You’re likely aware that the denim of the moment is more relaxed than the skinny jeans we pulled on in the 2010s. But even roomier jeans aren’t one-silhouette-fits-all.
If the fit is relaxed, you know Jennifer Garner is on board. The actress, who recently celebrated her 50th birthday, has rocked all of the above loosely-fitting jeans. But she recently looked refreshed and effortlessly chic in a crisp white blouse, sneakers and straight-leg jeans while out and about in LA.
Gigi Hadid also wore a light-wash pair with cool patchwork details. The jeans were a fun juxtaposition with a silky top and cardigan from Hadid’s newly-launched Guest in Residence line. She finished the look by slipping on a pair of animal-print mules. But the cut works with nearly any type of footwear, as Karlie Kloss proved when she paired straight-leg, distressed jeans with heels and a trench during New York Fashion Week.
Though the straight-leg silhouette was hot in the ’90s, its no-fuss, flattering appeal makes it something that likely won’t ever truly go out of style. It’s worth investing in a pair, like one or more of these 11 straight-leg jeans.
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11 Straight-Leg Jeans You’ll Want to Wear Daily
Vintage and Levi’s go together like MTV and music videos back in the day. These high-rise, straight-leg jeans hit all the right notes for ’90s-style denim. Straight leg? Check. Light wash? Check. Slight distressing on the knees? Check. The style is available in 12 colors, some without distressed treatment, and a 30 or 32-inch inseam. Women’s 724 High Rise Straight Jeans, $70 at Levi’s
These straight-leg jeans are mostly sold out in a light wash, but the darker and highly distressed (in a good way) Stephanie style is available in every size. It’s also currently more than 70% off. Originally $119, you can snag them for $36…for now. Earnest Sewn’s Women’s Parker 90s Full-Length Denim Jeans, $36 at Macy’s
These AGOLDE jeans are as classic as Mariah Carey’s Butterfly. The waistline hits the belly button, and the light wash and straight-legged silhouette are authentic throwbacks to the era. Slight whiskering and subtle distressing give off vintage vibes. AGOLDE’s 90’s High-Rise Regular Jeans in Abstract, $198 at Bloomingdale’s
A throwback silhouette made for contemporary wearing, these Levi 501® jeans are designed in the classic style invented by Levi Strauss in 1873. But the straight-leg and light wash are also completely ‘90s (and, therefore, feel so 2022). Subtle fading gives the jeans a lived-in look. Levi’s Premium Circular 501® Original Fit Women’s Jean, $108 at Levi’s
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These NYDJ jeans boast slim pockets and stretchy fabric that combine for universally flattering appeal. The unfussy jeans don’t have whiskering, fading or distressed details, offering a streamlined style that works at the office or for a night out. NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans, $99 at Nordstrom
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These Old Navy “mom jeans” with a straight-leg silhouette were originally $55 until a 54% discount knocked them down to $25. But peep your cart — Old Navy is taking an additional 30% off at check-out, making these light-wash jeans a cool bargain at $18. Curvy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Distressed Jeans for Women, $18 at Old Navy
These classically cool straight-leg Gap jeans are usually $80, but you can snag them for $48 with the code FRIEND at check-out. The light indigo wash is on point. The jeans, sustainably made with less water as part of Gap’s Washwell initiative, come in short, long and regular inseams. High-Rise Classic Straight-Leg Jeans with Washwell, Originally $80, Now $48 at Gap
Black Friday has come early to Macy’s (and basically every retailer, TBH), and these straight-leg jeans are included. The denim, exclusive to Macy’s, is available in every size in the dark blue fortress and black washes, including long and short inseams. The high rise and darker washes give the jeans a polished, work-ready look. Style & Co. Women’s Straight-Leg Jeans, Originally $40, Now $20 at Macy’s
FRAME’s straight-leg jeans crop at the ankle, making them a cinch to wear with flats or low-heeled boots. Slight fading and whiskering make these new premium jeans look good as vintage. FRAME Le High Cropped Straight-Leg Jeans, $215 at Neiman Marcus
In another example of a classic denim brand offering a classic straight-leg style, Calvin Klein’s 2022 riff on the trend includes a medium wash and high rise. The jeans taper at the ankle and feature a five-pocket design. Get them on sale for $40 with code SCORE at check-out. Calvin Klein Women’s Straight-Leg Ankle Jean, $40 at Macy’s
Joe’s Jeans, apparently a favorite of Garner’s, has designed slightly-distressed medium-wash straight-leg jeans. The details give the denim the similar lived-in look the actress rocks on the regular. Joe’s Jeans The Honor Organic Cotton Distressed Cropped Straight Leg Jeans, $198 at Neiman Marcus