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5 Denim Styles To Try Since Gen Z Says Skinny Jeans Are Over

Time to step out of your comfort zone.

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 12: Carrole Sagba wears a pale purple / mauve blazer cropped jacket from Leandon Cano, black bras, blue jeans from Zara, blue and green shiny pointy glittering shoes from Amina Muaddi, on December 12, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
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Sure, you love your skinny jeans. They were your daily uniform, your ultimate throw-on-and-go piece, your wear-with-anything favorites. But why not consider some other denim styles that are — wait for it — just as good and maybe even better? Taking your cue from Gen Z, who seems to have a disdain for fitted denim, it’s try to time out a few skinny jeans alternatives.

Denim is the most hard-working item in your closet, no matter the style. It’s at the top of the wardrobe essentials food chain. And your tops, spring jackets, and even dresses will pair just as easily with flared and ankle crop styles as they do with skinny jeans.

Those high-waisted straight-legs? Basically just an extension of your skinny collection — but this style fits better over a platform shoe. The flares? The ‘70s-inspired jeans look just as killer with a tank bodysuit as they do with a statement blouse. And your ankle-crops? They’re honestly the most flattering denim style to show off your footwear. In fact, they may even replace your love of skinnies all together.

Ahead, find all the best denim cuts to try, even if you are a skinny jean lover at heart. You might just find your new go-to pair today.

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Flares

The Attico Flared Jeans
THE ATTICO

Despite the resurgence of 2000s trends, flared jeans from the ‘70s are back in full effect. They are sleek and boast an elegant silhouette that looks just as good with a T-shirt by day and silk top by night.

2

Ankle Crops

Nina High Rise Ankle Skinny in Viola
Rag and Bone Jean

This cut is a little straighter and easier than your classic daily skinny jeans. The crop should hit right at your ankle, showing off your stylish shoes underneath.

3

Straight-Legs

Upcycled Straight Leg Jeans
NU-IN Designed for Circularity

Speaking of straighter legs, consider a true stovepipe instead of a toothpick. With a little more structure that doesn’t quite hug your body in the same way, you’ll master a borrowed-from-the-boys denim look that you can style with the most edgy and most feminine tops in your closet alike. The world is your oyster with these true classics.

4

Heavy White Jeans

Agolde Riley High Rise Straight Crop Jeans
Agolde

White jeans are a great all-year-round denim trend all on its own. Look for white denim that’s a little heavier to avoid transparency, and choose styles with a structured fit to look streamlined and chic.

5

Ripped Jeans

Pinko
Pinko

Instead of opting for an overly casual and slouchy ripped jean, consider a slightly slimmer fit that will give you a little more tailoring for this otherwise carefree look.

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‘70s-Style Bootcut

Bliss - Dallas
CQY Denim

Not into a full flare? Try a bootcut, which has less drama but adds a slightly wider hem to graze the tops of your footwear. The style is very ‘70s — pair with a vintage top for a full-on retro vibe.