Thoughts By Natalie

How to Style Boyfriend Jeans

How to Style Boyfriend Jeans //

I know that boyfriend jeans have been around forever, but for some reason they never appealed to me. I always thought they looked too baggy, too distressed or too masculine. But lately, I’ve noticed a trend toward slimmer boyfriend jeans and have been wanting a pair for myself. Thankfully, I spotted an awesome pair by Mossimo on clearance at my local Target store for $20 and I just couldn’t pass them up.

Despite the fact that I’m pregnant and growing, I figured they would be a good investment since they’re loose-fitting and would be easy to wear postpartum as well (also…they were only twenty dollars). Now, the only thing I need to figure out is how to style them for my personal preferences and body type. These are my ideas…

Feminine Shoes
My first instinct is pumps, of course, but I think that they would work with pretty ballet flats. Though I’ve seen these pants paired with sneakers, I personally think with such masculine pants, feminine shoes are going to be a must for me. This look is sooooo working in my opinion.

Understated Top
Whether slouchy or fitted or even covered in sequins, I think the top that I pair with these pants needs to have a casual feel to it to match the vibe of the pants. For tops with fancy or flirty details (like this), I think I’d opt for something loose; and for simple tops (like this), I feel like more fitted will be a good way to go to avoid actually looking like a boy.

Key Accessories
A belt feels totally necessary with this style, even though my bum will still be able to hold them up all on its own. Also, I imagine that some fun jewelry (like this) could work with the feminine shoes to add girly flair to the masculine silhouette.

Casual Hair
As always, I’m all for casual hair. But I think it’s especially important with boyfriend jeans, which are meant to be casual and effortless. I likely would do loose waves, since that’s my go-to look, but I also love the top knot with this look.

Overall, I’m excited to experiment with this slightly man-repelling style of jeans. Brian probably will hate them, but every girl has to have a few sartorially-satisfying items in her wardrobe that guys just don’t understand, right?

Are you into boyfriend jeans? How do you style them?

Image via J.Crew March Style Guide

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  • Gina
    March 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Yes! I absolutely love them. My hubby doesn’t, but that’s ok…we have an understanding:) I love them with heels and a statement necklace or a bright lip. Sometimes I wear them with loafers. I just did a post about taking them from day to night.
    I love comfy and chic at the same time!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      March 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Haha, yes, my hubby and I have “understandings” about a few of my wardrobe favorites. Weirdly, he likes these. (But my eggplant purple vest with ruffles, not so much.)

  • Rachel
    March 20, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I love the boyfriend jean look! I even wear a pair of men’s Levis to achieve the look.