Vintage: Relax! Throw On A Pair Of Boyfriend Jeans

March 10, 2014 • Magazine, Vintage


That age old saying ‘beauty is pain’ sometimes can be true. We all know wearing our favorite skinny jeans or evening dress can be a bit binding and at times uncomfortable. But we all don’t have to suffer for the sake of looking gorgeous; the boyfriend jean has got us covered – looking stylish and being comfy. The fit of the boyfriend jean is much more relaxed. They generally sit lower on the hip and have a straight or relaxed fit through leg and thigh. Sometimes they’ll slightly taper and most styles now are pre-cuffed and slightly distressed for the extra casual look. They are cut this way to mimic wearing our fella’s jeans, but they are cut for us so we can accentuate our favorite parts but still look feminine and feel relaxed.

The start of this trend was really difficult to track down but I’d like to think it started in the 1950s when it became more widely accepted for women to wear pants. By then women were in the workforce and may have thrown on a pair their husband’s jeans when working factory jobs since they were much more rugged and relaxed. Younger ladies may have also put on their boyfriends’ jeans as a change of clothes after an evening romp. This practice was eventually adapted by others as a trend; style icon Audrey Hepburn even rocked them. As jeans became a staple in fashion, styles continued to evolve throughout the decades and more cuts became available to women. Even though the boyfriend cut of jean was created specifically for women to wear, it didn’t stop some ladies from digging through their guys’ closets and throwing on his pair for the day. Remember Katie Holmes was photographed wearing Tom’s jeans just a few years ago?

Needless to say the boyfriend jean is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can ever put on. They come in every denim wash possible and some even have embellishments, prints or patches so you can really have fun with mixing and matching looks. One caveat is that I would keep boyfriend jeans away from formal occasions, but otherwise pair them with your favorite graphic t-shirt, button up shirt or baggy sweater for a laid back look. You can also try them with a loose feminine top under a shrunken blazer (my personal favorite). Shoes are also pretty much a free-for-all as you can wear your favorite ballet flats, sexy pumps or sandals, some menswear inspired oxfords or a pair of booties.

1. 1950s Boyfriend Jeans

2. 1980s Jordache High Waist Boyfriend Jeans Denim, $58

3. 1990s Oversized Levis Boyfriend Jeans, $38

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Boyfriend Jeans (Vintage Wash), $99.50

5. Citizens of Humanity Emerson Boyfriend Jean, $218

6. Levi’s Beau Boyfriend Jeans, $195

– Carmen Turner

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