What jeans are in style for 2021? A multitude. Skinny! Straight! Hyper-flared! Boot-cut! But, after much evaluation, we’re calling it and saying these are the style the fashion pack return to again and again.
Denim can be a fickle beast. One minute you think you’ve nailed your style, the next the catwalk has declared it dead in the water. And, while we’re never ones to bow to fast fashion, we like to think our wardrobes remain relevant no matter what the season. Which is why we were pretty chuffed when after much research (that is, Instagram scrolling) we alighted on a certain style of jean that has remained a stalwart on the fashion scene.
The straight-leg jean has weathered many a storm in the last few years. There’s been the ditching of the skinny (sorry, Kate Moss), the rebirth of the flare, the nixing of the hyper-flare and the hailing of the cooler-than-thou bootcut.
But, throughout it all, a straight-leg style in a heavy-weight fabric is constantly on rotation by the people we admire. The beauty of the straight leg – we think – is the variety. Choose between a mid-rise or high waist – it can have a noticeably different effect (the latter looking nicely retro). The length can have an impact too; a straight-leg jean that cuts at the ankle has an instantly gamine appearance, while our Scandinavian counterparts are wearing theirs extra long and pairing them with decidedly offbeat footwear – Havaiana flip flops for summer or Crocs and thick socks in the winter.
A cropped leg works equally as well with a ballet flat as it does a chunky boot. Twisted seam cropped straight-leg jean, Totême, €220, at Brown Thomas.
FADE TO GREY
The pinch waist on these Agolde denims is perfect for tucking in your favourite blouse or statement shirt. Pinch-waist organic jeans, Agolde, €268, at Net-a-Porter.
Arket’s recycled cotton denim is cultivated without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, making them an earth-friendly denim purchase. Straight cropped jeans, €69; www.arket.com