I'm Curvy and Live for Baggy Jeans—15 Pairs I Swear By

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As fashion editors tell it, skinny jeans are due for a comeback. Celine is endorsing them, and Gisele Bündchen is wearing them again as if it's 2003, but the '90s-fixated person in me won't let baggy jeans go. (Honestly, that was such a time in fashion.) Bring on the puddle pants—I want to be able to swim in my denim. But as effortless as Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber may make it seem, finding good baggy jeans is much more complicated when you're not a size 2. I previously documented the journey of buying denim when you have a curvier body, and I'm happy to report that it does get easier when it comes to loose-fitting jeans.

After trying on dozens of pairs, I discovered some key tips along the way: Wide-leg jeans and other baggy styles are always better. Ultimately, these silhouettes will frame and drape over the body better than, say, sizing up in a style that leans narrower. But don't be afraid to size up! Some of my all-time favorite jeans are two sizes too big to secure that effortless "off-duty model" look I love so much. Also, keep this sizing advice in mind, especially when it comes to rigid denim, as material doesn't accommodate curves the way stretchier denim does. Lastly, don't be afraid to take your jeans to the tailor. So many of my stylist friends consistently get their denim tailored to ensure the best fit possible. Now that you know the shortcuts to finding a great pair of jeans, I've assembled a list of my current go-to jeans to achieve the cool-girl loose-denim look. The good news is most of these don't require an extra trip to the tailor to get them right—they're pretty amazing as is. Keep scrolling to see my recommendations.

a photo of a woman wearing baggy denim jeans with a white shirt and white Tabi shoes

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a photo of a woman wearing baggy denim jeans with a metallic bodysuit top and rimless sunglasses

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a photo of a woman wearing baggy denim jeans with sneakers and an orange fur coat.

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a photo of a woman wearing baggy denim jeans with white sneakers and a tan vest

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.