February 28, 2021
Fashion

Skinny jeans are dead: Here are 8 pairs of trousers to replace them

independent– In case you haven’t been paying attention to the latest in millennial-shaming, the zoomers are roasting us once again. This time it’s for our skinny jeans, which make us instantly known to the younger generation as “olds”–don’t even get me started on their hatred for side parts.

Now, there are absolutely better things to worry about than looking cool to a bunch of people who probably didn’t even get their driver’s license until after the Girls finale aired, but it never hurts to inject a little fresh style in your wardrobe to keep you looking and feeling your best. And who doesn’t want to feel just a little more hip while downing their multivitamin with extra calcium in the morning?

We looked at some of the best modern jeans and trousers options out there and determined the best cuts right now range from the ultra-wide leg (though we’re not quite ready for the JNCO revolution) to the more sensible straight cut that’s been back in style for many seasons. Some are denim, some are daring, but all will pry you out of the skinny jean rut you’ve been digging for years.

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Dickies High-Rise Wide Pants

Dickies are true work pants made to stand up to whatever you can throw at them, but they’re also eternally cool and look great at just about everyone. This wide-legged pair is perfectly on trend since we’re throwing out our skinnies, and the sizing and fit is generous so you won’t have to worry about feeling the constraint of fabric on your ankles. Let that durable poly-cotton flow with the wind, babe.

Slim Demi-Boot Jeans in Denis Wash

Some of us mid-to-elder millennials may still have traumatic flashbacks from the ill-fitting low-rise Mudd boot cut jeans of the early oughts, but this updated take on the shape is far more flattering. Done up in a modern, casual rinse and tailored to flatter from waist to toe, they’re a timeless denim staple and will pay for themselves in versatility and comfort for years to come.

Bombshell Straight Jean – Premium Stretch Medium Wash

Perfectly distressed with just enough shredding, shaped to look great with any shoe, and created with the ideal amount of stretch, Torrid’s Bombshell line of jeans are a favorite among women size 10 and up everywhere. The “Los Feliz” wash is exact midpoint between light and dark, so you can dress these up or down and know they’ll never look dated and last you through the ever-shifting tides of style to come.

Deck Ultra High Wide Leg Jeans

These are quite the departure from the trim and tapered look that has dominated style for some years now, and that’s why we love them. Super high-waisted, designed to fit smoothly on the waist, and created with what G-Star promises is the world’s cleanest indigo dyeing process, they’re definitely on the higher end of cost when it comes to jeans but made with the care and quality construction to make it worthwhile.

The ’90s Cheeky Straight Jean

‘90s everything has been back in style for several years now, but we still can’t get enough of the simple, straight-leg jean that calls up memories of the last century’s closing decade. 98% of the water used to make these jeans was recycled using reverse osmosis filtration, and Everlane uses a LEED-certified factory to ensure lower carbon emissions. Outside of being better for the environment, they just look plain cool; like Chloe Sevigny strolling Soho in Spring cool. Indie darlings: you need them.

High-Waisted Secret-Slim Pockets Kicker Boot-Cut Plus-Size Jeans

These are perfect for easing out of the skinny style you may be attached to, as these have a similar silhouette but flare out just enough to keep the zoomers from clocking you as an elder (not that you should actually care). They also come in short, regular, and tall, so you won’t have to worry about snagging the wrong inseam when you order online.

High-Waisted Secret-Slim Pockets Kicker Boot-Cut Plus-Size Jeans

These are perfect for easing out of the skinny style you may be attached to, as these have a similar silhouette but flare out just enough to keep the zoomers from clocking you as an elder (not that you should actually care). They also come in short, regular, and tall, so you won’t have to worry about snagging the wrong inseam when you order online.

ASOS DESIGN leather look flare pants in snake print

40 bucks for insanely chic leather look flares in snakeskin?? These are a dream come true for anyone who came of age in the late nineties/early oughts who wanted to dress the part of sexy rock video ingenue but wasn’t quite mature enough to pull it off. Live your dreams now, and look fantastic doing so.

 

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