by Caroline Thomas

Many a girl thinks “jeans are uncomfortable.”  And this is valid; most pairs of women’s jeans nowadays, no matter the cost or denim quality, are not suited for comfort.  Although jeggings are (hopefully) long forgotten, the skinny jean trend persists, and most pairs of womens’ jeans do not allow the wearer to sit comfortably in any position other than upright with knees at a 90-degree angle.  However, spring brings hope to the state of womens’ denim, and now that we no longer have to worry about tucking pants perfectly into snow boots, the boyfriend jean emerges as the season’s staple.  

Photo by Allie Little
Photo by Allie Little

Any girl who thinks that jeans are inherently uncomfortable has never spent a day in a pair of boyfriend jeans. The material boyfriend jeans are made of is often made from a greater percentage of actual denim than either cheap or pricey skinny jeans, and real denim is soft, flexible, and durable.  

However, boyfriend jeans are not all about comfort.  It is a common misconception that loose clothing equates to unflattering clothing – when worn right, boyfriend jeans appear flattering and trendy while maintaining a relaxed and effortless vibe. They can be more flattering than most skinny jeans, as many pairs of womens’ jeans today are made of a denim-spandex blend reminiscent of the jegging era that unforgivingly hugs every curve.

On chillier days, boyfriend jeans paired with heeled ankle boots complete a preppy-but-relaxed outfit perfect for transitioning into spring.

For a chic street style look, strappy sandal heels and boyfriend jeans channel the effortless cool off-duty models.

Photo by Allie Little
Photo by Allie Little

Fashion risk-takers should try statement platform sandals with cuffed boyfriend jeans.  And for those of us who wish to rock the casual-cool look, boyfriend jeans can be worn with classic birkenstocks. Paired with a loose, slightly cropped t-shirt, this beachy look can be achieved even on a rainy spring day in DC.

Now, the perfect fitting pair of boyfriend jeans is surprisingly not difficult to find.  A perfect pair should balance on the hips and fall straight through the rest of the leg – the fit in the hips is essential to making boyfriend jeans look like an intentional style as opposed to an oversized pair of pants.  Luckily, there is a wide range of stores on M street that carry looser denim (at a variety of prices).  

This style of denim is right up Madewell’s alley, so naturally some of the best pairs of boyfriend jeans are found at the store on Wisconsin.  One highlight of Madewell’s denim selection is the Summer Jean, a new light-wash pair that combines the looseness of boyfriend jeans with a stylish higher waist.  Another staple is Madewell’s Slim Boyfriend Jean, which is a perfect first pair of boyfriend jeans as the style is slightly looser than a straight-leg fit.  

Photo by Allie Little
Photo by Allie Little

H&M carries a selection of denim styles rivaling that of Madewell, and priced at a much more accessible level.  A favorite among H&M’s collection is the Girlfriend Jean, a pair of light-wash, ankle-length, distressed jeans that look perfect with a low heel.

However they are worn, boyfriend jeans would be a great addition to the Georgetown student’s spring wardrobe. Despite once being a fashion enigma, looser-fitting pants are gaining well-deserved popularity throughout the fashion world. Don’t be afraid to try them out!

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