Jeans are an undeniable wardrobe staple. The perfect hardworking pair can last through years and trend cycles. I’m willing to bet that you already have a few holy grails in your closet, but seeing as you weren’t able to rock them for most of 2020, a refresher on 2021’s jean trends might interest you. Here are the four big trends that might inspire you to get a new pair of jeans for the new year.
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that comfort is king. Baggy jeans are the peak of comfy yet utilitarian fashion and are an excellent choice for transitioning out of a year of pajamas and sweats. Goodbye itchy skinny jeans whose pockets can’t even fit lint; 2021 is all about the different ways you can go baggy—’70s flare, boyfriend jeans, palazzo and cropped wide-legged jeans.
Slim straight jeans
Our vendetta against skinny jeans continues, but if you’re not yet ready to say goodbye to it, slim straight cut jeans might just help you this year. A cross between skinny jeans and straight cut jeans, slim straights are a looser style that are just as good as your good ol’ skinny jeans. They come in many variants, but for 2021 try a cropped style and pair it with bold-colored ankle boots. For a more casual look, go for mid-rise waistlines, an oversized jacket and your fave white sneakers. Don’t forget to tuck in your jeans into your white socks, Emily Ratajkowski style.
2021’s iteration of bootcut jeans goes for a slimmer fit and darker washes. While the name mentions boots, bootcut jeans actually go well with numerous shoe styles, like platforms, heeled mules and clogs. A basic white tee is a good go-to for when you’re in a rush but a loose and lacy top pulls off cottagecore chic perfectly.
Distressed jeans rose to fame in the grunge era of the 1990s and it was the peak of cool. This year, the blasé trend is back stronger than ever. A pair of distressed jeans can give an edge to pastel accents but if you’re really looking for that ’90s throwback, don on your distressed jeans and a sweater vest to complete the look.