One Perfect Pair of Jeans Worn 5 Ways for Autumn

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Whether they're trialling this season's divisive colour trend, stepping out with the latest hot-off-the-press designer bag or championing an undiscovered label, fashion girls love being ahead of the curve. The moment something reaches peak style saturation, you'll often see them doing a full 180 in order to hold onto their individuality. This season, this has manifested in the reemergence of the baggy jean, aka the denim style you thought you left behind in the noughties. Sorry about that.

Brought on by the straight leg jeans' proliferation both on social media and amongst the general public over the last few years, this throwback style has garnered a steady stream of fans amongst Instagram's trend-setters, who have relished their nonchalant, low-slung appeal. While I would never encourage people to pick up or drop trends purely because they're 'in' or 'out', or simply too ubiquitous, I do enjoy the fresh outfit inspiration that these industry leaders provide me on a regular basis, especially when my wardrobe is feeling a little stale. After all, many of us may well have a looser denim style already sitting in our drawers, it's just a case of playing around with the styling and finding a look that speaks to us at any given moment.

As someone who has historically been baggy jean-ambivalent, I wanted to road-test the style and discover whether I could be tempted to cheat on my trusty straight leg styles. Turns out I could. I took my styling cues from the likes of Linda Tol and Camille Charriere who have aced the baggy jean look, using looser tailoring and relaxed fits to bring a more modern spin on the classic noughties look. From boxy blazers to smart layering, scroll down to see my outfits.

1. Baggy Jeans + Fitted Top + Waistcoat

Style Notes: It was styling powerhouse Linda Tol who inspired this look, as she has really nailed the whole waistcoat-and-baggy-jeans look over the last few months. Initially I tried the waistcoat over a baggy shirt, but it felt a little 'pirate cosplay', so I opted for a slim-fit top instead (I found this Nanushka look on Depop) which balanced out the slouch of the denim. I think this outfit would look cute finished with an oversized trench coat.

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Mango Turtleneck Long-Sleeved T-Shirt (£30)

Mango Buttons Suit Waistcoat (£50)

Boyish The Ziggy Jeans (£158)

2. Baggy Jeans + White T-Shirt + Blazer

Style Notes: I think this is one of my favourite ways to wear the baggy jeans trend as it feels suitably modern (in contrast to any midriff-bearing noughties associations you may have) thanks to Arket's boxy blazer and simple white tee. You can swap in any oversized jacket, but I think the blazer works well to give an overall polished finish. Just add a pair of minimalist ballet pumps—this black pair are from M&S are are super comfy.

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Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)

Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt (£15)

Boyish The Ziggy Jeans (£158)

M&S Collection Leather Square Toe Pumps (£35)

3. Baggy Jeans + Crinkle Party Top + Heeled Boots

Style Notes: You might not instinctively reach for baggy jeans when putting together a cocktail-ready look, however I quite liked the idea of subtly drawing-out the '90s vibes with my favourite vintage plisse top and adding a pair of square toe heeled boots. If you want to go all the way, throw on a leather blazer and baguette bag. Throwback, but in the best way possible.

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Vintage Top Green Top Plisse Top Crinkle Top Handmade Top (£28)

Boyish The Ziggy Jeans (£158)

Alohas South Bicolor Stone Beige & Black (£193)

4. Baggy Jeans + Roll Neck + Sleeveless Jacket

Style Notes: I think baggy jeans can be ideal for autumnal layering, but there is a fine line between chic layers and Joey from Friends wearing all of Chandlers clothes. A sleeveless jacket (gilet or waistcoat, whatever you want to call it) is perfect for this context as it adds interest without loading on too much bulk. This tailored Cefinn style looks great layered over a colour-match cashmere roll neck and accessorised with chunky loafers.

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Cefinn Hudson Sleeveless Double Breasted Coat Dress (£370)

Whistles Cashmere Roll Neck Knit (£195)

Boyish The Ziggy Jeans (£158)

ATP Atelier Green Monsano Flatform Leather Loafers (£350)

5. Baggy Jeans + Striped Shirt + Loafers

Style Notes: Sometimes the simplest pairings can be the most stylish, and I think this may be the case with this outfit. This vintage striped shirt is one I found in the menswear section of a local charity shop and it adds a nonchalant yet smart twist to my baggy jeans—something which is further emphasised by a pair of secondhand woven leather loafers.

SHOP THE LOOK

Vintage Black Grey Striped Long Sleeves Shirt (€38)

Boyish The Ziggy Jeans (£158)

Vintage Brown Woven Leather Shoes (£73)

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