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7 Alternatives To Unforgiving Skinny Jeans

By Anubha Das

Updated - June 15, 2022 4 min read

Hold up, are skinny jeans out of style? According to Instagram Reels and Gen Z, the era of skinny jeans is long gone.


And, with it, the vivid memories of hysterically crying and limping around the room while squeezing into a pair have also faded away. If you’re feeling out of the loop, you may ask yourself if skinny jeans are out, what’s in? Don’t worry, we are here to answer that! 


Check out these amazing alternatives to skinny jeans, and bookmark them for future shopping sprees.


1. Flared Jeans

If you’ve been exclusively sticking to skinny jeans off late, put on a flared pair and see what they do to your legs and how many times you’re caught looking at yourself in the mirror during the day. This body-hugging pair of jeans enhance your figure in ways that a skinny pair simply can’t. Combining the jeans with a  pair of booties or sandals with heels will make you the chicest girl in any room.

Image Courtesy: Missguided



2. Baggy Jeans

In a nod to the ’80s, baggy, ultra-loose jeans are one of the most dominant bottom trends of the year. If you don’t know how to start (or feel a bit odd in them initially), try something fitted on top to balance out the larger proportions at the bottom. Once you give these a whirl, you’ll be asking your mom why she didn’t save her old clothes for you.

Image Courtesy: H&M



3. Straight Jeans

Obviously, straight jeans have been the clear replacement for skinnies over the past couple of years. They’re nothing out of the ordinary, but look great on anybody while providing an effortless, cool-girl vibe (especially with a distressed hem). As compared to the aforementioned ’90s fit, these are snugger throughout the butt and leg (like they’re just one step wider than a skinny pair).

Image Courtesy: YesStyle



4. Tapered Leg Jeans

If you’re not completely ready to put your skinny jeans aside (which we're not saying you should), try on the tapered leg jeans. They gradually narrow towards the ankle and have that same inverted shape. They’re similar to skinny and straight-leg jeans in a combination. But, oh-so-comforting! They look vogue and, when teamed up with your favourite pair of sneakers, make you look like the diva you already are.

Image Courtesy: Missguided



5. Boyfriend Jeans

Similar to the straight-leg jeans, but more relaxed through the hip and thighs–we love boyfriend jeans. They are soft, comfy, and the loose fit allows for easy movement, but there is one tip of caution. Since they are a bit slouchy and oversized, you can quickly go from laid-back cool-girl vibes to frumpy and ill-fitting.

Image Courtesy: UCB



6. Cropped Jeans

It can be said that almost all these alternatives of skinny jeans can be worn in a cropped style. However, we are throwing another curveball at you. Try wearing your cropped jeans with socks and a pair of loafers. And no, we're not talking about those no-show socks; instead, we are talking about a pop of colour or something with a bit of an ankle. Think back to the penny loafers of the late ’80s. *Wow*

Image Courtesy: Forever21



7. Bootcut Jeans

Bootcut jeans are classic. Good dark-wash jeans with the appropriate length will always be a smart wardrobe staple. Of course, if you still have the low-rise, high contrast stitching version from a decade ago, it's probably time to upgrade. Bootcut jeans should be worn with more structured shoes and a longer toe-box (i.e. no large flares with a flimsy round-toe ballet flat, but a pair of pointed leather flats, ankle boots, or loafers).

Image Courtesy: New Look



What are your favourite alternatives to skinny jeans? Let us know in the comments!


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