Sunday Staples: The 20 Best Boyfriend Jeans

By Katherine Ormerod - 17 November 2014

Senior Fashion News & Features Editor

Sunday Staples: The 20 Best Boyfriend Jeans

Its hard to remember what we did before we realised the appeal of masculine, low slung, low-key boy’s jeans. Sundays were certainly far less louche and insouciantly sexy. Because as everyone knows, the whole point of boyfriend jeans is that just-out-of-bed vibe. Whether or not you happen to be able to steal said denims from your other half, boyfriends suggest all kinds of sharing beyond simple wardrobe swapsies. 


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Achieving the look is sadly, not without pitfalls. A debate rages on the merits of proper men’s cut jeans versus the more feminine ‘skinny boyfriend’. One thing is for sure: one size does not fit all. Just like nailing the perfect, bum-enhancing skinny, you’ve got to kiss many-a frog to find you denim prince. For the vertically impaired the challenge is stiffer, especially if you’re wanting to work boyfriends with flats for a properly casual look. One tip is to make sure that the cut is slimmer through the thigh. A waistband that comfortably slips down to the top of your bottom cheeks is also essential - anything too tight around you waist is a no-no.

When it comes to washes and distressed details, authenticity is important. The classic Levi's blue jean, with well washed or well worn rips is one thing, a scary, stringy jean that is more tear than trouser quite another. Some iconic boyfriend styles include JBrand’s Aiden and Current Elliot’s The Boyfriend. Both are cut taking the female form into account. True men’s jeans or unisex vintage styles like Levis 501s are more likely to be baggy on the derriere so require more caution and often belting to hang on the hips. Marc Jacobs’ deep indigo jeans for Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection are a great update on this cut for the new season.

Recent Celebrity Boyfriend Spots include Kate Bosworth in MiH, Gwyneth Paltrow in Current Elliot & Rachel Bilson in AG Jeans

As far as styling, the skill is in the roll. When the weather is disastrous, you might feel like compromising and leaving the ankle covered. This is a mistake. Instead team with a pair of high tops or ankle boots and roll the jean to hit the top on your shoe – the roll is vital for creating the right proportions.

Finally, when looking for pieces to match with your perfect boyfriends, remember the sartorial world is your oyster. From a simple Breton top to a chic Oxford to a silky soft tee, you can wear pretty much anything with your baggy denims. If all that has made you realise you’ve got a gaping slouchy jean sized hole in your wardrobe, fear not, because below we've got a selection of some of the best boyfs on the block. Happy Sunday!


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