Ah, middle school. I remember it so clearly, as if it were yesterday. Those were the days when it was cool to wear a T-shirt with brand names boldly plastered across the front of it. Those were the days when it was perfectly acceptable to wear flip flops with every outfit. And those were the days when my mom repeatedly asked me, “Why on earth would you pay more money for jeans with holes in them?!”
Much to the dismay of moms everywhere, those days are back. Except this time around, we’re leaving behind the braces and Abercrombie T-shirts and just keeping the ripped jeans—this time in boyfriend form.
I spotted this Fashionista studying away in the library one afternoon and immediately had to ask about her outfit. Her bold, striped crop top and boyfriend jeans combo stood out among the crowd of athletic wear that usually fills the library. This chic duo is a great way to get use out of your jeans during the warmer spring and summer months because of its breezy nature. Wearing loose-fitting jeans with holes in them is a great way to stay cool during the day because they don’t trap the heat as much as skinny jeans do. As a native Floridian and lover of denim, I’m stoked to have this trend back just in time for the summer.
With boyfriend jeans currently soaking up the denim spotlight this season, the styles and options are endless. Light wash, dark wash and even black boyfriend jeans can be found scattered throughout malls and online stores. If you just can’t quite shake your mother’s nagging voice in the back of your head and still want to avoid jeans with holes in them, then fear not. Follow cues from 6397’s designer Stella Ishii and go for loose jeans without holes or rips, like the ones she featured in her pre-fall 2015 collection. If baggy jeans aren’t your cup of tea but you still want the same destroyed look, try a pair like this.
How To: When it comes to the boyfriend jeans trend, the key is finding the right top to ensure you still have shape and can balance out the looseness of the jeans. Save the oversized T-shirts for the skinny jeans and go for a tight tank top or crop top like this Fashionista did. Roll up the bottom of the jeans for a more casual feel, and throw on a pair of gladiator sandals to make an outfit that’s ready for day or night.