The name “boyfriend jean” might feel a bit dated in the increasingly gender-fluid world of fashion in 2018, but the relaxed silhouette it refers to is as relevant as ever. Featuring a looser fit that can range from straight-legged to almost baggy, boyfriend jeans are the perfect comfortable, lived-in alternative for anyone who’s looking for a happy medium between skinnies and wide-legged pants.
Like most denim, boyfriend jeans can be easily dressed up or down. Worn with heels and a cropped sweater, they add a touch of IDGAF to a going-out look, or they can be thrown on with sneakers and a letter jacket for a bit of retro-inspired tomboy cool. Wearing a dark, unripped pair with a white button down and chic spring-ready shoesmakes them appropriate for casual Fridays at the office, too.
Ready to slip into your new favorite pair of jeans? We’ve rounded up a selection of the best pairs on the market from designer labels like Monse, denim experts like Levi’s and sustainable fashion pioneers like Everlane and G-Star Raw. Click through the gallery below to shop our favorites