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What Jeans Are You Into These Days?

Joanna Goddard

This spring, skinny jeans were deemed uncool. It made me laugh because I cannot keep up (and of course we can still love and wear them), but! I’ve been curious to try other shapes. Here are four favorites…

Joanna Goddard favorite jeans

First off, I love the fit of AGolde jeans. Have you ever tried them? They always seem to hit and skim at all the right spots. The exact pair above isn’t available anymore, but this mid-rise straight-leg pair is very similar.

crew wide leg jeans

What do you think about these denim trousers? They have that Jane Birkin sailor vibe for warm breezy days.

Levi's straight leg jeans

I’m also digging this Levi’s straight leg. The relaxed fit feels vintage, and the wedgie back is always sexy.

Finally, these jeans have a little flair, but are roomy overall. They’d be comfy for bike rides and sitting outside drinking rosé.

Also, there was a compelling conversation in the comments section the other day — about how fashion doesn’t have to be flattering. It can be sculptural or playful or comfortable. Says Ro: “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.” What do you think?

What jeans are you wearing these days? I’d love to hear.

P.S. Do or don’ts, including gingham and sharing at restaurants.

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  1. Martha Patterson says...

    Being short and curvy, jeans have never been my favorite pants…but, when I do wear jeans I love my Lane Bryant Boyfriend cut jeans…super comfortable, don’t pinch or dig, just enough stretch and are flattering!~

  2. Ashley says...

    I am so glad skinny jeans are out. I was sad at first but then I put a pair of real denim straight leg jeans on and they are so comfortable! I put a pair of skinny jeans on today and I felt like I was being squashed!
    I LOVE the Madewell straight leg jeans. I bought a pair on Poshmark for $35! And they are a dream come true!

    I like the idea of those jcrew jeans but I find they jeans horribly unflattering. How can jcrew and Madewell be owned by the same company but have polar opposite jeans?! Anyone else notice this?

  3. Long-legged Laura says...

    Gaaaah I remember feeling naked in skinny jeans 12 years ago but now I feel like a whale in anything else haha. Also, I’m tall and have a slim waist but quite muscular legs so more bulk is a no go. That said y’all have inspired me to revisit bootcut or wide leg. Maybe. #firstworldprobs

  4. I LIVE in Levi’s 724 straight fit. My favorite pair at the moment are light and distressed. I wear them with Docs, clog heels, Vans… the leg width goes with anything. I like them ankle-cropped but not calf cropped. Also full length and cuffed with docs. I’m in my 50s, and I’ve birthed two kids so, so my middle ain’t what it used to be. I appreciate the stretch and the slightly higher rise.

  5. Jill says...

    I have been mostly wearing skinny jeans for the past several years but I just got a pair of Madewell Modern Flare jeans and I love the silhouette. I also got a couple trendier cropped pairs recently and I like them for now, but I’m not sure how to style them when the disgusting, slushy, cold East Coast winter gets here.

  6. Kaitlin says...

    I am obsessed with my new LOFT high rise cropped wide-leg – I have them in denim, black and green. I was nervous about them, but the first time I wore them to a (distanced, outdoor) bar, I got the ultimate validation – a woman in the bathroom told me my ass looked great. Is there anything better?!

    • I looked at those! Thats it. I’m purchasing.

    • Ashley says...

      Yes!! I have them in green and they are amazing! I wear them all the time and they are so comfy!

  7. Nykayla says...

    Rudy Jude Denim out of Maine is *chef’s kiss* ethically died, designed and stitched in the States and true utility that will survive wear and tear. They are golden :)

    • Nykayla says...

      *dyed*

  8. KM says...

    The Gen Z’ers can pry my Madewell high-rise skinny jeans out of my cold, dead hands.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

    • Emily says...

      Preach!

  9. Madeleine says...

    My mom gave me a pair of her Sandwich jeans (the motto is “not your mother’s jeans” but they are 100% my mother’s jeans so I was skeptical). THEY ARE AMAZING! I am typically a size 4 and sized down to a 2…again, maybe because these actually are mom jeans, not just called mom jeans but made for 20-somethings… Anyways, most flattering jeans I’ve ever had. Incredible.

  10. Sara says...

    I am trying to read the comments (on my iPhone) to get ideas for jeans buy every time an ad pops up it shoots me up to the top of the comments! It also just did it while in the midst of writing this comment.

    I fully support ads on this site (my ladies need to make some $$$) but oh my gosh it’s making it difficult to join in the conversation.

    • Miranda says...

      I always forget that the internet looks / functions differently for people who don’t use ad blockers. Highly recommend ad blockers! I get that they generate some amount of revenue, but also they are the total pits.

  11. CS says...

    These look quite nice, thanks for sharing the styles. It gets me thinking there might be a jean out there that I like! Lol! l am still wearing my skinny jeans, mostly because I don’t want to go shopping until I have at least one dose of the vaccine! And I don’t want to order on line because I need to try thing on first!

  12. KC says...

    I found my dream pair of non-skinny jeans at a used clothing store recently. They fit my butt, things, and calves perfectly! A dream come true!! Not familiar with the brand name on the tag, I assumed they were some high-end boutique brand based on how high-quality they felt.
    I was floored when I finally looked them up online and Walmart came up as the vendor. Ha! So, here’s my plug for Free Assembly jeans. I don’t think I would ever walk myself into Walmart to purchase another pair, but I’ll be on the lookout for more at thrift and 2nd hand stores.

  13. awads says...

    i keep trying to like my Levi wedgie jeans, but ugh! they look terrible. i’m a size 2/4 (26) and feel like a whale in them. something just isn’t right.

    • Agatha says...

      totally agree, I hate mine.

  14. Erin says...

    For the love of every body, could we puuleaze stop having fashion posts where not one single item will fit the average woman’s body. The GAP jeans seem to go up to a size 16 but none of the others come close. I’m just throwing my arms up in despair over here. I’m done.

    • Jackie says...

      Agreed!

    • JP says...

      Yes pleeeeease! I’ll throw in some plus size options: Decade Studio has an extended range now, Good American is surprisingly great, and I love all my Universal Standard pants.

  15. Heather says...

    My new favorite pair of jeans is Agolde! I found them on sale at Anthropologie.

  16. Lane says...

    I love the way the wide leg, drapey jeans look on other people, but it feels like you need to be tall and skinny to pull it off. Whenever I try on wide leg anything I just look dowdy.

    • Elisa says...

      Same! I’m short and curvy (size 6) and I just can’t pull that look off. Honestly, anything super wide legged is not a good look for me.

    • Neets says...

      I’m v short also at 5ft 1 and I find high waisted and wide legged seems to work! Like culottes

  17. S says...

    I prefer a linen midi skirt or flowy dress to jeans any day, but for chillier weather, I do own one pair of jeans: Levi’s wedgie jeans (hate the name, love the jeans.) For my lifestyle, they work for almost any occasion. I garden in them in the springtime, pair them with flannel for camping, put on a cute top & clogs (for height) for a more dressed up look. The thing is this: I wash them only when absolutely necessary! Being 99% cotton, they stretch very slowly over time mold to my body- but if I wash them, they get tight and uncomfortable, and the break-in process must begin again.

  18. Rebecca B. says...

    I’m petite with a short inseam and the Levi’s Wedgie straight in 26” inseam is my favorite pair right now.

  19. K says...

    My favorite jeans and I hope I never have to buy more!

    1. These Goldsign Wide Leg Jeans love love love the billowy yet structured shape and the simple pleating detail that adds the slightest texture and I love that I got them on sale
    https://www.shopbop.com/wide-leg-jean-goldsign/vp/v=1/1583564628.htm

    2. These Aliya Wanek Hiroko Pants that I got in a dark blue wash but can’t seem to find pictures of….I loveeee the tie wrap detail and again the soft structured fabric, it makes me feel like a farmer. I also got these on sale.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B9PZL8SBwna/

    As for flattering clothes, I think maybe 10 years ago I would have seesawed between “yea dress up for the sake of dressing up for yourself, ugly and ‘ugly’ is a statement in itself” and “body con clothes show off your figure.” Bbut at this point of time, I feel like the former was ironically too much thinking, too much rebellion for the sake of it. And the latter is uncomfortable and unforgiving to me now. I WANT my clothes to flatter me proportionally. I DO feel sloppy and drowsy when they don’t. And at the same time, I want clothes to #1 be comfortable. TL;DR my aesthetic I aspire to now is loose, structured, natural fabrics that drape away from the body just so, yet still with skilled tailoring to emphasize a flattering silhouette.

  20. Ann says...

    I try other brands but madewell and j.crew are the only jeans that fit me correctly.

  21. Katie says...

    I just found my favorite jeans from high school a couple of sizes larger at a thrift store. I trusted my gut and bought them without trying them on. They fit like I remember and are back in style after 20 years. I am so pumped to wear them.

  22. Lisa says...

    I think proportions are more important than trends. I carry my weight on top so if I wear fuller, loose jeans I just look bulky everywhere but I have thin legs. A skinny (or even jegging) with a butt covering top looks best for my body. And I love jeans that can be tucked to show off boots.

    • Natasha says...

      Totally agree!! I’m ready to embrace my body not trends anymore.

  23. Sarah says...

    Loft relaxed skinny jeans! They don’t make them anymore but I’ve found new ones on Poshmark. They’re the perfect fit for me in the petite (I’m 5’2″). They hug the thigh and taper out just a tad from the knee down – not as much as a boot cut but not plastered to your calves the way skinny jeans usually do.

  24. Emm says...

    Mom jeans all the way! High waisted, fitted at the hips, looser on the leg, light wash, slightly cropped. Madewell vintage/summer style is my go to.

    Pregnant now and had quite the time finding non skinny maternity jeans but randomly found a few on shopbop, hatch, Madewell and target if anyone it looking!

    • Just found out I am pregnant so I am am saving your comment for when I need new jeans! :) Also, COJ is now officially the second person I have told aside from my husband. lol

    • LMP says...

      Congrats Emily! 🎉 and a happy first Mother’s Day to you 😊

    • Congratulations!! Do yourself a favor, buy one or two things new as a treat to yourself and thrift the rest. There’s so many good deals on. Poshmark, ebay and similar websites

  25. Susie Carlisle says...

    Everlane’s easy jean–the absolute best combination of sweatpants comfort in jeans fancy enough to wear out on the town

    • Elena says...

      I second this! I bought a pair when I finally decided I wanted to dress up again *a little* bit for WFH after maternity leave. They’re not cropped on me like they are on the model but I just took a pair of scissors and fixed that issue. Now I wear them at home, working or with my baby, all the time!

  26. cathy says...

    I absolutely love Everlane’s 90’s cheeky jean! They’re super affordable and also ethically made.

  27. Manu says...

    I am always on the hunt for the perfect pair and I found them: Slvrlake London Jeans. Expensive, but perfect!

    • Petrina says...

      I recently bought the Slvrlake London jeans too and I love them! Comfy, perfect straight leg, beautiful denim… worth the splurge. I’ve worn them every day since I bought them.

  28. riye says...

    All my jeans are from the thrift store, which can make it hit or miss to get the right style/size. I get them secondhand because they’re soft and broken in–plus the price point is much lower. Sometimes if I’m really lucky someone else has already hemmed them for me. My current favorite pair, sadly discontinued, is UniQlo boyfriend stye jeans.

  29. Lynea Wilson says...

    I find jeans so difficult to find for my frame, last year to avoid the hassle I googled exactly what I want plus “buzzfeed.” Lo and behold several listicles popped up and I found the perfect jeans for me, but from a retailer I find a bit unethical. So I searched for those same jeans on Poshmark, a second hand webstore. And that is the story of how I found my favorite jeans for $15! And they’re skinnies, I will wear them with glee knowing some day I’ll look back at photos and think “oh gosh skinny jeans, what a time that was.”

  30. Zanna says...

    I know they aren’t available any longer but which AGOLDE Jean is that?

    • Sarah says...

      Yes, please share the style 🙏🏼

  31. Court says...

    I’m happily wearing some slouchy balloon jeans that I was prompted to buy after I read your original post about them in February. They’re the most comfortable pair of jeans (feels like sweatpants, looks super cool!) so thank you for giving me the idea!

    I bought them here (in case anyone wanted some): https://www.dynamiteclothing.com/ca/p/claudia-relaxed-mom-jeans/10006283907L.html

    I also am a huge Levi’s Wedgie and Levi’s Straight Leg wearer. I rarely reach for my skinnies now! (but if I do, they’re Everlane)

  32. Christine says...

    I have a closet full of jeans and have always been a bit of a snob about jeans – BUT I recently bought a pair of H&M high-rise wide leg jeans, after seeing them on a friend and loving them, and they are fantastic and have become my absolute favorites. They are the perfect not-so-tight-but-still-flattering-in-the-right-places jeans. I only seem to do laundry when they are dirty and I bought another pair in a different wash.

    • Emilie says...

      Oooh I am always down for an affordable and comfortable pair of jeans! Any chance you can find your pair online and link, Christine? There are so many millions of options by H&M, don’t want to mis-click. Thanks!

  33. rr says...

    where is the link for the “jane birkin sailor-vibe” jeans? I LOVE them!! thx!

    • Bec says...

      It’s right under the picture of the jeans. It’s linked in the sentence that says “what do you think about these denim trousers?”. They’re from J.Crew.

  34. Kirsten says...

    I’m happy about the skinny jeans things if only because there are so many more jean shapes available now! As someone with very large calves, skinny jeans were always constricting and painful on my legs and I remember being so frustrated when that was all that you could find! I am 1000% pro wide leg and straight leg jeans – leg comfort for the win!

  35. Cass says...

    @Joanna, I would really love to know where your top is from! So lovely.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you! It’s Dôen. Xo

  36. Stephanie says...

    Feeling a bit “blah” toward jeans lately. Not loving the look of stretchy jeans at the moment, and rigid ones are uncomfortable to sit in.

    Also, recent weight gain has pushed me just out of the comfortable size range of lots of premium denim. It’s disheartening to be forced to buy unethical jeans from fast fashion companies because they’re the only ones who make my size.

    • Sally says...

      Decade is making ethical, sustainable, stretch free denim. They’re not cheap (that’s the point) and there is a break-in period but they use a ratio fit method and are very focused on diversity in sizing. Lots of different styles too!

      https://www.decadestudio.com/
      https://www.instagram.com/decade_studio/

  37. RiDas says...

    I’m loving JCrew’s slim wide-leg jeans. I feel great in them, and just a little bit cool :)

  38. Anne says...

    I’d love to see Jean trends on plus sized bodies

  39. Kari T. says...

    Well, I was going to make a comment about trends and consumerism but ended up buying 2 new pairs of jeans haha. I’m in Canada so took some time to source out a home grown brand and ended up with the Kim Slim Fit and Cyndi Straight Fit from Frank and Oak. Will be fun to replace my skinnies that I love but have also worn constantly for about 13 (!) years (Mavi brand) and are starting to get a little threadbare in some *ahem* key areas haha.

    • Amy says...

      Oh, I’ve had my eye on those two from Frank & Oak as well! Good choices :)

  40. Dana says...

    I have the opposite of the waist-gap problem. All of my pants are super tight in the waist. If they fit in the waist, the butt is saggy. Anyone find any gems that fit bigger waist/smaller butts?

    • megs283 says...

      I have a similar problem. I am all tummy (LOL *cries*). If it fits my stomach, the bum, thighs, etc., are baggy. I’ve liked Levi’s Denizen with a belt… I don’t love them, but they’re passable. My butt doesn’t look like the denim wedgie, though!

    • Katie says...

      You can try stretching the waist, there are several ways to do it and you can Google them! I think some dry cleaners also do it!

    • BLE says...

      Madewell cali bootcut work great for my Apple body

    • mymmm says...

      I have the same issue! Size 2 waist on a size 0 body. Plus I’m really short, so it’s really hard to find jeans that fit. Most of my jeans, current and past, are from Madewell, including stretchy skinny called Road Tripper, boy jeans, cropped wide leg, and demi-boot, all of which fit very well! I also bought two pairs from GAP recently that had great fit so I HAD to get them. Paradoxically, high waist ones seem to fit me better than mid- or low-waisted ones. I guess I carry most of my “waist” in the belly area?

  41. Jo says...

    First off, hats off to a post of perfect timing! I’m in the market for jeans after many many years of avoidance. 2 Questions: Has anyone tried Universal Standard jeans? And, does anyone else find that high-waisted/high-rise jeans are uncomfortable when you sit down? I always need to unbutton my high-risers when I’m sitting (and then forget to button them when I get up…).

  42. Eloise says...

    Every single pair of jeans (that would be a LOT of pairs) I’ve bought since Covid kicked in have bunched weirdly (like, pouched A TON) in the “upper crotch/zipper area” when I’ve sat down – even those that looked great when I was standing up. I’ve no clue…..I’ve gained about 10 pounds over the course of the year but wouldn’t think that would make that much of a difference. (Again, this happens even w/jeans that look great while I’m standing up.) Any ideas?

  43. Vina says...

    Same, would love to know where they’re from!

  44. Amanda says...

    Goodness! I finally found high rise skinny jeans that I love and bought three pair. I’ve been pregnant or postpartum since the skinny jean trend began (it feels like anyway). And I’m finally on the skinny bandwagon and now everyone is hopping off!!! Argghh! hahaha I guess this makes me a true “Mom”–just a bit behind in fashion. :)

    • Vittoria says...

      LOL! So true!!! I’m right there with you!!! :)

  45. Claire says...

    These are all super cute, and I love the high waist options and only want 100% cotton denim- hold the stretchy stuff please. With jeans I find to get the best fit I often have to size up and have them taken in at the waist. Interesting comments and discussion on the terminology! I agree that “flattering” and “fashionable” seem to have many different meanings to different people, often translating into “the thing I am used to” or “how to conform and fit in” or “I am afraid of age and don’t want to look like my mother”. But whatever, we all have our triggers, I certainly have mine. Here’s to being comfortable and happy. Also, I dearly love the blouse you are wearing in the photo and wish I had one similar.

  46. Amanda says...

    Yes! Ordered and purchased a pair of wide leg full length jeans from the GAP. Taking them out of the package I WAS skeptical about the wash(kind of an acid wash but not really) and the distressing was interesting…I put them on and felt 15 again!! I always order my clothes in a size up for a slouched baggy fit and I seriously feel so much more comfortable in jeans. My husband did a double take and actually really likes them too. I also decided on a darker flare leg from Banana Republic because I loved the cow girl look on the TV show Yellowstone.
    Also, to comment on that comment about clothes not being flattering…LOVE that! I dress for COMFORT(look a little haggard at times) but it helps me with my goal of *body neutrality.*

    • Emily says...

      ooooo excited to find these.

  47. Ashley says...

    Huge shoutout to Dovetail Workwear (https://dovetailworkwear.com/) for feel-awesome, functional, and long-lasting pant options. Sizes from 000-24 with 28-34 inch inseams. My Mavens go from farm chores, to kid wrangling, to leading dance rehearsals like a dream two years in as an almost daily pant.

    • Julie says...

      Thanks so much for this rec! Going to order a couple of pairs. I just really like the pockets! :)

  48. Mel says...

    I recently bought this pair from Madewell and they are hands down the best jeans i’ve ever worn. I wore them to a park with a friend and she goes ‘i’m sorry to be weird but your butt is incredible in those jean’s’, I said ‘I agree, they were worth the $130 I shelled out’. They are also shockingly comfortable for high waist, an impossible feat i’ve found with other jeans.
    https://www.madewell.com/the-tall-perfect-vintage-jean-in-ainsworth-wash-99105687568.html

    Also someone above said that trends are fun for pushing your boundaries, and amen to that.

    • Mary says...

      Just bought the same pair and I completely agree. Madewell for jeans, always.

  49. Calla says...

    I always have trouble finding jeans that don’t gap at the waist. I also have pretty muscular legs so jeans that are meant to be “straight” or “relaxed” still look like skinny jeans on me.

    I really wanted to find some of these wider leg jeans like pictured above and after trying several companies “curvy” jeans (Everlane, Madewell) with no luck I finally found the perfect pair from the GAP.

    They were called “High Rise Curvy Cheeky Straight Jeans” though it seems they’re not in stock currently. They are significantly tapered at the waist and wide enough through the leg to not cling to my calves. Plus they are thick but have enough stretch to be comfortable. They’re the only jeans I’ve been wearing since I got them months ago.

    • Amanda says...

      GAP curvy fit styles for the win! Its my go to as well!

    • Michelle says...

      I was going to suggest these as well. The GAP cheeky straight are my favorite and I have several pairs. High waist, straight leg, stretchy enough to fit even if you gain 10 lbs but not so stretchy that they bag out.

    • Lena says...

      These are my absolute favorite as well! Every time I wear them I get compliments. I hope they keep making them.

  50. Anna says...

    I’m so thrilled and relieved to see more and more relaxed/wider leg denim options available. As someone with wide hips and knobby knees, skinny jeans look terrible on me! Yet I still wore them and it took me about a decade to come to terms with the fact that they just don’t work for me!

  51. Caitlin says...

    I totally understand other commenters’ hesitation with skinny jeans being “uncool” now, but I think the retort of “who cares if it’s not trendy? it works for me!” sort of misses the point. Trends push us out of our comfort zones to try new things–those new things may not always work, and we may not always like them, but how do you know if you don’t try? There was a post on here a few weeks ago about the Madewell balloon jeans and while my first instinct was “bleh ugly”, I went to Madewell a few days later and tried them on. They weren’t my favorite, but I’m glad I tried a different shape, and it drove me to my new favorite jean style (high waisted wide leg). Not to say that you can’t stick with what works for you and what you like, but the entire point of trends (in my mind) is to push the boundaries of what we think we know and like, and to me that’s always positive.

    • Megan says...

      Totally agree, Caitlin!

  52. Denise says...

    All those slender women look great in those jeans. I have a really hard time finding jeans and am constantly settling for unflattering cuts just to fit my waistline. As for your discussion about fashion not necessarily being about what’s flattering, that’s true! Fashion doesn’t have to be about flattering but after 40+ years of limited choices in fashion as a plus size woman, I’d like to shoot for flattering as a BASIC, and then, if that were possible, maybe I’d have the leeway and confidence to branch out from there. At this point, I think purposefully unflattering fashion is a young woman’s game and I love seeing it. I’m so pleased young women haven’t had to live with 40+ years of body shame and can just go there with confidence. Fashion is so much more inclusive now and I’m grateful but I’d still prefer better flattering jeans options.

    • Katey says...

      Slender and, apart from Joanna, between 16 and 21 years old. Everyone remember this: most models are teenagers.

  53. amanda says...

    I find a bootcut jean/slight flair works for me

  54. Nadya says...

    I have two pairs of Raleigh denim “surry” jeans. The denim is raw and takes quite a commitment to break in but they are just a classic straight leg style. I love the long inseam because I have a 31-32inch inseam and can cuff or wear heels with them. They are pretty pricey but the denim it is all made in a small workshop in Raleigh, NC:) Cost per wear makes it worth while (they are now 3 years old and still going strong).
    https://raleighdenimworkshop.com/collections/shop-womens-surry-fit

  55. Cara M says...

    I’m an hourglass plus-size and I absolutely love the Curvy High Rise jeans from American Eagle – they are super affordable, hold their shape, and are comfortable. They have several fits available, but I love the flares to balance out my hips. No waist gap!
    I also love some of the paperbag waist/wide leg styles that I’ve ordered from Eloquii. They also have several fits available depending on your shape – if you are more curvy, or more full in the waist/slimmer in the legs. Although they tend to be a bit more pricey, they hold up!

  56. Amanda says...

    Those J Crew jeans look adorable but I can’t believe they only offer one (very long) inseam. Why are jeans so difficult??!

  57. Vero says...

    I’m wanting to get the Utility Jeans from Rudy Jude. Have you worn those Joanna? They’re definitely not cheap but I like to buy just a few pieces of clothing a year that will last a long time. I love the highlight they have on their Instagram that shows them on the many different bodies of their customers!

    • Emma says...

      Rudy Jude Utility Jeans are the best denim I’ve ever worn! Expensive, but absolutely worth it. I wore them nearly every day since I bought them in November…the quality is unlike any other pant I’ve purchased in the past and they somehow relax to fit your unique body. I also just love her transparency around pricing, sourcing, the making process!

    • Kate says...

      I also have a pair! They’re decidedly not cheap but so well made, I’m certain they’ll last a really long time. I love the look and style . The waist is high and TIGHT so pay real attention to her size guide. Mine fit me perfectly everywhere except the waist, which is like 1/2 inch too tight with no give. Means I’m unbuttoning in car rides and after dinner :).

    • jj says...

      I like mine but don’t wear them as much because the waist is tight. I bought according to her size guide and they were huge through the thighs/butt on me (i have skinny legs/no hips). I sized down and like the fit everywhere but the waist, which i will continue trying to stretch

  58. Jess says...

    Is no one going to ask where those gorgeous sandals from the picture are from?

    Me. I’m asking.

    • Tiffany Birch says...

      I’m searching thru comments wondering the same!

    • Bec says...

      Someone asked and Joanna responded. They’re from Loeffler Randall!

    • Tania Barnes says...

      I think they are beatrice valenzuela — expensive but beaut!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! sorry — the top gingham sandals are loeffler Randall, and the bottom brown sandals are Beatrice Valenzuela. they have a similar less splurgy pair here: https://bit.ly/3uvnboY

    • Tania says...

      ooh thank you! I didn’t know Seychelles sold a very convincing dupe at a lower price point — maybe a good way to test out if I really love the style enough to shell out for the real deal.

  59. Rach says...

    Jeans feel so terrifying as I’m a few months postpartum after my first baby and nothing fits like it did before (or at all) because my body is wildly different than before.

    While I love to see new styles and recommendations, I’d SUPER LOVE to see them from other contributors who aren’t tall and lean like you Joanna- not because I’m tired of seeing what you like, but solely because I have a totally different body shape and have no idea how these would look on me. Can some short/curvy (pear shaped bubble butted) ladies give some recs?

    • Rachel McLeroy says...

      I should add, if you ever want some readers to try on a bunch of different ones at Nordstrom or something and share the results, I’d be a willing volunteer. haha!

    • Sara says...

      Congratulations, Rach! It is *such* a big deal for your body to grow a human. I wasn’t prepared for the after effects of that endeavor and am so happy to see more representations of real world post baby bods out there. Please be gentle with yourself and know that size means nothing. I went on a Jean hunt 6 weeks after my first was born and headed to madewell because I thought they’d have enough variety for me to find something. I got a new larger pair of skinnies but now with perspective, I can see how much I was squeezing into a size that I thought I “should” be instead of what was actually comfortable for my tender bod.

      I’m a mom to three kids ages 6, 4, and 18 months and I too am pear shaped/ curvy and am still looking for a jean that I feel amazing in that isn’t a stretchy skinny! So I heartily second this request.

    • Kelsey says...

      I love the perfect vintage jeans from Madewell in the curvy fit. They are a high rise but I love that it makes my postpartum belly feel hugged in. They are kinda skinny (not skin tight), just right for me. Good luck!

    • Court says...

      Rach- I remember this same feeling and I think I heard it on the Forever35 Podcast where Dori and Kate said to just go buy some new clothes that fit you!! I was post-partum and nothing fit and getting dressed was stressful so I just went to Old Navy/Target and bought a few things that fit my changing body well and it was life saving!

    • Calla says...

      I am also a “petite pear” and the best jeans I’ve found are the curvy ones from the GAP (and occasionally some curvy J crew cuts). They also have short inseams. I do not find the madewell “curvy” jeans to be noticeably differently cut from the regular ones but seems to work for some people (and they will hem them for free if you buy in store). As someone else mentioned American Eagle also have curvy cuts

    • Annika says...

      Working through this dressing my post-pregnancy body dilemma as well. It’s definitely a process of seeing my body as it now is and then figuring out how to dress. My advice is to take the time you need and be willing to dress different versions of your body. Becoming a mom at 40, I’d really only had one version for a long time. I’ve needed to go back to basics with lingerie fittings and figuring out flattering necklines and silhouettes, washable fabrics. Then there are jeans that are fine and jeans that rock. Lots of trial and error, returns, expense—you’re learning, you’re worth the effort. I share a closet with my husband and his side is little-changed, but mine is evolving as my roles and lifestyle do.

    • Elle says...

      Hello Rach and congratulations on the new baby. I am 5’2” and 6 months postpartum. For the first 4-5 months I *only* wore my maternity leggings and the wonderfully comfy and versatile studio skin joggers from Senita. Honestly I was just proud that I could put on pants. Last month I was so sick of the same 4 pairs of pants that I bought something very very different: Loft High Rise Slim Pocket Boyfriend Jeans, and in white no less (I’ve never had white pants before). They’re the same color as spit-up, haha. The reviews are brutal but weird sizing worked really well for my postpartum curves. Now I wear them at least twice a week.

  60. Jess says...

    Nothing more to say than I love you in those jeans and (Doen??) top *chef’s kiss*

  61. Jocelyn says...

    It’s fascinating (frustrating? infuriating?) that Agolde calls their 11.5″ rise ‘mid rise’ and levi’s calls their 11.5″ rise ‘sky high’ … I love all a non skinny jean, but as someone with a very short torso, I struggle so much with rise- a true mid rise (which is high on me) it’s really hard to find these days!

  62. The high waists on all those jeans look so uncomfortable! I am in the US from Mexico for a month. Brought my last pair of jeans — to give away; otherwise I packed dresses and shorts and one pair of slinky, soft athleisure pants. At 51 I have seen so much change in my body; these days I only want to buy clothing that can fit me over a range of possible weight — my body changes, that’s natural, and clothes that expect me to stay the same make me sad. Clothes that roll easily with change feel like kindness and power — and a better investment.

    • Kim says...

      You are so eloquent!! This 53 year old thanks you!!

    • Sara says...

      So well said! I love your perspective!

    • Michele says...

      I agree! Maternity clothing has made me feel the same — like, wow, there *are* clothes out there that accommodate changes in shape and look cute. Why go back?

    • MyHanh says...

      Thanks Dahlia! I feel the same way at 36. I recently had a baby and although my new body isn’t that far off from my pre-baby body, I hate the idea of having to find a whole set of new pants and bottoms. Where can I find some that are good quality and will fit me if I expand or contract by 1-2 sizes ?!

  63. Hannah says...

    I am so happy high-waisted, straight/wide leg jeans have become easy to find – I’m afraid they’ll disappear but hope they don’t! I can’t envision ever again squeezing my body into a pair of skinny or low-rise jeans

  64. Mel says...

    As soon as I heard that flares were officially back in, I hopped on eBay and purchased a pair of my beloved Gap Long and Leans that were popular in the early aughts. I still love the look but whoowee. That low-rise. Not sure I can do it again.

    • LP says...

      Wow GAP Long and Lean took me waaaayyyy back! The body of the jeans is right back on trend, but I’ll never be able to return to a low rise.t Hey GAP, if you’re listening, can you reissue the Long and Lean in a high rise, preferably one high enough to also function as a bra? Thank you!

    • Calla says...

      LOLOL I know, I have all these memories from middle and high school of holding the belt loops of my low-rise jeans as I sat down so my underwear wouldn’t pop out the top. Felt so normal at the time haha

  65. I am LOVING the fit of GAP jeans this season. After i bought a super expensive pair from Anthropologie that disintegrated after 2 months, I’m never going back.

    • Calla says...

      Yesss GAP all the way! I had forgotten about them for years but gave them a shot again after buying so many pairs of ill-fitting expensive brands and am also never going back

  66. janine says...

    I love those Levi’s. I think you can’t go wrong with Levi’s jeans – they are well made and have a reasonable price point, considering how long they last.

  67. Heidi says...

    Target. Universal Thread. High Rise Skinny.
    They are the perfect jean. And they’re under $30.00.
    High rise but you can still breathe, skinny cut but not jegging tight, and they don’t stretch out. I love the distressed crop ones in the same cut. I call them my “sweatpants jeans.””

    • Meredith says...

      I love a good Target rec, thanks!!

    • K says...

      Haha, I was scrolling through the comments wondering if someone else loved Target’s jeans. Yes to Universal Thread and their budget friendly but good jeans! Love their high rise jeans. Also love the Denizen by Levi’s jeans I have from there.

    • Christina says...

      I loved my Universal Thread mid rise skinny. So I bought another pair (for 20$!!). Unfortunately, they have changed the formula and fabric. They are baggy and weird and the fabric is awful. Maybe I will still be able to find them in the old style, but even the crotch/rise is weird in these new ones.

  68. Jenny says...

    Vintage men’s 501s, forever. The button fly, the non-stretch material, the hot little dad ankles. They look good really tight or really loose. The new Everlane 90s jeans are probably cut based on 501s but have a higher rise. I’m slowly breaking in that rigid waist by crouching and wailing

    • Calla says...

      Oh man I have tried so many pairs of rigid jeans thinking I’ll eventually get used to it or it will be worth it. After it getting so bad that I had to covertly unbutton them once at a game night with friends I decided I’m sticking with jeans that have at least a little stretch. Kudos to you though, the rigid ones do look great on a lot of people

    • Loling at hot little dad ankles. Cause YES, that is why I wear these too! Preferably thrifted and pre-broken in by some dad bod to give my thighs room to breathe.

  69. Jessica says...

    There’s a really cool business I heard about recently in the city where I live. The owner takes a bigger pair of vintage jeans and tailors them down to your exact measurements in whatever style you want your jeans to be. It’s called Sequal Jeans ((https://sequeljeans.com/password). It’s ethical, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and the transformations she posts on Instagram are really really good. She focuses on perfect fit and making you feel good. Being pregnant, I haven’t bought a pair yet, but I look forward to once my body is back to my usual size.

  70. Erin says...

    Jeans. Good one.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha

  71. Emily M. says...

    High waist, wide leg ALL. THE. WAY. I have a small waist and sturdy legs. Wide leg jeans are the only kind that fit my body. Alternations are expensive and never work quite right for me. I’d just decided I was done torturing myself and was only going to wear dresses or Elizabeth Suzann (*sob*) or handmade (Arthur Pants from Sew Liberated!) when boom! After ten years of jeans agony and feeling absolutely terrible about myself, wide legs are everywhere. I’m in heaven this spring and having to stop myself from going too crazy with the jeans. Haha. On the other hand, what if wide legs are uncool next year and I’m back to having nothing in the stores that fit me?

    • Calla says...

      I think you’re safe, skinny jeans have had what, like a 15 year run now? I think you can go ahead and stock up and enjoy

  72. Meg says...

    Levi’s Ribcage Jeans <3. I am 90% torso and thighs and these work perfectly for me.

  73. Ann says...

    I wear both skinny jeans and flares (and note: recently moved to a Nordic country where curiously many teenagers are rocking bell bottom like flares, even for leggings!). Most stylish ladies here are wearing wide or straight jeans. I personally have never found a mom/boyfriend jean that was flattering on me (I’m more of an hourglass shape, and yes I do still want flattering clothes!) though once I stop making babies and my body settles I’ll reinstate that search. & Other Stories has some lovely options…

  74. jillian says...

    I am ALL IN on the Jane Birkin jeans for spring. A straw bag! A striped shirt! Feels like the perfect 60’s/90’s fit for born-in-’78 me.

  75. Sam says...

    PSA to remind us that when our pants no longer fit, it’s okay to buy new ones! You don’t even have to spend $100s on them… there are cute, affordable, used jeans out there.

    I felt so sad and uncomfortable every time I put on my “hard pants” (as another commenter here called them). One day I was just like, “Wait a sec. There is more than one way to solve this problem…” And I bought a size up. Now I look great and feel great, no self-hatred or flagellation required. Magic.

    • Rachel says...

      YES Sam!

    • MyHanh says...

      Yes! Getting a pair of jeans and shorts in my new post-partum size made me feel instantly better! Duh. <3

  76. Kristin says...

    I have three fav pairs of jeans – vintage Levi 501s that fit me like a glove that I thrifted for $25, vintage Lee kind of trouser-ish jeans I thrifted for $20 and had the waist taken in, and a pair of Agolde jeans that are pale, straight, and just a hair cropped.

    It’s all about the high low!

  77. KC says...

    I’ve never managed to find a pair of jeans that are comfortable. And I’m all about comfort, always have beeen :)

  78. Peta trendall says...

    Levi’s wide leg jeans. I feel like an updated version of my 15 year old self. 😀

  79. Christina says...

    Honestly, none at all! In December, I finally decided to not wear my uncomfortable jeans any longer. Those that fit were in models that I deeply dislike, and those I like were too small. Four months of leggings and skirts/dresses and I am not going back! :-)

  80. Nanaka says...

    High waisted jeans look cool, no question, but I cannot sit down in them. Yikes! (Have one pair by Agolde, which I call the “standing-up-jeans”.)

    For years, all I ever want to wear is the “boyfriend style”: no tummy pinching, comfortable, loose fit that “can grow with you” to some extend… Awesome! I have 3 pairs of Levi’s 501 Taper on rotation, and even one untouched of the same style as backup in my drawer. (Dunno if they’re still available, all 501 styles look so high waisted nowadays…)

  81. jeannie says...

    I am into denim with elastic waistbands! Lol!

    • K says...

      Where can I find a good pair of these? I am all about the elastic waistbands these days!

    • Twyla says...

      I’ve never worn them, but see a lot of Wrangler jeans at thrift shops – they have elastic waists (on the inside of the waistband).

  82. Cynthia Miller says...

    I love my Banana Republic wide leg high rise- they look like what you are calling trousers above. I didn’t think I liked high rise jeans, but these are so stylin’. They are a little big in the waist, and I don’t want to wear a belt with them, so I need to put in some elastic- kind of like little kid’s pants have.

  83. Amy says...

    Can anyone recommend a straight leg jean for small framed people who don’t have small waists? I have the opposite of a waist gap problem… I have a knee gap problem! If a jean is comfortable/not constricting around my waist, my legs are SWIMMING in them and ridiculously baggy in the knees. It might not be helping that I’m on the shorter side and so the thigh part of most jeans is probably hanging on/below my knees…

    • mymmm says...

      I have the same problem! Thin, short, skinny legs, but relatively big waste. Here’s a trick I used to use – Levi’s boy jeans from a junior section in the department store! I’m now in my 50s and my body has changed, but until 7-8 years ago, boy’s slim straight cut jeans fit really well. I also loved that the waist was higher, back when high rise jeans for women wasn’t a thing.

  84. cg says...

    I can’t afford most jeans, or rather, I suppose I *could* afford them, but I find most jeans to be outrageously overpriced and I can’t justify those prices. I buy and proudly wear jeans from Old Navy. Standard, nothing special, and just at my comfort level as far as price points go.

    • Cynthia says...

      I agree. I can’t believe the prices some people pay for jeans. I have Old Navy I bought from Goodwill that were practically new. They’re very comfortable.

    • Vero says...

      I hear that! I have found great success with used jeans from thrift stores or consignment stores at a fraction of the original price. Plus they’re often already worn so they won’t stretch out after three days and not fit anymore.

    • R says...

      Yes! Vero, here to say the same thing. Poshmark is the best for well priced jeans. I got a brand new pair of Agolde jeans on poshmark for half price. Yes, it takes more time to find what you want and some persistence to bid on things (don’t buy things on poshmark full price! Make offers!!) but now nearly half of my wardrobe is from poshmark and I love it. Not to mention, it’s more sustainable than buying new clothes. Anyway, just a poshmark stan here to sing it’s praises.

    • EM says...

      I’ll add my two cents as an uber-frugal person who is appalled by the price of jeans. My aunt gave me some hand-me-down designer jeans (Hudson, J Brand, Christopher Blue) about 12 years ago and I still wear them ALL THE TIME over a decade later. They still fit great and look good, through slightly faded. I discovered that Hudson and J Brand fit my body perfectly and now look for them at thrift stores (and have landed some $3 gems in recent years). In short, the expensive jeans fit like a dream and last forever… but are best free or used. When I can one day afford the splurge, I will.

    • Stella says...

      I think we need to replace “overpriced” with “out of my budget” here. When we say things are overpriced we’re saying the labor used to make them is not worth the money. When in reality, jeans that are $30-60 dollars are underpriced, because the garment workers aren’t paid fairly for their labor. It’s ok if you think something is expensive, but you can say it’s out of your budget without devaluing someone’s labor.

  85. Nina says...

    major kudos to you for being able to wear jeans! I have a drawer full of beloved jeans, but can’t get into any of them since the pandemic. But I have somehow managed to amass every “style” of sweatpants you can imagine, and have been living in those. however, I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get in my jeans as I finally started riding my bike again. baby steps.

  86. Nina says...

    Anyone have any maternity jean recs? I’m at a loss since I don’t know how big I’ll get…

    • Caitie says...

      The best I ever found were the Jessica Simpson brand from Motherhood Maternity. That was 5 years ago so I’m not sure if they still exist, but had to spread the word!

    • Beth says...

      I liked the Uniqlo maternity jeans. They have a little elastic belt inside with buttons that allows you to adjust the size. I cinched it tighter when my belly was smaller, and they fit until the very (large) end! I also wore them for a few months post-partum. Congrats!

    • AK says...

      H&M. You’ll want to burn all your clothes after the baby is born, so keep it cheap.

    • Anna says...

      Currently loving my black, side-panel jeans from Target! Second baby, and I’ve found I prefer under the belly pants.
      They’re very stretchy and can be dressed up or down.
      Congratulations!

    • Lauren M says...

      Madewell Maternity!

    • Ann says...

      My first maternity clothing purchase was maternity jeans that I wore exactly once. Once I got used to leggings I just could never face the coarse grip of jeans during pregnancy! Mine were H&M.

    • Emma says...

      I loved a Madewell over the belly pair. they didn’t fit me until about 20 weeks – the belly part was too loose – but then they were the only pair I wore for the remainder of my pregnancy. I found them second hand, but looks like they have several options. Also, I LOVED my David Lerner maternity leggings. Those two pairs of bottoms plus the storq pencil skirt were my go-tos. I was gifted lots of hand-me-down maternity wear but found those three basics did it for me.

    • Cheryl says...

      I lived in a pair of madewell maternity jeans before AND after pregnancy! Well worth the price!

    • Tara says...

      Old Navy. Cheap and comfy. Full panel will last your whole pregnancy; you’ll probably grow out of the other style before the end. Congrats!

    • Jacqueline says...

      I invested in 2 pairs from a pea in the pod’s brand (forget the name). I remember them being pricy, but not as expensive as the designer maternity brands and I wore them from 14-40 weeks comfortably (and of course after for many more weeks). Go for the big, wide band.
      It’s beyond me why all jeans cannot have elastic tops 😂

    • Barbara says...

      i never wore maternity jeans while pregnant (mostly because my 3rd trimester was over the summer, so i just switched to dresses by then) but in those first 2 trimesters, i first did the hair-tie trick as a button extender (http://diymaternity.com/pants-skirts/the-rubberband-maternity-trick/) and wore a longer top. i eventually graduated to bella bands (buy them cheap at target), which look like the bottom half of a cami, which you can pull down over the top of your existing jeans to cover where they don’t close!

    • Ellie Kriwiel says...

      Old Navy maternity jeans were my favorite! Stretchy and affordable.

    • Sarah says...

      I went for a subscription from Le Tote for maternity clothes– body changing constantly, wanting to have nice clothes without buying an entirely new wardrobe, but also with the ability to keep things if I wanted. Congrats and good luck!

    • Sara B says...

      I don’t like to spend a lot on maternity clothes and I’ve always liked the Old Navy/Gap jeans. I don’t know if you have Kid to Kid or anything like that near you, but I’ve found some pieces in really good shape for super reasonable prices there.

    • Stella says...

      I tried on SO many pairs early in my second trimester when things started to feel tight. It was a game of trial and error all the way. Most of the sizing is based off your pre-pregnancy size, but it feels like such a crapshoot whether you’ll fit all the way through your pregnancy. So far it’s worked out for me into my third trimester but I could easily see having to size up if my body shape changed in a different way.

      As far as brands, Target and Old Navy didn’t work for me (the fit on Target was super weird and baggy in the crotch, Old Navy didn’t fit comfortably over my belly so they constantly slid down). Then I tried nearly every pair at Motherhood Maternity. Jessica Simpson Maternity Jegging from Motherhood turned out to the the only winner for me in the jeans department (the size is based on your hips and that was accurate for me but the legs on all their skinny jeans do run tight). The thing I liked best about the Motherhood Maternity jeans was that the belly panel is high quality and has good staying power.

      But the REAL mvp has been the Motherhood Maternity overalls. They’re super comfortable, never slide down, and are nice and roomy in the legs. Yes, they are harder to pee in but they just make me feel so good.

      Motherhood Maternity is basically almost always having a 30% off sale so it’s worth holding off to get things on sale.

    • Michele says...

      I love my over the belly ones from Envie de Fraise (the pull up style is better than the more expensive buttoning one). They are on loan from a friend my size. They are not cheap but they make me feel good about my pregnant body :).

  87. Laura F says...

    Does anyone out there (who came of age in thee 80s) remember Levi’s shrink-to-fits with the button fly? Whatever in great wistful awesome fashion sadness became of those? Tucked and rolled at the ankle with boat shoes (we made weird bobbles by winding the ends of the leather laces).
    The good ol days.

    • Peony says...

      Yes! They were so good.

    • Milou says...

      OMG, yes! Middle school was Izods and Levis with boat shoes or clogs. Thanks for taking me back!

    • Samantha says...

      Same!! This is my fave style, have them in blue, grey, white…

  88. I recently realized I was *squeeeeeeezing* myself into jeans that stopped fitting me like LAST May, so I thrifted a pair of old man Rustler jeans about 2 sizes too big for me and I have NEVER felt better/cooler/more me.

    Easily the best $8 I have ever spent!

  89. Emma says...

    I jumped on the RUDY JUDE jeans train last year and haven’t looked back – I feel so classic and cool in them, especially working from home! But I’ve been a Madewell jeans devotee for a while and still love to pull out some skinnies with stretch once in a while…. Those flared Gap jeans look amazing even though they’re giving me middle school flashbacks, haha!

  90. As an avid skinny jeans w/ buttons wearer — I am now obsessed with Madewell’s Cali Demi Bootcut jeans. They are loose but fitted in the thigh, with a slight cropped flair at the bottom. I feel so hip in them, but they still give you a natural shape. (I DO NOT work for the above mentioned store!)

  91. Kate says...

    All I can say, is that as a petite person – the high waist, and ultra high waist, and sky! high! waist! that are touted as being so! incredibly! flattering! are all so unwearable for shorties.

    High waist means that the waist band is on my ribs. I can’t.

    :(

    • Kelly says...

      Agree!! I need styles that emphasize my waist and don’t swallow me up. In my late thirties, I am weary of trends. I know what looks good on me, and some of the current styles would make me look horrible. No thanks to shortened, boxy pants with super high waists.

    • Debbie says...

      I’m right there with you.

    • Laura F says...

      I’m pretty tall, and don’t like them, either! I feel corseted by a high waist. Bring back mid-rise trouser jeans, somebody, I beg you.

    • me too sister….

      and just so everyone knows …my tiktok fashion influencer daughter just asked if she could wear my low rise…and my vintage patched up original Levis boyfriend jeans ( not high waisted)…and was posting ….
      SO….. my bet is….patched Levis, comfy fit, with whatever shoes and hot top will be next…..and flares….flares are always awesome

    • Sarz says...

      4’11” gal here, Kate – I sympathize! Fit issues are probably the main reason I’ve always gravitated more towards…anything but pants, ha. If you have the time to invest, the best pairs I’ve ever had were typically random thrift store finds, but I do know that Banana Republic Petites has the occasional gem. About a year ago, I snagged a pair of linen blend khakis from their heritage line. It may not be the jeans in discussion, but I just about cried tears of joy. Good luck!

    • S says...

      I don’t mean to be the contrarian in this thread (I’m glad you have found your people), but I am 5’1 and I LOVE the high waist/wide leg pants look! The first time I tried them on, I had the same reaction as you all, but I took them to my tailor for hemming and to get the waist taken-in to fit perfectly. After an initial “getting used to” period, I began to love them on me and now they’re all I want to wear! I never used to be a pants person. I’m petite and pear shaped and the low rise thing (& even mid rise) was so uncomfortable. I felt like I could never move or bend down without showing my crack! But the high waist accentuates in all the right places, and the wide leg allows for some much-needed air flow when the weather warms up. (And when it’s cold, allows for comfortable layering of leggings underneath.) If you feel swallowed up by the silhouette, I recommend finding yourself a
      comfortable pair of clogs (Dansko has some cute & COMFY options, believe it or not) or wedges to give you some height.

    • Amy says...

      Yes! Just came on here to preach about these Jeans too! I need thin denim with stretch.

  92. ANYA KAMENETZ says...

    Oh my gosh, i found these on Pinterest, mulled them over for awhile, and then went for it and I LOVE them. High-elastic-waist, super bell-bottom, stretchy jeans. I’ve been getting lots of compliments, including from cool 20somethings in Williamsburg and Bushwick. They are comfy and cool and somehow kind of sexy and goofy at the same time, and they show off my round hips and strong thighs but still hold in my waist. https://www.threebirdnest.com/products/stevie-super-flare-bell-bottom-jean-light-wash

  93. Ramona says...

    Loving those High Rise Vintage Flare jeans. I’m tall and Gap offers the longer length. Love flare jeans with flat sandals in the summer. (70’s vibe) 🌻 I really like a button-fly on jeans. I also like boyfriend/distressed (but not destroyed) I think we should wear what makes us happy. I see all styles out there. One thing I know…jeans will always be in style. 💙👖🥰

  94. Dd tiz says...

    Those flare jeans look so short compared to the early 2000’s version. At least today’s pairs won’t have salt stains up the leg from your walk through the snow to school (or work now).

  95. Laura says...

    I am very short waisted and so the high rise on most jeans currently is awful. It looks bad and is uncomfortable. I suffered through this back in HS before low rise became a thing.
    Can anyone recommend a brand with a good low or mid rise. So hard to find!

    • Myndie says...

      Yes! I’m short-waisted too and love the Adrian Goldschmied Stevie jeans. I’m 5’4” and the ankle length keeps me from having to always hem my jeans.

    • Karen says...

      Don’t care if l am off trend, it’s about the fit. Take a look at Warp&Weft; well made, just enough stretch and the best fit l have found for my 5’ 3” frame. And l still love my Levi 501’s!

  96. Julia says...

    The AG Farrah style are the best jeans I’ve ever worn. High rise, skinny leg. I think I look best and feel best in a skinny leg, trends be darned!

    • Sonya says...

      Totally with you!

    • Megan says...

      YES, that is a great jean! Mine are so worn I’m worried the material is just gonna rip in the seat and yet I still wear them. . .

  97. Jessica says...

    I love the Madewell Curvy Perfect Vintage Jeans. I have a smaller waist and curvier hips/butt/thighs and they are cut for specifically those proportions. So if you always struggle with the dreaded waist gap, try the Madewell curvy line (and they sell other styles including skinny).

    • Courtney says...

      100% agree with this recommendation. These jeans fit so well. I’m 5’1 with an hourglass shape and these fit in the waist and accommodate my butt & thighs

  98. Jen says...

    Jeans? Oh, god, no. I am not ready to get back into my jeans. They are so uncomfortable.

    • Naomi says...

      My friend started calling them “hard pants”. hahaha It’s such a perfect description, compared to sweatpants and leggings, which I’ve been wearing for over a year.

  99. Kelly says...

    I thought all the jeans in the article looked cool, and I’m super into the idea of devaluing the idea of “flattering.” I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the fact that not one of the jeans linked are available in my size? Honestly, being excluded from conversations about cool clothes because you live in a larger body always stings a little, no matter how common it is! I know you’ve published the occasional article from women with bodies more like mine…I’d love to see you challenge yourself to more fully include us in your clothing guides. It reminds me of going shopping with my sisters or friends to clothes stores when I was younger, and spending the whole time pretending I was looking for earrings because they hadn’t realized the clothes there didn’t fit me. There’s a very real feeling of invisibility in realizing someone else doesn’t even notice that you’ve been excluded! And for anyone reading who would like to support a cool brand with a very wide range of sizes and styles- I’d check out Universal Standard! I’ve gotten some great jeans there over the years- they’re pricier than I usually fit into my clothes budget, but last forever.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes, this is such a good point, and I apologize. It was a misstep and mistake on my part. Xo

    • Kelly says...

      I’m so surprised to get a response- thanks! I was just today talking to my 14 year old son about how hard but important it is to just say “sorry- I messed up” when we inevitably get something wrong. Lord knows I have to do it all the time. Thanks again- have a good night!

    • Marisa says...

      Just love this whole exchange- the comment AND the reply!

    • alison says...

      Would really love a week of outfits from Marielle Elizabeth on CoJ! I bet she’d have great jeans recs.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I agree completely. Thank you for sharing.

    • although I am not on the larger size…I am on the tiny short size and most jeans off the rack are for 5’8″ or taller. I can’t even buy them and have them hemmed because the crotch and knees are weird. same with dresses…same with everything….. and the petite style clothes are often not really cool….more Mommish

  100. Caitlin says...

    I found a pair of light blue cotton pants at TJ Maxx a month ago that have totally replaced my go-to jeans!! The fabric reminds me of the blue cotton pants my grandpa would wear when I was a little girl. He always looked so comfortable, yet down for any project the garage or back yard might throw his way. I’ll be rocking my grandpa pants instead of jeans for the next few seasons at least!

    • jules says...

      Details, please! I love a work pant. My own Grandpa never wore jeans, only wool trousers to church and blue Dickie’s workpants every other day and hour of the week.

  101. Olivia says...

    Went to j crew the other day and picked up my polar opposite – a light, vintage, loose type of Jean. I was feeling so confident like yes. I will put these on and I will look perfect.

    Uhhh…NO. it looked like I put them on as a joke. My small/flattish butt could not have looked worse. Like put me on an SNL video for mom jeans.

    I don’t really wear jeans anymore much (prefer the sort of legging sort of work pant j crew factory has), but if I do, it’s skinny black ones. Maybe this is weird to say but I find jeans so uncomfortable in the crotch nowadays like I have to keep adjusting it.

    • omg Olivia the same thing happened to me recently when the sales person at Madewell suggested I try on their barrel jeans. I made it clear to her that I am, in fact, a 38-year-old mother so the mom jeans would hit a little too close to home for me. But I’m always up for trying something new. I wish I would’ve taken a photo in the fitting room because I WAS Tina Fey in the SNL Mom Jeans skit. “Give her something that says, ‘I’m not a real woman anymore, I’m a MOM!'”

      Diligently seeking my new favorite pair of non-mom jeans and will report back to the COJ community!

  102. OLIVE says...

    I’ve realized that I only really like jeans that are 100% cotton with stiff denim, they just wear better! I find that jeans with even 2% elastane stretch out too much as a wear them and I have to wash and dry them to maintain their shape. But you’re not supposed to wash your jeans often/at all because it ultimately ruins them! So I’m swearing off anything less than 100% cotton, haha!

    Also, I’m not sure why everyone was suddenly shocked when Tiktok said skinny jeans were out, they’ve been phasing out over the last 5 years.

    • Eliot says...

      I couldn’t agree more. I hated jeans for years, always buying new pairs hoping they wouldn’t lose their shape and fall apart. They were all disappointing and a huge waste of money. Then an ex convinced me to try 100% cotton denim and I’ve been wearing the same perfect pair of jeans for a decade. 100% cotton forever.

      I was also really surprised that everyone was so shocked by people saying skinny jeans are out. Haven’t they been out for years? I though we were pretty deep into a straight-leg denim phase…

    • Calla says...

      Oh boy, kudos to you guys. I tried so many shapes and styles of non-stretch denim before finally admitting defeat. For me they can only be “standing jeans”. I’ve had pretty good luck with thicker jeans with some stretch as long as I don’t stick them in the dryer.

      I also find the “skinny jeans are suddenly” out thing funny and confusing. I also find it amusing that GenZ thinks it was their idea when like…who do you think has been designing, manufacturing and aggressively marketing these wider leg styles to you over the last 5 years?

  103. Sadie says...

    I’ve been wearing my rattiest jeans for gardening and I feel like my best self.

    • L says...

      I so feel this. I don’t currently have a garden but I think that where I’ve felt most beautiful/my best self was far in the wilderness.

  104. Andrea says...

    The thing that changed my jeans game was getting a Grip6 belt. I need a belt with jeans, but any notched belt was either too tight or loosened up. The Grip6 is a fabric belt with no notches. You set it once and forget it. I used to hate wearing jeans, but now don’t mind it.

  105. Julie says...

    Yep. Fashion is an industry like anything else, and “flattering” is a construct! l love beautiful clothing as much as anyone else, but I think it’s kind of like the whole goal to reach body neutrality instead of pretending we love every single thing about our body. Clothing and the way we appear in it is a fun hobby, but “flattering” is a construct we’ve all been taught according to the standards of the society we live in. :D

  106. Holly says...

    OVERALLS

    • silver says...

      but going to the toilet….

  107. El Generale says...

    That comment about how fashion doesn’t always have to be “flattering” made me think that at my age (50s), I would rather just stick to what I know is flattering and forget the fashion. I’ll leave the cool fashion stuff for the younger ladies and I’ll stick to my personal style for my own clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see the new stuff on younger people but don’t feel at all that I have to follow suit. The only trouble is trying to replace things that aren’t currently in style!

    • M says...

      Yes to all of this comment!

    • katie says...

      I’m early 40s and I feel exactly the same as you! I might add in a couple of on-trend pieces to my rotation, but I mostly purchase and wear clothes that fit my personal style. Clothes I feel confident in, that’s sexy or flattering at any age!

      A few years ago I bought a denim shirt because people look so cool in them, knowing full well I feel ridiculous in shirts that button. I can’t pull it off because I feel silly. I’ve worn it exactly once. I’m done trying to match what’s “in”.

    • Denise says...

      I’m in the same age range and thinking the same thing. When I heard that skinny jeans and side parts are out I was just “oh damn well, I like mine!”. Wearing what makes you feel good gives you confidence and makes you beautiful. I’m going on a first date tonight, and he asked if casual is okay (we live in SoCal, how is there anything BUT casual lol). He told me “wear something that makes you feel good about your body. Could be anything because you’ll look great regardless”. Yeah, I’m crushing hard!

    • Calla says...

      I feel the same way although for me it’s not an age thing. Passing trends are fun in that they change what’s available and occasionally that matches up with something you really like and have been wanting to see.

      @Katie lol it also took me a few rounds of buying button-up shirts (for me was the “wardrobe staple” classic white oxford) before realizing I always hate how they look/feel on me.

  108. Colleen S says...

    I’m committed to skinny jeans until I find something that makes me look as good as skinny jeans. No 21-year-old dictates my fashion.

    • Katie Lepine says...

      Haha, yes to this. I’m turning 30 this year and haven’t been on social media for a couple years now and it feels so good to be behind on all this group think-y type stuff!

    • Charlotte says...

      Yes high fives all around Colleen and Katie. I’m sans social media as well so this skinny jean hate really took me by surprise. I LIKE my skinny jeans. Leaning hard into wearing whatever strikes your own fancy is the only way to go.

    • GRAY says...

      “No 21-year-old dictates my fashion” Couldn’t agree more!! Though I love my boyfriend jeans, I have a pair of mid-high rise slim/skinny jeans I will wear to death. If that brands me “not cool” with the TikTok crowd so be it haha.

  109. L says...

    Yes I’m ready to move on from skinny jeans ha! And I just realized that an old pair that I’ve been hoarding for literally twenty years are now totally in style again – here’s to holding on to the good stuff and having it pay off! They fit a bit different of course but they still work – they used to be really baggy and now they’re kinda trouser-y. And my fashion forward husband gave me a kind of weird shaped, bulbous dress from a good designer a few years ago that I love and have worn but sometimes felt a little awkward in and now lo and behold the world caught up and it’s finally feeling very of-the-moment. So fun when that happens!

  110. Allie G says...

    Okay, the slight booty-wedgie is cute but can someone please speak to whether or not this style is vulva-crushing?!

    I have no more tolerance for denim strangling my vulva as it does not withstand pressure from wedgies as well as my backside does. A sentence I never thought I’d type.

    • Suzanne says...

      Lol! That is awesome – a great sentence, if ever there was one!!

    • Shelley says...

      Yes they are vulva crushing! And so many jeans nowadays are. I’m very sensitive to this haha.

    • Lizzie says...

      Allie G, can we be friends?

    • Angela says...

      And can we get a column for FUPA feeling too? My post-carrying twins, bulbous lower abdomen doesn’t see how it can BREATHE in pants that come up so high. Is it more of a comfort of maternity pants, holding you in thing or….

    • Katy says...

      The Levi wedgie jeans may or may not for you. mine do not and I would say that is an issue for me generally with pants.
      But I think I bought one size too big, as they only look awesome for the first wear and then there is extra fabric. Very comfy for work from home though. The button fly adds bulk – which is a downside for me.

  111. Alex says...

    I have a pair of Everlane flares I love to wear with a Liberty floral blouse and I feel like a modern version of my mom in high school, which is definitely a good thing.

    • Mandy says...

      YES. I love the Everlane flares! I also have a similarly-cut pair of blue corduroy flares from the Gap. I wear either of these with a wedge Sorel boot and feel like myself in high school :)

  112. Sara B says...

    Can we talk about where your shoes are from in the first picture?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Loeffler Randall! Xo

  113. Jill says...

    If beauty is in the eyes if the beholder, then so flattering-ness!
    If you think it’s flattering on you, then probably others will too, if for the only reason is your complete confidence in wearing it.

    I want everything I wear to look flattering! Flattering to ME. ;))

  114. kristina says...

    Loved that comment about clothes and whatever counts as “flattering.” I’ve been moving toward bigger clothes with more sculptural lines — clothes that take up space with me. I still keep thinking to myself “Oh, but that’s maybe not flattering.” Then I remind myself that “flattering” ends up being a kind of code for “I have to prove to the world that I have a not-fat body,” and I put on my wide-leg, high rise flowy pants, my oversize linen tops, or my aggressively a-line triangle dresses, and feel like a pint-sized (5 foot-tall) one-finger salute to any stifling norms for female attractiveness.

    • Lila says...

      I feel same on all! Love your phrasing. I didn’t realize any of this until my 30s and living in a way more rural place coming from nyc and a more natural lifestyle. I wore uncomfortable, tight fitting, constructing clothing and shoes all to show I was “fit”. .. I now have two children and my body has changed and I am a few sizes up from what I once was and oscillate between feeling like I should find more flattering clothing (life long intentional conditioning into us!!) but only wanting to wear natural fabrics in loose, flowy, comfortable shapes.

    • Sarz says...

      Kristina, I love every word you wrote here. I strive to be a 4’11” one-finger salute, too. :)

  115. Tyler says...

    Still wear my years old faded black madewell high rise skinnny jeans all the time. They just always work with anything. I’m weird though – I tend to shy away from blue jeans! I have a few pairs but I always reach for black ones first.

  116. I have those Gap flairs, in black, and they are my absolute favorite! So comfortable, such a great fit, and they look great with everything! I also love Madewell’s Classic Straight, which I’ve been wearing forever, and Re/Done’s stovepipe jeans!

  117. Silver says...

    I don’t know how to buy jeans, I really really don’t. I am 48 years of age and never worked it out. I buy them so they fit in the change room, they end-up too big, when I buy them a bit tight, they seem to shrink even more, or even if they fit, they feel heavy and hot.
    I look at those pictures in the post and I think how much fun it must be to be the sort of person who throws on their jeans and t-shirt and voila, dressed and looking awesome. I have day-dreamed all my life about going to Japan for a week with only a small backpack – containing a pair of jeans, a long sleeve top, a t-shirt, socks and undies, and a jumper. I know it is a weird thing to dream about, but when you don’t wear jeans you end up with 3 dresses, tights, socks, a few pair of shoes, a different bra for every dress etc etc. a couple of cardigans… and so you need a suitcase.

    I loved all those jeans by the way – but oh my, who wouldn’t;t look great in jeans with those legs!

    • Laura F says...

      Yes! Same problem! So many hopeful purchases, so many disappointments. I currently own NO jeans at all, have transferred affections to a few pairs of Prana cotton cargo pants in cropped and regular lengths, found 2nd hand. Someday, maybe…the perfect pair will enter my life.

    • Calla says...

      I always buy jeans online, several sizes/styles at a time so I can try them on and compare from the comfort of my own home. It’s so helpful to be able to wear them for a few hours, sitting, standing, etc to see how they feel and whether they stretch out. A few minutes in a fitting room is just not enough information for me

  118. Justine says...

    Over the last couple of years I have become an almost exclusive Everlane jeans wearer! Love their straight cut and wide legs. Also love Loft jeans! I am allll about the wider and straight leg and am not sure I will ever go back to skinny. Leg freedom 4ever!

  119. Em says...

    I expect this is a common answer, but my most-worn jeans lately are Madewell Perfect Vintage. I do wish they were like a half-inch lower the rise, they’re extremely high rise on my short torso. I was at the doctor’s office recently wearing a thick sweatshirt and these jeans and the nurse asked if I could pull my arm out of my sweatshirt to have my blood pressure taken. She said, “are you wearing a shirt under this sweatshirt?” and I said, “no but my jeans are so high-rise they come up to my bra so it’s basically the same thing.” :D

    • Anu says...

      After years of skinnies only, I recently tried out a bunch of non-skinnies and these were my absolute favorite! LOVE!

  120. Hali says...

    Your post timing is truly unbeatable. Who knew a casual chatty post about wearing denim could spark such remarkable hope. Are we there? We’re stripping off the baggy soft stretchy clothes for wedgies, high waists and buttons?! And we’re doing it with …. what is this …. joy?!

    I feel like a Caroline lipstick round is THE actual light at the end of the tunnel. And I don’t even wear lipstick. But who knows? When the masks come off… all bets are off!

    **of course, we’re not there, I know. I feel like ecstatically dancing about my own mRNA protection and the resumption of my favorite past time of party planning, while simultaneously trying not to get caught leaning up against a doorway staring into space in utter despair for 10 minutes straight when I think about India alone. It’s a complicated world.

    But denim. “Hard Pants.” They’re back!

    • Jenny K says...

      Hali, I love you. The best best best comment and exactly my mix of swirling emotions.

  121. Sara says...

    I’m obsessed with Everlane jeans always and forever. The original cheeky jean is my absolute fav but I also own Everlane 90’s cheeky, bootcut, relaxed straight, and skinnies. They’re all so good!! I love the idea of fashion not having to be flattering. Often “flattering” can mean wearing clothing that is more fitted which isn’t always comfortable or fun. Three cheers for wearing what you love whether it’s considered “flattering” or not!!!

    • Karen says...

      90s cheeky are my fav!

      My struggle with denim isn’t the cut but the color! What color is in?!

  122. Shoshana says...

    I read a great piece about Michelle Obama’s fashion on her book tour that made just that point: are her look’s flattering? That is not the point.

  123. Nan says...

    I am so not a fan of the wedgie back look at all. I guess this is how we know when we’re aging out of trends? ha ha

    • Julia says...

      Haha, same! It just reads as mom jeans (a la the snl skit) to me.

    • Emily says...

      Haha! I’m with you! And it does make me feel old.

  124. Clare says...

    I completely agree with Ro and love that convo in the comments of the balloon jeans post. I think many people say “flattering” when they really mean that an item of clothing makes you look thin. Obviously everyone wants to look attractive and cool, but disentangling those things from thinness is a huge goal for me!

    • AE says...

      I don’t necessarily think people mean “thin” when they mean flattering. Balloon jeans are unflattering as in- they make you look disproportional and sloppy. Which is totally fine if you like them— but there is a reason why tailored clothing (whether an XS or a 4X) usually skims the body. It’s less about size/ thinness and more so fit. Similarly, skinny jeans (which, theoretically, add no weight/size appearance) aren’t flattering on many people.

    • Beth says...

      It was explained to me by my teenagers that they aren’t interested in flattening, narrowing, or diminishing their derrieres but making them look rounder and bigger. I thought that was kind of cool honestly.

    • Erin says...

      The thing I don’t understand is that balloon jeans make everyone look oddly proportioned. The wide-and-also-sorta-but-not-really-cropped pant leg gives *everyone* stumpy legs. I guess wear them for comfort if you want? And we’re not under any obligation to look sexy or thin all the time! But voluntarily stumpy… it’s a hard pass for me. If I’m going primarily for comfort, there are a lot of other not-overtly-slimming jean shapes I’d rather try. I like the denim trousers above. Not really slimming but also not “skinny.”

    • GG says...

      I agree with you Clare. I would add that people maybe don’t even intend to look “thin” but to emphasize some idealized notion of the body’s shape. I wonder how this fits into the idea of body neutrality. I have a pretty easy to dress, straight size figure, but I am not my body. Sometimes I want to play with volume and proportion in a sculptural way that doesn’t highlight my shape. A lot of dress silhouettes do this as well– trapeze dresses and boho dresses that don’t have a waist, the current penchant for dramatic sleeves, etc. I’m not sure why balloon jeans are such a lightning rod.

    • Clare says...

      Completely understand all these points, and frankly I’m not focused on the balloon jeans in particular :) I always want my butt to look great and round, but I was definitely raised thinking flattering meant “makes you look tall and thin.” It’s hard to unlearn that as I get older, and I have started to play more with proportion and emphasizing different parts of the body – that’s half the fun of fashion!

  125. Lynn says...

    I love MADEWELL jeans and the stovepipe fit is really good. I need some summer jeans, and white ones! I hate that jeans have become so expensive. I remember buying Levi’s for probably $30. I cringe at paying over $100 for denim (and I probably never will spend that much!)

  126. b says...

    I will be watching this post closely because I am in dire need of new jeans. Also, skinny jeans forever and ever, amen. I went through my wide legged jeans phase in high school (not quite JNCO wide – anyone remember those?).

  127. I’ve seen all this talk about jeans lately but the hard thing is not seeing the different styles on various bodies. Like, I’m into those denim trousers, but how would they look on my 5’3 mom bod?

    I love the idea of playing with fashion, like the commenter you quoted, but it’s just not usually where I end up channeling my creativity. These recent conversations about denim trends have me revisiting my old desire to just go full-on Audrey Hepburn in the 50s. I feel like that style (fitted cigarette pants, ballet flats, boatneck tops) is truly classic and even when it’s not “on trend” it can be just right. Or am I just old?

    • Katie Lepine says...

      Um, it sounds like you might just have excellent taste. Audrey forever.

    • Sarah says...

      Hi! I love that Madewell has the option to view their jeans in three different sizes so you can get an idea of what they might look like on you. Check it out! https://www.madewell.com/womens/clothing/jeans

    • Erin says...

      Go for it, Joy. I’m in a phase where I’ve abandoned jeans entirely in favor of skirts of all kinds. Follow your heart and give us your best beatnik Audrey impression!

    • Jeannie says...

      As another 5’3” mom, I totally feel this. I was talking with my husband about clothes once, and he noted that I really just want to wear the perfect LBD all the time, so probably best to stick with that equivalent in everything (shirts, jeans, pants, shoes, etc.) basically clothes that Audrey Hepburn would wear.

  128. Sue says...

    Has anyone tried the Jcrew vintage straight jeans? I find myself always reaching for these in my closet! They are absolute perfection and I’m always on the the lookout for new shades of denim in this style on the jcrew website; currently on the look out for washed black and white.
    They hit all the right notes… high waist, slim with the right amount of stretch, ankle length… not quite skinny or mom or wedgie style. Perfect with ankle booties or flats/sandals to show off some ankle in the warm weather!

    • Janey says...

      Yes!! My favorite, too.

    • Joy says...

      I’m going to check those out!!

    • Megan says...

      Love it! I ordered two pairs earlier today. . .fingers crossed!

    • Deb says...

      These have been the only jeans I have worn the past year. I love the dark rinse wash and medium wash. They are the perfect jeans to put on after wearing sweats all year. So comfortable!!

    • Jennifer says...

      Yes! They are my new, not quite as skinny jeans. I have washed black & darker blue…I plan on buying more colors. I love them.

  129. C says...

    Still love a skinny jean but have also been branching out lately… I really like everlane’s cigarette pants, which are sadly no longer available. I tried their 90s cheeky jeans and… wow those did not work for me haha. I hate shopping for new jeans, but those everlane pants I love are probably going to disintegrate at some point bc I wear them everyday.

    • Kate says...

      Everlane’s cigarette jeans are my favorite too! Loved them so much, I bought several pairs as back-up when they phased them out.

  130. Megan Flowers says...

    Madewell roadtripper jeans

  131. MJ| says...

    How timely! After not wearing jeans for more than a year, I need a refresh. I have my eye on Madewell’s Curvy Stovepipe jeans in the Leman Wash. I need some stretch to be comfy and transition out of all leggings, all the time!

    Crowdsource question: What shirt or type of shirt/blouse do you wear on a date night with jeans in Spring? I am looking for a holy grail top that I can wear out to dinner or on date night. No ironing and must be warm (I’m in the Midwest and Spring is a wild card). I have every season handled but Spring!

    • T says...

      Yes can we please get a spring/summer date night shirt post?? Would love to find something a bit flirty/sexy to wear with jeans

    • Calla says...

      I LOVE the Everlane the air ruched blouse. Looks amazing and romantic tucked into high waist pants, and I get a ton of compliments every time I wear it.

      Probably not warm enough on it’s own but I looks great under a trench or other coat too.

  132. Rue says...

    Okay for anyone who’s still feeling sad about canceled skinny jeans…. I’m a college professor, and I once admitted mid-sentence in front of a classroom of undergraduates that I wasn’t sure how to pronounce a hip vocab word. One of my cheerfully candid 21-year-old students said, “It’s okay Dr. A, we’ll make fun of you either way!”

    So just remember friends, the youths will make fun of us either way, and they also really really really don’t want us (I’m in my early 30s, for the record) dressing like them. The jeans message is not for us!

    • Agnes says...

      So true, haha!! I work with teenagers and it’s funny for them when we’re ‘uncool’. Trying to be cool with them is impossible (and ridiculous) and ruins their fun anyway.. we are not their target audience haha

    • Joy says...

      “The jeans message is not for us!” hahaha.

    • OLIVE says...

      what was the word?? – a 22 y.o.

    • Susannah says...

      I want to know the word too! My guess is “bae” which I dont know how to pronounce (I’m 44)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      lol @ “The jeans message is not for us!”

  133. Kate says...

    This post could have been a perfect opportunity for body inclusivity……………………..

  134. Jessica says...

    The Agolde’s you’re wearing are my absolute favorite, go-to jean! I wear them all the time!

    • Linda says...

      Hi! Could you tell us the style name? Would love to look for the secondhand even if they’re not available for regular purchase anymore :)

    • Sarah says...

      Seconding Linda!

  135. Megan says...

    I think the pandemic has totally changed the conversation about fashion as well. Comfort has been elevated to new heights and I am HERE FOR IT! I just bought a pair of ‘cool’ Chacos and can’t wait to wear them All. Summer. Long.

    Trying to get into straight jeans. . .one pair so far! I agree the trend isn’t so much about flattering but the freshness of new silhouette.

  136. Kate says...

    I have been looking at those JCrew jeans for weeks now and I really think I’m going to have to get them. They take me back to the days of late ’90s denim when I wasn’t cool/rich/bold enough to wear JNCO’s, but still wore comfortably baggy jeans and was friends with the kids who wore JNCO’s. I love the fact that baggy jeans are back in!

  137. Sarah says...

    I mean, I hear skinny jeans are ‘out’ but I can still buy them. I think what’s great about current denim trends is that there doesn’t seem to be a single denim fit that’s “on-trend.” Fit and flare? Great! High-rise skinny? Awesome! Wide leg trousers? Cool! Whatever cut-out denim SHEIN is trying to sell me on Facebook? Awesome! (I mean, I’m never buying your denim chaps, SHEIN, but I’m sure someone out there will love them – and more power to them!)

    I’m here for me loving my high-rise skinnies while – AT THE SAME TIME – supporting the people who’ve been jonesing for a return to some wide-leg, JNCO-esque jeans – and everything in between! :)

  138. Lulu says...

    I fully embrace the idea of unflattering shapes. I’ve had every hairstyle known to man (including a mullet, a perm, and a rat tail) and I’ve worn clothes that are several sizes too small and others that are several sizes too large. I am so happy to be comfortable in my skin that I get to experiment and express myself in fun ways. But I certainly heard from parents and ex-boyfriends “that doesn’t look good on you” as if I’m wearing this outfit and styling my hair like this for anyone other than me!
    Wear the clothes a stylist picks out for “your body type” or wear those clown pants you found in the bargain bin at a thrift store. Just wear it for you.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I love this! I’ve spent so much time obsessing about what “works” for my short, curvy shape and not nearly enough thinking about what works for ME. I want to make clothing choices for that more often going forward.

    • Beth says...

      I think I love you.

      No but seriously. This is the message I try and give my teenager every day.

    • Calla says...

      I love this! Been think about this in terms of hair especially. I think it’s really fun to look at people’s old pictures from other decades and chuckle about their perms, mullets, Rachel hair cuts, etc. Makes me wonder if I will look back and pictures of my mid-length blunt cut for years and wish I had taken more risks and had fun with it. Thinking about getting a shag soon, wish me luck!

  139. JJ says...

    Going to need some more size inclusive models. Please and thank you.

  140. Kris says...

    I’d wear jeans more often if they didn’t always blow out in the thighs!

    • Calla says...

      so true! I think levi’s has some “bike commuter” pants for men that are reinforced in the inner thigh. Wish they (and other brands) did the same for women’s jeans