Whilst there’ll always be a time and a place for skinny jeans, this season fashion girls are just as enamoured with the long forgotten straight cut. More tapered than a boyfriend and cooler than a boot cut, brands like Topshop and Zara are getting in on the style, but understandably not everyone is convinced by the 90s throw back. We turned to Jessica Lawrence, denim expert and Head of Design at M.i.h, to find out why we should be making the switch.
Where did the straight leg jeans trend come from?
It came from the trend for authentic vintage jeans such as Levi’s. Other than 70s flares, most vintage jeans are slim or straight leg, as they were made without stretch in the denim, and this has moved the silhouette trend forward towards a straighter leg.
What body shapes should avoid it?
I really believe it’s about finding the right straight leg for your shape, rather than assuming a fit won’t work on a particular shape. You should shop around to find the fit and leg length that works for you.
Should we ditch our boyfriend jeans for them? or our skinnies?
The straight leg is the jean you should choose at the moment to show you’re keeping up with denim trends, but there’s still a place for boyfriend jeans and skinnies too.
Should they always be high waisted?
Mid or high rise both work. A 10” rise is a universally flattering rise that’s not too high but looks really authentic.
Any tips for making them look more lived-in?
A hot wash and drip-dry works wonders. I also sometimes cut the hems off my jeans myself to achieve a natural look. If you like your jeans to look and feel broken in, use a fine sandpaper on the areas that would naturally get the most wear.
Cropped or long?
And if we don't like the look, what's the coolest alternative?
Depending on your style, a low slung oversized boyfriend jean such as our Phoebe style is eternally cool. Alternatively, a cropped flare looks retro and polished at the same time and signifies a confident attitude.