Spring Trend: Boyfriend Jeans

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This season, fashion isn't only about wearing stuff from your own closet. One of the hottest trends involves stealing.. from a guy's wardrobe. That's right - menswear-inspired fashion is hot for Spring 2009, evidenced by the recent popularity of boyfriend jeans.

What's a boyfriend jean? In a nutshell, it's either literally a pair of guy's jeans, or a pair of jeans that looks and fits like it was borrowed from a guy - loose fit, low rise, cuffed hems. Of course, this look doesn't exclude single ladies. There are plenty of budget-friendly boyfriend jeans available for purchase in stores everywhere - no boys required.

Want to know more about this hot trend? Learn all about the boyfriend jean, the best ways to wear it, and where to buy it with the tips below.


Boyfriend Jeans - what they are and how to wear them:

Boyfriend Jeans

Katie Holmes first started the boyfriend jean trend last summer, sporting a pair of loose, cuffed jeans with flats while out in NYC. Since then, it's caught on in a big way (especially with celebs like Rachel Bilson and Victoria Beckham), and is now one of the hottest jeans trends for spring 2009.

Now obviously, depending on your size and your boyfriend's size, you don't have to literally steal a pair of jeans from your guy to rock this trend. Instead, you can buy this style of jeans in a store, or pick up a pair of smaller guy's jeans at a vintage shop. To save money, I recommend buying these vintage or stealing from a guy, because this is such a trendy item that will be out of style fast. No point buying new "boyfriend jeans" if you ask me!

How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans:

Here are some tips on the best ways to wear the boyfriend jean for that effortlessly chic look.


Roll up the cuffs. If your jeans are short enough, you won't need to do this, but if they're super long, you'll need to cuff the bottoms. Roll them above your ankles if you're wearing heels, or just below if you're wearing flat sandals. Having your jeans drag along the ground is never a good look.


With ballet flats, sandals, or heels. These jeans are made to show off your ankles and feet, so don't wear boyfriend jeans with boots or sneakers. Instead, wear 'em with a pair of gladiator sandals, flip flops, high heels, or ballet flats to add cute details.


Keep the rest of your look relaxed and casual. Boyfriend jeans look best with a plain tee or tank and minimal accessories. It's a look that's very low maintenance and informal, so don't try too hard with your top and accessories.


With a leather belt. Since boyfriend jeans are usually really big and baggy, you'll probably need a belt to keep them up. Even if you don't, a belt makes a great addition to the outfit. Bonus points if you wear a plain leather belt that looks like it could have been borrowed from a boy too.

Cute (and budget-friendly) Boyfriend Jeans:

If you don't want to steal from a guy and thrifting isn't really your thing, here are some cute and affordable pairs of boyfriend jeans you can buy online right now.

Boyfriend Jeans

From left: Harper Vintage Boyfriend Jean - $80 at Topshop, Bubblegum Boyfriend Carpenter Jean - $32.50 at Alloy.com, Rolled Boyfriend Jean - $32.50 at Wet Seal, Boy Fit Jean - $49.50 at American Eagle

So what do you think?

I'm sure you've all seen boyfriend jeans around. Is this a trend you're into, or will you let this one pass you by? Will you be wearing these this spring? If so, how? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and we'll debate this one together.

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