Posted on: January 26, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

The baggy denim renaissance is understandably divisive; not everyone wants to relive this thoroughly noughties trend. But love it or hate it, all it takes is a scroll through Instagram to see a rush of fashion people wholeheartedly embracing the slouchy look. Sitting on the opposite end of the spectrum to equally polarising skinny jeans, roomy denim is having its moment in the spotlight.

We’re here (along with some of our most trusted influencers) to convince you that these trending jeans are, in fact, worth your time and money—and not just because of the comparative comfort they offer. Let’s face it—as chic as straight-leg cuts are, sometimes they feel slightly restrictive. Baggy jeans, on the other hand, look and feel wholly more relaxed. And then it’s up to you whether you lean into the casual look or add a dressy flourish to your denim.

If you’re wondering how to make this laid-back shape feel more elevated, you’ve come to the right place. All you need is a couple of items to take your loose-fitting jeans from Y2K streetwear to modern must-have, and I’ve found six outfits that do just that.

Scroll on to see the looks, and prepare to be converted.

Style Notes: Jen Azoulay makes a strong case for stonewashed denim with this high-low look, using a navy blazer and heels to smarten up her baggy cargo jeans. 

Navy looks so chic with blue denim.

I’m not usually a cargo girl, but these jeans may have convinced me.

It’s hard to pick favourites from this season’s heeled sandals selection, but these mules are definitely a front-runner.

Style Notes: On your next night out, don’t overlook those loose-fitting jeans you recently added to your wardrobe. Sleek kitten heels and a strapless top are all it takes to give them the evening treatment.

I really, really love this linen style.

Part jean, part puddle pant.

Mules are a cornerstone of every shoe collection.

Style Notes: Tailoring holds the power to transform even the most casual items in your wardrobe. Yes, baggy jeans included. Tap into the waistcoat-as-top trend during the summer, then swap it for a blazer come autumn.

This entire suit is now on my wish list. Well done, H&M.

All-day denim.

Chunky hoops are my weakness.

Style Notes: When it comes to outerwear, it doesn’t get classier than a trench coat. This French style staple holds the power to make even the slouchiest jeans feel ten times more sophisticated, especially when paired with simple ballet flats.

A love-forever style like this is worth investing in.

Wear with boots now and sandals in the summer.

These are so cute and come in four other shades, too.

Style Notes: Fashion people love giving their wide denim a pretty flourish, pairing it with corsetry-inspired tops, mini bags and court shoes. Barbiecore is in the air, after all.

I adore the square neckline.

If you want to try out the baggy denim trend without breaking the bank, turn to Monki.

Just so classic.

Style Notes: The “jeans-and-a-nice-top” formula truly never fails. A crisp white blouse will soften your blue denim, then use smart accessories to dress up the ensemble.

You’ll pull out this pretty blouse for many years to come.

These are available in short, regular and long lengths.

This doubles as a great occasion bag.

Style Notes: Annabel Rosendahl’s pairing of a tweed jacket with baggy jeans has 2023 written all over it. Cool and classy in equal measure, this would work well for a lunch date or relaxed afternoon meeting.

Très chic.

This light blue wash will go with everything.

When you’re not wearing these with baggy jeans, style them with a floaty midi dress.

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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