Denim & Jeans, FashionBorrowing Your Boyfriend’s Jeans

I’m well known for my aversion to pants and for my obsession with skirts/ dresses, but even I will be embracing the boyfriend denim trend this spring in full, thanks to new styles that are completely wearable, comfortable and flattering.

First made popular by Katie Holmes, early critics of the look sniped that she looked like she was slumming around in Tom Cruise’s jeans.  Admittedly, at first, I wasn’t a fan of the look either and felt that it did no justice to her body; it made her legs look shapeless and boxy, and when you are lucky enough to be as leggy tall as Mrs. Tom Cruise, you shouldn’t mess around with a style like that.

But then I browsed around and tried on a few of the versions offered this season for designers and promptly fell in love.  The ideal boyfriend jeans have distressed soft denim, with a few worn spots and holes, and are in a cropped length that can be rolled up a few times at the bottom.  The fit should be roomy, but straight at the thigh – and when styled the right way, the look is sexy slinky with a close fit at the waist.

At the higher end of the price scale, in addition to Current/Elliott’s version (worn by Katie Holmes), is the J Brand Boyfriend Jean ($225), which perfectly fits the bill with a dark wash and moderate distressing throughout the legs, and the signature J Brand plain back pockets.  For a more rugged look with some slight stretch to the denim that is more body conscious, I personally prefer Joe’s Jeans Ex Lover Straight Leg Jean, which features less distressing, a darker wash and retails at $170.

For some more price-friendly options, try the Boy Jeans by Les Halles,which Carolyn has already raved about, for $120.  J.Crew also offers the distressed Vintage Slim, at $148, in an antique destroyed wash and a darker, more true-blue cowgirl vintage wash.  Petite girls like me should definitely try on J.Crew’s jean in the petite length, as the regular will have too much material to fold up at the leg, which can make you look bulky.  The least expensive rendition of the boyfriend jean I found was this Boy Fit Capri in a Vintage Blue Destroyed Wash from American Eagle, for a very affordable $49.50.  The only caveat to this style was that the leg was slightly roomier on the leg than I would have personally liked, but try this style on for yourself to see how it looks on your body, as it looked great on my other friends.

The key to keep your figure looking slim, in spite of the loose fit of the jeans, is to make sure you pair the boyfriend jean with tops that stop at the waist and are figure conscious (no oversize shirts here!) – so that you accent the closest fit part of the pant to your body. A closely fit button down shirt keeps in theme of looking like you borrowed your man’s clothes, and makes the look polished enough to wear to the office.

A fierce high heel, especially a gladiator heel, keeps it edgy and adds the perfect hint of rugged sexiness, to complete the outfit and prevent your legs from looking stumpy in this baggier fit style.


  1. najeema  |  11 March 2009 at 6:45 AM

    I also hated this look when I first saw it. It’s slowly growing on me now. You’re definitely right about wearing it with slim tops, although I don’t think it would work for an office setting, even business casual.

  2. Amy  |  8 April 2009 at 6:37 AM

    This boyfriend jeans are again accepted as a greatest trend of the season! In the office we don’t have a dress code so i always wear Jeans. It’s really nice to wear boyfit jeans because it’s very comfortable.

  3. Anna  |  17 July 2009 at 8:12 AM

    I’m guilty because I am one of those addict in Jeans. i always wanted to wear Jeans because it’s very comfortable and you can wear it with anything.

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