After a long reign over our denim drawers, it seems skinny jeans finally have a viable contender to face. Straight-leg jean silhouettes have been on the rise since last summer, and while they crept in slowly at first, the trend has become a new go-to for stylish women in the know. The look is elongating and flattering, so it's not hard to love—but in case you need help easing into straight-leg territory, we put together this handy cheat sheet.
Switch up your fabrics
The straight-leg denim silhouette is... well, straightforward! Spruce it up with different washes and fabrics that complement the top you’re wearing. A vintage wash with light distressing, shown here, looks on-point with a comfy tee or sweater. We also love straight-leg jeans in soft textures, like corduroy, which look best when balanced with crisp, tailored shirts.
Keep yourself in stitches
Embroidered and embellished jeans are on our trend radar right now, and a straight shape is the perfect canvas for elevated details. Choose jeans with subtle embroidery, like small-scale flowers, in an all-over motif. Here, we’ve chosen a near-tonal white on a light wash that looks sophisticated instead of excessive.
Fill in the details
We love a good mix-up. Switching out a classic, recognizable detail can completely transform your denim. A velvet tuxedo stripe down your side seams is not only flattering, it’s an elegant accent that dresses up an otherwise ordinary pair of jeans.