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Jeans, Jeans, and More Jeans

Just when I thought I was never giving up my skinny jeans, here comes an assortment of new styles that really make me question, ”Can I let them go?”

Recently, I cleared out a bunch of jeans in my closet. I shop a lot of deals and clearance, but I also keep my items for a while. It had been a few years since I had done a major overhaul on my jeans, and I decided now was the time. I am a creature of habit, so my first inclination was to stick to my tried-and-true style of jeans. I mean, when something works for you, why change it? A lot of times I don't, but I was seeing such an influx of different styles, I wanted to see what I thought about some of them for myself. If we're honest with ourselves, we know the styles that are trending really aren't new; they're just being revisited, and some from a few short decades before. Aren't flare leg jeans pretty much the bell bottoms my parents were wearing 40 years ago? That's what my dad called them when he saw mine, but we'll talk about those jeans later.

I rounded up a few trendy styles to try and one classic to see if I can be swayed to change up my jean style a bit. My first jean to try was the 90s straight leg jeans. Just the mention of the 90s gives me such nostalgia. Everything was oversized, and I was listening to Aaliyah and TLC on repeat. This style of jean took me back a bit with some of the bagginess through the leg and at the hem, but I prefer the way these fit to how oversized my jeans were from top to bottom 25 years ago. These jeans were fitted through the waist, and the raw hem at the bottom made them perfect for me with my sneakers. These will be a favorite to wear casually with hoodies and sweatshirts this season.

I grabbed a pair of 90s bootcut jeans as well. Now, these were challenging for me. Why? Not because I didn't think they were cute, but because I remember wearing bootcut jeans so much that when the style was on its way out, it was hard for me to let go. I think that was my first realization as a young lady about things going “out of style” no matter how much you may like them because they ultimately are no longer cool, and you have to make a choice. Ugh, growing up can be a pain. But anyway, these jeans were a win for me. They gave that classic feel with an updated touch. The split hem on these is fabulous with boots, and this jean will be good for dressing up or down.

Mom jeans have been around a couple of years now, but it took me a minute to hop on board. When I first saw these, I thought they looked really good on others, but I couldn't get that image of jeans pulled high above the navel in some acid wash color which made your bottom look funny. Once I tried a pair, I didn't look back. They have definitely come a long way and were one of my most worn jeans this year. I love them with a nice T-shirt and sneakers in the summer, and for the winter any cute sweater or hoodie will do.

Let's circle back to the flare jeans. I don't think I could have imagined wearing these jeans. The extremely wide bottom on the legs really scared me and just looked funny overall, but when I put on a pair, I was in love. These jeans have to be my most flattering jeans on my tall frame. I think these jeans will work on different body types because of the way they accentuate the waist and hips. These are a go-to jean for me. I don't mind them when I'm dressed casually, but I definitely pull them out when I want to dress things up a bit more. Add a blazer and a nice boot, and you have an easy yet stylish look for an evening out.

Last but not least, I still have to include the skinny jean. Since about 2020, there's been this constant debate of whether or not skinny jeans are out, or for “old people”. Blah, blah, blah is what I have to say. These jeans just work. They are some of the most comfortable jeans for me to wear and flattering on almost everyone. You can dress them up or down, with heels or sneakers, but in most cases you can't go wrong. So, call me old if you want to, but it's a classic jean which will continue to stay in my closet for the time being.

Whether you're in the market for some new and trendy jeans, or you prefer your classic skinny jeans, you have options. There are many choices available and affordable price ranges, so you can try something new without spending too much. I think I found some that will work for me, but in the end, I'm still going to be true to myself and wear what I like. What style of jeans are you currently loving?


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