If there is one trend that continues to baffle fashion designers year after year, it has to be boyfriend jeans. Who would have thought that a baggy, oversized style of clothing would remain popular for so long? Yet, nearly three decades after making its way onto the mainstream fashion scene, this tomboyish style is more on-trend than ever.
The truth is that boyfriend jeans have been around since the very beginning of denim back in the 1800s. Think of those classic Levi’s 501 jeans. The same comfortable, loose-fitting style so popular among the working class of the American public has not changed much over the years. What has changed, however, is the way that we style them.
Fast forward some 200 years and such jeans have become the hottest clothing item in the modern woman’s wardrobe. They are the go-to style choice when we want to look laidback and relaxed yet still modern and edgy. We can style them casually with a cotton T-shirt and sneakers or, for a more dressed up effect, with a leather jacket and stilettos.
But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve collected some of the trendiest styles of boyfriend jeans with the latest tips and tricks to make 2017 your most stylish year yet.
Boyfriend Jeans Can Be Chic & Sophisticated Too
1) A Vision in White
Nobody can resist the classic allure of pure white. Indulge in the simple elegance and wear the color from head to toe, leading down to strappy lace-up stiletto sandals in contrasting black.
The rest of the outfit consists of high-waisted boyfriend jeans in ripped white denim plus a white mesh top adorned in lace and ruffles. This outfit strikes a fine balance between ultra-feminine and edgy – perfect for those days that call for a little sweet and sexy.
2) Studded Style
What is your go-to outfit when you’ve got nothing to wear? If your immediate answer is ‘anything black’, may we suggest an update? Check out this pair: your choice of denim needn’t be overly baggy and ripped all over.
We love this sleek, elegant cut that still retains that trademark boyfriend fit. With only one rip along the right knee, this style is chic and elegant with a cuffed hem adding to the allure. Pair your denims with a simple black T-shirt and a fitted bomber jacket covered in studs. You can’t forget the accessories, of course. We simply adore these Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels and Alexander McQueen clutch purse.
3) Diamanté Darling
Those who prefer feminine, ladylike clothing needn’t be wary of the boyfriend trend. Make the baggy, loose-fitting style work for you by pairing your denims with the most sparkly accessories you own. Case in point: this brightly adorned diamanté off-the-shoulder top. It makes the ideal companion to cuffed, slightly ripped boyfriend denims. Nude-colored ankle strap stiletto sandals complete the glamorous ensemble, along with fine metallic jewelry.
4) Simple Classics
Few outfit combinations can come close to the simple elegance of blue denim worn with classic white. Part-glamorous, part-tomboyish, this outfit playfully combines stonewashed blue jeans from H&M with a loose-fitting white button-up shirt. Round off this effortless ensemble with a dainty pair of Yves Saint Laurent ankle-strap sandals and fine gold jewelry to match.
5) Rosy Elegance
If you tend to go for the finer things in life, boyfriend jeans may not be your natural first choice. We often think of them as being casual, laid-back and slightly tomboyish. This outfit, though, seen here on blogger Aimee Song, shows us how to put a feminine spin on the trend.
She opts for more fitted boyfriend denims featuring light rips on the knees and haphazard cuffs on the ankles. A light V-neck cotton T-shirt adorns the top, underneath a beautiful tailored blazer in baby pink. Adding to the girly persona, lace-up pointy stiletto heels tie it all together elegantly.
6) Yes, Pleats!
Chic and sophisticated doesn’t have to mean covered-up and conservative. Take a peek at this trendy street look, for example. The star of this outfit is a beautiful white box pleated silk top cut right above the navel.
This style is ideal for ladies keen to show off a toned midriff and a killer tan. Cuffed jeans sit easily just above the hips, leading down into nude-colored pointy stiletto heels. This look screams casual elegance with a side of attitude.
7) Vertical Illusion
We’re used to seeing Olivia Palermo in more fitted skinny jeans and, looking at her petite frame, we can understand why. If you have a similarly small body frame as Olivia, you may want to follow some of her styling tips. She opts for boyfriend jeans with a slimmer, more tapered leg as anything too baggy could swallow up her small frame.
To create the illusion of longer legs, her jeans are cuffed high above the ankles with a fair bit of skin leading into patterned pointy-toed heels. On top, the lines are kept long and sleek. Vertical stripes have an elongating effect, while a tailored white blazer adds some volume and dimension on the upper half.
Casual Looks With Your Favorite Jeans
8) Cuffs and Stripes
This look is designed for casual girls who like to take it easy and look good at the same time. Here we have an outfit made up of clean, crisp basics paired together effortlessly. An easy-fit striped sweater is the perfect match for loose boyfriend jeans cuffed right above the ankle. Finish off the daytime look with a pair of white platform sneakers and black round sunglasses.
9) Scarf Styling
If you find yourself gravitating toward loose-fitting clothing, this ensemble was made for you. A baggy white woolen short-sleeved sweater is roomy and comfortable but still stylish. Jeans here are cuffed above the ankles, showing off black and metallic strappy flat sandals. To add some color to the look, wrap an Aztec-patterned scarf around your neck. Polish off the easy-going ensemble with a cute black sling handbag.
10) Khaki Queen
The simplest outfits are usually the best outfits. When you’re looking for an easy-going, all-purpose ensemble, you can’t go wrong with ripped boyfriend jeans and a white vest.
This look goes one step further by throwing in a trendy touch – a parka-style khaki shirt. Whether you choose to wear it buttoned-up or hanging open like this, this is one style item that is sure to be around for many seasons to come. Spice it up by choosing a tasseled sling handbag in blush pink plus pretty beaded flat sandals.
11) Pretty and Petite
This look is ideal for women with a smaller, more petite frame. The key is to add shape and dimension in your slimmest areas to create the illusion of curves.
A top like this one highlights the shape of the shoulders, making them appear broader and more toned. These boyfriend jeans are also on the more petite side, with rips and rouging along the thighs and knees to create some more shape in this area. This easy-going ensemble is rounded off perfectly with a pair of Birkenstock sandals.
12) Perfectly Peplum
Is there anything cuter and more ladylike than a peplum top? This outfit perfectly combines a bit of feminine finesse with the casual style of denims. Here we see a collared black peplum blouse worn with a pair of cuffed denims.
This style is particularly flattering for taller girls looking to create some curves around the hip area. Tying it all together is a trendy pair of peep-toe block wedge sandals from Zara. This ensemble would work equally well for a relaxed barbecue with friends or a day spent window shopping at the mall.
13) A French Affair
When the day calls for simplicity and style, look no further than the simple combination of denim and stripes. A black-and-white Breton-striped top will see you stylishly through many seasons and goes perfectly with any type of denim out there.
This pair of boyfriend jeans, for example, provides an edgy update to the classic Breton. The bold rips and distressed treatment provide a nice twist, especially when worn with dainty strappy stiletto sandals. Add a further daring element with a fold-over clutch purse covered in eye-catching leopard print.
14) Dusty Rose & Brown Leather
The boyish look may have been inspired by our love for baggy boyish fashion, but that doesn’t mean we can’t inject some feminine charm now and then too. This ensemble features classic boyfriend jeans cuffed above the ankles plus a brown leather belt tied around the waist.
For a ladylike touch, a longer-length cotton T-shirt in soft dusty pink is draped across the body and tucked in casually at the hips. Block sandals from Yves Saint Laurent complete the look as well as a matching handbag in brown leather by Mulberry.
15) Superstar Style
Own the androgynous, boyfriend style by channeling some masculine energy into your ensemble. This pair is styled using typical male pieces. We love the simplicity of pure white Adidas Superstar sneakers for a sporty effect which fit perfectly with baggy cuffed boyfriend denims.
On top, a loose white cotton T-shirt is worn beneath a structured black blazer cuffed casually at the sleeves. The overall effect is athletic and trendy – perfect for an easy day spent with friends.
16) Lily of the Valley
Check this ensemble – it’s laidback and easy-going while still incorporating two of the hottest trends right now – boyfriend jeans and lace-up necklines.
Trendy denims feature big, uneven rips right on the knees as well as jagged cuffs above the ankles. She complements them with a black bodysuit complete with a daring deep V-neck lace-up motif.
Get Urban and Edgy in Ripped Boyfriend Jeans
17) Black Leather Babe
Who doesn’t love a bit of drama now and then? This outfit combines some rock star edge with a devil-may-care attitude. Looking at this ensemble, the eye is instantly drawn downwards to large, dramatic rips on the knees and upper thighs. This leads down to black lace-up sandals with a solid block heel.
On the top half of the body, we find a khaki-colored cotton vest worn underneath an edgy black leather jacket. This daring look gets even more edgy with a black leather sling handbag lavishly adorned in long leather tassels.
18) Hollaback Girl
No matter where we see Gwen Stefani, she always looks fabulous. Here she is, fetching her children at school and looking sensational doing so. In this outfit, the stylish musician wears a pair of shredded boyfriend jeans ripped right on the knee along with burgundy lace-up stiletto boots from her L.A.M.B. collection.
Her blouse is made of fine silk in a shade of light khaki plus army-inspired metallic patches on the shoulders. To accessorize the look, she opts for a white handbag, a black leather studded belt as well as large black-rimmed spectacles.
19) Mellow Yellow
There’s something undeniably sexy about ripped boyfriend jeans and strappy barely-there heels. We love this look on style blogger and actress, Ashley Madekwe. She combines destroyed Ralph Lauren cuffed boyfriend jeans with a slip camisole in soft yellow and a thick brown leather belt across her hips.
A pair of Yves Saint Laurent ankle strap sandals ties it all together. This look is the perfect choice for a cheeky dinner date out on the town.
20) Cleverly Layered
Layering different pieces of clothing is an art in itself. When the individual items are slouchy, however, it becomes even trickier. Take a style lesson from fashion blogger, Cristina Monti. Here, she wears a classic pair of distressed jeans cuffed above the ankles.
On top, we see multiple layers worn together at once: a long white T-shirt, a thick grey sweatshirt, and a black leather moto jacket. What makes this outfit work, is the clever combination of baggy and structured pieces worn in layers. For a more girly touch, floral-printed espadrille wedge sneakers and a suede leather handbag tie it all together.
21) Strappy Statement
Edgy, urban and artsy – that’s the motive behind this cool city look. Pick out your most creative T-shirt or cut-off vest and style it with a pair of fool-proof slouchy boyfriend jeans. Whether it’s a T-shirt showing off your favorite musician or a souvenir from one of your travels, a graphic tee is a great way to inject some personality into your ensemble.
Then, to polish off the look, throw in some unexpected glamour in the form of sexy statement heels. We love this pair of strappy Giuseppe Zanotti lace-up stiletto sandals. For some extra oomph, choose a matching belt and chain-strap black leather handbag.
22) Ripped to the Max
Go big or go home – that’s the idea when it comes to ripping these slouchy boyfriend jeans. In a stonewashed dark grey color, this pair of denims provides all the drama you need in one look. All that is needed to complete the outfit is a loose-fitting light grey cotton T-shirt and pointy-toed stiletto heels. Complement these neutral colors with a simple black handbag featuring slight metallic touches.
23) Textured Tease
Check out the different textures, layers, and fabrics in this look. An outfit like this one is the ideal choice when you’re looking for comfort without compromising on style and edgy appeal. The eye is instantly drawn down to huge rips right above the knees on cuffed stonewashed boyfriend jeans.
A loose-fitting white cotton T-shirt drapes easily across the body, peeking out beneath a black biker-style moto leather jacket. A pair of worn-in Converse sneakers and a large black carry-all tote bag finish off the look. Easy, edgy and cool!
Accessorize Your Denims like a Pro
24) Ethnic Effect
Structured with a twist – that’s the effect when you combine loose-fitting boyfriend jeans with a fitted, men’s style blazer. This look is made up of eclectic parts that, when worn together, create a unique, trendy ensemble. On the bottom half, we find a pair of destroyed jeans, cuffed once right on the ankles.
A simple white cotton T-shirt is worn underneath a black suede blazer. But it’s an ethnic patchwork-style necklace that ties it all together. Pointy stiletto pumps and a black leather handbag complete this chic city look.
25) Color Craze
So you’ve got a few accessories in bold, daring colors but don’t know how to style them? Easy – wear them with a basic outfit of blue boyfriend jeans and a simple white T-shirt. This outfit perfectly strikes the balance between casual and quirky by simply adding a bright red Chanel handbag plus a coat in deep emerald green. Give the look an unexpected elegant touch with a pair of gorgeous black Christian Louboutin heels.
26) Dimension Diva
Don’t be afraid to play with different dimensions and angles when styling your boyfriend jeans. The natural tendency may be to pair baggy bottoms with more fitted tops, but this outfit shows us just how chic and stylish a voluminous top can be. Here, a pair of ripped jeans is worn with a patchwork woolen sweater and a matching grey cape draped off the shoulders. Even brighter accessories complete the look in the form of a mustard yellow necklace and burgundy tasseled handbag.
27) Supermodel Supreme
Miranda Kerr is known for being a sultry swimsuit model but here she shows us just how to work a stylish covered-up look. Her outfit consists simply of an easy-fit grey cotton T-shirt paired with cuffed boyfriend jeans, slightly distressed on the knee. Adding some class and elegance to the look, she adds a navy blue blazer and pointy two-toned flat pumps. The finishing touch is a Louis Vuitton sling bag and dark sunglasses to polish off the look.
28) Rocker Chic
The ever-stylish Gwen Stefani makes another appearance, and it’s no surprise why. No matter the occasion, she has a special knack for creating trendy yet classy looks using her trusty boyfriend jeans. Whether ripped, distressed or stonewashed, Gwen knows how to transform her denims using the right accessories.
Here she is in a pair of ripped jeans and a grey asymmetrical woolen sweater from Alexander McQueen. Her ensemble is tied together beautifully with a stunning pair of two-tone stiletto heels from her L.A.M.B. collection.
29) A Lesson in Primary Style
Here’s one for the style risk takers. Boyfriend jeans provide the perfect opportunity to play around with bright, bold colors – the more daring the blend of shades, the better. We love this eclectic mix of primary colors. A royal blue camisole top is offset beautifully by scarlet red ankle-strap sandals and a matching red sling handbag. Tying it all together is a pair of cuffed jeans ripped all along the legs. Perfect!
30) Creative Counsel
We’ve all got a few style items in our closets that speak to our personality and bring out our fun, quirky side. This look shows us just how to style them for maximum effect. The trick to wearing them is by combining the items in a way that’s classy, elegant and in proportion.
A longer-length draped sweater in solid black is tucked into the waistband of a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans. Peeking out underneath is a leather belt with a large metallic buckle. Leading the eye downwards is a pair of elegant black stiletto heels, picking up the sleek black found in the rest of the outfit. Add some extra spice to the look with a statement tiger-striped handbag and a floppy burgundy hat.