Due to their relaxed, loose-on-the-body silhouette, the wide-leg trouser offered a stylish alternative to sweats this past year. On the days when you needed a happy medium between casual and chic, you might have grabbed something like a pleated trouser. But what about jeans? This spring, consider an everyday blue jean that has received the trouser treatment—that is, denim done up to look like a pair of wide-legged pants.
The ’80s-inspired silhouette comes in a variety of washes (classic blue jean, ecru, deep indigo, and almost-black) but the common denominator is a soft, worn-in fabrication and a perfectly baggy-in-all-the-right-places silhouette—achieved via pleat, taper, belt, or with a scrunched or elastic waistband. Other pant-like details found on these jeans include back welt pockets, front patch pockets, paper-bag waistbands, and built-in belting.
Best of all, trouser-esque denim is as versatile as all your other jeans; wear them casually with a T-shirt-and-sneaker combination on the weekends or polished with a blazer and mules for your return to the office. And for hot days this summer, you might even pair them with a backless halter or bikini top.
Here, shop 14 longline, high-waisted, wide-legged, and pleated pairs of trouser jeans to add to your denim collection now.
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