You probably know that the denim of the moment is more relaxed than the skinny jeans we rocked in the 2010s. But even baggier jeans aren’t a one-size-fits-all silhouette.
There are baggies, bootcuts and wide legs. The least wide cut but frankly the most timeless is the straight leg.
If the fit is relaxed, you know Jennifer Garner is in the game. The actress, who recently celebrated her 50th birthday, wore all of the baggy jeans above. But she recently looked refreshed and effortlessly chic in a crisp white blouse, sneakers and straight jeans while out and about in Los Angeles.
Gigi Hadid also wore a slightly faded pair with cool patchwork details. The jeans were a fun juxtaposition with a silky top and cardigan from Hadid’s new Guest in Residence line. She finished the look by donning a pair of animal print mules. But the fit works with almost any type of shoe, as Karlie Kloss proved when she paired distressed straight jeans with heels and a trench coat during New York Fashion Week.
Although the straight-leg silhouette was all the rage in the ’90s, its simple, flattering appeal makes it something that will probably never really go out of style. It’s worth investing in a pair, like one or more of these 11 straight leg jeans.
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11 straight leg jeans you’ll want to wear everyday
High-rise straight-leg jeans, $70 at Levi’s
Vintage and Levi’s go together like MTV and music videos back then. These high-waisted straight jeans are perfect for 90s denim. Straight leg? Check. Light wash? Check. Slightly painful on the knees? Check. The style is available in 12 colors, some with no distressed treatment, and a 30 or 32 inch inseam. Women’s 724 High-Rise Straight Jean, $70 at Levi’s
Full-length denim jeans, originally $119, now $36 at Macy’s
These straight-leg jeans are primarily sold in a light wash, but the darker, heavily distressed (in a good way) Stephanie style is available in all sizes. It’s also currently over 70% off. Originally $119, you can nab them for $36…for now. Earnest Sewn’s Women’s ’90s Parker Full-Length Denim Jeans, $36 at Macy’s
Regular high-rise jeans in Abstract, $198 at Bloomingdale’s
These AGOLDE jeans are as classic as Mariah Carey’s Butterfly. The waist hits the navel, and the light wash and straight silhouette are authentic throwbacks to the era. Slight whiskering and subtle distress give off a vintage vibe. AGOLDE’s ’90s High-Waisted Regular Jean in Abstract, $198 at Bloomingdale’s
Women’s Premium Circular 501® Original Fit Jeans, $108 at Levi’s
A retro silhouette designed for contemporary wear, these Levi 501® jeans are designed in the classic style invented by Levi Strauss in 1873. But the straight leg and light wash are also completely 90s (and, therefore, feel so 2022). Subtle fading gives the jeans a worn look. Levi’s Women’s Premium Circular 501® Original Fit Jean, $108 at Levi’s
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NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans, $99 at Nordstrom
These NYDJ jeans feature slim pockets and stretchy fabric that combine for universally flattering appeal. No-frills jeans have no whiskering, fading or distressed details, providing a clean style that works in the office or for a night out. NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans, $99 at Nordstrom
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Curvy high-rise distressed jeans, originally $55, now $18 at Old Navy
These Old Navy “mom jeans” with a straight silhouette originally cost $55 until a 54% discount dropped them to $25. But check out your cart — Old Navy takes an extra 30% off at checkout, making these light wash jeans a bargain at $18. Curved Women’s OG Straight Distressed High-Waisted Jeans, $18 at Old Navy
Classic high-rise straight-leg jeans, originally $80, now $48 at Gap
These classic straight-leg Gap jeans are usually $80, but you can grab them for $48 with code FRIEND at checkout. The light indigo wash is there. The jeans, sustainably made with less water as part of Gap’s Washwell initiative, are available with short, long and regular inseams. Classic high-rise straight-leg jeans with Washwell, originally $80, now $48 at Gap
Style & Co. Straight leg jeans, originally $40, now $20 at Macy’s
Black Friday is here early at Macy’s (and pretty much every retailer, TBH), and these straight-leg jeans are included. The denim, exclusive to Macy’s, is available in all sizes in dark blue fortress and black washes, including long and short inseams. The high waist and darker washes give the jeans a polished, work-ready look. Style & Co. Women’s Straight Leg Jeans, originally $40, now $20 at Macy’s
FRAME Cropped straight-leg jeans, $215 at Neiman Marcus
These straight-leg jeans from FRAME shorten the ankle, making them a cinch to pair with flats or low-heeled boots. A slight fade and whiskering give these new high-end jeans a vintage look. FRAME The High Cropped Straight-Leg Jeans, $215 at Neiman Marcus
Calvin Klein straight-leg ankle jeans, originally $80, now $40 at Macy’s
In another example of a classic denim brand offering a classic straight-leg style, Calvin Klein’s 2022 riff on trend features a medium wash and high rise. The jeans taper at the ankle and feature a five-pocket design. List them for $40 with code SCORE at checkout. Women’s Calvin Klein Straight-Leg Jeans, $40 at Macy’s
Organic Distressed Straight Leg Jeans, $198 at Neiman Marcus
Joe’s Jeans, apparently a Garner favourite, designed light wash straight leg jeans. The details give the denim the similar look the actress wears regularly. Joe’s Jeans The Honor Cropped Organic Cotton Straight-Leg Jean, $198 at Neiman Marcus