It's hard to remember a time when straight-leg jeans didn't live in our wardrobes, but, alas, it did exist. Before their popularity spike, skinny and boyfriend jeans were the dominating styles, with few options in between. Bridging the gap, straight-leg jeans boast the streamlined silhouette skinny-jean devotees love while featuring a relaxed cut reminiscent of the looser boyfriend fit. This combination is precisely why fashion people love them—they're not too tailored, nor are they too undone; they strike the perfect jean balance.
Although they're easy to wear, coming up with new and exciting jeans outfits can be a struggle, especially if you've been living in little else but hoodies of late. In the nick of time, however, just as spring begins to catch up with us, a slew of our favourite social media dressers have been showcasing new and chic straight-leg-jean outfits to inspire us. They're the ideal accompaniment to statement tops, sleek blazers and trending shoes alike. Keep scrolling to see seven incredible straight-leg-jean outfits, and then shop any pieces you might be lacking to re-create them.
1. ADD A BLAZER
Style Notes: Who said jeans had to be blue? One of our favourite styling tricks is wearing similar shades top to toe to create a pulled-together ensemble, much like Abi has done here with her beige jeans, burgundy boots and creamy top.
3. OFFSET STATEMENT TOPS
Style Notes: Blame it on the inordinate number of Zoom calls we've been on, but statements tops are proving to be a sweet spot for us right now. Monikh's blue straight-leg jeans make for the ideal accompaniment to her dramatic-sleeve checked blouse.
4. REDISCOVER MONOCHROME
Style Notes: Although black-and-white outfits never really go out of style, they aren't always necessarily on-trend. A major look on the S/S 21 runways, monochrome is back in a big way this season, and Hannah's ecru straight-leg jeans and black blazer present a simple but stylish way to channel it.
5. BREAK OUT THE STAPLES
Style Notes: Assembling a wardrobe of versatile staples is key, especially when you don't have time to outfit-plan. Marianne knows this and has invested heavily in her straight-jean collection, which she can pair with everything from classic stripes to black sandals for fast, fashionable results.
6. DRESS THEM UP
Style Notes: As the world begins to open up again, we're already dreaming up afternoons spent soaking up the rays in the local beer garden or meeting friends for an al fresco bite to eat. For such occasions, you'd be forgiven for wanting to feel a little fancier—just add a satin top and mid-heels to your straight-leg denim to strike a high/low balance.
Style Notes: Accessories can make or break an outfit, but when straight-leg jeans and a simple sweater act as your backdrop, you can afford to wear more statement add-ons. We love how Jessica has chosen strappy sandals and a crossbody bag that match the shade of her white straight-leg jeans.