We Called This Non-Skinny Jean Trend Ages Ago, and Well, We Were Right

high-rise wide-leg jeans



If you read Who What Wear on the reg, you know that we tend to make a lot of trend predictions. At the start of last year, we called out the next big non-skinny jean trend based on what we saw coming down the runways, infiltrating Instagram, and landing at our favourite retailers. Fast-forward to today, and the denim trend in question—high-rise, wide-leg jeans–has fully taken over the fashion scene.

I'll just say it: We were right. If you don't already know what we're talking about, these full-length jeans are defined by a trouser-like wide leg and a waist-cinching high rise. We know that wide-leg jeans can be intimidating if you're used to wearing more fitted styles (ahem, skinnies), which is why the high rise is crucial here. It hugs you in all the right places and creates some nice dimension for the overall silhouette. Some of the standout pairs defining the trend are Levi's Ribcage Wide-Leg Jeans, which celebs and their stylists are keen on, as well as the Citizens of Humanity Annina Jeans, a Who What Wear editor favourite.

We went ahead and sourced the aforementioned pairs along with more of the best wide-leg jeans on the internet right now—you know, just in case you wanted to get in on the trend, too. Keep scrolling to shop all our favourites and glean inspiration for how to style them along the way.

How to Style Wide-Leg Jeans

Style Tip: These jeans were tailor-made for tucking in a sweater. Add more dimension to the look with statement accessories.

Abisola wearing wide-leg jeans



Style Tip: A vest top looks so effortless with this style of jeans, and a classic trench never fails to look chic.

high-rise wide-leg jean outfits



Style Tip: Try something cropped on top to really highlight the high-rise denim. 

how to wear high-rise wide-leg jeans



Style Tip: A structured blazer adds a cool polish to the relaxed denim.

Style Tip: Throw on a cool sweater with the jeans for a simple outfit.

outfit ideas with high-rise wide-leg jeans



Style Tip: Embrace the retro feel of wide jeans when you pair them with a vintage print.

Style Tip: Chunky boots happen to play especially well with wide-leg denim.

Shop Wide-Leg Jeans

The perfect pair to dip your toes into the trend without going super baggy. 

Go with these if you're ready to try out the low-rise trend.

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2022 fashion trends to know.

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.

Related Stories