A few years ago, some fashion people got together and decided to produce and sell women’s jeans that looked like men’s jeans. And it’s a smart concept, because who doesn’t have fond memories of the “vintage” 501s they wore in high school? Mine had Phish patches, and I knew like one Phish song.
But for me, the execution of boyfriend jeans by the denim companies has been awkward. To begin with, the sizing is usually wack. Secondly, the leg is always too big–I want to look slouchy, not messy. Thirdly, most pairs either just look like really baggy women’s jeans, or like you actually borrowed your boyfriend’s jeans, except your boyfriend is Bob Vila, and he wears terrible jeans.
This spring, boyfriend jeans are once again calling to me. And probably out of desperation, I had an epiphany. Why not skip the middleman and just go straight to men’s jeans? I knew what I wanted: a higher rise, loose at the middle, with a dropped crotch and a slim, straight leg for rolling. And I found the perfect men’s jeans, at Diesel, natch. Diesel even has a name for that exact silhouette: the “Carrot.” Not kidding. Google it.
Don’t try to buy men’s jeans in the size you’d buy your usual jeans in, thinking since they’re made for guys, they must already be oversized. I’m going to save you a lot of anxiety and stress by assuring you that they are making jeans for some really skinny men these days. I went up two sizes to get the fit I wanted.
They are not for everyone. But I don’t know anything, fashion-wise, that will work for everyone. If you’re on the fence, give them a shot, because as the photos below demonstrate, they’re versatile as all-get-out.
Some ideas for how to wear your boyfriend jeans…and a Pinterest board with a few pairs designed for the ladies.