If you can believe it, there was a time in your life when you scoffed at the idea of mom jeans or any iteration of the ’90s-inspired denim trend that was rife when Bill Clinton was in power. But high-waisted, often slightly faded styles were a go-to for everyone from Cindy Crawford and Whitney Houston to your own mom and the local PTA official.
Now, nostalgic throwback hasn’t just been reinvented for its contemporary revival, it’s been perfected. The best 90s jeans are those that hark back to decades past, but with modern, updated touches. ’90s jeans can mean anything from tapered to baggy, but one thing’s for sure: there’s not a hint of skinny or stretch denim in sight. Ahead, find 17 pairs of the best 90s jeans of 2022 from Agolde, Citizens of Humanity, and more, and how to style them.
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90’s pinched high waisted straight jeans
This rigid style from Agolde is the benchmark for ’90s denim with a modern twist. (You just have to ask BAZAAR.com digital fashion director Kerry Pieri, who swears by this pair.) Wear it with a distressed tee and boots to complete the look.
Good 90s jeans
This distressed pair from Good American is both nostalgic and modern. A pair of flip flops and a banded tee provide the same feel, but we’d opt for chunky clogs and an open cardigan instead.
Libby high-rise rigid bootcut jeans
Nothing says 1995 better than bootcut jeans. Dive in head first by completing the look with a crisp white shirt.
Jumbo GG high-rise straight-leg jeans
Blatant branding, which eventually became known as logomania, originated in the 1990s as a response to America’s economic boom. Play the role with a matching top and clogs, or keep it low-key with a classic, like a cropped blazer.
The Jetset Rocket
Flared jeans are synonymous with the 90s, but you can bring the look into 2022 with a notched toe creeper and a cropped top.
Egli Wide Leg Jeans
Step up in these already baggy jeans from The Row for a look any 90s icon would approve of.
London high-rise straight-leg jeans
If you really want to lean into the Rachel Green vibes here, wear this straight leg style with an alluring halter top. (If you’re more Monica, try an open-front button-down shirt.)
Moon print bootcut jeans
Let Marine Serre perfectly replicate the same jeans we’ve seen on Bratz dolls. This flared bootcut style is versatile enough to pair with everything from a cropped tank top to an asymmetrical fabric tee.
Alina wide-leg denim jeans
The bottom is bell. Sandblasting. False turn-up hem. There’s nothing we don’t love about this pair. Balance the proportions by wearing them with your highest heels and a sleek ribbed tank top.
Tijackom high-rise rigid tapered jeans
With an acid wash and a tapered fit, these Isabel Marant Étoile jeans are perfectly 90s. High boots and a cropped cardigan can complete the look.
This slightly tapered pair from Agolde is bound to be a summer staple, especially if you slip a ribbed white tank top into the traditional button fastening.
High-waisted flared jeans
The phrase cargo pants You might break into a cold sweat, but these high-rise jeans from Frame prove you can update even the most unflattering trends. Adopt a tomboy look with an oversized sweater or make them more feminine with square toe mules and a fitted top.
Heavyweight, non-stretch denim was a paragon of 1990s fashion, and the faded taper only adds to the allure. Update the look with square toe mules and a cropped jacket.
The 90s Cheeky Straight Jean
We’re pretty sure Sade wore this exact pair of jeans back in 1994. Emulate the musician’s style by pairing them with a matching chambray top.
Brancusi classic jeans
Brancusi may not be ’90s specific, but this pair definitely looks like a throwback. To make them office appropriate, pair them with a chic fitted sweater and strappy heels.
Revolve’s impressive denim collection takes inspiration from the ’90s, and this pair from Levi’s Dad Jeans is no exception. Wear it with a cropped baby tee or update the look with an oversized button down shirt.
90s high waisted
This pair of 90s casual jeans just begs for a sexy strappy thong. But white sneakers are just as good.
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