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Boyfriend Denim

Q: This fall, I want to try the boyfriend denim trend. How can I style them so I look on-trend and not just like I rolled out of bed?

Many women are afraid to try this trend because, like you said, they are fearful it’ll make them look like sloppy—not fashion forward. But don’t let boyfriend denim intimidate you; there are a few styling tips that will keep your look pulled together and effortlessly cool.

First and foremost, find a style that fits your frame. While boyfriend jeans are meant to suggest an off-duty, casual air, the waistband should hug your body whether the pair falls on your waist or hips. Styles that subtly taper (compared to styles that are straight-leg throughout) will accentuate your feminine silhouette. Finally, especially if you’re petite, the length of boyfriend jeans is crucial. Boyfriend jeans should be rolled up to end slightly above the ankle.

When it comes to styling your boyfriend jeans, balancing the masculine denim with feminine accessories and details is one vital way to make your look trend right. Opt for a pair of softly pointed-toe pumps or girly wedges to even out the relaxed denim. Alternatively, try a menswear-inspired shoe like an oxford, smoking slipper, or driving moccasin and finish your look with a chunky crystal necklace or frame-fitting cardigan sweater.

A final rule of thumb when putting together a boyfriend jean look is to avoid baggy clothing in the rest of your ensemble. A billowy t-shirt, for example, shouldn’t be worn on top because it often makes the outfit appear too careless. It’s important to keep a contrast with the nonchalance of the pants with something more fitted-- think a structured cropped jacket or crisp button up.

As long as you know what the best fit is for you, how to accessorize, and what to avoid, you will look on-trend from the minute you really do roll out of bed!