After two decades at the top, skinny jeans – if designers, celebrities, influencers and Gen Z are to be believed – have completely gone out of style.
At least for women, that is. These days, it’s all about wide leg, bootcut, and straight jeans for women, while men are still rocking skinny denim.
Younger fashionistas, in particular, have embraced ’90s-inspired floor hems, and even Kate Middleton, a die-hard former fan of skinny jeans, has adopted straight styles as her go-to for more casual public appearances.
But what if you’re not ready to ditch your skinny beloved ones? What if it doesn’t suit you – or even like it – baggy jeans? Will you have to wait another 20 years for sticky cuts to come back into fashion? Or is it okay to avoid the baggy jeans trend?
In an effort to find out, we asked 10 fashion industry insiders what jeans they are wearing right now and what their position is in the great denim debate …
“Skinny jeans will forever be a wardrobe essential! Especially in the fall and winter season, as a classic black denim, black top, sweater and coat make for a simple yet chic outfit to wear in the winter months.
“The style of denim I wear the most are mom jeans or straight legs as they are the most flattering on my petite and curvy build.”
“Not only did they bring back the baggy jeans, which I actually don’t mind, but did they bring back the low rise jeans as well? It is cruel!
“You can still wear skinny jeans, just maybe relax in one [looser] match them gently. If skinny jeans work for you and you love them and you have a lot of great clothes that work with skinny jeans, keep wearing them.
“I’m currently switching from a slim leg to a mom jean for daytime looks. I like the mom jean fit with a loose shirt and sneakers.
“I think it’s definitely OK to still wear skinny jeans. I always take mine when I go out for a night out, they look great with a blazer, tank top and high heel. It’s one of my favorite looks. “
“Trends only exist to create a sense of ‘must have’ and urgency so that brands can market seasonally – don’t believe it, always just wear what’s right for you!
“I’m not sad to see the slim silhouette go from popularity because they don’t fit everyone. My favorite style is the “paper bag” cut, it’s so flattering on most shapes and it’s comfortable to wear. ”
“Mom jeans are what you can see in our product offering and personally in my wardrobe. We love this style of jeans for its versatility and it is a great addition to any seasonless wardrobe, allowing the wearer to dress elegantly or not depending on the occasion.
“However, keep your jeans tight as I’m sure we’ll see them back in fashion in a few years.”
“I am currently wearing skinny jeans. I don’t think they will go out of fashion completely in the near future, there will always be room for a skinny! ”
“I’m a huge fan of my high-waisted, wide-leg jeans that have a real 70’s vibe. They are also very comfortable, which has become much more important in recent years.
“I think it’s okay to continue wearing skinny jeans, especially if you have a loved pair in your wardrobe. It depends on how you style them – they are great to wear with a soft sweatshirt or a voluminous top, to create that contrast in the silhouette.
“The jeans I’m currently wearing are straight leg with buttons. I also like the cropped flares and have some full length flares from the nineties too.
“The skinny still have their place and I’d still wear them with chunky Doc Marten boots and a big sweater in the winter.”
“I’m finding it so hard to get away from the skinny! And now the return to the bootcut is scary too, but I love mine.
“I have boyfriend jeans too, but the key to any jeans of any shape is finding ones that fit your butt and muffin top! If you choose a skinny model, try those that are not thin at the ankle – this way they will look more modern. But absolutely wear what you love “.