Open up your closet and take a look at your denim – if you’ve got a stack of skinny jeans, there’s a problem. As of 2022, skinny jeans are no longer fashionable!
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According to US-based fashion news website Elle, denim styles are moving away from the slick, skinny silhouettes older millennials are used to, and settling into a more relaxed, voluminous fit.
One reason why Gen Z is ditching skinny jeans, is because of another related denim trend that was popular a few years ago – jeggings. Jeggings arguably added too much stretch to skinny jeans, morphing their style completely. Add to this, the use of elastane in skinny and stretch jeans – a material that is not biodegradeable, and therefore, terrible for the planet – and it’s probably a good thing the style is on the way out in 2022.
Here are three stylish alternatives to skinny jeans that you can introduce to your wardrobe this year:
1. Boot cut jeans
Yes, they’re back. But don’t disregard them just yet – Elle recommends wearing them in a 1970s style, in a dark wash, to get the most flattering silhouette of any pair of denim. This year, boot cut jeans have a higher waistline, a slimmer cut and less of a flared ankle. Pair them with an ankle boot for a super chic look!
2. Barrel leg jeans
Also called balloon jeans, this pair is more fitted at the waist, but with plenty of room in the hip and thigh, ending in a tapered leg. UK-based women’s fashion company Net-a-Porter predicts the trend will remain for a few seasons to come, because it has both a comfortable feel and high-fashion appeal – a staple for any woman’s wardrobe.
3. High-rise straight jeans
Everyone probably has a pair of these classic jeans in their wardrobe. Well, it’s time to dust them off, because they’re on a rise in 2022. With the ability to lengthen your silhouette, with its high waist and long leg, these jeans are fitted through the hip and thigh. If you’re used to skinny jeans, this is a good pair to transition to next, since they are just one step wider and won’t feel completely foreign.