Because yes – a comfortable pair of jeans does exist...
When it comes to wearing this now iconic combo, we often take it for granted that we'll just have a decent pair of jeans waiting for us. We focus all of our attention on finding that nice top only to discover that our trusty pair of jeans either no longer fit, have a hole and/or feature some pretty mysterious stains.
The global pandemic has only made matters worse for our jeans. We quickly adapted to life sans bra and swore we would never wear trousers without elasticated waistbands again. Said commitment spawned a whole new dressing combination: pyjama bottoms and a nice top and the pairing became our go-to outfit for work Zoom calls with colleagues and Friday night Facetimes alike.
Now, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we're all starting to venture back out into the world. While going outside braless is totally tolerable, sadly, the pyjama bottoms and nice top pairing still has a long way to go before it's socially acceptable. Therefore, it's about time we all reacquainted ourselves with denim.
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Learn from our mistakes and save yourself the trauma of attempting to squeeze yourself back into your favourite skinny jeans. Instead, look to other styles which offer comfort because yes – there is such a thing as a comfortable pair of jeans. Don't believe us? Well, keep scrolling for our edit of the best looser-leg jean styles. From classic straight-leg versions to more flared silhouettes – we're sure you'll find something that suits your taste and will feel super comfortable when you're sitting on your sofa, at a socially distanced picnic or enjoying a glass of wine with a substantial meal.
These jeans are insanely comfortable thanks to their baggy fit. Many come with the hem cuffed which you can roll down depending on your height. These are the ultimate casual-chic jean style—especially when worn with band tees and trainers.
Black Hayden Boyfriend Jeans, €55, Topshop
the straight leg
The iconic straight leg '90s fit has made a storming comeback this season, challenging the skinny for its prime denim position. A firm favourite of fashion editors everywhere, they look great with everything from plain white tees to pretty organza blouses and blazers.
ZW Premium Ankle Straight Jeans, €39.95, Zara
the white denim
They might not be the most out-there offering, but white/beige jeans (particularly straight leg) are suddenly feeling less, well, basic this season. Typically worn with strappy sandals, they're ideal for turning the most boring of staples into something chic.
Straight High Rise Jeans, €69, & Other Stories
the mom jean
These aren't like the "Mom" jeans of the '80s. High-waisted cuts are back in a major way and are more fashionable than ever. They work perfectly with crop tops as they hit right around the belly button.
Slim Mom High Ankle Jeans, €22.99, H&M
What was initially considered to be the mom jeans of the early 2000s, bootcut jeans have recently become a firm favourite with influencers and celebrities alike. Perfect for styling with a crisp white shirt for casual Fridays in the office.
Eva Bootcut Jeans, €27, M&S
Aka "Bell Bottoms." This silhouette is similar to bootcut jeans except that the flare is more exaggerated. Essentially the antithesis to the skinny, taking the snug fit out of your jeans and replacing it with an extremely loose fit, in non-stretch denim. Usually cropped to an ankle hovering length, the high-rise wide-leg jean is a nod to the 70s, but no longer requires a platform boot to make it wearable.
Flare Stretched Jean, €65, ARKET
Long and Bermuda-length shorts are providing a welcome respite to cutoffs. Expect to see this everywhere when the warm, sunny weather eventually hits. Pair with 'ugly sandals' to fully embrace the dad trend.
Magic Shaping Denim High Waist Shorts, €34, M&S
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