At long last, I’m finally putting together a roundup of the BEST non-skinny jeans! If you’re in tune with the latest trends, you know skinny jeans are no longer the “it” style. This transition has left many of us wondering what other jean cuts work for our body types. It can be a HUGE challenge to find styles that are both flattering and on-trend.
I decided to do some of the legwork for you by trying on dozens of non-skinny jeans. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! I polled my followers on Instagram to get a list of some of the top brands, then ordered a few sizes and styles from each. I tried a LOT of different washes, styles, and price points.
So without further ado, here are the results of my non-skinny jeans research!
After trying on SO many non-skinny jeans, I come back to the Abercrombie Curve Love High Rise Mom Jean ($100) over and over again. They honestly fit like a glove and are extremely comfortable. I love the curve style because they’re tighter in the waist and have a little more room in the thighs. They come in several different washes and lengths. I like the ankle length, the wash, and the little distressing and hole on one side.
I really love the Old Navy Mid-Rise Wow Boyfriend Straight Jeans for Women ($36.99). I do wish they were a high-rise rather than a mid-rise, but I love the fabric and fit. They come cuffed at the bottom and give a boyfriend feel, but you can uncuff them if you want. They’re a more relaxed, casual jean that’s under $37. A total steal of a deal!
I love the super wide leg of the Gap High Rise Stride Wide-Leg Jeans with Washwell ($79.95). They’re so flattering, I love the rise, and I like the wash. These are easy to dress up or down. They have a little bit of stretch but are still nicely structured. For a trouser option, these are great and super comfortable!
Surprisingly, I really love the AE77 Premium Stovepipe Jean ($128). They have no stretch and are a longer length, which is definitely a different style than I’ve been wearing for the past several years. But they’re really comfortable and I love the baggier look and the wash. I love them with a fitted shirt tucked in!
The Madewell Stovepipe Jeans ($138) are super comfortable and very flattering. They’re similar to the Madewell vintage jean but have even more stretch. I like the straight-leg style and feel like these are a great, versatile black jean option.
I love the Abercrombie jeans because they come in tons of washes, lengths, and fits. They’re so size-inclusive, there’s something for everyone! I love the Abercrombie Curve Love Ultra High Rise Ankle Straight Jean ($90.00), but you can get them in a non-curve style as well. These are a great, basic non-skinny jean that doesn’t have any distressing or holes.
The Gap High Rise Cheeky Straight Jeans with Washwell ($79.95) are a pass for me. They have a nice rise and are cute, but there’s no stretch in them and they’re pretty constricting. They also have a button fly, which is annoying and adds to the discomfort. If you don’t mind a very structured, stiff jean, they do have a cute cut and wash.
The Gap ’90s Straight Jeans with Washwell ($79.95) are similar to Levi’s, with a light wash and stiffer fabric. I actually think I like them better than Levi’s, since they have a tiny bit of stretch to them. They’re full-length and have a nice rise and fit, and the price point is pretty reasonable.
I’m conflicted about the Old Navy Extra High-Waisted Wide-Leg Trouser Jeans for Women ($54.99). They’re super comfortable and have just the right amount of stretch. I like the thick hem at the bottom that makes them feel a little more dressy. But I’m torn about the pockets in the front. I can’t decide if they’re flattering or not. They’re worth trying out to see how you feel about them!
The Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution Skyrise Wide Leg Jeans ($88.00) are more like trousers. They are a true wide leg with a thick hem at the bottom. They could definitely be dressed up with a blazer or nice top. I think they’re very flattering and super comfortable. The waistband is lined with elastic, which makes them even more comfortable and flattering in the waist.
If you like really stretchy jeans, the Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution Straight Leg Jeans ($98.00) are for you! So many of you recommended these Nordstrom jeans, and I can see why. They’re very comfortable and have a nice straight-leg fit. I prefer a slightly higher waist, but if you like mid-rise, they’re a good option.
The Agolde Riley High Rise Straight Crop Jeans ($208.00) is a trendy, high-end brand that lives up to its name. These jeans have a great fit and are very flattering and high-quality. Still, I have a hard time getting past the $200+ price point and think I can find more affordable jeans I like just as much. These jeans don’t have a lot of stretch, so I sized up for a better fit.
If you’re going for comfort, the Judy Blue 90’s Washed Black High Waist Straight Leg Jeans ($84.99) certainly deliver. Many of you recommended this brand and I can see why. They’re insanely stretchy! However, I had a hard time finding modern, on-trend fits. I don’t think they have very many cute styles, so I won’t be keeping these — don’t hate me! If you love them, own it and enjoy your comfy jeans!
It is pretty crazy how expensive the Mother The Kick It Straight Leg Jeans ($248.00) are. I felt like I had to try them because I’ve heard a lot about them. But in my opinion, they’re not worth the money. They’re nice jeans, but for the price, I feel like they should be something I never want to take off my body. There are certainly better jeans for a third of the cost.
After trying on several pairs of Levi’s, I found that they all have slightly different fits, even between washes. The Levi’s Wedgie Straight Fit Jeans in black ($98.00) didn’t fit me as well as the blue jean wash. I really wanted to love them, but I just don’t feel like they fit with my body type. I feel like they don’t fit my curves and don’t have enough stretch. The waist is a little too low in the back and would make me worried about bending over. These might work for you if you have a straighter body type!
The Levis 501 Original Fit Jeans ($108.00) is a classic style, but unfortunately, I don’t love them for me. I think I should’ve sized up and I wish they had a higher waist. They don’t have any stretch and the back is too low. These are a no for me!
I’m really digging the Madewell Curvy Perfect Vintage Jean ($138). I like a high-rise and love the curvy fit, which solves the problem of having a gaping waistband. These jeans have a little more room in the thighs, are very comfortable, and great for everyday wear.
I love Madewell jeans, so I thought I’d show you another fit and color with the Madewell Mid-Rise Perfect Vintage Jean ($128.00). These are a great option if you’re unsure about veering away from skinny jeans. They’re not too wide and have a fitted feel up top. These jeans come in petite, tall, and standard lengths, so there’s a size for everyone. Even at full price, Madewell jeans are worth it. They last forever!
I’m honestly a little bit confused by the Spanx Straight Leg Jeans ($128). The front pockets aren’t functional and the waistband is elastic and button-free. They’re made of a pretty comfortable fabric, but they’re a little hard to pull on. I understand why Spanx wanted to make a comfortable pair of jeans, but they feel a lot like toddler jeggings to me!
All right, I’m exhausted! Trying on jeans isn’t always fun, so hopefully this guide is helpful if you’re wanting to update your wardrobe with a new style of jeans this fall. I’m confident there’s a great pair for everyone! Happy shopping!
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