How to style boyfriend jeans

Recently I welcomed a new addition to my wardrobe: my first ever pair of boyfriend jeans. As a longtime fan of this enduring fashion trend, I’d tried on many variations of the boyfriend jean but never managed to find the perfect pair. Until now.

These Diesel jogg jeans are everything a boyfriend jean should be; slouchy, slightly distressed, lightly washed, and quite possibly one of the comfiest pairs of pants I’ve ever owned in my entire life!

Having never owned a pair of boyfriend jeans before, I’ve been having fun experimenting with how to style these bad boys for a range of occasions (seriously, they’re so comfy that I want to wear them everywhere!). Below are my current favourite looks for day and night that are currently on high rotation, followed by some tips I’ve discovered along the sartorial way to help you rock the boyfriend jean as well.

Look 1. Day

When wearing them out during the day, I like to play up the androgyny of the boyfriend jean and tend to pair them with monochrome pieces that are structured without being figure hugging.

   Diesel jogg jeans, Sportsgirl white shirt, Witchery jacket, Zara coat, Zensu shoes

Look 2. Night

I found styling boyfriend jeans for night a little harder at first as I’m used to wearing darker colours when heading for a night out. So I paired them with heels, a black blazer, and a bold lip for a touch of glam – perfect for a quiet drink (or two!).

Diesel jogg jeans, Lover blazer, Kmart tee, Midas heels, Mimco clutch, Marc Jacobs watch, Mimco and Cos necklaces

You might notice that both of these looks have some things in common, so I’ve broken down the key elements that I’ve found work when buying and styling the boyfriend jean.

1. Finding the right fit

The most important part of finding the right boyfriend jean is the fit. It can be tempting to go down a size or two in boyfriend jeans as they can sometimes feel too loose, but if you try on a pair and feel the need to do this – then keep looking! The perfect pair won’t tempt you to change sizes and will have the right amount of the signature boyfriend slouchiness that’s baggy around the bum and thighs but slightly more tapered around the ankle.

2. Light and distressed denim

Although not mandatory, I love boyfriend jeans that are lightly washed and slightly distressed. In the past I used to avoid light denim like the plague, but there’s something inherently chic and laid back about lightly distressed denim that is hard to achieve with darker washes – especially in warmer weather.

3. Neutral top

As much as I love black, most of the time I style my boyfriend jeans with a neutral coloured top as this helps create a cohesive look rather than highlight a statement piece. Even in my day look where I’m wearing a black jacket, the white shirt and grey coat help keep the look from becoming too contrasting.

4. Cuff it

Finally, to emphasise the chic, laid back look of the boyfriend jean, I almost always cuff the bottoms. I tend to do small rolls, but they look great with thicker cuffs as well. As a bonus, cuffing your boyfriend jean exaggerates their tapered fit while also showing off your shoes.

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