t 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.”