Yep, This Non–Skinny Jeans Trend Is Defining 2024—Take Note


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It's safe to say that we've already established the demise of skinny jeans over the past few years. It's hard not to see the shift. Everywhere I look, denim outfits are getting more and more relaxed, and because of it, non-skinny jeans are officially becoming the go-to style for fashion people everywhere. It's just a pattern I noticed—I promise I'm not purposefully hating on skinnies. (If you love them, do you!)

But if you're a fashion-minded person and aren't reaching for skinny jeans on the daily, well, what are you reaching for? My prediction for 2024 and beyond is barrel-leg jeans. I know you're thinking, There's no way in hell that those voluminous jeans will become my go-to style, but hear me out. This new wave of non-skinny jeans isn't the ultra-baggy and shapeless style that has us all emotionally damaged. Instead, it's more of a wide, tapered fit. In other words, they're balloon jeans that actually have a shape and structure to them, so they don't forfeit looking polished. They're bubbling up for 2024, so I'm predicting they'll come to define the year, and trendsetting denim brands like Agolde and EB Denim are already behind some of the standout pairs defining the look.

I went ahead and sourced the best barrel-leg jeans on the internet right now, complete with editor and customer reviews (you know, just in case you wanted to get in on things). Keep scrolling to shop all my favorites and get inspiration on how to style them along the way.

What to Look For

To find the shape you're looking for, plug in keywords like "balloon jeans" and "barrel jeans" to your favorite retailer's search bar, but they can also sometimes be called "wide-leg tapered jeans." You'll want to look out for a shape that's fitted in the waist, flares out around the mid-leg, and then tapers in at the ankle. Take a look at the material. You'll want to make sure the denim is a high cotton count—95% or higher is going to ensure the jeans maintain their structure.

Now, shop the best barrel-leg jeans at every price point.

Best Overall Barrel-Leg Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Horseshoe Jeans


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Aptly named Horseshoe Jeans, this pair is fashioned with curved, wide legs that fall slightly tapered and have cropped, frayed hems. The strategic darts at the knees and calves here are key to creating that cool barrel shape. One Saks Fifth Avenue reviewer sang their praises, sharing that the jeans are "very flattering on the body and so much fun! I am usually size 28 in Levi's and bought my size. I feel like I could have even sized down one size in these."

Pros: Dramatic barrel-leg shape, high-rise fit, comes in many color options

Cons: High price point

Material: 100% cotton

Size range: 23 to 34

Color range: Seven color washes that range from light to dark blue and include white and colored washes


Best Luxury Barrel-Leg Jeans: Tibi Sid Jeans


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Tibi's perpetually sold-out Sid Jeans have editors and celebs alike in a tizzy trying to get their hands on the roomy, languid shape. As soon as editor Eliza Huber laid eyes on them in Tibi's showroom, she ran home to preorder the jeans, calling them unbelievably cool. "I had to have them," she declared. TikTok creators are big fans of the jeans, too, with one user insisting they're very complementary to her body.

Pros: Slouchier shape, cool seaming detail

Cons: Frequently sold out

Material: 100% cotton

Size range: 24 to 32

Color range: Comes in four color options including acid-wash, mid-blue, black, and cream


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Best Affordable Barrel-Leg Jeans: We the Free Lucky You Mid-Rise Barrel Jeans


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Our entire fashion team is salivating over these Free People jeans for their forward shape and shockingly affordable price. Thanks to my colleague Yusra's on-the-ground intel, I know they look even better IRL. At just $98, they're an excellent deal on one of the hottest denim trends of the moment, and there's no shortage of color or wash options to choose from, either.

Last summer, I purchased the mid-blue wash and loved them so much I placed an order for the cream-toned pair next. These feature a mid-rise waistline, so they sit a bit lower than the two pairs featured above, but I think it gives the jeans a more relaxed look and feel. According to reviewers (and me), the jeans run big, so size down for a more fitted look.

One Free People reviewer shared, "These jeans hit all the marks! They fit beautifully, are perfectly slouchy but not falling off my hips, and they still give a flattering shape despite how roomy they are."

Pros: Affordable price point, heavy cotton feel, button fly, wide color range

Cons: Runs large

Material: 57% Cotton, 43% Lyocell

Size range: 24 to 33

Color range: Nine colors ranging from blue washes to white, black, and color options


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Best High-Rise Barrel-Leg Jeans: Agolde Balloon Jeans

I was shocked by how much I liked these balloon jeans. I usually shy away from anything that will exaggerate the volume of my lower half, but the shape of this pair really blew me away. It's roomy and tapered in all the right places. I ended up going down a size from what I'm wearing in the other fits you're about to see, and it ended up being the perfect snug-waisted barrel-leg fit.

"I wasn't sure this style was for me, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it looks on," one YouTube reviewer said. "I love everything about these jeans. It looks great with flats and sneakers. Definitely a keeper."

Pros: High-rise fit, subtle balloon shape, organic cotton that will soften over time

Cons: Runs large, limited color options

Material: 100% organic cotton

Size range: 23 to 34

Color range: Three blue washes, one white, and one black option


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Best Celebrity-Adored Barrel-Leg Jeans: EB Denim Fredric Bowed Jeans


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Celebrities beeline for the cool jeans from EB Denim, so it was only a matter of time until the brand's latest launch—a curved bowed-leg pair called the Frederic—ended up in their closets, too.

Pros: Seamed detailing, full-length hem, high-rise fit

Cons: Investment price point

Material: 100% cotton

Size range: 24 to 32

Color range: Three blue washes, one metallic silver option, and one zipper-detailed option


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

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.