The Verge of Cool: Denim’s New Look

In case you haven’t heard, Gen Zers have pronounced that skinny jeans and side parts are out. Way out. Relaxed fit—nay baggy jeans—are now the look du jour in the under-drinking age set. While we can’t say that we are entirely on board with giving up our skinny jeans, a bit of breathing room is welcome. Check out a few styles that leave room for frolicking in the spring breezes; no Spanx needed.

Criss Cross Applesauce

Joni Johnson, the owner of Clairvaux, says that skinny jeans are here to stay, but they will be a bit looser and more forgiving. For some waist-line interest, invest in the slightly off-kilter homage to the stovepipe in a pale wash. The criss-cross Suburbia jean from Agolde, $168, available at Clairvaux (Fairway Shops).

In the Bag

To really get away from your slim profile, mix it up with a paper bag waistline and a rolled and cropped hem. Add patch pockets and a dose of confidence to complete the look with a crop top. Paper Bag Mom Fit by Tricot, $59, available at Kindred (Country Club Plaza).

Return of the 90s

Do you know what word we love? Relaxed. As in relaxed bootcut in a flattering medium-blue wash. With a high rise and a proper denim build (read: little-to-no stretch), these will hold you in and up in the best way without making you feel confined. Libby Relaxed Bootcut in High Road from Citizens of Humanity, $228, available at Halls Kansas City (Crown Center).

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