canceling white t-shirts. Like, how is this possible? These are the basic units of getting dressed. And you can wear boots over them, case closed.

      (Full disclosure, I tried balloons the other day and actually really like them, it’s all about getting the perfect hem length so they hit a just little above the ankle — still wearing skinny jeans 90% of the other time though)

    • Laughing says...

      Cry laugh emojis are a true reflection of life moments! No one can cancel that! No one has that kind of power! All I can say is 😂😂😂