I Tried the Most Popular Jeans Trend of 2020—These 11 Are the Best-Fitting Pairs

As someone who basically lives in jeans, I’m not one to pass up a great denim trend. Earlier this season, I touched on some of the biggest jean trends we saw come out of the S/S 20 runways, from vintage washes to distressed denim, but by far one of my favourites has been the comeback of ’70s silhouettes—flares, boot-cut, and wide-leg styles—thanks to designers such as Celine, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Gucci championing the trend on the runways.


Courtesy of Celine


Courtesy of Michael Kors

The non–skinny jean trend has already been spotted all over the ’gram on some of our favourite influencers and celebrities. This season, the trending silhouette calls for full-length jeans with a trouser-like wide leg and a waist-cinching high rise. There are plenty of cool and modern iterations of the ’70s trend on the market right now, like wider-leg styles and boot-cut silhouettes. There's something to suit every taste and body type.

Eager to find the best flare jeans to add to my arsenal this season, I tried on a plethora of different brands and styles and found these 11 below to be the best-fitting. Read on to check out my absolute favourites to invest in right now. (And for reference, I am 5’7” and usually wear a size 27.)

1. J Brand 1219 Runway Super High-Rise Boot Cut in Metropole

One of my favourites in terms of fit and overall look, this is one of the closest pairs I found to the Celine look (above) that I've been longing for. I love the ultra-high 12-inch rise, which looks great cinched at the waist with a belt. This pair also has ample stretch and softness making it super comfortable to wear. The slightly faded wash gives it a cool vintage feel.

2. Agolde Vintage High Rise Flare in Absolute

Agolde has long been an editor favourite (we all own this pair), so I was excited to try its new high-rise flares. They're made of 100% organic cotton, which is super soft to the touch. The medium indigo colour is absolute perfection and has a natural vintage look. They're an easy everyday pair of jeans that I'll be wearing on repeat this season.

3. Slvrlake Charlotte High-Rise Flared Jeans

Slvrlake jeans have fast become one of my favourite new denim brands for its modern and cool silhouettes. This pair has a subtler, less exaggerated flare and a high waistline, creating a super-flattering and ultra-wearable silhouette. They're perfect if you're looking for rigid denim that doesn't feel too stiff.

4. Levis Ribcage High Waist Wide Leg Jeans in Icy Ecru

If you're looking for a wider-leg silhouette, these best-selling Levi's Ribcage jeans are a must. Loved by the fashion crowd, they feature an ultra-high waist and non-stretch denim. They come in all different colours, but I particularly love this icy ecru colour, which looks chic paired with similar hues.

5. Paige Genevieve Jeans in Lookout

These Paige jeans are luxuriously soft and seriously comfortable. They have a more defined flare leg, which looks great with pointed-toe boots and sneakers alike. The faded dark denim has a vintage feel that can easily be worn at work or for a night out.

6. Citizens of Humanity Libby Relaxed Bootcut in Seventeen

I've been living in (and loving) these jeans on the weekends. They have a more relaxed fit through the leg and a subtle boot-cut silhouette, making them so effortless and easy to throw on with my tees and sneakers. I love the vintage blue hue, and the light distressing adds a cool-girl touch. 

7. Frame Le Francoise Flare

Frame's retro Francoise jeans make my legs look super long (major win!) and come in a super stretch denim, which is incredibly easy to move around in. The pocket details add a unique touch that feels refreshingly different from my other jeans. I recommend wearing these with heels (if you don't get the hem taken up). 

8. H&M Flared High Waist Jeans

I'm always pleasantly impressed with H&M's denim selection, and you can't beat its budget-friendly prices. These stretch-flare jeans fit beautifully through the leg. They have a mid-rise fit and aren't too long so look great with sneakers and low heels.

9. Mother The Hollywood Pixie Cruiser

Okay, move over, black skinny jeans. These ultra-flattering flares from Mother are taking precedence in my wardrobe this season. These are crazy comfortable (great for dancing in, FYI) and feature a high-rise silhouette and exposed buttons. Perfect to wear with heels and a statement blouse for an evening out.

10. Citizens of Humanity Emannuelle Slim Boot

Citizens of Humanity is one of my favourite denim brands because of the excellent quality and fit. I wear its jeans practically every other day, so I was excited to try a new silhouette from the brand. If you're searching for a less exaggerated flare, this boot-cut silhouette is a great way to ease into the '70s trend. I adore the easy-to-wear faded wash, and they're supremely comfortable. And if you tend to prefer a mid-rise fit, they're the perfect option. 

11. Citizens of Humanity Annina Trouser

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, if a more exaggerated wide leg is your thing, Citizens of Humanity Annina Trousers are an excellent option. The high-rise cinched waist and long, trouser silhouette exude an effortlessly polished look.

This story originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know. 

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