It Might Take Me a While to Get Used to "the New Jean Shape"

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When it comes to new denim trends, keeping an open mind is always my objective going in, especially when it’s one that’s endorsed by Net-a-Porter. But this look is certainly a departure from the rest of my denim collection, which mostly consists of straight-leg styles, cropped flares, and the occasional pair of skinny jeans. So back to Net-a-Porter; the site just posted a story pinpointing “the new jean shape,” and I was intrigued to see that the look that was all over the runways of S/S 18 (including Alexander Wang and Monse) has officially hit the mainstream: baggy yet tapered jeans, many of which are distressed and high-waisted.

This emerging denim trend is a shape we last saw in such a big way in the ’90s (which explains the resurgence, since everything from that decade is now cool again), and it’s basically the antithesis of skinny jeans. So what’s the key to pulling it off? Opt for a pair with a slightly cropped length, pair with heels, and keep the rest of your outfit clean and simple. Now all you have to do is choose a pair. Below are the ones I’m considering with an open mind.