The Anti-Trend Staple I'm Buying at J.Crew Instead of Skinny Jeans


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Love them or hate them, skinny jeans just aren't made for summer. Even in the stretchiest denim, slipping in or out of form-fitting designs takes much more effort than it's worth. And, when it's so easy to make a simple outfit swap, why bother?

With that in mind, we headed to J.Crew in pursuit of something more breathable—something that could be easily dressed up or down and look chic on a girls' night out. While it might not be your first instinct to breeze past the denim display, we headed straight to the suiting section and were amazed by all the options in store. 

Ahead, browse 14 alternatives to skinny jeans, including linen pants, chinos, and trousers in various materials and colors. And, if you're still stuck on jeans, well, there's a breathable chambray option, too, so you can look and feel cool without breaking a sweat. 

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Drew Elovitz
Director of Content Strategy

Drew Elovitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last decade living and working in New York City. She earned a master's degree in media and popular culture from New York University, then began her career on the internet as the Twitter voice of Barbie. She worked previously at Who What Wear as the director of content strategy and also spent several years leading the social media teams at Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly. You'll find her byline on the site around topics such as celebrity fashion, must-have basics, beauty favorites (particularly nail polish), and wellness tips and tricks. Her personal style tends to favor the classics: She loves crisp white button-downs, sneakers, and skinny jeans—and no look is complete without a great pair of oversize sunglasses and a trusty leather jacket. After she finishes reading the entire internet every day, she can be found dining out at her favorite restaurants, trying new beauty treatments, or indulging her historical-fiction habit.