There was a period in time when the boyfriend jeans silhouette felt niche. Those days are no longer—in fact, this relaxed denim fit is as ubiquitous in our closets as other mainstays such as straight-leg or bootcut jeans. With their signature slouchy shape, it’s not all that surprising that pants prioritizing comfort and effortlessness would scooch their way to the front of the closet and the top of our shopping lists.
Hallmarks of the best boyfriend jeans incorporate a borrowed-from-the-boys look with a roomy fit throughout the thighs. But not all boyfriend jeans are one and the same. Variations often come into play, including where the denim hits at the waist (a high waistline is often preferred to contrast the laid back leg silhouette, but the low-rise trend has shaken things up in recent years). Also, boyfriend jeans used to be synonymous with a rolled cuff, but several brands are eschewing this look and opting for a slouchier hem that pools at the ankle.
If you’re going for a boyfriend jean with a wider, baggier leg, you’ll find them this season at The Row and Off-White (each leaning into the full-length look for fall). Meanwhile, at L.A.-based denim brands like Grlfrnd and SLVRLAKE, the relaxed silhouette hits its stride with details like heavy distressing and lighter washes. And if sustainable denim is your top priority, you’ll find plenty of pairs that are crafted from organic cotton, in the cozy boyfriend shape you know and love. Ahead, 20 picks to consider adding to your rotation.
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