This Anti–Skinny Jean Trend Is Destined for Fame

The next big non–skinny jean trend is here, and it couldn't be chicer. While skinny jeans will truly never die, nor do we want them to, we've spotted a number of emerging denim trends that are pretty much the antithesis of skinnies. Already in 2020, we've mentioned how flares and bootcut jeans are on the rise, and, well, we're adding another of these non-skinny styles to the top of our lists: high-rise wide-leg jeans.

These are full-length jeans with a trouser-like wide leg and a waist-cinching high rise. We know that wide-leg jeans can be intimidating if you're not used to wearing them already, which is why the high rise is crucial here. It hugs you in all the right places and creates some nice dimension for the overall silhouette. Some of the standout pairs defining the trend are Levi's Ribcage Wide-Leg Jeans, which celebs and their stylists alike are keen on, as well as the Citizens of Humanity Annina Jeans, a Who What Wear editor favorite.

In fact, we've already spotted a number celebs keen on the trend, including Margot Robbie, Bella Hadid, and Selena Gomez. Fashion girls have already been all over the sophisticated jeans, too, styling them with their trusted ankle boots, loafers, and sneakers. To highlight this chic new denim trend, we rounded up how fashion people are wearing high-rise wide-leg jeans now and included our favorite pairs to try out. 

Margot Robbie high-rise wide-leg jeans



Style Tip: Wearing platforms with wide-leg denim feels just as retro as it does right now.

Style Tip: Tucking a bodysuit into the denim is an editor-favorite styling trick.

Our editor Kristen often styles these jeans for the office.

Style Tip: Wearing a classic blazer and sleek accessories is so sophisticated.

These may be called dad jeans, but there's nothing uncool about them.

Bella Hadid high-rise wide-leg jeans



Style Tip: Full-length jeans that pool around the ankles feel so right now.

You'll look very current opting for this of-the-moment ecru pair.

Selena Gomez wide-leg jeans outfit



Style Tip: Selena chose sleek and coordinating accessories to pull this look together.

The perfect shape and under $100? These are almost too good to be true.

wide-leg jeans outfit ideas


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Style Tip: Cinch the jeans with a leather belt to add dimension to the whole look.

These would look so great with a pair of crisp white boots.

street style with wide-leg jeans


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Style Tip: Take a cue from Leandra Medine, and wear the relaxed denim as a base for creative layering.

Because Khaite always pulls through on the season's most current denim trends.

Style Tip: Try something cropped on top to really highlight the high-rise denim.

As you can see, these hit at the perfect length to wear with ankle boots.

Style Tip: The denim plays extremely well with wardrobe classics like button-down shirts, trench coats, and loafers.

This high rise will hug you in all the right places.

wide-leg jeans on the street


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Style Tip: Ankle boots are the perfect match to the wide-fit denim.

As the name suggests, these jeans are wardrobe-savers come Monday morning.

wide-leg jeans street style


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Style Tip: Wearing beige and other neutral tones looks especially fresh with light-wash wide-leg jeans.

The wide seaming on the cuff of this pair is a thoughtful touch that will make your outfit look very considered.

Style Tip: The high-rise, wide-fit denim even looks sophisticated with a simple white tee.

These Reformation jeans just came in hot, and we predict the perfect trouser-inspired shape won't stay in stock for very long.

wide-leg jeans street style


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Style Tip: A  top with voluminous sleeves makes a chic statement.

The belt detail gives these a trouser-inspired look to them that's so chic.

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