Some fashion trends roll in and out in a blink. Plenty of women thought that would happen with boyfriend jeans, last summer’s hot look embraced by actresses Katie Holmes, Reece Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker. It grabbed immediate attention, but no one really thought it would capture the hearts of the masses. It did. And boyfriend jeans are bigger than ever — big, as in more popular. Maybe their big popularity stems from their big size. The style is loose and comfortable, a refreshing change from super skinny styles that usually look best on boyish figures. Brook Balentine, a buyer for Cayman’s Clothiers in Norman, raves about the comfort and versatility of boyfriend jeans. They can be dressed up with little heels and a blazer or worn with flats and a T-shirt. "Now, they’re not the most flattering of jeans,” she said. "It’s not a sexy jean. It’s a comfort jean. ... In Oklahoma, we’re all about comfort anyway, so that’s even better.” Balentine said the jeans are available in many fits, including the really baggy ones that Holmes was photographed wearing, to styles that are more slim and tapered. With so many fits available, most women will be able to find a style that looks good on them. The style reaches so many different women, and that’s what’s great, Balentine said. "It’s not necessarily a low-rise jean. It’s like putting on your boyfriend’s jeans. If you put on his old 501 Levi’s, they wouldn’t be low rise. The style is meant to hang on your hips, so it’s going to sag a bit. But most are much higher in the back.” Along with different fits, styles range from ones that are shredded, ripped and torn to those that are more plain and clean. Rips and tears help them look aged, well-worn and comfortable. For summer, the style is morphing into shorts and crop pants, considerably cooler options than jeans. Balentine, who was in Las Vegas for market last week, said what’s offered at market shows the style is hanging around for fall. Boyfriend jeans are not new, but they haven’t made much of a showing since their time in the sun in the 1980s. Jayme Hale, owner of Allyson’s Closet, said don’t confuse boyfriend jeans with a straight-leg jean that’s cuffed. Boyfriend jeans are baggy and rolled at the slightly tapered hem. It a messy roll, as if it were done in a hurry. She likes to wear her boyfriend jeans belted, since they tend to hang on the hips. She says it may take a while for the look to grow on women, but when it does, they understand it. "They’re comfortable and they’re cute,” Hale said. "They’re sexy without being tight. I don’t think it gets any better than that.” While comfort may trigger initial appeal, Karen Marquis, owner of Kokopelli in Northpark Mall, said women shouldn’t jump into the first pair they see. Try on several pairs to see which is the most flattering to your body type. "I think it’s going to be a hard look to pull off unless you’re in good shape,” Marquis said. "It’s supposed to be a Saturday jean, your running-out jean, not a Saturday-night jean.”
How to wear boyfriend jeans
→They should be baggy and sit low on your hips. →The roll should be messy and above the ankle. → It works on curvy or straight bodies. But the petite or short-waisted should opt for a slightly less narrow hem, so proportions aren’t so extreme. →They can be worn with tank tops, oversize T-shirts or little boyfriend jackets. The silhouette looks best when the waistband shows. →Accessorize with a cool belt and more feminine, statement jewelry. →They show off shoes. Wear gladiators, ballet flats or small-heel pumps.